Sunday, August 16, 2009

TravelScoot at the NAAFA Convention

I was barely in the hotel for the NAAFA Convention before I started getting questions about my TravelScoot. It's all pretty much a blur now, but it was hard to go ten feet without getting stopped for questions. For my workshop on Friday afternoon there were 50+ people in the audience. I am certain the majority of the people attending the convention -- and some who were just staying in the hotel -- rode one of the five TravelScoots that were there, whether they needed a scooter or not.

Hardy Huber brought his personal scoot and one more to use as a demo model. Anyone who bought one had it shipped to them. Cynth asked me if there were people there who were as excited about the TravelScoot as we are, and I think there were. Since buying any scooter is a big purchase, I'm sure that some people who wanted to buy them had to go home and figure out how to work it into their budget. It will be interesting to see how many TravelScoots are at next year's convention, which, if you're curious, is going to be in San Francisco.

One lady (who follows this blog) and her husband drove to the hotel to buy a TravelScoot. It was wonderful to meet them and spend time talking to them. There are just so many genuinely nice people in the world. She's promised us a picture of an adventure.

People asked a lot about the differences in the batteries, if you could ride it in the rain (light rain - yes) or snow (no), if Rhonda was being paid to constantly ride through the hotel on hers (no), if I'd ever flipped mine or fallen off (no and no), if it was as much fun as it looks (yes!), how much does it cost (about $1400-$1900, depending on the battery), how does it work at the airport (great!), any problems with airport security (no, but they swabbed it both times it went through security), and how does it fold/unfold? Thank goodness for Alan, because there are only so many times I am willing to fold and unfold it.

There were lots of people at the convention using standard mobility scooters, some were rented and some owned. The standard mobility scooters and the TravelScoot each have their own advantages and disadvantages. For someone who owns a traditional scooter, I could still see them having a TravelScoot for when they need their scoot to be the most portable. To make a standard scooter really useable for most people, you need a lift and a vehicle that will accommodate that lift.

Hopefully others who were at the convention will post comments about the questions they were asked or questions they heard asked. They may even have some good stories to share.

I know this isn't a TravelScoot picture, but I used my scoot to ride to
Big on Batik's vendor room! The woman standing up is my sister Kay, who had many adventures on Rhonda's TravelScoot at the convention, and my friend Melicia is sitting next to me. We were in full shopping mode. Big on Batik is where I buy almost all my clothes. The batik fabrics are beautiful, they're very cool, and the colors don't fade even after many washings. I even dry mine on a very low heat.


  1. That is a great picture... and I have that same shirt :)

  2. We would have made room for you in the picture too!

  3. sarge has flipped his. he has spacers that make his seat higher so his center of gravity is higher. he did this because his legs are longer and they hurt to bend a certain way. anyway if he backs out of an elevator (for example) and there is a ridge there, it can tip backwards. he is more careful now. he was not hurt, just felt stupid!

    smiles, bee

  4. Poor Sarge. I bet he'll never do that a second time!