My mother is back from her trip from SE Mass to Montreal in Canada, using her 2002 Prius, and here's what she has to say:mrv said:My mother is out of town this weekend, so I'll have to wait a few days to get a response from her about her scooter... I know she was planning on taking the scooter with her on her trip.
It was originally purchased for my father, as after his heart attack he couldn't get around much (shuffled a lot), and couldn't really be left alone for a long period, so the scooter allowed him to keep up with my mother shopping and such. Once or twice my mother tried borrowing one of the larger 4-wheeled units that are available at some supermarkets or Walmart or such, and my father had trouble handling it, knocking into displays all the time, which he rarely did with the GoGo that my mother purchased.Michelle, we took the scooter with us to Canada and used it a lot. It fit in the trunk with four person's baggages plus shopping and we also had four people in the car, went through mountains and had downpours of rain most of the week and we got lost in Montreal many times and we still only spent $57 on gas! My friends were amazed. This meant a trip to Montreal for four persons only cost $20 each! (They didn't let me chip in.) We did about 950 miles.
I have a Pride scooter, the name of the model is "Go-Go". Their web site is: http://www.pridemobility.com . It is a portable model which comes apart in four separate pieces, the heaviest piece weighing 29 lbs so that I can handle it myself. Of course, it is not quite as powerful as the bigger
models. The four pieces fit in the trunk of my (classic) 2002 Prius with room in the trunk to spare as we also fit into it four suitcases (medium size and strategically placed).
Mine is a 3 wheeler but it is available as a 4 wheeler. I think that my 3 wheeler might be a little easier to handle and manoeuvre especially when crowding into an elevator, sometimes when I'm lucky in the elevator, I can even turn it around and come out forward instead of backing up. It has a knob so that it can go faster or slower. The charge lasts probably two or three hours depending on your weight, the smoothness of the surface, or flatness of the surface. On a steeper incline (higher than about a 2" rise, like some handicapped wheelchair ramps), it has a release so that it can be rolled (or walked) up the incline.
To copy the actual "flyer" that came with it:
"The Go-Go" 3-Wheel Travel Vehicle takes easy transportability to a whole new level! It quickly and conveniently disasembles and the heaviest piece weighs only 29.5 lbs., so feel free to take it anywhere, even without a lift!
The Go-Go combines an ultra-compact size with impressive standard features: easy-to-remove battery pack, flat-free tires, an easily adjustable tiller, a 4-position seat, a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs., and a top speed of 4 mph! The Go-Go is truly a must-have for those who are looking for easy transport and exceptional tight-space
maneuverability. Plus, with its super low price, the Go-Go delivers something even more impressive... tremenbous overall value."
It will fit in a closet when not in use. I used it when we visited Plymouth Rock, the mansion "The Breakers" in Newport, through the streets of Old Montreal, and throughout the Logan Airport terminals when waiting for our friends' arrivals. I brought the battery charger with me, found
plugs on the side walls of the terminals, plugged it in while waiting because I had forgotten to fully charge it before having left the house. It took a full charge in about an hour. Otherwise, I charged it after every time I used it. It has a guage on it telling you the status of the
battery as you use it.
I bought it in August of 2003, the price they wanted for it was $1085 then but I dickered and got it for $1025.
I would guess that it might use up about half of a classic Prius trunk.