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    Do any of you quads drive?

    I'm a c5/6 and if you drive what kind of system do you have, also how much did you pay to get it installed.
    I'm unable to transfer from chair to bed, have no triceps so I could only drive from my chair...
    C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

    #2
    Yes, I drive. I'm c5/6 as well. I've got a full size Ford van and I drive from a manual chair. I use the EZ lock system. It adds weight to your chair, but if you can't transfer into a drivers seat than it's pretty much your only option. I went to a local fabricator and got my EZ lock bracket re-done in aluminum to help reduce the weight. If you're in a power chair, then weight won't be a factor. My hand controls are a push/pull with a tri-pin. Push forward for break and pull back to accelerate. I also have a tri-pin on the steering wheel.

    Look for a full size van with the floor already lowered and a lift installed. You'll need a van with the floor lowered because driving from your chair makes you taller than sitting in a drivers seat. Then you can get fitted for the hand controls that work best for you. My hand controls installed with a few more minor modifications was about $2500. Try to avoid the EMC electronic system. It's ultra expensive and unreliable, at least in my experience. If possible, you want your hand controls to be mechanical not electric.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Extrmmxer View Post
      Yes, I drive. I'm c5/6 as well. I've got a full size Ford van and I drive from a manual chair. I use the EZ lock system. It adds weight to your chair, but if you can't transfer into a drivers seat than it's pretty much your only option. I went to a local fabricator and got my EZ lock bracket re-done in aluminum to help reduce the weight. If you're in a power chair, then weight won't be a factor. My hand controls are a push/pull with a tri-pin. Push forward for break and pull back to accelerate. I also have a tri-pin on the steering wheel.

      Look for a full size van with the floor already lowered and a lift installed. You'll need a van with the floor lowered because driving from your chair makes you taller than sitting in a drivers seat. Then you can get fitted for the hand controls that work best for you. My hand controls installed with a few more minor modifications was about $2500. Try to avoid the EMC electronic system. It's ultra expensive and unreliable, at least in my experience. If possible, you want your hand controls to be mechanical not electric.
      Gotcha but I already have a 2008 braun sienna with 29k miles on it, van looks like new so all I need is hand controls
      C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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        #4
        I'm c5/6 as well.
        A few years ago I bought a used Dodge Caravan with a Braun Entervan Conversion on it.
        It wasn't set up to drive.

        Things added so I can drive.
        Hand controls & tri-pin on the steering wheel.
        Drive-Master's Reduced Effort Steering.
        EZ lock system & EZ lock bracket on bottom of my power.
        Knob extentions for Head Lights, Wiper, Air & Heat controls.
        Seat belt bracket.
        Key holder.
        Cost was between 7 to 8 thousand.

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          #5
          my right arm is messed up i have a torn pec muscle that makes it impossible to push the brake, me left arm is good
          Originally posted by Flatiron View Post
          I'm c5/6 as well.
          A few years ago I bought a used Dodge Caravan with a Braun Entervan Conversion on it.
          It wasn't set up to drive.

          Things added so I can drive.
          Hand controls & tri-pin on the steering wheel.
          Drive-Master's Reduced Effort Steering.
          EZ lock system & EZ lock bracket on bottom of my power.
          Knob extentions for Head Lights, Wiper, Air & Heat controls.
          Seat belt bracket.
          Key holder.
          Cost was between 7 to 8 thousand.
          C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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            #6
            im c5-6 always drove cars just went to full size van, love it. I use a board and transfer into drivers transfer seat. I have never had any luck with the tripin, I pull my hand out.
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              #7
              C4-C5 here been driving full size Ford vans for 30 years. I started out in a manual chair with EZlock but moved to a power chair about 20 years ago. I have been luck and was able to purchase all my vans used with low miles, they all had lowered floors, lifts and lock downs in them so I only needed some adjustments.

              1. 1985 Ford E-150 30,000 miles lowered floor, Braun swingaway lift, EZlock and MPD hand controls, paid $12k
              2. 1994 Ford E-150 26,000 miles lowered floor, Braun swingaway lift, EZlock and MPD hand controls, paid $22k
              3. 1996 Ford Club Wagon XLT 13,000 Miles lowered floor, Braun swingaway lift, EZlock and MPD hand controls, sensitized brake booster, paid $8,500

              I have the 1994 back home in Chicago with 145,000 miles on it and drive it when we go back to visit. The 1996 Club Wagon is my dally driver here at home it now has 64,000 miles on it. I just purchased my first mini van and am slowly fixing it up and making the necessary adjustments to drive it.

              4. 2002 Chevy Venture LS 22,000 Miles, lowered floor, Ricon folding ramp, kneeling system, removable drivers seat, Monarch A1 hand controls, EZlock, sensitized brake booster, paid $8,500

              They are out there just take your time and look around you'll find a nice one.

              Good luck!
              ^^(A)^^

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                #8
                c5/6 here also, been driving 30+ years. Drive a honda Odyssey(Rollx conversion) from power chair. Use regular hand controls. Had a grip built for me 30 years ago I use to this day. Tri Pin didn't work. The only other thing I had installed was sensor system for wipers because unable to turn them on while driving. It was an after market addition I bought on Amazon. I have had Dodges in past but Odyssey is a dream ride for me.

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                  #9
                  Do any of you take anti spasm meds for driving?

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                    #10
                    No not just for driving but I do take my regular daily meds. If I drive long distances I need to stop every hour or two to stretch and move around for a few minutes then back on the road. Just daily local driving running errands are not a problem.
                    ^^(A)^^

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                      #11
                      C5-6 here; been driving for 22 years. Always used basic set of MPDs. Last car was a 2000 Trans Am and Im currently on the hunt for a good used C6. I have had two vans over the years and didnt like either. Too much work to get in with a manual chair and way too expensive to maintain. They always let me down either at work or before work; both places you dont need to be let down!

                      BTW I cross my feet and pull them up close to the seat to prevent interference by any spasms.

                      Ben
                      C5-6 - 22 years

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                        #12
                        You guys make it sound so easy, I can't transfer and have a weak right arm
                        C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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                          #13
                          C5-6 and I've been driving full size vans for 43 years. First was a 1973 Dodge with a homemade lift made by a local apple processing machine shop. It should be in the Smithsonian! I driven Chevy's and my last 3 vans have been Fords, E150 and E250. I have zero triceps so use my shoulders and balance to transfer and I've always transferred onto a 6-way power seat....until just last weekend. I just bought a used E250 with lowered floor and EZ-Locks. After 43 years of transfering multiple times a day, my shoulders are on the way to being worn out so I figured I'd better go this route for my next van. I still have my current E150 with 210K miles and I'd drive it until it drops.
                          "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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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DeadEye View Post
                            C5-6 and I've been driving full size vans for 43 years. First was a 1973 Dodge with a homemade lift made by a local apple processing machine shop. It should be in the Smithsonian! I driven Chevy's and my last 3 vans have been Fords, E150 and E250. I have zero triceps so use my shoulders and balance to transfer and I've always transferred onto a 6-way power seat....until just last weekend. I just bought a used E250 with lowered floor and EZ-Locks. After 43 years of transfering multiple times a day, my shoulders are on the way to being worn out so I figured I'd better go this route for my next van. I still have my current E150 with 210K miles and I'd drive it until it drops.
                            Do you use a tri-pin for steering and gas/brake and if so, how do you use turn signals while your hands are in the tri-pins?

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by nrf View Post
                              Do you use a tri-pin for steering and gas/brake and if so, how do you use turn signals while your hands are in the tri-pins?
                              I've never used a tri-pin but rather the U shaped device. I just flex my wrist for a tight grip when turning, etc. I steer with my right and gas/brake with my left. I just take my hand off the gas to slap the turn signal to engage when I'm moving. If I'm stopped and need t engage it, I'll just reach across with my right hand.

                              Steering with yor right hand is the way to go so you lean against the door with your left elbow for more leverage and stability.
                              "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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