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« on: October 03, 2018, 08:05:41 AM »

I'm looking into getting a chair specifically for when I'm travelling.  I'm in a tourism course and part of it is doing small motorcoach tours.  We also have a study tour at the end of the year that I'm hoping to go on as well, and we'd probably be flying somewhere.  What would the weight restrictions be?  I don't want anything too flimsy (I'm a big girl *G*) but I also don't want anything too heavy that it can't be gate checked or stowed in the luggage compartment on a motorcoach.  Ones I've been looking at are around 50lbs (23kg) and I have no idea if that is too heavy for what I want.  Am I on the right track?  Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 09:54:24 AM »

Why do you need a chair?  What is its purpose (besides sitting on)? From your post, I can't tell what you're trying to pull off.
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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 01:15:34 PM »

Back in 2016 I suffered a major heart attack.  After I was released from the hospital I could only walk about a hundred feet then I would have to sit down.  I went to CVS and bought a walker on wheels with brakes so it could be locked in place and a seat. So I would walk 100 feet sit down get my breath back go another 100 feet the sit again.  The walker was light and I took it every where for 6 months,
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 01:20:24 PM »

Similar to what Michael suggested, my initial thought reading the question was that it sounds like you are looking for a walker designed for your build.  Even if you don't use it as a walker it means it should be light and movable.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018, 12:16:32 PM »

I'm not looking for a walker.  I need something I can be seated in and pushed.

I can only walk so far before I need to sit.  It's not that I get tired, but I get lightheaded and close to passing out.  Since I'll be traveling in a group, just sitting for a while will slow everyone down and put us off schedule.

I also think that being in the chair will make the trips and tours more enjoyable for me, because I won't be in a panic looking for a place to sit before I pass out.

I was hoping that those who do use chairs would be able to tell me if 50lbs was too heavy for gate checking
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2018, 01:51:54 PM »

chairs would be able to tell me if 50lbs was too heavy for gate checking

I think the question is moot, because I believe (but have never checked) there are different rules for disability aids such as chairs. However this may vary from airline to airline, so you may have to ask the airline(s) with whom you will be travelling.
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2018, 10:51:35 PM »

chairs would be able to tell me if 50lbs was too heavy for gate checking

I think the question is moot, because I believe (but have never checked) there are different rules for disability aids such as chairs. However this may vary from airline to airline, so you may have to ask the airline(s) with whom you will be travelling.

I honestly have no idea.  Which is kind of why I was asking.  *L*  I was just want to know if I'm on the right track.  The chair that I'm looking at is very basic, similar to hospital chairs, and it's under $200Can, which means it's in my price range.  I  just don't want to get it, then find out that I can't use it for what I want to use it for.
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