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Guide To Full Size Mobility Scooters

Full-Size Mobility Scooters (3- and 4-Wheel)

Full-size scooters are designed not only to offer indoor independence in larger homes and spaces like shopping centers, but also maximize outdoor independence, with models ranging from 4 mph, 3-wheel scooters with 20-mile battery ranges, all the way up to 10 mph, 4-wheel scooters with 30-mile battery ranges, with weight capacities from 300- to 500 lbs.

An important aspect in selecting a full-size scooter is turning radius, which dictates how well a scooter maneuvers indoors. For example, a 3-wheel scooter with a 42" turning radius will maneuver indoors better than a 4-wheel scooter with a 59" turning radius. As a result, if indoor maneuverability is important to you, look for a small turning radius.

Notable features and options to consider on a full-size scooter include suspension for a smooth ride; a high-back, reclining seat for increased comfort; full lighting for increased visibility outdoors; a Delta tiller that allows precise positioning of the steering and controls where you find it most comfortable; and, an elevating seat that allows access to higher shelves when shopping. Additionally, for transport, you may wish to consider a separate lift for your vehicle that will allow the scooter to travel with you.

A full-size scooter may be best for you if you need:

  • Best outdoor performance
  • Ability to travel longer distances
  • Use in larger indoor environments, including stores and malls
  • Features like suspension, deluxe seating, and full lighting
  • Weight capacity up to 500 lbs.
  • Higher speed

A full-size scooter may not be best for you if you need:

  • Transportability in a standard vehicle without a lift
  • Maneuverability in a small home or apartment
  • A size that fits someone very small in stature

By Mark E. Smith

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