Sunday, November 21, 2010

Battery Indicator Cover

TravelScoot Battery Indicator Cover
My battery indicator cover was looking a little tired too, so when I ordered the wheels I found out a replacement was available for this part too.

This picture is my old one. Recently the plastic the covered the lights had fallen off so I rigged it with clear tape to keep any water out.  That actually worked really well as a quick fix.

Click any picture to see a larger version
Alan is removing the three screws that hold the battery indicator cover on.
These are the screws.
On the left is the new cover.
This is what it looks like with no cover.
Now he's putting the screws back in.

The whole process probably took about five minutes but between this, my new wheels and my new belt, I feel like I've had a major tune up! 

New Wheels for My TravelScoot

TravelScoot Wheels

I've had my TravelScoot for 21 months and use it almost every day. Lately my front wheel has been looking a little slick, so I ordered a whole new set of wheels from Tony at TravelScoot.

This first picture is the front wheel before Alan changed it.

Click any picture to see a larger version

Here are the new wheels in the shipping box.

As you can see here, there's an extra piece attached to the left rear wheel.  That's the part the belt sits on.

The full set of tires also came with a new front fork.

Melissa, my best friend and new TravelScoot owner, helped with the installation.

(My job was to take pictures for you all to see!)

More posts about this coming soon...

Hip Replacement Surgery and the TravelScoot

Sheila from Massachusetts is having hip replacement surgery in December, and wants to know if anyone has tips on how to get on/off her TravelScoot after surgery. Her thought is to bring it into rehab and have them take a look and figure out how she can get on without dislocating her new hip. She's got a cruise planned for the end of January so she's really motivated to figure this all out.

If you have tips for Sheila please post them in the comments or email them to me,  Thanks!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Scooting for Dollars

I've been on a decluttering mission and had collected a laundry basket full of items to return to Walmart, Target, and the craft store. I didn't have any receipts and I'd had some of the items for many months, but I wanted to try and return them. In less than 2 hours I visited Walmart, Target AND the craft store and went home $110 richer! Before my TravelScoot I would NEVER attempt three stores in one day, much less TWO hours.

This isn't scooter-related, but if any of you are interested in having less clutter in your life, check out I've gotten great organizational tips there. I also found great information in
Susan Pinsky's Organizing Solutions for People with ADD.

Have you recently been on a scooter adventure? We'd love to see pictures and hear about it! You can submit them to me by email,

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rhonda's Lift Installation

The standard TravelScoot weighs 29 lbs without the battery. Rhonda needs help getting hers up and into her Honda CRV, so today she had a lift installed.  (You know I had to be there because I wasn't missing an opportunity for a blog post!)

Most of this post is being told in pictures. If you have a specific question, post a comment and Rhonda or I will answer it.

Click any picture to see a larger version

The man on the right is Kenny, who owns Kenny's Accessible Vans, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Their website is at

In these photos Kenny is demonstrating how to load and unload the TravelScoot using this Bruno lift.

I think Rhonda had been concentrating so hard on what Kenny was saying that she wasn't concerned with the camera.  Here she is showing us all how excited she is to have this new capability.

A piece was attached to the yoke of the TravelScoot. This is where the strap is attached that lifts the scoot.

They inserted a cotter pin through the bottom of the yoke. Kenny said it wasn't absolutely necessary, but they did it just to insure the weight
of the scoot is lifted evenly without this side of the yoke shifting.

This is a closeup of the piece they added to the yoke.

Here Rhonda is getting on her scoot to see if the piece they added is going to rub against her leg.  It did not.

Now Rhonda is working the lift.

Rhonda's hand is on the scoot just to guide it.
She wasn't doing any physical lifting.

And here is the scoot, fully loaded and ready to go.
It's a simple process to load and unload.