Whoever invented the wheelchair carrier for the back of vehicles needs a hearty hug! Maybe he was motivated by his own experiences and struggles, or those of a friend or a loved one.
Whatever it was, by introducing a wheelchair carrier for the back of a vehicle, he solved the messy pain that transporting a wheelchair was for the disabled and their caregivers.
Below is a look at the best types of carriers for seniors with different needs. Hopefully, we have one that fits your needs.
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Here is a look at all the latest and greatest wheelchair carriers on the marker.
1. 500lbs Strong Wheelchair Hitch Carrier
The Strong Wheelchair Hitch Carrier is perfect to aid in traveling with your wheelchair or scooter.
It can be used as a carrier or a loading ramp. All you have to do is attach it to the hitch on your car. This carrier is made to fit all class 3 or class 4 trailer hitches.
It is constructed with brand new and high-quality heavy-duty steel and internal spring-loaded pull locks. Also, there is a welded handle on the ramp that is used for easy folding and unfolding.
As far as sizing goes, the dimensions of this carrier bed are: (L X W) 48-3/4” X 27-3/4”. And the dimensions for the carrier ramp are: (L X W) 42” X 26-1/2”. Also, the max weight capacity for this carrier is about 500 pounds.
- Max weight capacity is 500lbs
- The carrier has 3 positions (closed flat, open L-shape, and open flat)
- Made from heavy-duty steel
- Weighs 70 pounds
2. Goplus Hitch Mount Wheelchair Carrier
The Goplus Wheelchair Carrier is the perfect solution to your loading problems.
This carrier easily folds and doesn’t take up much space. It is perfect for easy loading and transporting wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or other similar equipment.
And, you don’t have to worry about it not being able to attach to your particular vehicle. It is made to fit cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans.
The Goplus wheelchair carrier is made of heavy-duty steel that is very durable. It’s got a caring capacity of up to 500 pounds, so this carrier can meet almost any carrying needs in your daily life.
This carrier can be easily folded into 3 different positions. The first keeps the ramp folded flat on the carrier surface (it is held down with a spring pull pin). The second position allows the ramp to go vertical when a mobility device is on the carrier. And the last is the ramp unfolded for loading or unloading.
- Suitable for any vehicle
- 500-pound weight capacity
- Has 3 different folding positions
- Higher priced
3. Silver Spring Manual Wheelchair Carrier
The Silver Spring Carrier is perfect for transporting your manual wheelchair.
The only thing this carrier needs to attach to your car is an existing vehicle hitch ball mount.
For easy loading and unloading of your wheelchair from the carrier, the platform tilts down to slide it on. Then, the height adjustable stability arm secures your wheelchair in place, and you are good to go.
Furthermore, when you aren’t using the carrier, it simply folds upright and takes up minimal space.
The Silver Spring Carrier can hold up to 100 pounds and only weighs 32 pounds. Its exact dimensions (LxWxH) are 25.25 x 31 x 29.
- Folds compactly when not in use
- Weighs 32 pounds
- Holds up to 100 pounds
- Easier if 2 people put the wheelchair on and off
4. Economy Hitch Mounted Mobility Scooter Carrier Rack
Economy’s Hitch Mounted Carrier Rack, although definitely on the pricier side, is a great heavy-duty option.
This mobility scooter carrier includes a loading ramp that easily folds upright after the scooter is loaded on. And, this carrier can support up to 500 pounds, so it can hold many different power scooter models.
Furthermore, all it needs to connect is a trailer hitch. This model in particular fits a 2” Class 3 or 4 trailer hitch receiver.
Economy’s carrier is built to last. It is made from durable aluminum. The dimensions of this carrier are (LxWxH): 48 x 38.25 x 9.5 inches, and it weighs 46 pounds.
- Supports up to 500 pounds
- Weighs only 46 pounds
- Attaches to a class 3 or 4 hitch receiver
- Higher price
5. JMTAAT Carrier for Electric Wheelchairs
JMTAAT’s hitch-mounted cargo carrier is made for easy loading and transportation of your electric wheelchair or scooter.
This carrier can be used as a carrier and a ramp. The integrated ramp folds into three different positions; closed flat, open L-shape, and open flat. And it can be locked flat when you’re not using it.
Also, the JMTAAT carrier is constructed of heavy-duty steel with pull locks. And the entire carrier is protected against rain, mud, dirt, or any other outdoor elements.
Furthermore, it has a 3-inch safety rail and features a 2-inch class 3 or 4 hitch receiver. This carrier is suited for cars, SUVs, or trucks as long as it meets the minimum height and hitch requirements.
Installation is easy with all included hardware. The weight capacity is 500 pounds while the total weight of this carrier is 73 pounds.
- Suitable for cars, trucks, and SUVs
- It is powder-coated black to protect against outside elements
- Made of heavy-duty steel
6. MaxxHaul 80779 Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier
The MaxxHaul 80779 is great for hauling cargo behind all types of vehicles.
It fits all 2inch by 2inch class 3 and 4 hitch receivers. This carrier in particular is 50’’ long x 29.5’’ wide x 7.5’’ deep.
Furthermore, the MaxxHaul 80779 is lightweight and easy to clean. It is made out of rust-proof aluminum, so it is really sturdy.
The reflectors on the back of the carrier are there to increase road safety. And inside their carrier, there are anchor points for securing whatever you’re transporting.
The MaxxHaul 80779 is a universal fit, with a maximum distributed weight capacity of 500 pounds.
- Made from rust-proof aluminum
- Its fit type is a universal fit
- Has anchor points for securing cargo
- Has rear reflectors
- The instructions can be confusing
7. Silver Spring Universal Electric Lift and Carrier
The Silver Spring lift and carrier is unlike any other carrier on this list. That is because this lift lowers and lifts your chair with the push of a button.
This carrier is constructed from high-strength, lightweight aluminum. And is made for all class 3 or class 4 2-inch hitch receivers with an included class 2 1¼-inch adapter.
The platform is 39’’ L x 27’’ W with an adjustable cradle that extends to 46’’.
Furthermore, the Silver Spring carrier includes 4 self-tensioning retractors, a license plate holder, a wiring harness, and a manual backup hand crank. Also, it has a 350-pound weight capacity.
And, when you aren’t using this carrier, it easily folds up against the back of your vehicle.
- 350-pound weight capacity
- It has a class 2 1¼-inch adapter
- Has a backup hand crank
- Has 4 self-tensioning retractors
- Higher price
8. Titan Ramps Wheelchair Mobility Rack Ramp
The Titan Ramps wheelchair ramp is great for people who want an easy-to-use ramp.
This medical rack can support the weight of most power scooters and electric wheelchairs. It can hold a maximum weight of up to 500 pounds.
This ramp is intended to be used with 2-inch class 3 or 4 trailer hitches and is not compatible with 1¼-inch hitches. Also, the Titan Ramp has a quick-action spring pull pin that secures the ramp in place, for easy transport.
Furthermore, this ramp is constructed from heavy-duty steel. Because of this, it will resist bending, bowing, and corrosion, giving you several years of use.
This carrier weighs roughly 86 pounds and its dimensions are (LxW) 46.5’’ x 28’’. The tray depth is 4¼ inches.
- Made of heavy-duty steel
- 500-pound weight capacity
- Has a pull pin to secure the ramp in place
Sadly Medicare does not pay for wheelchair lifts for your vehicle.
It is possible to transport electric wheelchairs with a wheelchair lift on the back of your vehicle.
Yes, just attach it to a trailer hitch. Make sure you have enough room behind the vehicle to cover the width.
A wheelchair carrier for the back of a vehicle can be a piece of fantastic equipment to have for a disabled person and others who are forced to rely on a wheelchair to remain on the move.
By accommodating most mobility vehicles including scooters and various types of wheelchairs, carriers help challenged users to bring their chairs along ensuring they can have maximum fun and freedom while out on a trip.
And while a wheelchair is life-transforming, its carrier ensures you can have it where you need it and is a convenient way of maximizing it.
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