Best Wheelchair Carriers for the Back of a Vehicle

7 Best Wheelchair Carriers for the Back of a Vehicle 2017-2018

If you’re either disabled or are suffering from mobility issues, or you’re providing care for someone that’s currently in such a situation, I’m sure you’re aware of how important it is to provide the necessary equipment and gear, regardless of your location. If you’re disabled or are caring for a loved one that suffers from mobility issues, I strongly advise that you consider purchasing a hitch mounted wheelchair carrier, so that you or your loved one have access to essential equipment wherever you are.

A wheelchair carrier can solve many issues and offer you a lot more freedom when it comes to personal transportation. It even offers more utility than you think and it can be used for carrying heavy-duty equipment, not just wheelchairs, and mobility scooters.

 PriceProductOur Rating
Check on AmazonMedical Rack Ramp MC500 SC5009.1
Check on AmazonTMS Folding Strong Electric Wheelchair Hitch Carrier9.4
Check on AmazonGoplus Strong Wheelchair Hitch Carrier8.9
Check on AmazonHTI Multi-purpose Hitch Carrier9.2
Check on AmazonSilver Spring SC500-V3 Mobility Hitch Carrier Rack9.6
Check on AmazonMaxxHaul 70275 Aluminum Cargo Carrier9.5
Check on AmazonProhoists Heavy Duty Wheelchair Carrier9.3

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Buying Guide

There are some factors that you should take into consideration before picking a wheelchair carrier. Keep in mind that this is a wheelchair carrier for the back of a vehicle, so even if the product-specific features might please you, you still have to consider what type of vehicle you have and how compatible it is with the folding wheelchair carrier of your choice. Let’s dive into some specifics!

Weight capacity

You want to make sure that the folding wheelchair carrier that you consider purchasing is fit for the task. Buy something that’s rated to carry more than the weight you’re prepared to haul on it. The equipment that you transport with this device is essential for someone’s (or your own) well-being.

Vehicle type

Some vehicles need to be fitted with more heavy-duty springs or other upgrades to offer your vehicle an adequate suspension to handle the extra load, as these attachments can be rather stiff. When shopping for a manual wheelchair carrier, it’s also important to consider the hitch type on your vehicle, because many products on the market are designed to fit a specific type of hitch.

Haul capacity

These attachments can be quite heavy, and the way that they’re placed, behind the vehicle, might affect the performance of your car. While, I admit, these things aren’t that heavy and most vehicles shouldn’t have any major issues when pulling the extra weight, a manual wheelchair carrier can take their toll on smaller cars, so keep that in mind.

 

That being said, we can start focusing on what products I have prepared for this roundup.

 

7 Best Wheelchair Carriers for the Back of a Vehicle

#1 Medical Rack Ramp MC500 SC500

Hitch Mounted Wheelchair Scooter Mobility Carrier Medical Rack Ramp MC500 SC500


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I’m starting our list with the Medical Rack Ramp MC500 and SC500 models. This product is rated to carry up to 500 lbs, which is great. You can mount heavy mobility equipment on the MC500 and SC500 without having to worry about it slipping off or breaking and focus on driving. The MC500 is a great wheelchair carrier for the back of a vehicle because it’s designed to vertically fold against the back of the car, saving space for when it’s not being used.

The total weight of the product is 86 lbs, so most vehicles should have no problem with hauling it. It’s designed to fit 2″ class III/IV trailer hitches, so you might want to consider modifying your vehicle before purchasing if it isn’t compatible. It’s also designed to be used with most wheelchairs and mobility scooters and it’s made out of steel, to be extra sturdy, so no problem there.

Pros

  • Rated to carry up to 500 lbs; heavy duty
  • Steel construction for sturdiness and durability
  • Folds vertically on the back of the vehicle to save space when not in use
  • Can fit most mobility scooters and wheelchairs

Cons

  • Some users reported damage being dealt to the product during shipping
  • Some users reported poor customer service

 

#2 TMS Folding Strong Electric Wheelchair Hitch Carrier

TMS® Folding Strong Electric Wheelchair Hitch Carrier Mobility Scooter Loading Ramp (Health and Beauty)


List Price:$139.95 USD
New From:$139.95 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Moving on to the second product on my hitch mounted wheelchair carrier roundup, I’ll be presenting the TMS Folding Strong Electric Wheelchair Hitch Carrier. This foldable-ramp carrier is designed with anti-wobble features and can be used along with straps to increase the stability of your equipment during traveling and transportation. The product comes in three different models that are uniquely-designed to haul mobility scooters or wheelchairs, which is great. No use in buying something with generic use if you just need a carrier designed for specific equipment, so purchasing something that suites your exact needs is the more logical thing to do.

Both the scooter carrier and the wheelchair carrier have similar features. The platform dimensions are 28×48 inches for each model, both coated with black powder and constructed out of heavy duty steel that can carry up to 400 lbs, with a 500 lbs model being available for heavier equipment. The 500 lbs model is also designed with anti-wobble features. The weight of the product is 71 lbs, so I’d say that shouldn’t be a problem.

Pros

  • Anti-wobble features promotes a smooth ride
  • Weights 71 lbs; Easy to lift and transport
  • Models are designed to carry mobility scooters and wheelchairs
  • Ramp folds into three positions, for convenience
  • 3 inch safety rail fits for ultimate security during ride

Cons

  • Anti-wobble feature only available for 500 lbs model
  • Straps must be purchased separately

 

#3 Goplus Strong Wheelchair Hitch Carrier

Goplus Folding Hitch Carrier Wheelchair Mobility Scooter Loading Ramp, 500 Lbs Capacity


List Price:$134.99 USD
New From:$134.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

My third pick for the roundup is a cheaper product than the previously mentioned carriers. Although it offers mostly the same features and build quality, it can save you a few bucks. The Goplus Wheelchair Hitch Carrier is designed with a 3” safety rail, carrying a maximum capacity of 500 lbs, which is plenty. It comes with a durable black powder coating for extra adherence and pull locks, for convenience.

As the previously mentioned products on the list, the ramp can be set in three positions: Closed, Open (180 degrees) and L-shaped, depending on how you want to use it. Users have been happy with this product, although some reported that it has suffered damage from carrying much less weight than advertised, although users have offered, as previously stated, good overall reviews.

Pros

  • Steel construction for added durability and long longevity
  • Pull locks for convenience during ride
  • Easy to install and use
  • Black powder coating to prevent rusting and increase usage life

Cons

  • Some users reported weaker strength than advertised by the manufacturers

 

#4 HTI Multi-purpose Hitch Carrier

This next product is a more interesting choice. The manufacturers advertise it as a mobility scooter, wheelchair, generator, pressure washer and other heavy-duty machinery carrier. Rated to carry up to 400 lbs in weight, it falls short by 100 lbs compared to previously-covered carriers. The fact that it’s marketed as a versatile carrier can be appealing, but it can also mean that the manufacturer is struggling to reach new clients, which can be bad (although this is just my assumption).

Going through its features, this power scooter and mobility chair carrier comes with an anti-wobble clamp that will reduce swaying that the load may suffer due to terrain and stiffness. The ramps is easily foldable and the whole contraption folds up against the vehicle to save space, a great feature to have when not using the carrier.

Pros

  • Anti-wobble clamp out of the box
  • Folds up against vehicle when not used
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Average user reviews
  • Marketed as “multi-use”
  • Rated up to only 400 lbs load

 

#5 Silver Spring SC500-V3 Mobility Hitch Carrier Rack

Silver Spring SC500-V3 Mobility Hitch Carrier Rack for Powerchair Scooter Wheelchairs (Health and Beauty)


List Price:$299.99 USD
New From:$299.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

The Silver Spring SC500 is a more deluxe option, with a considerably higher price. Weighing 96 pounds, it’s currently the heaviest carrier featured on the list. The V3 deluxe has a 500 lbs carrying capacity (which is standard), and has 4.25” side rails that can be used to secure the cargo in 10 different points, adding a lot of extra safety for traveling. The loading ramp is secured with spring pull lock and the whole thing is covered in an expandable mesh surface, giving your equipment more adherence.

It’s easy to assemble and features 5 handles, making it easy to handle and mount to your vehicle.

Pros

  • User friendly spring pull locks
  • 10 different points for strapping your cargo
  • 5 handles and easy to assemble
  • Expandable mesh surface

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • Mixed user reviews

 

#6 MaxxHaul 70275 Aluminum Cargo Carrier

MaxxHaul 70275 52-1/2″ x 29″ Aluminum Cargo Carrier with 60″ Folding Ramp (Automotive)


List Price:$269.99 USD
New From:$214.06 USD In Stock
Used from:$171.25 USD In Stock

The MaxxHaul Aluminium carrier is great, honestly. Its aluminum build makes it resistant to corrosion, strong and light, great for any type of vehicle that can haul it. Because it’s corrosive resistant, it can be deposited in a lot of environments and still work just fine, avoiding rust and other environmental damage.

This product also comes with reflectors, to give you that extra visibility on the road, a great feature that increases you and your passengers’ safety. It’s designed with high sides that offer great tie-down points and great stability for any wheelchair or mobility scooter.

Pros

  • Corrosive resistant for longevity
  • Light build makes it easy to carry and transport
  • Reflectors to ensure safety during night usage
  • Lean ramp angle for convenience

Cons

  • No anti-wobble feature

 

#7 Prohoists Heavy Duty Wheelchair Carrier

500lb Carrier Loading Ramp Mobility Scooter Electric Power Wheelchair Heavy Duty


List Price:$210.00 USD
New From:$210.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

The last product that I’ll feature in this review is the Prohoists Heavy Duty wheelchair carrier. It’s designed with a 5’ ramp (when fully extended) that’s also detachable, a great feature for storage purposes. This bad boy is also fitted with an anti-wobble mechanism that’ll keep your mobility scooter or wheelchair from swaying and will minimize the damage your attachment and trailer hitch will suffer. Like other products that I’ve previously featured, this one can also be folded up vertically, against the vehicle, for better storage.

Note that this carrier requires a Class III 2-inch hitch, no any other options.

Pros

  • Rated for up to 500 lbs; heavy duty
  • 5′ extendable ramp makes it easy to drive the wheelchair
  • Anti-wobble mechanism for stability
  • Good customer reviews

Cons

  • Only connected with a Class III 2-inch hitch

 

Conclusion

Wrapping up our discussion, I hope you have a pretty clear idea of what to look for in the product you set your eyes on. All of the featured products are designed to be sturdy and will provide a lot of use and reliability, granted that you consult the buying guide listed at the beginning of the review. A hitch mounted carrier will give you or a loved one more independence, comfort and convenience, making life easier for everyone.

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