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Guide To Travel Scooters

Travel Mobility Scooters

As the name suggests, travel scooters are the most portable type of scooter, disassembling to fit in the most compact of automobile trunks. Still, although travel scooters disassemble into pieces as light as 22 lbs., they're no lightweight when it comes to performance, with typical weight capacities between 250- and 350 lbs., speeds up to 5 mph, and driving ranges between 10- to 20 miles, based on model.

What's Required to Transport a Typical Travel Mobility Scooter:

  1. Remove the seat by lifting it off of the scooter
  2. Remove the battery pack by lifting it off of the scooter
  3. Undo the retaining clips that connect the front and rear halves of the scooter, separating the frame into 2 compact pieces
  4. Fold the tiller (steering column)
  5. Place the scooter component into vehicle

Travel scooters come in 3- and 4-wheel versions. 3-wheel travel scooters are more maneuverable than 4-wheel travel scooters, turning in tighter spaces. However, 4-wheel travel scooters offer a bit more foot room than 3-wheel scooters, and can feel more assured on varied terrain outdoors (however, travel scooters are not meant for exceptionally aggressive outdoor terrain).

A travel scooter may be best for you if you need:

  • Utmost transportability
  • Best indoor maneuverability
  • Versatility indoors and out
  • Exceptionally compact design
  • Battery range of 10- to 20-miles (varies by model)
  • Speeds of 5 mph or less
  • An excellent value

A travel scooter may not be best for you if you need:

  • Performance on aggressive outdoor terrain
  • Extended battery range
  • Speeds over 5 mph

By Mark E. Smith

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