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Testimonials from Customers
Fetzner's Italy Trip
We were very impressed with the RANGER D09 Folding Power Wheelchair. We gave it a pretty intensive workout visiting Rome, Sorrento, Pozitano, Isle of Capri, Sicily and Malta. Museums, City streets and Greek and Roman ruins.
"On road, off road the Quattro takes me in comfort, dependability, and utmost style!"
Excited about having this forum to tout the massive change my new Ranger Quattro has engendered in my life!!!
I have been a T5 Complete paraplegic since 1991. I have no sensation or control from the upper chest down so I have been confined to manual wheelchairs since then. Nevertheless I prided myself in staying as fit as possible and wheeled miles each day as part of my fitness routine. Unfortunately I have suffered some setbacks and over a year and a half ago my health further deteriorated when I developed a condition called Charcot's Joint. As such my independent mobility ended and I had to research the market for a powered alternative. Since I am a disabled veteran, the VA offered me a variety of their powered options but every unit was large, heavy, and unsightly. I did, however, find a number of more portable powered chairs that resembled my manual sport chair. I will attest to the fact that the Quattro is easily the most structurally sound and efficient of all the chairs I analyzed!
VA refused to supply me the chair but, for Christmas, my friends gifted me this veritable lifechanger! Now I am regaining my freedom. I am at the fitness center regularly. I go shopping with my daughter and I race against my granddaughter! Recently my family took me to Monterey and Pacific Grove - we walked and wheeled everywhere! Never once did I need a charge and I can state unequivocally - no hill bested the Quattro!!!
I LOVE this chair. Although rugged and substantial, my daughter can fold it and toss it in the back of my Mazda 2 or her Fusion Hybrid (even in its downsized trunk).
By the way - more people have stopped to ask about the Quattro!!! I should become a sales rep. Lol!!!
Thanks again for your excellent durable chair. On road, off road the Quattro takes me in comfort, dependability, and utmost style!
Jim Ptak EdD
"It has allowed me to be able to get outside my house whenever I want to."
I got my D09-S XL and it has allowed me to be able to get outside my house whenever I want to. It is easy to navigate and the ability to easily fold up and put in the trunk of car has opened numerous things to be able to do. I am 6 feet tall and weigh 250 lbs and the chair is comfortable to use. I also am well pleased with the person I dealt with (AL) when ordering product and after receiving for taking care of a problem I had. To sum it up ABSOLUTELY would recommend this powerchair.
''Ranger Wheelchair for nearly four months without problem. We flew it to LA with the unit, and took two of those walks with our kids we had been missing.'' Mike T.
My wife and I are 77 years old, and live in a mountain community in Southwest Colorado. In the winter of 2017, my wife tripped over a bathroom rug and broke her fibula in two places, just above the ankle. After a highly complex surgery, she spent the first six weeks of recovery in a nursing home. The nursing home was fine, but my wife just hated being there. In order for the nursing home to release her to go to our own home for the next stage of recovery, i.e. use of the “boot”, I had to show that I could meet ADA specs for moving around using a wheelchair.
Our home is split level, with the kitchen, dining and living rooms down four steps (two feet) from the bedrooms and bathrooms. To transport my wife between these two floors, I built a wooden, 22 foot long, wheelchair ramp. This took about three weeks to construct. Its presence required moving much of our furniture out of the dining and living rooms, and stacking the rest against the walls. This ramp, together with a regular wheelchair, worked pretty well for the next two months of her recovery. However, the disruption to the household was tremendous.
Unfortunately, the fibula/ankle/foot surgery of 2017 was unsuccessful. This led to a new surgery in August 2019. The recovery projection is much the same as that for the first surgery. By this time we had started considering using a motorized wheelchair, with a shorter ramp, to reduce the disruption of our home for the expected recovery period. In fact, my wife was able to come home, directly from the surgery, instead of being stuck in the nursing home for the first six weeks as had been required previously
We considered that a second benefit to getting a folding, motorized wheelchair would be taking it with us when we travel (air travel for the wheelchair is free). Thus, we would be able to take the long walks near the beach with our kids in California, that we had been missing for the last few years because of increasing infirmity, and the steep grade from my son’s home to the beach..
As everyone does, we looked at the specs, the capabilities, the reviews and the costs of a number of motorized wheelchairs. The large, back-wheel configuration of the Porto Mobility Ranger Folding Power Wheelchair seemed particularly attractive to us because we anticipated we would use it often outside the house. An attached figure shows my wife, in the Porto Mobility wheelchair, pruning in our orchard and garden, about six weeks after the surgery.
Reviewers said if you want to climb, you need to have power. And this unit does. Attached figures show my wife moving up and down the ramp between floor levels, where we have replaced the 22-foot long, wood ramp I had built two years earlier with a 10-foot long, aluminum one. The living and dining rooms are largely intact. And my wife is now independent of me when she wants to go from one level to the next.
Finally, the distributor we used in California was quite helpful. I told him that my wife was coming home on August 8 and we had to have the chair early enough to give us time to check it out. I asked if he could check it before sending it. And it appeared that he, or at least someone did. It worked as described right out of the box.
In fact, we have used the Ranger Wheelchair for nearly four months without problem. We flew it to LA with the unit, and took two of those walks with our kids we had been missing.
Mike, Durango, CO.
"I am so happy with my Ranger D09. It has lifted restrictions I had with the scooter."
I purchased my Ranger D09 power chair on September 8, 2019. I am a long time user of a mobility scooter. It is one of those that comes apart so it can be transported in the back of my SUV. It takes up all of the space. I have traveled with it, and the airlines accommodate it, but it is cumbersome and inconvenient to check on departure and claim on arrival. I have taken it on a cruise ship and found that while on board it was good.except for taking up all the space in the cabin. However, the shore excursions I could do were limited because a lot of the ground transportation could not accommodate it.
The Ranger D09 changed all of that. The chair fits in my SUV with plenty of room to spare. At the airport, I was able to take it all the way to the gate and they gate checked it. It was waiting for me at the gate when I arrived.
Now the fun part. I took my chair on a cruise. It took up much less space in the cabin. There were an abundance of people on scooters on board, but I was the only one in a power chair. In one port of call, we had to tender in because there was no dock for the ship. People on scooters were being turned away because they could not get their scooters on the tender boats. I came down the ramp and I could hear people saying "If they let him on board I will not be happy." I got out of the chair, flipped the latch, collapsed it to the size of a suitcase, put it on the boat, and stood it up in front of my seat. Jaws dropped. Back on board the ship I was stopped by countless people asking about my chair. I gave demos and let people try it out. They were amazed, and I suspect Porto Mobility has received several calls as a result.
I am so happy with my Ranger D09. It has lifted restrictions I had with the scooter. I can shop with the family, got to shows...so many things I could not do before. Thanks for such a wonderful product.
Travis's Alaska Cruise Trip
Hello my name is Travis and I have multiple sclerosis. I have had it for 20 years and at this point I rely on a wheelchair to get around.
For my birthday my father bought the Ranger D09 for me. He said it would come in handy on our upcoming trip to Alaska.
My trip to Alaska would have been nearly impossible without the Ranger D09. For starters it made traveling through the airports so much easier and faster! I was amazed at how portable it is. At the gate my father would Fold It Down flat and put the travel bag over it, then the baggage carriers stowed it along with the luggage on the plane.
The thing that impresses me most about the Ranger D09 is the battery life. We got the Ranger D09 on Aug 3rd. The instructions said to completely drain the battery before you charge it for the first time. Our cruise did not leave till August 23rd. We drove it everywhere trying to drain the battery before we left, but it still had a 90% charge. I drove it through McGhee Tyson Airport, Chicago O'Hare Airport, and the airport in Vancouver. The cruise ship was a carnival Cruise Line and it was the biggest cruise ship I have been on. It had 14 decks and I drove all over the ship.
We checked the battery everyday and it still had a great charge. The ship left on August 23rd and returned September 2nd. I drove the chair all through Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and downtown Vancouver. The chair never had to be recharged, even after coming home and traveling back through all those airports. In Ketchikan the roads were very steep with lots of hills. The Ranger D09 had no problem going up the steepest Hills. It is very fast too. My family had a hard time keeping up with me. I really enjoyed that feeling because I'm usually the one holding everyone back.
Some places the roads in Alaska were just gravel. The D09 had no problem going over that. It has shock absorbers which make going over any bump very smooth. It has a great turning radius. I could turn the chair 360 degrees in one spot. It is very maneuverable.
There is no way that this trip would have been possible without the Ranger D09. I route my trip I received a lot of compliments on the chair. People which stopped and asked me where I got it and I told them it came from Porto Mobility.
I have told many people at my neurologist office about this chair and have referred many friends to this company. I'm even going to get one for my mother who has MS as well.
Thank you Porto Mobility for changing my life making it easier!
Travis M. in Tennessee
Norton's night out at the Zoo Lights of the St. Louis Zoo
I received a Ranger DO9 from my husband Mark Norton as a Christmas present this year. It was all I wanted. I have not be able to do things or go places for quite a few years because of illness. Tonight my husband and I took my new wheelchair and went to Zoo Lights at the St. Louis Zoo. It was so great to fold up the wheelchair and put it in the trunk, go to the zoo together, and then put it back in the trunk and come home. The chair was great. It is very comfortable and easy to fold and unfold. I drove it all over the Zoo in 30 degree weather. That’s why we have so many clothes Our very first outing in years.
B. Norton - Saint Louis MO