WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
The Wheelchair Trunk Slider helps lift a wheelchair into the trunk of a vehicle, and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award on ABC television’s The New Inventors (2006).
People often have difficulty getting a wheelchair into the trunk of a car, and usually resort to having to lift the wheelchair. The Wheelchair Trunk Slider can help make this job easier. The Wheelchair Trunk Slider is specially designed so that a wheelchair can be pushed into it from either side of the car.
It is ideal for collapsible manual (push along) wheelchairs. Generally, it is not suitable for large, heavy electric wheelchairs which do not collapse.
The product comprises of three parts:
- Trunk Blanket – This is the padded section that protects the rear of the car. There is also a thinner section to go inside the boot to give a slippery surface for the wheelchair to slide on, when putting it into, or taking it out of the car.
- Slider Platform – This is the part that the wheelchair is rolled into. The Slider is the cover to hold the wheelchair in position with Hook & Loop Tape attachments in the top corners. The Slider has two detachable Stop Straps to secure the wheelchair once it is inside. The blue one is 13.7″ (35cm) and goes around the small front wheels, and the longer red one is 29″ (73cm) and is used for securing the back wheels on large and bariatric wheelchairs. You may not need to use the red strap for standard wheelchairs.
- Ground Protector – Place this on the ground under the Slider Platform to protect the Slider Platform from getting dirty, wet, or deteriorating on rough road surfaces. It also keeps your clothes clean when leaning the Wheelchair Trunk Slider up against your thigh. The Ground Protector has a webbing strap attaching it to the Trunk Blanket. This is a reminder not to leave it behind before driving away! Also, by pulling the strap, it is not necessary to bend down to pick the Ground Protector up.
A Wheelchair Trunk Slider Bag is also available if need to keep the different components together.
WHO IS THIS PRODUCT SUITABLE FOR?
This product is suitable for anyone who needs to lift a wheelchair into the trunk or boot of a car or vehicle.
BRIEF INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
Lay the Trunk Blanket open across the trunk. Undo one of the Hook & Loop Tape securing straps to open the front cover of the Slider Platform. Wheel the folded wheelchair into position and do up the Hook & Loop Tape Stop Strap. Lean the Slider Platform with the wheelchair inside, against the car trunk and then use the two front cover handles to lift it up. Most of the weight of the wheelchair will now be resting on the edge of the trunk. Take the rest of weight on your thigh. Step forward to let the wheelchair slide into the trunk.
Removing the wheelchair from the trunk is even easier. Lift the wheelchair onto the edge of the trunk using the two small loops, then hold the front cover handles to slide the Slider and wheelchair, slowly, gently and safely down to the ground.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT MADE FROM?
Foam, vinyl, nylon, plastic, hook & loop tape.
It is important to know that this product allows you to use the leverage provided by the edge of the trunk to lift the wheelchair. It does not make your wheelchair lighter, and there is still manual handling required.
The wheelchair shown in the demonstration photographs and video weighs 37.5lbs.
ALTERNATIVE OR RELATED PRODUCTS
|Wheelchair Trunk Slider Bag
|Car Bumper Protector