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    #46
    Originally posted by forestranger52 View Post
    Crazy thing happened to me today when I was on the road. I was having a difficult time seeing the control panel in the sun, so while switching functions I accidently hit the elevator for just a second and did not know it.

    I finished setting the tilt correctly and started to drive but the chair would only go about 2 1/2 miles an hour. After changing and trying eveything including shutting the chair off, it would still not go. I noticed the turtle was stuck on and this limited my speed.

    Luckly by accident I must have hit the elevator down and that killed the turtle so I could go fast again. I always knew about the tilted chair stopping the ability to drive but never used the elevator before.

    If you can not drive fast look for the turtle and if it's there, make damn sure you check the elevator.
    Who taught you how to operate that thing?

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      #47
      Turtle drive also happens when the foot pedals are too close to the ground.

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        #48
        Originally posted by SCI_OTR View Post
        Who taught you how to operate that thing?
        Just another one of those darn rookies. After 10 years I can still manage to screw things up pretty bad.

        One thing for sure, this chair is very fast and always travels straight.

        Did notice that driving fast uses much more power to go the same distance than traveling at an average powerchair speed. I could drive over to the ranch and back at least twice in my X-5 with power left over and only one time in the Permobil at 6+ mph. About 5 miles total but I must gain then lose around 130 feet each way and that requires some power. Specialy when the chair and I weigh around 600 lbs.
        Last edited by forestranger52; 22 Jun 2013, 8:14 PM.
        C 5/6 Comp.
        No Tri's or hand function.

        Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

        Teddy Roosevelt

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          #49
          That is a load to haul. But chairs are not designed to be aerodynamic so I can see how your high speed driving is a problem lol I believe my Permobil uses the the most current stopping and starting around the house.
          You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
          http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

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            #50
            At 350 lbs, the Permobil is a bit heavier than a lot of powerchairs. One thing for sure, 600 lbs causes a lot of wheelchair lifts to do a bit of groaning while picking me up. I refuse to use the lifts with only one arm as they are 600 lb max and if something fails, LOOK OUT. Even the heavy duty ones max at 700 or 750 lbs.

            The mighty OmegaTrac and I almost tipped over a couple side entry, full size vans wth lifts. Thought for sure I was hitting the ground a few times. Some leaned over so much that I started to slide off. If I could, I would have shit myself.
            Last edited by forestranger52; 23 Jun 2013, 6:18 PM. Reason: he
            C 5/6 Comp.
            No Tri's or hand function.

            Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

            Teddy Roosevelt

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              #51
              After running my new C500 that replaced a very unusual faulty one, I can say the last 7 months have been a great pleasure operating the Permobil. It has preformed flawlessly in all modes and functions. The new wider, slightly taller, snow tires that the VA kindly purchased for me, have helped tremendously and have excellent traction in most terrain and snow types.

              Snow tires are available on the Permobil order form.

              I would like to take a short run down the dirt road but this terribly long enduring winter, has left a thick layer of ice under the plowed snow. No time to get stuck outside.

              Absolutely one of the best, if not the top, powerchair in the market today.

              Thanks to the VA and SCI_OTR.
              Last edited by forestranger52; 19 Feb 2014, 8:27 PM.
              C 5/6 Comp.
              No Tri's or hand function.

              Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

              Teddy Roosevelt

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                #52
                Great to hear that the new C500 is working out for you. I hope the weather lets up an you can get out some more with it.
                Partner of an incredible stroke survivor. Limitations: hemiparesis and neglect (functional paralysis and complete lack of awareness on one side). Equipment: TiLite ZRA 2 and 2GX, Spinergy ZX-1, RioMobility Firefly. Knowledge: relative newbie for high-level equipment (2012), but willing to try to help others who are new with similar limitations (definitely not a guru, but inquisitive).

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                  #53
                  Forestranger, what cable is going bad when you get the error message PM Bad Cable, and on the other corner of the display, 7F00? I'm getting that message now on my C500. How long do I have before it just craps out on me?
                  "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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                    #54
                    The only cable I've had a problem with, is the one back from the joystick control because it became separated under the armrest. There is a connection in the cable, under the rear armrest bracket and I think that I was receiving an error message when it was becoming lose. Once it totally separated, the chair died. When the cable was reconnected, everything was back to normal.

                    I sure hope that your cable problem is a simple fix also.
                    Good luck.
                    C 5/6 Comp.
                    No Tri's or hand function.

                    Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                    Teddy Roosevelt

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                      #55
                      Thanks. Shortly after I posted, I started giggling the cables and it was the one at the back of the joystick. The warning went away so I'll keep my fingers crossed while I'm out of town this weekend since I'm going to the shop to put on a new tilt actuator Monday anyway. I HATE having to depend on stuff.
                      "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

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