3 Best Mobility Scooter Transport Racks (2021 Comparison) explores the features and pros and cons of 3 of the best mobility scooters available for adults; Apex, MaxxHaul, and Goplus.
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 when traveling 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 (2021 Comparison) and explore how one of these might be what can give you even more freedom.
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. Finally, “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 available: the Apex, the Maxxhaul, and the Goplus.
There is an easy-to-read side-by-side comparison table at the bottom of the post.
The Apex came in as the number one pick.
It has a large bed and side rails and supports up to 500 lbs. The rack measures 60 x 33 x 6.5 inches, which will fit almost all mobility scooters.
The construction is heavy-duty steel with a black painted finish.
The high sides of the bed measure 6 1/2 inches in height and provides tie-down spots if desired.
The ramp is 60″ long and can fold up against the vehicle when not in use.
Includes (5) carrying handles, (10) tie-down points, and (1) anti-tilt stabilizing bracket. There are two reflectors on the back for easier visibility.
For 2″ Class III/IV hitch receivers only, the Trailer hitch pin is sold separately.
Weighing 153 lbs, having two people assembling and attaching, makes it easier.
Overall, with the size and construction of the Apex, this will be the perfect fit for most mobility scooters and other equipment.
With the large size and steel construction, it also comes at a high price point.
The Apex 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 inches, 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 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 that allows 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.
Overall, this is a nice transport rack and may very well suit the needs you have in transporting your mobility scooter.
|Construction||Heavy Duty Steel||Aluminum||Heavy-Duty Aluminum|
|Dimensions||60 x 33 x 6.5 inches||46 x 27-1/4 x 6-5/8 inches||50 x 29.5 inches|
|Weight Limit||500 lbs||500 lbs||500 lbs|
|Reflectors||Yes – 2||No||No|
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.
In reading the 3 Best Mobility Scooter Transport Racks (2021 Comparison), I hope you were able to narrow down your choice and become a better-informed consumer.
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.