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    For the quads who drive what type of equipment do you use? Where did you purchase it from? Who is the manufacturer of the equipment?

    I may get the opportunity to look into driving sometime this year and I want to do some research on the kind of equipment that I will need. I know I'll have to go through an evaluation but I would like to do some research before that.

    Any information or help would be greatly appreciated.
    Heath

    #2
    i use the pretty much standard system of a hand control, i think it's called the monarch. i got it with the van from another wheelchair user, so i did not purchase it. i also have a spinner knob for sharp turns. i'm c6, but my right hand is strong enough to use a knob instead of the pins and tri-pins and stuff.
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      #3
      150 ford econoline
      cuff/push/pull monarch brake gas
      braun swing away lift
      ez lock drive from power chair
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        #4
        C5/6..Ricon lift..6 way power seat..Suregrip hand controls..and fork on the wheel.

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          #5
          It depends a lot on your ability and what you will be driving. You will probably want reduced effort steering besides the standard hand controls. When you get evaluated, the instructor will hopefully help you figure out what your needs are.

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            #6
            c4-5 inc. dodge intrepid. standard mpd hand controls.
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              #7
              My set up is the same as Shaun's excpet I do not know what type of hand controls I have.
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                #8
                HQ, I see you're C4-5 but what are your abilities? Do you use a power or manual? Can you transfer? Are you strong enough to steer and brake? All of this is obviously important in considering your vehicle. My philosophy is keep it as simple as possible. The less crap you have to breakdown, the better you are.

                I'm C5-6, drive a van with a Braun left, 6 way power seat, and (I think) MPD hand controls.

                Don't let the OT doing the driver eval make your setup too complicated. They like all the high-tech stuff and it's just more junk to break.
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                  #9
                  Classified as a C4/5 but function more as a C5 with some minor functions of a C6. Will probably need some of the more sophisticated electronic equipment but you are right I want to go with with the least complicated I can use. I'll have to drive from the wheelchair.

                  Thanks for the information so far.
                  Heath
                  Last edited by HeathQuad; 19 Mar 2006, 8:30 PM.

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                    #10
                    I use the tri-pin spinner, works great. I use a right-angle gas/brake lever. I like it better than push/pull because you can use the weight of your arm to help keep the gas goin. I transfer into a 6-way power seat. Very comfortable. My first van I used a EZ lock, which worked great too. My lift is the Braun Vangater. It works well. I had a Braun swing away in my first van. Very nice lift as well, and it requies less space next to ya to get in and out.
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                      #11
                      in my soccer mom's mini, i have EMC controls with a Digipad II Gold Series. i use a tri-pin steering on the wheel and a push/gas, pull/brake tri-pin control with secondary controls controlled by my wrist.. i drive from my chair with an EZ lock..





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                        #12
                        Originally posted by HeathQuad
                        Classified as a C4/5 but function more as a C5 with some minor functions of a C6. Will probably need some of the more sophisticated electronic equipment but you are right I want to go with with the least complicated I can use. I'll have to drive from the wheelchair.

                        Thanks for the information so far.
                        Heath
                        i agree w/ deadeye. idiot ot's want u to have way to much crap. less is better. just standard hand controls is best
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by 2jazzyjeff
                          i have EMC controls with a Digipad II Gold Series. i use a tri-pin steering on the wheel and a push/gas, pull/brake tri-pin control with secondary controls controlled by my wrist.. i drive from my chair with an EZ lock..
                          My E-150 is setup similar to Jeff's and I've used it since '94. During this time the touch pads went out once, the electronic gas/brake two or three times and worn out one EZ lock.

                          The EZ lock is the most reasonable fix. Just replace it. The digipads if ever they go bad have to be sent off. I remember mine had a torn cover and finally one switch in the pad stopped working. You can't let just anyone use the touch pads since they tear easily. Conventional switches might be good there instead.

                          The EGB only has a 10 year lifespan and the company will not even look at them past 10 years. If mine go out again I'm looking at some NON electric controls that still accept the push pull tri-pin. It will mean boosting the brakes, but will be cheaper and less complicated than the EGB.

                          I have a Ricon lift which has been pretty fine. My previous van had a Braun that was so problematic that it stayed in the shop and I got kicked off Voc Rehab in the process. I call it the Braun with no brains.

                          The only problem I have is on hot days the door openers may not work. I'm told most people report this happens in cold weather. There may be a better door system out now.

                          Good luck.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 2jazzyjeff
                            in my soccer mom's mini, i have EMC controls with a Digipad II Gold Series. i use a tri-pin steering on the wheel and a push/gas, pull/brake tri-pin control with secondary controls controlled by my wrist.. i drive from my chair with an EZ lock..
                            me too xcept mines the competition system. IDS.
                            n o yea. I took my steering wheel out n thats where I put the secondary controls. I have a 7" wheel w tripin. recently I got all new non-hybrid secondary controls. $15K. Electronic Gas/Brake, $9K.

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                              #15
                              Back in the early 80's I drove a pickup occassionally, in addition to my full-size van. I had the extra set of hand control and the adapter for the steering wheel but didn't have a v-grip on any steering device.

                              Sooooo, I was at a girlfriends house who rides horses. She had an old metal english stirrup there so I got a buddy to weld a small bolt onto the side in line with the foot bar. I'd just stick my hand in thru the hole on the foot bar of the stirrup, stick the pin in the steering hole and drive away. It beat the hell out of paying $60+ for a new v-grip pin.
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