Manual Ramps for Wheelchairs and Scooters


Manual ramps aren’t the most complicated or expensive options for a wheelchair van, but they can be among the most practical choices.

That’s because manual options are invariably less expensive than power ramps.  They also tend to be more reliable.  You may sacrifice convenience with a manual ramp, but the savings can be impressive.

Some people need power ramps.  Others can do just fine with a manual version.  The unique circumstances of the individual in need of a ramp will determine which option makes more sense.

Those who are interested in manual ramps will be interested in these helpful hints for finding the best possible option.

How to Buy Manual Ramps

While they may seem simple, there are a few features to consider when looking at manual ramps. You’ll want to compare makes and models that fit your specifications and needs.  Carefully consider the following factors:

How is it put in place?
Some manual ramps have a unique hinge and pulley design. This allows the user to simply pull up the ramp and position it within the van or minivan without subjecting them to the risk of back strain.  The decision to go with a manual option doesn’t need to force you to confront a regular physical challenge!

How durable is it?
Some manual varieties are less durable. You see evidence of poor construction in used manual ramps with worn treads and a weakened structure.  Do your homework and investigate brands with a track record of durability.  Also, look for corrosion-resistant ramps and those that offer a sturdy, non-stick surface.

Does it have hinges?
Some of the better products will use hidden hinges or no hinges at all. This helps keep the ramp’s path free from obstructions that could hinder its use. Tripping over a hinge or becoming snagged on it can cause a wide range of problems.

How is it placed on the van or minivan?
Some manual ramps are adaptations to the van and therefore can slide in and out of use easily. Others need to be picked up moved from place to place.  This should be a primary consideration for anyone who plans on using their ramp with their wheelchair van.

Is the weight limit acceptable?
A strong ramp is necessary, especially when you have to manage the weight of a motorized scooter on a regular basis. Select a product that gives you enough weight range.  When calculating weights, consider the “loaded” weight of the wheelchair and, if applicable, the weight of anyone who may be “steering” or otherwise assisting in the chair’s use.

Although many people purchase manual ramps because they are more affordable than powered versions, these ramps do offer other benefits. Compare options and limit yourself to durable manual ramps that features optimal design and easy of use.