I originally put this review on the Elite Traveler (Oops!) which is almost the same except a bit lighter duty and cheaper. Except for weight capacity and a bit larger batteries, they are the same.
I have MS so may legs don't work well anymore. I rented one of these on an Alaska Cruise and man, am I glad I did! Whole unit is just under 22" wide so it will fit through cabin doors, which are only 22"wide. The three wheel design makes it very nimble to get around, much more than a four wheeled model which you'd have to hit doors and aisles straight on to pass though. I loved it so much and didn't realize that I needed it so bad (had been using a wheeled walker and toughing it out) and now, I take it on every trip. I bought a hitch mounted drive on platform to transport it, but when the weather is bad, it is easily disassembled and stored in pieces in back of my SUV. Disassembly/reassembly time is under 5 minutes without rushing - pull off the battery pack, pull out the seat, pull the deck apart (drive unit and tiller unit), lower the tiller, and put pieces into the vehicle.
I'm not a small guy and this thing has plenty of power to run me up hills with ease, using standard batteries. The ONLY time I had an issue was low tide leaving the ship I needed someone to help push a little (not much) to go up the loading ramp. Normal and high tide, no problem, but at low tide the ramp was just too steep and long. I have no problem with my driveway putting out trash cans or getting mail. It's a little steep but not very long so the scooter can handle it.
Range wise, I've gone seven miles on one charge several times. That's plenty for shopping and dining ashore and touring a bit for an entire day. My wife gives out before my scooter does!
Overall, highly recommend this model. price, range, capacity, and manuverability can't be beat.
Thoughts: 1) Do practice a bit first as "high speed" turns, especially on an incline, can get a bit scary. I've not tipped over but it feels like it wants to. 2) When you lower the tiller (very large hand wheel) and tighten it, be SURE and get the tiller nut VERY tight or it will vibrate out on the highway and you'll have to get another one. I wish it had some sort of safety strap for the tiller tightening unit and bolt to avoid that. Speaking of the tiller nut, was pleasantly surprised that a new tiller hand wheel was covered under warranty. Didn't expect that at all!
3/17/2020 2:27 PM
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