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I've read the other threads but I still need a few other things made clear. If I rent a scooter for our cruise to Hawaii (San Francisco -3/1) from Special Needs at Sea or Scoot Around will they be the foldable ones that will make them easy to take on excursions?  I thought for our first trip with a scooter I'd rent it.  I'm hoping if it's foldable that they' let me carry it for him on the tender port. 

 

If I purchase one for DH, can I roll it though to the plane gate, then have them put it in cargo hold? He probably won't need it at the first airport, small local airport.

Did you put it in the golf case to check it or put it in the case before they load it at the gangway?

Do they charge you if you check it with your suitcases?

 

I was thinking hubby could use the scooter to go from the car to airport, then pick up a wheelchair assist and I'd wheel the folded scooter to the gate where he'd use it to board.  Will they let me wheel it through the airport?  Does it wheel that easily? 

 

Or do we use the wheelchair assist and check the scooter with out suitcases?  It will be tough for me handling luggage, a carry on and a folding scooter.

like the EV rider looks, hubby likes non of it, but he needs to adjust, PD has robbed him of so much and now its his ability to walk safely, I worry constantly. 

 

Well, thank you for all the information to this point. Tomorrow I'm making a few calls to set this up. or, I go purchase one and then I need a case. Hmmm. But for 18 days $350, plus is a good start on our own and he will need his own as this goes on.

 

Thanks again,

Pat

 

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Generally speaking, Scootaround does not rent those small, folding scooters.  They have the Pride GoGo scooters, either three or four wheel models.  I asked a rep from Scootaround why they don’t rent the small scooters and was told they don’t feel those are stable enough, and can be easily broken, so they don’t carry those.

 

I’ve been using a GoGo three wheeler for 11 years and I really like them.  Why can’t your husband ride the scooter from the car, through the airport, to the gate and then down the gangway where the baggage handlers will take it to the baggage hold?  Then when you arrive at your destination they will bring it up to the jetway, and off you go.  With the Pride scooters, there’s no hassle with folding them and shoving them into a case.  

 

 

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Thank you you've saved me one phone call, no Scootaround, I'll start with Special Needs at Sea or what ever Princess suggests as we are cruising with them this trip in March.

 

I  like to have transport(wheelchair) help at the big airports partly because it is difficult to find elevators,  and I worry it could be a bit tricky taking them off and on the fast moving trains/subways that take you between terminals at the bis airports. 

 

So do you use the folding scooter?  Do you put yours in a case before putting in the cargo hold?

 

Is the GoGo 3 wheeler a Pride scooter?

 

Than you, Pat

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PG13,  I am going through the exact same thing right now. On the fence regarding whether to purchase a foldable scooter for my husband or continue to rent. The Go Go 3 is a Pride scooter. Solutions At Sea does have some foldable scooters but they are $50 more than a regular scooter would be (for seven days at least. I am not sure about a longer period of time). I know in the past I have seen someone mention that they can still go to the front of a security line while riding a scooter just as they would if an attendant was taking them through in a wheelchair.  I’d like to verify that though. You probably should check with your airline to make sure it is OK  to  just pull your husband’s scooter in gate check it. I have a feeling they will want you to put it through the baggage check in that case.  Like you, I will be the one pulling the suitcases and carry-on,  Will be in charge of all the documents and so forth.  I usually use an offsite parking lot and then we take the shuttle from there to the airport terminal and check in.  DH is taken to the gate in a wheelchair. He can walk a little bit but it’s always too far of a walk to a gate. He can manage to walk up the jetway himself as well.  I’m  guessing the scooter will  have less chance of being thrown around and damaged if it is taken at the last minute from the jetway to the cargo hold rather than  being checked with bags with other luggage.  Regarding a golf case, only a few particular types of folding scooters will fit in a golf case. A couple of the other types have either a hard sided case, which is pretty expensive at several hundred dollars, or I think there are certain fabric bags you can put them in. Those will probably protect against scratches somewhat but I don’t know about other major damage. It’s a shame that it’s pretty difficult in many cities to find folding scooters available to see and or try in person before purchasing.  I’ve been searching extensively and there are so many brands, types, and the specifications vary.  On several occasions I have read the specs for the exact same model scooter and one supplier’s website will say the scooter minus batteries is 51 pounds and the other website will say 53 or 54 pounds  without the battery.  I’ve seen the exact same scooter plus the battery weights vary  by as much as 10 pounds between sites! And I do pay attention to whether that is with or without batteries. Then there’s the whole deal about which type of battery.  Lightweight means a lot to me and probably to you, too.  You have probably been reading the other questions on this board involving that whole issue.   I’ve been contemplating  whether we should rent a scooter for our upcoming cruise just to  test it out before purchasing one.  The folding ones make it so much easier to use local transportation.   Please post if you find  answers to some of the things either one of us are curious about and good luck to you And your husband getting all of this good stuff squared away.

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Hi Pat,

I do not use a folding scooter.  Their seats are too hard and physically uncomfortable for me to use all the time.  I'm post polio, and have been disabled since age 2, so comfort is paramount to me.  My legs don't move easily, and I need a scooter where the seat swivels to allow me to get off the scooter-----folding scooter seats do not move, they're stationary.  But I will say, my Pride GoGo does have a fold down tiller, and it does breaks down into three parts.

 

Has your husband ever used a scooter?  If not, you don't have to worry about trams and those kinds of vehicles.  The doors stay open long enough to get the scooters inside. I have used my Pride in many airports all over the world, and I've never had a problem getting into or out of elevators or trams------not even at Disney World when using their monorails, and those things get crazy crowded.

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PG13,  just wanted to let you know that I called my local airport and they said there is  A designated ADA line for those Using mobility devices like scooters or wheelchairs.   Of course that doesn’t answer your question about having him be in a wheelchair while you pull his scooter. 

 If you go to my question on this board titled “Head of security line....”,DUTRAVEL posted contact information for the TSA.

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On 2/4/2020 at 11:41 PM, mlbcruiser said:

PG13,  I am going through the exact same thing right now. On the fence regarding whether to purchase a foldable scooter for my husband or continue to rent. The Go Go 3 is a Pride scooter. Solutions At Sea does have some foldable scooters but they are $50 more than a regular scooter would be (for seven days at least. I am not sure about a longer period of time). I know in the past I have seen someone mention that they can still go to the front of a security line while riding a scooter just as they would if an attendant was taking them through in a wheelchair.  I’d like to verify that though. You probably should check with your airline to make sure it is OK  to  just pull your husband’s scooter in gate check it. I have a feeling they will want you to put it through the baggage check in that case.  Like you, I will be the one pulling the suitcases and carry-on,  Will be in charge of all the documents and so forth.  I usually use an offsite parking lot and then we take the shuttle from there to the airport terminal and check in.  DH is taken to the gate in a wheelchair. He can walk a little bit but it’s always too far of a walk to a gate. He can manage to walk up the jetway himself as well.  I’m  guessing the scooter will  have less chance of being thrown around and damaged if it is taken at the last minute from the jetway to the cargo hold rather than  being checked with bags with other luggage.  Regarding a golf case, only a few particular types of folding scooters will fit in a golf case. A couple of the other types have either a hard sided case, which is pretty expensive at several hundred dollars, or I think there are certain fabric bags you can put them in. Those will probably protect against scratches somewhat but I don’t know about other major damage. It’s a shame that it’s pretty difficult in many cities to find folding scooters available to see and or try in person before purchasing.  I’ve been searching extensively and there are so many brands, types, and the specifications vary.  On several occasions I have read the specs for the exact same model scooter and one supplier’s website will say the scooter minus batteries is 51 pounds and the other website will say 53 or 54 pounds  without the battery.  I’ve seen the exact same scooter plus the battery weights vary  by as much as 10 pounds between sites! And I do pay attention to whether that is with or without batteries. Then there’s the whole deal about which type of battery.  Lightweight means a lot to me and probably to you, too.  You have probably been reading the other questions on this board involving that whole issue.   I’ve been contemplating  whether we should rent a scooter for our upcoming cruise just to  test it out before purchasing one.  The folding ones make it so much easier to use local transportation.   Please post if you find  answers to some of the things either one of us are curious about and good luck to you And your husband getting all of this good stuff squared away.

      So Ken and I decided to buy instead of rent.  We've decided on the EV rider M model. I'm going to buy it from Med Mart because they're long standing business and I could speak with a person that deals with them. They are located  in Ohio, so at least if we have a problem its not too far away.  I choose the M model after reading a LOT! of reviews. We choose it because its light weight, but not so light that it seems flimsy and easy to fold. Also, M model claims longer battery life, key fob start should make it more secure, 2 front wheels may making it more stable, but they are close together so its maybe more maneuverable then regular 4 wheelers.  It is 44 pounds, I checked with the company. The main complaint is the seat isn't as comfortable. We have 2 trips planned this year one being in Switzerland where we'll be traveling by train half the trip so  it needs to fold down easily and it has to be light for us/me to handle. If we rent one two times this year that'd be almost half the price of the scooter as we'd be gone 3 weeks and 4 weeks between the trips.

     I did multiple days of talking with/at Ken about this, giving all these arguments to finally have him agree.  It worries me when we're out that he's going to have a serious fall.  Please put my mind at easy, I can't enjoy myself if I'm always waiting for him to freeze from PD and fall again. Why not now, before long it will be a must, so why not now and use it for longer hauls and save his energy.  Its a place to rest.  He can handle it easily it if something happens to me.  He can handle his own carry on.  SO - he looked over the specs and said OK. Because we live in Michigan a scooter isn't going to be the answer all, but it will. Hope this helps you. Pat

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Hi Pat, i’ve been looking at scooters for days and days online recently. So far have nearly decided on the exact same model you are getting. My husband agreed to getting one a week or so ago,  but since then seems to try to avoid the subject anytime I bring it up. I thought of all the arguments you have mentioned and presented them. However he does not think he will wind up using the scooter that much. If I go ahead and order it, and if he finds it uncomfortable or it how is the problem of any kind early on, I will never hear the end of it. Like you, I also continually feel like I am walking on pins and needles anytime he is on his feet. Especially since he has had a rash of falls in the past 6 mos. As far as the amount of use he would get out of it, I really don’t think he would use it all that much when we are not traveling. But there are events we would be more likely to attend if he didn’t have to walk so far. One of the reasons we travel less now is because there are too many things he cannot do. Just today for instance, my nephew is in town. He is a pilot for a commercial airline and we are going down to pick him up in a short while to spend the day with him before he has to fly out tonight. It’s almost like having a visitor you want to take to all the tourist spots. Almost everything I can think of to do would not be something my husband could do. Yet some of the things with merely just requiring him to be able to walk further distances. My husband wants to come to lunch with us and will  want to go around with us this afternoon.  So I have put a transport chair in the back of my minivan, which which he also never will ride in. My husband is also concerned that the scooter will be a complication because I will be the one dealing with the luggage and dealing with the foldable scooter. I will admit, it’s a lot easier to show up at the airport and let somebody wheel him to the gate. I realize we could check the scooter with baggage but I kind of think they take more of a beating that way. Of course it is easy to have a scooter waiting for us at the ship. Still, all of our travel is not just cruising. It would be a much easier decision if he could try one before purchasing. Even the one we are thinking of renting for this upcoming cruise Is not one of the models we are considering. Or I should say that I am considering for him!  I tried to pin him down a few days ago and he said he didn’t really want to get one. So I keep flip-flopping. I think one of the things that worries me the most is the fact that while doing my research – and yes I did a whole lot of reading and looked at every review I could put my hands on, talked to 2 suppliers, the airlines,  etc. – it seems like it is not unusual for folding scooters to have issues. At least that’s what I have seen and heard from a few people so far. Of course there are also many people recommending them as you and I have both read on these boards. Even upon delivery, I have read of wheels being broken, but more often batteries or chargers that are not operational. I like the auto fold styles for my own convenience but In the case of no power, those are not foldable. I would also go for the lithium battery due to weight issues.Fold up issues would not be  so good if we were on a trip! One can get a stronger, more stable, take apart scooter for half the price of the folding ones, but no way am I doing that. Please , please,  please keep me posted on how you like the scooter. I am flip-flopping over this issue continually and if we are going to get one we need to do it within the next two weeks or so. I’m guessing your’ will arrive soon

. Even if we don’t get one right away, we will be in South Florida soon and I would like to check out a few scooter stores there. I understand some of them have more options in store than the stores I can find here. (I wish cruise critic had a private message option as does TripAdvisor to discuss this whole topic with you further!). Hope this scooter works out very well for you and your husband.

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     Here's the thing, using a scooter is inevitable for Ken, he has Parkinson's, at this time it causes his feet to freezing mid-stride and if he can't catch himself he will and does fall and this can not be helped much with a cane or walker.  This will get worse, its 12 been years now we've been dealing with this disease, Ken was diagnosed at 52.  I only got him to use a wheel chair on our last trip in Jan, and he agreed partly because it eases our way through check in, etc. The disease has also slowed him down to the point that getting through the airports is a long drawn out affair causing problems getting to our gate on time.  I don't expect he'll use it all the time.  However, it will allow us to get out more. His physical therapist told me it was time for tough love and get angry about using a cane at all times and a scooter.  He was not even using his cane and walked around trying to be sure he was falling onto furniture but often the floor, ridiculous!!  I choose the M model, it does not electrically fold up, but a floor level kick starts the process and you complete it.  I watched it on QVC.  I think the electric fold is just one more thing to go wrong and it only has 1 front wheel. With so many people using them, a lot on our last cruise,  I'm going to trust the product is pretty trustworthy. He won't be using it around the house, our house isn't setup with proper doorways. And, we live in Michigan so in the winter outside is a no go. At some point I will probably need to purchase a model that can get us around in thee snow, but that's up the road a ways I hope. Good luck.

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You are welcome to contact me at greenpatti@comcast.net   E V Rider head quarters is located in Ft Meyers, Florida, they have many options. Maybe you could visit there. I do believe you could find a store with more options in Florida.

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On 2/7/2020 at 11:20 AM, mlbcruiser said:

Hi Pat, i’ve been looking at scooters for days and days online recently. So far have nearly decided on the exact same model you are getting. My husband agreed to getting one a week or so ago,  but since then seems to try to avoid the subject anytime I bring it up. I thought of all the arguments you have mentioned and presented them. However he does not think he will wind up using the scooter that much. If I go ahead and order it, and if he finds it uncomfortable or it how is the problem of any kind early on, I will never hear the end of it. Like you, I also continually feel like I am walking on pins and needles anytime he is on his feet. Especially since he has had a rash of falls in the past 6 mos. As far as the amount of use he would get out of it, I really don’t think he would use it all that much when we are not traveling. But there are events we would be more likely to attend if he didn’t have to walk so far. One of the reasons we travel less now is because there are too many things he cannot do. Just today for instance, my nephew is in town. He is a pilot for a commercial airline and we are going down to pick him up in a short while to spend the day with him before he has to fly out tonight. It’s almost like having a visitor you want to take to all the tourist spots. Almost everything I can think of to do would not be something my husband could do. Yet some of the things with merely just requiring him to be able to walk further distances. My husband wants to come to lunch with us and will  want to go around with us this afternoon.  So I have put a transport chair in the back of my minivan, which which he also never will ride in. My husband is also concerned that the scooter will be a complication because I will be the one dealing with the luggage and dealing with the foldable scooter. I will admit, it’s a lot easier to show up at the airport and let somebody wheel him to the gate. I realize we could check the scooter with baggage but I kind of think they take more of a beating that way. Of course it is easy to have a scooter waiting for us at the ship. Still, all of our travel is not just cruising. It would be a much easier decision if he could try one before purchasing. Even the one we are thinking of renting for this upcoming cruise Is not one of the models we are considering. Or I should say that I am considering for him!  I tried to pin him down a few days ago and he said he didn’t really want to get one. So I keep flip-flopping. I think one of the things that worries me the most is the fact that while doing my research – and yes I did a whole lot of reading and looked at every review I could put my hands on, talked to 2 suppliers, the airlines,  etc. – it seems like it is not unusual for folding scooters to have issues. At least that’s what I have seen and heard from a few people so far. Of course there are also many people recommending them as you and I have both read on these boards. Even upon delivery, I have read of wheels being broken, but more often batteries or chargers that are not operational. I like the auto fold styles for my own convenience but In the case of no power, those are not foldable. I would also go for the lithium battery due to weight issues.Fold up issues would not be  so good if we were on a trip! One can get a stronger, more stable, take apart scooter for half the price of the folding ones, but no way am I doing that. Please , please,  please keep me posted on how you like the scooter. I am flip-flopping over this issue continually and if we are going to get one we need to do it within the next two weeks or so. I’m guessing your’ will arrive soon

. Even if we don’t get one right away, we will be in South Florida soon and I would like to check out a few scooter stores there. I understand some of them have more options in store than the stores I can find here. (I wish cruise critic had a private message option as does TripAdvisor to discuss this whole topic with you further!). Hope this scooter works out very well for you and your husband.

 

I have had a Tzora folding scooter for years and it has been trouble free.  It is made in Israel and not China.  I have traveled with it all over the world.  The only problems I have had were with airline abuse.  It has been dragged across concrete, upside down and on the console, causing extensive damage.  It never occured to them to roll it upright on the wheels.  Then comes the fight with the airlines to get it repaired.  Special thanks to the caring folks at American.

In my experience, the cost of rental a couple times will pay for the purchase of your own scooter.

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Thanks for your input 1980dory. Sorry your scooter has gotten beaten up by the baggage handlers. . Do you usually check it with checked baggage or do you usually give it up at the gate or jetway? We are awaiting delivery of a scooter now. In our case, it would take about 9 weekly rentals to equal what we are paying for this scooter. Hopefully by owning a scooter he will use it for enough of outings

to make it worth it. I will admit, I stress over the whole airport experience and not only that but how well the scooter will end up holding up.

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