If you are looking to buy a portable wheelchair ramp for yourself or a loved one, begin your selection process by determining how and where you plan to use the ramp. Also, identify your needs for ramp size and ease of transport.
Portable mobility ramps are constructed with aluminum, fiberglass and/or rubber. They are designed for temporary use and are not as sturdy as a permanent ramp that is built to ADA standards. They should not be used for steep inclines or to extend more than eight to ten feet in length.
A portable wheelchair ramp can typically handle 300 to 400 pounds or more of weight. Some manufacturers sell ramps that support up to 800 pounds, depending on the ramp type.
You will find four types of portable mobility ramps for wheelchairs and scooters: threshold ramps, telescoping ramps, suitcase ramps, and roll-up ramps. They are lightweight and made for easy transport and storage.
Threshold ramps are sturdy, wedge-shaped ramps that allow wheelchair and scooter users to traverse small barriers such as door thresholds, low curbs, and landings. Designed for indoor and outdoor use, threshold models are easy to install and relocate, as needed.
As the name suggests, telescoping ramps adjust in length so they can be used to overcome a variety of obstacles. These models come with two tracks that can be extended or retracted to allow wheelchair users to travel over steps and rise changes.
Telescoping ramps feature a locking mechanism for extensions and typically have side lips to help keep wheels in place. Models come with different length-extension capabilities. Some adjust from three to five feet, while others have the capability to extend to up to 10 feet.
Like other types of portable ramps, suitcase ramps can be used to bridge the gap over steps, curbs, and raised landings. They get their name from the ease with which they can be carried, positioned and stored like a suitcase. These ramps are designed with hinges to easily unfold or fold in half or thirds. They come in a variety of sizes.
Roll-up ramps feature a unique, portable design that allows the ramp to roll-up similar to a rug. This type of ramp is available in a variety of widths and lengths. It can be purchased as a single or double track style for wheelchair and scooter users.
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