Folding and Multi Fold Ramps for Wheelchairs and Scooters

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Many wheelchair and scooter owners should investigate multi-fold and folding ramps.  There are many different types of ramps that fall into these broad categories from multiple manufacturers.

They can be used for a variety of purposes including building access, curb negotiation and access in and out of vehicles.  Multi-fold and folding ramps unfold and lock into position.  Setup is fast and storage is easy.

Here are some tips for finding the right multi-fold or folding ramp for your individual situation:

What Makes a Ramp Great?

  • Easy Handling: When comparing the various ramps on the market, handling is an important issue upon which to focus. You need to find it operation of the ramp easy, especially if you plan on using it in a variety of locations.
  • Portability: Portability is not a given, even with multi-fold ramps. Some ramps are quite heavy and difficult to reset after being put into their desired position.  If you want to use a ramp during travel, look for one that will fold up nicely to fit in the back of your van.  Some ramps will fold up to be the size of a large suitcase!
  • Quality Construction: The best folding and multi-fold ramps will stand up to the weight and punishment associated with regular use.  They’ll have solid welds and strong hinges that won’t snap or weaken over time.  Be acutely aware of how the folding process might influence durability.  Some lower-quality ramps put hinges under undue stress when folded.
  • The Right Size: The size of the ramp is of critical importance. Your multi-fold or folding ramp needs to be wide enough to accommodate your wheelchair or scooter and should be long enough to have a slow incline when in use.

Although purchasing a quality ramp may cost a bit more than looking for a bargain model, it will save you money in the log run.  When you examine your options, keep handling, portability, quality and size in mind.