How to add a swivel wheel to a powerchair carrier? This is how. A swivel wheel will enable the person in the wheelchair to turn left or right without having to move their whole body around.
The process of adding this type of wheel is not that complicated, but it does require some time and effort. If you are interested in how do I add a swivel wheel, keep reading!
Steps on Adding a Swivel Wheel To a Powerchair Carrier
Step One: It is recommended to remove the wheel from the powerchair before you start adding a swivel wheel. This way, it will be easier for you to drill or screw into the proper spots at all times during this process.
Step Two: The next thing that you want to do is remove the actual caster wheel from the bottom of where the seat used to be. You might need a wrench or screwdriver for this task, depending on how it was put together originally.
Step Three: It’s time to drill holes in your powerchair carrier frame so that you can add screws through them. The hole should be drilled at the edge of the frame. You want to drill one hole on each side, depending on how wide your powerchair carrier is and how many swivel wheels you are adding in total.
Step Four: Add two screws for a single swivel wheel or four screws if you have three or more.
Step Five: You need to turn the frame over and put a screw in each of the holes you just drilled.
Step Six: Install your swivel wheel on one side, then use an Allen wrench or something else that can fit into its hole to tighten it down.
Step Seven: Repeat this process for any other wheels you have added.
Optional: You can use a washer and a nut to help keep it in place. For the centre wheels, these will be added at this time as well.
Step Eight: Put your powerchair carrier back onto how you want it before tightening down all of the screws. Hopefully, if everything went correctly, there should not be any wobbling.
Step Nine: Add your powerchair to the frame and see how it works! You can take a test drive around if you want.
Aluminum Wheelchair Carrier Mounts
A set of two aluminium wheelchair carriers with mounting brackets attach on one side only and are securely bolted onto your car or truck bumper.
They are designed for carrying the heaviest loads as they have been tested up to 600 pounds. This heavy-duty design means that you can get any size wheelchair in and out quickly, without damaging it through repeated use! (image attached)
The kit includes all necessary hardware so no tools will be required for installation – just bolt them straight onto your vehicle’s front bumper using existing holes then tighten down the nuts caps with an Allen key (L). Wheels are not included but these could easily be added by purchasing wheels separately too.
Bumper Mounted Wheelchair Carrier
The bumper-mounted wheelchair carrier is a type of power chair carrier and is typically attached to the back bumper or trunk of an automobile. It can be used with any type of vehicle, but it works best for vehicles that already have some form of protection around the rear bumper. The design provides quick and convenient access to the trunk and a place for your power chair.
The bumper-mounted wheelchair carrier is typically made from durable, rust-free materials such as aluminium or stainless steel.
Mobility Scooter Carrier Installation
It is possible to install a mobility scooter carrier on your vehicle by yourself if you have the right tools and know-how. If not, contact an auto mechanic or someone who has done it before for help with installation. You will need basic hand tools such as screwdrivers, hammers, pliers and wrenches – anything that might come in handy when working under the hood of a car.
Safety First! Remember that power chairs can be heavy so make sure you are using wheel chocks or other preventative measures to ensure safety while installing the scooter carrier onto your vehicle’s bumper mount-point brackets (usually found beneath each front tire). The most common type of mounting point bracket is called a “barrel” or “stem.”
If the power chair has two rear wheels, it will require additional hardware to install. If you have any doubts about how to do this process, please contact an auto mechanic for help.
Before installation of scooter carrier onto vehicle bumper mount-point brackets (usually found beneath each front tire), make sure that your car is in gear and parked on level ground then jack up one side of the vehicle slightly higher than the other so that there is at least three inches difference between them – just enough room needed for clearance when installing swivel wheel kit.
Installation should take around 15 minutes per side with five bolts required per bracket under each front tire. After finalizing how much clearance you want, tighten bolts with a wrench.
On the back of your wheelchair’s frame, there should be two holes that are matched up to four corresponding bolt-holes on each side of the vehicle bumper mount point brackets.
If not bolted onto these brackets yet and still in the packaging then it will need adjusting so that they are both facing upwards – this is how they attach for installation on one side only as shown below:
Then use an Allen key (L) to screw them into place by rotating anticlockwise until snug but not too tight. The swivel wheel kit is now securely bolted onto your car or truck bumper and ready for transporting your powerchair! You can also install more than one set of tire carrier mounts to carry more than one powerchair.