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    Have any of you having bought a WAV, found that when you subsequently acquired an electric wheelchair, that you struggled to fit into the WAV when seated in the wheelchair? I am in the process of changing my car and decided to future proof by buying a WAV now even though I am not yet in a wheelchair. I have been advised to measure myself sitting in a wheelchair before purchasing a WAV but because I haven't yet got an electric wheelchair I cant do this as yet. I am looking at buying a Peugeot Partner Teepee or Citroen Berlingo. Does anyone have either model and what was your experience?

    #2
    My partner is in an electric wheelchair and it was difficult for us to find one with enough head room. We got a Fiat doblo in the end and it has done the job brilliant.
    we got a nearly new wav on the Motability. It had only done 5000 miles and the down payment was around 400 which is a lot cheaper than a new one. We’ve had no problems with it and had it nearly two years.
    Best of luck but definitely advise you get the best head room possible.
    This will also help to see out of the windows.

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      #3
      I have a Peugeot Rifter Horizon, also acquired ‘nearly new’ on the Motobility scheme. 1,000 miles on the clock and an upfront payment of £900. I’m 5’ 11” and have an Invacare TDX SP2 wheelchair. There is just enough headroom for me and the view isn’t great. But we figured that our journeys are going to be relatively short and it’s fine. We tested it before signing on the bottom line - a two year contract.

      My MND is ‘top down’ and I can still manage to walk a few steps on the flat and, with support, can get into the front passenger seat. This is the best of both worlds as it means we transport the empty wheelchair in the back - my wife drives it in and out.

      Hope this helps.
      Diagnosed October 2020 - See my blog at https://www.myneurodiary.com

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        #4
        Originally posted by ian carson View Post
        Have any of you having bought a WAV, found that when you subsequently acquired an electric wheelchair, that you struggled to fit into the WAV when seated in the wheelchair? I am in the process of changing my car and decided to future proof by buying a WAV now even though I am not yet in a wheelchair. I have been advised to measure myself sitting in a wheelchair before purchasing a WAV but because I haven't yet got an electric wheelchair I cant do this as yet. I am looking at buying a Peugeot Partner Teepee or Citroen Berlingo. Does anyone have either model and what was your experience?
        I’ve got a Citroën Berlingo, not driven my powered wheelchair in yet but headspace good as floor was dropped in the (before me) conversion. My husband has driven it in while I sat in the passenger seat. For the chair to go in the driver side (and only) back passenger seat has to be folded. Good luck, Lynne x
        ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

        I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.

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          #5
          ian carson We didn't qualify for Motability as I'm over retirement age so we bought an elderly (in years, not mileage) Chrysler Voyager which had previously been adapted to take a wheelchair in the front passenger space. It did cost us and extra 2.5K to get a new crash tested fixing and fitting for the wheelchair (Invacare 2TDXSP). I have to take off the footplates to manoeuver into the space and at 5'7" my head only just clears the roof and the sun visor cuts off my view if deployed. The original floor fitting will be advertised on Ebay as it can be used with older wheelchairs that are not crash tested.

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            #6
            Hi Ian,
            We had exactly the same problem with my powerchair and went to visit a specialist adapted vehicle seller so we could look at various different models. It was surprising how many would have been too low for me (I am quite tall). Clearance at the top of the ramp as you enter the vehicle is crucial. We opted for a Volkswagen caddy which was much taller than a lot of the other models but still competitively priced. It also has the advantage that I can (sort of) see out of most of the windows as we travel (again it’s surprising how many vehicles will have your head up in the roof space where you can’t see anything)
            hope this helps,
            James

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              #7
              Like James I have a VW Caddy And like Ian I have an Invavcare 2TDX SP. I can drive from the wheelchair but the parcel shelf above the drivers side had to be cut out. I’m 6foot tall, well I was when I could stand up.

              I have not found a very comfy seat cushion so any journey over an our is literally a pain in the b*m. Any suggestions anyone?

              Wheelchair Services supplied the chair in early Covid nearly two years ago ( Have we really had this for nearly two years???). I told them it was lovely but I cannot get it through the internal doors of my house. Their response? - Glad you like your chair!
              Richard

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                #8
                Originally posted by richard View Post
                I told them it was lovely but I cannot get it through the internal doors of my house. Their response? - Glad you like your chair!
                We’ve had to take some doors off their hinges

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                  #9
                  Good Morning All
                  I am in the same situation as ian carson - I can still stagger about, but I want to "future proof" and get the WAV sorted now.
                  All I am hearing from the WAV suppliers is that there are supply issues caused by car companies scaling back production and a global shortage of microchips to go in the cars. I was told yesterday that it could be 6-12 months before I would get a new vehicle on Motability.
                  All rather inconvenient as I want to be out making the most of what mobility I have left.
                  I am looking at the "nearly new" used WAVs available, but they seem to be rare.
                  I am 6ft tall, so the head clearance thing is an issue. They brought a VW Caddy demonstrator to me, and that looked fine.
                  Not got a wheelchair yet. Physio and OT coming on Thursday to start looking at that.
                  Hi, I'm Eddie.
                  Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
                  Still walking and talking, and wondering what the future will bring.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by richard View Post
                    I have not found a very comfy seat cushion so any journey over an our is literally a pain in the b*m. Any suggestions anyone? !
                    Tell you OT and wheelchair services that your cushion is inadequate, causing you pain in your coccyx/sacral/cheeks area (or wherever) and you're worried about devoloping pressure sores - a standard foam cushion won't be enough.

                    Can you remember being specically assessed for a seat cushion? xx
                    ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                    Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Ellie View Post
                      Can you remember being specically assessed for a seat cushion? xx
                      There was no assessment. I was told that the cushion they provided was very expensive but unfortunately it’s not very comfortable. I’ve personally bought foam, gel and even coccyx cushions, but none are perfect.

                      I shall contact them Ellie.

                      Richard
                      Richard

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by richard View Post
                        I was told that the cushion they provided was very expensive but unfortunately it’s not very comfortable.
                        Which cushion is it Richard and do you think you're in a good sitting position in the chair itself - bum is fully back in the seat and not slouching on your coccyx, knees comfy etc? xx
                        ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                        Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ellie View Post
                          Which cushion is it Richard and do you think you're in a good sitting position in the chair itself - bum is fully back in the seat and not slouching on your coccyx, knees comfy etc? xx
                          The one they supllied is made by VicAir (https://www.vicair.com) its astronomical cost is over £500.

                          I feel comfortable (ish) in the chair when driving, but never very comfortable. When Im not driving its better but I still get a numb b*m.
                          Richard

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by richard View Post
                            its astronomical cost is over £500.
                            They all retail at those kind of prices - mine is £604 😲😲😲

                            The Vicairs seat cushions are usually good (up to a point) but was it ever adjusted to suit you or was it used out of the box? Those air cells can be reduced in number, for example, but, in any case, you should definitely not have a numb bum, it's a cause for concern.

                            Glad you're following it up. xx

                            ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
                            Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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