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|Shopping for a portable wheelchair ramp can be a confusing process. At first it sounds very simple, but after surfing the internet and talking to wheelchair suppliers you often end up with more questions than answers! The first step toward gaining insight into this concept is to understand the types of portable wheelchair ramps that are available. The most popular styles of portable wheelchair ramps on the market are as follows:|
|Solid Wheelchair Ramps: These are typically available in shorter sizes between 8 to 24 inches long and are sometimes referred to as plate style. The larger solid ramps come in sizes all the way up to 5 feet. They are considered the easiest to operate since there is no moving parts on the ramp. Since they only come in shorter sizes, they are used for thresholds and smaller rises like a single step.|
|Single fold ramps are sometimes referred to Suitcase Ramps because many of them provide a handle for transporting; it looks like a suitcase when being carried by the handle. They only fold once down the middle, so they remain the same length even when folded. These tend to be the most economical and are available from 2 to 8 feet in length. They are commonly used for a couple of steps or loading an unoccupied powerchair into the side of a minivan.|
|Multi-Folding Wheelchair Ramps: Since these ramps also come with a handle, they are referred to as Suitcase Ramps as well. This can add to the confusion when determining the difference between ramps. Multi-fold ramps fold twice. There are hinges down the length of the ramp and also at half point. When its folded, it becomes a quarter of its unfolded size. They are available in sizes between 6 and 12 feet. They are used when smaller storage size is required.|
|Multi-Fold Rear Door Ramps: These ramps are basically Multi-fold with a longer top lip to allow for clearing a minivan or SUV bumper. Use this ramp when loading an unoccupied wheelchair ramp into the rear of a minivan or SUV.|
|Telescoping Track Ramps: These ramps are for manual wheelchairs only. The length is adjustable up to 10 feet for loading onto various vertical heights. They are compact and light for ease of transport.|
|The Dual Folding Track Ramps: Feature two lightweight tracks with handles. These tracks fold in half and are designed for power wheelchairs and scooters.|
|Please remember that the portable category includes ramp lengths under 12 feet. Anything above that length is not considered portable due to the increased size and weight.|
|Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
Discount Ramps is now proud to offer the FlexRamp wheelchair ramp system that allows you to convert your mini-van, full-size van, SUV, pick up, or commercial van to be wheelchair accessible. The same set up that you use for your vehicle can be used for entering and leaving your house too. This system is used to access one’s residency by extending the Flex-Ramp system over existing stairs. The ultra lightweight aluminum alloy construction gives you strength and durability; this is shown by the ramp being able to carry 780 pounds at any given time. This system locks into a plate mounted inside the vehicle or inside your house by pins, which allow it to be folded up between uses or removed to use in another system. As another option, you can get two wheel hand carts that feature a built in mounting plate for the FlexRamp wheel chair ramp to attach and be discharged from, keeping it the most unique and easy to use access ramp on the market. Three sizes are available and are specifically designed for mini-vans, SUVs, pickup trucks or your home. If a longer ramp is need you can add optional 16 inch extensions with the turn of a wrench. As a cost effective and efficient portable multi-use wheel chair ramp with an adjustable length and the ability to fold with locking legs for stability!
The Discount Ramps model number for the FlexRamp wheelchair ramp is different for each length. Discount Ramps offers 3 different lengths to fit the multiple needs of the consumer. FlexRamp-Mini is the 92 inch ramp that has a 26 inch tread width and a 28.5 inch overall width. The FlexRamp-Mini weighs only 100 pounds but has a 780 pound capacity making it a great ramp for sliding side door minivans and home usage. The FlexRamp-Full is the 108 inch ramp that has a 30 inch wide tread and a 33.25 inch overall tread width. This full FlexRamp also has a 780 pound weight capacity and only weighs 135 pounds. We recommend this ramp for side or rear full sized vans and home access. The third length is model number FlexRamp-Ex with measurements of 124 inch long, 39 inch overall width, and has a 36 inch tread width. The largest of the three ramps weighs 151 pounds and has a 900 pound capacity. We recommend this wheelchair ramp for SUVs, pickup trucks, commercial vans, home access, or staircases. Each one of these FlexRamp wheelchair ramps is made from a lightweight, but extremely durable, aluminum alloy. Developed with the care giver in mind, this portable wheelchair ramp can be easily transported for use in more than one area; a fixed mounting plate is installed in your vehicle, and special “L” brackets are used to lock the ramp into the steps. This gives you one ramp for multiple locations!
To learn more about the FlexRamp wheelchair ramp or to place a order visit our wheelchair ramp website.
To find out how long of a ramp you need please visit our wheelchair/scooter ramp calculator website.
Discount Ramps has added another wheelchair loading ramp to it’s selection. This new wheelchair ramp is very economical compared to many other portable ramps as it is made entirely out of steel, whereas the vast majority of other ramps are constructed out of a light-weight aluminum material. Some may wonder why you would want a steel folding wheelchair ramp, and there are a few good quality answers to that question. They are as follows:
- Steel folding wheelchair ramps are generally cheaper and more affordable than aluminum ramps. Not because they are a lesser quality product, but because aluminum is a more expensive material compared to steel. We want our customers to remember that just because a ramp is priced cheap doesn’t mean that the build quality of the ramp is “cheap”. Many of our competitors would like you to believe this, however, it is simply untrue.
- Steel ramps usually utilize a “grate” style surface. This is especially a good option for areas or situations where the scooter or wheelchair being loaded will be muddy or rainy conditions are involved. The grate style surface allows for the ramp and tires to self-clean; meaning mud, water, snow/ice, etc. fall through the grate holes thus allowing maximum traction while loading or entering an area.
- Steel ramps are sometimes a better option as steel is a harder metal compared to the aluminum that is typically used on ramps. This makes steel ramps better solutions when they are going to be thrown in and out of pickup trucks or other areas where a stiff surface may scratch or dent the ramp.
Those are just a few things to consider when looking at purchasing one of these new steel wheelchair ramps. Please note that right now Discount Ramps LLC is only offering these steel ramps in 3ft, 4ft, and 5ft lengths. For more details on these steel wheelchair ramps visit DiscountRamps.com.