You’ve purchased your electric mobility scooter, and it’s great for outings. But at some point, you’re going to want to transport it to a different location. Maybe to a relative’s home for a birthday celebration, perhaps to a museum, a mall, or even to travel to your vacation destination. For those times, if you don’t have a folding mobility scooter, then you’ll want to look at carriers and purchasing a mobility scooter transport rack that attaches with a hitch to the back of a car/truck. Let’s look at the 3 Best Mobility Scooter Transport Racks for 2020.
There will be some considerations you will want to take into account before your purchase. How much weight does your transport rack need to be able to carry? Will, it fit your car, truck, or RV. What measurements does it need to be to accommodate your scooter? Do you want one that folds when the scooter isn’t on it? I would suggest getting a rack that has a ramp for easier loading and unloading of the scooter. These are just some things you’ll want to consider.
Before getting started on transport, racks let me take a moment to bring to mind three posts that preceded this in a series of articles on mobility scooters. If you are still shopping around, “Electric Scooters for Seniors” discusses the different options you will want to think about before purchasing a scooter. “Electric Scooters for Seniors – Product Comparison” reviews/compares five different types of electric mobility scooters. Last but not least, “Best Mobility Scooter Accessories” discusses some of the most popular accessories for mobility scooters.
Let’s get started by looking at 3 of the best mobility scooter transport racks that are available: the Husky, the Maxxhaul, and the Goplus.
The Husky Towing Model 88133 came in as the number one pick.
Measuring 50-1/4″ L x 29-1/2″ W x 4 “H it will accommodate most mobility scooters. There is a 500 lb weight limit, and most mobility scooters weigh less. It will attach to a 2-inch receiver hitch.
The ramp is 47″ long x 29.5″ wide with a gradual slope allowing for the scooter to be easily loaded.
The construction is made of aluminum and has two anchor points to secure your scooter while in transport.
The big plus in winning the number 1 spot is that the Husky folds up when not in use, making parking so much easier.
The Husky is a great choice overall.
A close runner up is the MaxxHaul. It has a large bed and side rails and supports up to 500 lbs. The inside of the rack measures 46 x 27-1/4 x 6-5/8 inch, which will fit almost all mobility scooters.
The construction of the basket is aluminum which allows for corrosion resistance. Though the rack is made of aluminum, the under-support and hitch shaft are constructed from high-grade steel.
The high sides of the bed measure 4 inches in height and provide for numerous tie-down spots if desired.
The ramp is 60″ long and folds up when not in use.
The one con is that the bed of the rack itself does not fold so it can make parking more difficult, which is the main reason for the runner up position in our review.
Overall, with the size and construction of the MaxxHaul, this will be the perfect fit for most mobility scooters.
The Goplus is a good buy for the money. Measuring 50″ x 29.5″ it is a size that will accommodate most mobility scooters. The total length of the ramp, when extended, is 41.5” (L) X 27.5” (W) which is shorter than our other picks.
The height of the rails measure 9-inches which is one of the perks I really like about this.
There are multiple tie-down locations in the bed of the rack and it does come with reflectors to enhance the safety of driving at night.
The weight capacity is 500 lbs, again, most mobility scooters are lighter than this.
The construction of the Goplus is a heavy-duty aluminum structure and the cargo carrier is rust and corrosion-resistant.
There a few drawbacks to the Goplus transport rack: 1) it does not fold up against the vehicle when not in use. This can make it more difficult to find a parking spot to allow for the extra width of the rack behind the vehicle. 2) there is a 45mph speed limitation and 3) there is no mention of a warranty or guarantee.
With the convenience of a mobility scooter along with a transport rack, you will gain the freedom to go where you want. Whether to the store, a vacation, or maybe the county fair a mobility scooter transport rack will allow you to take your scooter with you and enjoy your time.
Have you had an experience with mobility scooter transport racks? Maybe purchasing one or using one? I would love to hear your story. Please comment below.