Wheelchair Ramps - All about Portable Wheelchair
to permanent, there are many types of wheelchair ramps available
today designed to help you gain greater accessibilty. Of the two, portable
wheelchair ramps, (and there are many kinds) are especially useful. These
ramps provide access where you need it and enable you to travel safely
and with ease.
Uses for portable wheelchair ramps include: 1) van access and 2) the
ability to navigate sidewalks and climb stairs. Wheelchair ramps can also
be usefully-used around the home, especially for those awkward locations
like doorway jams and sliding glass doors.
Many portable ramps are designed for easy carrying and transportation.
Fold-up suitcase ramps in particular are designed to be lightweight and
portable. These aluminum ramps can weigh as little as 16 to 20 pounds
and hold as much as 700 pounds. And, they have handy designs that make
them very portable. For safety, wheelchair ramps are designed with non-skid
Portable wheelchair ramps: For Van USE
If you have a new or used van with with a lowered floor conversion and
electrically controlled ramp you may not need to buy a portable wheelchair
ramp. However, if you don't have a ramp within and need one for wheelchair
or scooter access, take a look at aluminum van ramps by manufacturers
such as: Harmar, E-Z Access and Prarie View. These companies have ramps
designed for your needs and offer several different types.
- Harmar makes a van ramp with a hitch access
- EZ-Access makes different length track ramps.
- Prarie View makes van ramps specifically designed for either
rear or side entry.
How are portable wheelchair van ramps designed?
- Designed to be lightweight and portable
- Are very strong with a capacity to hold up to 600 pounds.
- Made in Platform or track style
- Many kinds can be folded into sections when not in use
Note: Certain ones can also be used to access landing areas with steep
Wheelchair ramps for home and travel
Whether you are traveling about your house, town, or going to the office,
a sturdy portable ramp will keep you moving more smoothly. Here are some
- Roll up - designed to roll-up for easy carrying. These ramps
includes a storage bag
- Scooter - these ramps have side rails and a center panel that
slides easily into place, locking securely to provide a solid drive
- Suitcase - (Folding ramp!) These popular ramps are convenient
and compact and easy to transport. They fold in half (lengthwise), include
a built-in carrying handle and can be carried like a suitcase.
- Telescopic channel - these ramps extend and are useful on steps,
vans, or curbs. For storage, simply pick up each rail and depress the
guide buttons to collapse; this ramp offers the lightest weight and
most compact storage
- Threshold - these ramps are designed for easy access within
your home. They are perfect for doorways, sliding glass doors, and raised
- Ramp plans - modular blueprint designs that are easy to build
The Accessible Home: Updating Your Home for Changing Physical Needs
This book is packed with practical information for homeowners who
want to do their own work in adapting their existing homes for the
comfort, convenience, and safety of those with various kinds and
degrees of physical disability. The how-to instructions are clearly
written and well illustrated.
Accessible Home Design: Architectural Solutions for the Wheelchair
Accessible home projects have always involved intricate planning
and design, but their construction is often compromised because
builders are unfamiliar with the specialized concepts and techniques.
The need for expert information on this area of design is critical,
and in response, PVA offers this revised and expanded second edition
of Accessible Home Design.
Use Modular Wheelchair Ramps for
Ramp plans - Building wheel chair ramps with
EZ Access Portable Ramps -
3 most popular choices!
EZ Access Suitcase Ramps