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As an SCI in a manual chair that transfers which 2019 vehicle would you go for or not

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  • #16
    The 2 most common.
    Are if I'm riding shotgun as the passenger in the car.
    Or if getting out into traffic at night sucks, so I transfer to the passenger seat and get out curbside.

    Yeah I have no issue parking against traffic, and will transfer from the driverside straight to the sidewalk.

    Originally posted by funklab View Post
    I'm curious too about the sidewalk transfers. I only ever transfer from a vehicle to a sidewalk when I'm taking a taxi, and if it's a hassle, I can always have them drop me off somewhere without a curb. Can't really picture the situation where I'd need to transfer onto a sidewalk since one has to park on the right side of the road when parking on the street and the driver's door is on the left. I can come up with some situations where you might have to transfer from a curb to the car (if someone blocked your driver's side door and your right door was against a curb), but can't think of how it would happen the other way around.

    Do yall drive on the wrong side of the road up in Vancouver?

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    • #17
      I have been using a 2014 GMC Acadia for 2 years. Used it in Minnesota and drove it down to Florida 6 months ago with a unadulterated on the back. It is a little bigger than a CRV but may meet your requirements except the transfer from driver to passenger and column gear shift. I use a power chair most of the time and was able to have a lift installed in the trunk. Not the easiest process but financially necessary, important part to that is I can fit a power wheelchair and a lift in the back.

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      • #18
        Hi Will,

        We recently did some car shopping and have some similar requirements. Ended up with another Toyota van from Performance Mobility (changed their name recently) Anyway, love the van but my wife also drives a 2014 Subaru Outback. I find the Outback to be wonderfully easy car to transfer into or out of. We live in Bend so the all wheel drive system is great and the dang thing gets great gas milage with the 2.5i engine. My wheel chair does however lay on its side. My wife lifts it into the Subaru and finds it easier to lift sideways than upright. You may also look at the Subaru Forester as it is slightly taller inside the cargo area. (we also own a Toyota Tacoma and as much as I love the thing, it is a bitch to get into)

        Jim

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        • #19
          Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
          Being pragmatic it's looking like a mini-van at this point!
          A full size van may be even more pragmatic. I just bought a van because I want to spare my shoulders. I ruled out the minivan because of the ramp. If the objective is to be kind to the shoulders, then the ramp solution falls short.

          Drawbacks of a minivan include:
          1. inconvenience - how convenient is it to deal with a bag of groceries up a ramp or to access the ramp on an incline?
          2. cost - the minivan conversion is much more expensive because of the kneeling system.
          3. maintenance - You can service the lift in your own garage. You can't service the kneeling system.
          4. reliability - more parts and more complexity = less reliability.
          5. portability - they modify the floor and suspension for the kneeling system. Hence, it is part of the minivan. If you get into an accident (or need a new vehicle for any other reason), you will have to pay for another ramp and kneeling system in the minivan. The lift can be removed and installed in a new van.
          6. performance - I prefer the ride of a 25 year old Ford Econoline over that of a 5 year old Chrysler Town and Country.

          Advantages of a minivan include:
          1. one person can deploy the ramp manually in case of failure,
          2. better gas mileage, and
          3. it's smaller which enables accessing garages with low ceilings plus it's less expensive to wash (a full size van costs 2x more to wash).

          For me, the winner is the full-size van.

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          • #20
            Never seen a lift like this.. .plus I am kind of digging the Mercedes metris vans..

            anyone seen or tried this lift ? verdict ?

            anyone have a metris van ?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
              Never seen a lift like this.. .plus I am kind of digging the Mercedes metris vans..

              anyone seen or tried this lift ? verdict ?

              anyone have a metris van ?
              Reminds me of the old Ricon lifts from the '70's. 1/4" cable was all they used. Nah, would never rely ona cable holding me up.

              I just bought a 2018 Chrysler Touring S Pacifica last Tuesday. I liked the better leather and general shape over Toyota. It still has to go to Braun for conversion. Will be getting a fold out this time.
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              • #22
                people are saying nice things about the Chrysler Pacifica's .. . haven't made it to the dealer to try it yet.
                How much does Braun charge to put a folding ramp in?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by NW-Will View Post
                  Never seen a lift like this.. .plus I am kind of digging the Mercedes metris vans..

                  anyone seen or tried this lift ? verdict ?
                  I have that lift in my full size van, absolutely love it. It's small, quick, doesn't block door or passenger seat, but best of all I can park in close spaces and get out and back in the van. My neighbors helped me install it and the factory people are *very* supportive.
                  I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                    Reminds me of the old Ricon lifts from the '70's. 1/4" cable was all they used. Nah, would never rely ona cable holding me up.

                    I just bought a 2018 Chrysler Touring S Pacifica last Tuesday. I liked the better leather and general shape over Toyota. It still has to go to Braun for conversion. Will be getting a fold out this time.
                    By cable I think you mean webbing. It is not a concern these days.
                    That Pacifica you got looks great. Leather seats are a definite plus too. Are they going to lower the floor in Canada?
                    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                    • #25
                      Pick up truck. Transfer in on driver seat. Take chair apart and put in back (if 1) or if single cab put chair on passenger seat. Obviously riders can put chair in the back of truck

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
                        Reminds me of the old Ricon lifts from the '70's. 1/4" cable was all they used. Nah, would never rely ona cable holding me up.

                        I just bought a 2018 Chrysler Touring S Pacifica last Tuesday. I liked the better leather and general shape over Toyota. It still has to go to Braun for conversion. Will be getting a fold out this time.

                        congrats pat let us know how it turns out
                        to alcohol the cause of-and solution to-all of lifes problems [homer simpson]

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