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    • itm2
    • By itm2 30th Apr 19, 8:07 PM
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    Transporting a mobility scooter from seller to buyer?
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    • 30th Apr 19, 8:07 PM
    Transporting a mobility scooter from seller to buyer? 30th Apr 19 at 8:07 PM
    My Mum would like to buy a mobility scooter from a friend who lives about 15 miles (20 minutes) away - from West Malling to Swanley in Kent. Does anyone know of a service that will do this sort of delivery? I thought about a "man with a van" service, but as the scooter weighs about 100kg it might not be that straightforward!
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 30th Apr 19, 8:14 PM
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    The men-and-vans with larger vans will have a tail-lift so provided the scooter is charged up it can be driven onto the tailgate and lifted up into the van.
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    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 1st May 19, 8:53 AM
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    Gumtree very often have men with vans or facebook, check your local area on either of these. Anyvan website is also good, which i've used myself a couple of times. Tell them what you want and they'll give you a price.
    https://www.anyvan.com/av/man-and-van-about-quotes?maintitle=Low+Cost+Man+With+A+Van&whiteboxl abel=Man+With+A+Van&keyword=man%20with%20a%20van&m atchtype=e&device=c&campaignid=1032452835&adgroupi d=53594266027&adposition=1t1&devicemodel=&network= g&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyZapofr54QIVwhXTCh2GgAvMEAAYAS AAEgLPG_D_BwE
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    • 1st May 19, 9:11 AM
    My Mum would like to buy a mobility scooter from a friend who lives about 15 miles (20 minutes) away - from West Malling to Swanley in Kent. Does anyone know of a service that will do this sort of delivery? I thought about a "man with a van" service, but as the scooter weighs about 100kg it might not be that straightforward!
    Originally posted by itm2

    Doesn't it come apart?

    Most of the ones I have seen can be easily partly dismanted and the battery pack (the heavy bit usually) lifted out.

    Liam
    • itm2
    • By itm2 1st May 19, 10:17 AM
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    • 1st May 19, 10:17 AM
    Thanks for all the advice. I don't know whether it can be dismantled (the owner doesn't know and I can't find a manual for it online - it's a Road King Class 3 model). Removing the battery pack sounds like a good idea though - that would probably weigh at least 20-30kg.
    Will check out the anyvan site...
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    • By Robin9 1st May 19, 10:19 AM
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    15 miles - drive it.
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    • itm2
    • By itm2 1st May 19, 10:23 AM
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    • 1st May 19, 10:23 AM
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    • 1st May 19, 10:23 AM
    15 miles - drive it.
    Originally posted by Robin9
    2 hours on a mobility scooter? Even if the battery lasts that long it wouldn't do much for my health!
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 1st May 19, 1:29 PM
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    • 1st May 19, 1:29 PM
    Thanks for all the advice. I don't know whether it can be dismantled (the owner doesn't know and I can't find a manual for it online - it's a Road King Class 3 model). Removing the battery pack sounds like a good idea though - that would probably weigh at least 20-30kg.
    Will check out the anyvan site...
    Originally posted by itm2
    Having googled the name of scooter then i'd say you can't dismantle it to fit into a boot of a car.
    • itm2
    • By itm2 1st May 19, 1:58 PM
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    • 1st May 19, 1:58 PM
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    • 1st May 19, 1:58 PM
    This looks like the model in question:
    https://mobilityscootersuk.co.uk/index.php/2013-pro-rider-road-king-8mph-mid-size-mobility-scooter.html

    Interestingly, it does say "DISMANTLES FOR TRANSPORTATION". Now I just need to find out how!
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 1st May 19, 8:19 PM
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    That thing comes apart:

    1. Lift the seat off, if it will not lift then turn it about 20 degtrees and try again it should come off

    2, remove the red cover which can be seen under the seat

    3. remove the battery - 15 miles range there's probably 2 of the things, each one about 8 inch by 6 inch by 10 inch (estimated sizes) and they weigh about 12Kg or so each - they probably have a plastic clip connecting each one to the frame.

    4. there will be a clip at the base of the pipe which the seat fits on - undo the clip and either tilt the rear wheel section then remove the front bit, or tilt the rear about 90 degrees and lift off the front bit.
    EDIT - don't forget to disconnect the plug which connects the front bit to the wheel section, it will be somewhere near the securing clip at the base of the pipe.
    5. fold the tiller?steering flat.

    6. load all the bits in your chosen transport vehicle - the heaviest bit is the motor section (the bit with the rear wheels), followed by the batteries, then it's a tossup whether the front bit or the seat is next heaviest, then the plastic cover which is the lightest.

    If desired, the seat arms can also be removed.

    The whole lot will fit inside one of the new style MINI's, - some bits on the seat, but in the estate version, no trouble - so if you have a veicle larger that that then you should have no trouble getting it in.
    Last edited by D_M_E; 01-05-2019 at 8:24 PM.
    • itm2
    • By itm2 1st May 19, 9:31 PM
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    Thanks so much for that. I was wondering if you could clarify a couple of things which I'm having trouble visualising without having seen the thing close-up yet:
    That thing comes apart:
    4. there will be a clip at the base of the pipe which the seat fits on - undo the clip and either tilt the rear wheel section then remove the front bit, or tilt the rear about 90 degrees and lift off the front bit.
    EDIT - don't forget to disconnect the plug which connects the front bit to the wheel section, it will be somewhere near the securing clip at the base of the pipe.
    5. fold the tiller?steering flat.
    Originally posted by D_M_E
    Re. 4 - Where is the join between the front and rear sections - is it at the front edge of the motor/battery compartment?

    Re.5 - do you mean folding the tiller down so that it is no longer at right-angles to the steering column? If so, is there a lever or something which allows the tiller to be collapsed? Alternatively, could it simply be left as it is for transporting?
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 2nd May 19, 6:12 AM
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    Alternatively, could it simply be left as it is for transporting?
    Originally posted by itm2

    Any mobility scooter can be transported without being dismantled providing you have something big enough to transport it in.



    Even with being dismantled you will most likely need 2 people to lift it because they are very heavy. I had a scooter than was supposed to be light weight, easy to dismantle for transporting in the boot. It was so heavy i could lift it by myself, which meant it was totally pointless.
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 2nd May 19, 7:30 AM
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    4. Yes

    5. Yes and yes

    Also, I forgot that those things most likely have an adjustable seat height - if so, then in the pipe you will see a series of holes, one of which has a pin in it. Remove the pin then the seat will lift out/off and don't lose the pin.

    Yes, you move it in one piece without dismantling it but you would need something like an escort van or larger and need 2 people to lift it.

    You could do oit on your own - lift the back end in first then lift the front end in and push it in and make sure the freewheel is locked when it's in. Think it's about 24 inch high with the seat on so it should fit in a small van or estate car, as long asthe estate has a flat floor from the edge of the boot entrance - you don't want to be lifting 100kg up and out over a lip.
    • Cyclamen
    • By Cyclamen 2nd May 19, 7:45 AM
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    Do you have a wheelchair accessible taxi in your area?

    Lots of 'men with vans' have ramps.. as they are useful for all sorts of items.

    If you have a local facebook page .. you could pop a message on there? Or ask your local mobility shop as they may be able to collet and deliver or tell you names of people who can.
    • itm2
    • By itm2 2nd May 19, 9:41 AM
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    I'm guessing that removing the seat and batteries alone would almost halve the weight? If I can then manage to separate the front and rear parts it might just squeeze into our Auris hatchback if we have the rear seats folded down.
    I did ask for help in a local forum but no replies as yet. It's not my local area (I live about 30 miles from my parents), but I'll see if I can find a local mobility shop.
    • Yellow_mango
    • By Yellow_mango 2nd May 19, 9:43 AM
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    Id put the details in Shiply.com and see what sort of quotes you get.
    • itm2
    • By itm2 2nd May 19, 9:48 AM
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    I've been sent a photo of the scooter:
    https://ibb.co/Csr586S

    Do you think the disassembly instructions above are applicable to this?
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 2nd May 19, 10:23 AM
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    Yes, it should disassemble as described above and yes, fold the seats down in the Auris and you should get it all in.

    It has the pin holding the seat in place.

    Also, think that picture shows what they call a captain's seat, just means there is more padding on it which takes up more room but you should still get it in - fold the rear of the seat down.

    As a point of interest, if the person buying it weighs under about 12 stone and/or is around 69 inches tall then they don't need a thing that size they need the next size model down, such as something the size of a Pride Rally or Abileze Trident or something similar - the Rally weighs about 67Kg including the big batteries and the Trident comes in at about 42Kg including batteries.
    • itm2
    • By itm2 2nd May 19, 10:34 AM
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    Yes, it should disassemble as described above and yes, fold the seats down in the Auris and you should get it all in.

    It has the pin holding the seat in place.

    Also, think that picture shows what they call a captain's seat, just means there is more padding on it which takes up more room but you should still get it in - fold the rear of the seat down.

    As a point of interest, if the person buying it weighs under about 12 stone and/or is around 69 inches tall then they don't need a thing that size they need the next size model down, such as something the size of a Pride Rally or Abileze Trident or something similar - the Rally weighs about 67Kg including the big batteries and the Trident comes in at about 42Kg including batteries.
    Originally posted by D_M_E
    Thanks for that. My Mum is quite small (maybe 5ft 3in)- I hadn't considered that. This really came about because a friend is selling her late father's scooter which was rarely used (and only for 2.5 of the 5 years that they have owned it) and only wants 300 for it. Would there be any practical issues with her using one this size?
    • D_M_E
    • By D_M_E 2nd May 19, 2:26 PM
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    No issues using it, and that price is reasonable - tell her to try it for a month or 2 and if her arms feel a bit strained from stretching out to use the tiller then find a smaller one fo her.

    Also a smaller one would be easier for you to dismantle and move around.
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