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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Yes... You Can Buy a Scooter From Me - Wherever You Are

I'm not sure if I've ever said this, I thought I had, but maybe I wasn't clear. You can email me or comment to let me know you need a scooter or powerchair, a lift, or anything else we sell. Yes, as I said in the previous post I am moving to the west coast, and yes, I'm taking a brief hiatus from selling to the VA's but based on a conversation I had a day or two ago, I am going to continue working with Rascal and selling to VA's in the LA area.
But that aside, in the past, I have sold a scooter to a friend of my mother when I was living in NYS and he was in Buena Park, Calif. He called and said he needed one, I asked him if he could go online to http://www.rascalscooters.com/ ? He said he couldn't, so I mailed him a brochure, called in a couple days and he bought a 600T three wheel scooter by credit card.
The VA div. asked a rep in Calif. to deliver the scooter and do the training. My mothers friend was so pleased that a couple years later he bought a second scooter, a 600F four wheeler for his girl friend, at the time he was in his 80's she was 76. Unfortunately he bought the second one from an inhome rep not from me. He appologized later, when I asked why, they called him from Rascal to follow up, I guess he mentioned wanting another one and they sent a rep out the next day.
My point being that I can and have sold equipment by telephone. If I can do it for my mothers friend, I can do it for you. If you need something, and can go online, or not, contact me and I can help you, even while I'm moving. Although I may not be checking my email or this blog every day, I will contact you ASAP. So whether or not you're a veteran, (if you are contact the VA first, before even thinking about buying yourself), I can and will help you get your own Rascal. We accept Cash, major credit cards, insurance, and offer financing.

Lee Murray

Sunday, December 12, 2010

On Temporary Hiatus as of the end of December '10

As I make the move from New York State back to California. I moved back here in '92 figuring to be here a year or two,  and here it is 2010 and I'm still here. I tell my friends that NY is like quicksand, easy to get in, hard to get out. But due to personal illness, family problems, and a growing hatred of the winters and cold snowy weather, it's finally time to make the move back. Better late than never. Of course part of the reason I've stayed so long is that I was lucky enough to begin working with Rascal, so far staying with them 13 years, actually I'm in the 13th now. In sales it's rare to find an honest company, a company with a good product, a company with an attitude that the customer is important, an attitude that the salesperson is important. Most I've worked for have one or two going for them, but most also consider the sales people a necessary evil, which I'm happy to say Rascal doesn't, at least not often. Not to mention that the money was too good to leave for a long time, of course that came to a screeching halt in the last couple years, so for many reasons I'm going home.
Yes I was born here, and grew up about 20-25 miles away, but then we moved to Fullerton, CA and ever since, that's been my home town.
The good news is that I may be able to continue working with Rascal in Calif., I may be able to work with some of the VA hospitals in the Los Angeles area. So with luck I'll continue, the new contract will give us the 3 wheel scooters to sell the VA's and it'll be a gold mine out there.  We'll see, right now I have to wind things up here, get moved, find an office or warehouse, and then we'll see...

Lee Murray

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pimp Your Rascal Scooter


How It All Began
With just two days before our summer picnic at The Rascal Company, our president, Mike Flowers, scheduled a surprise meeting! Mr. Flowers asked us this very important question… “How can we turn this year’s company picnic into an experience where employees really come together?” Before we knew it, the very first “Pimp My Rascal” committee was formed…

We then had 48 hours to “Pimp Out” 5 Rascals! Immediately the room was filled with excitement, and creative minds were going! Everyone raced to share the news with their team and the competitive, creative energy began…
Each team decided on a theme, and everyone chipped in with their special talents. Painters painted, the handy built and the creative minds all worked together. We had to have our Rascals “Pimped” by 11:30am Friday, and boy did we cut it close!
Once the Rascals were finished and displayed at the picnic, the party began. We were all having a great time voting, showing off our Rascals and seeing what fellow co-workers designed!

Enter TODAY for your chance to WIN

A NEW Rascal Scooter! It's easy...
Here's how to enter!
Simply click here to email your photo!
pimpmyrascal@electricmobility.com
Remember to include your name, address,
and phone number
as well as a nickname and
a brief decription for your scooter creation!
or
Physically mail your photo to:
“Pimp My Rascal”
PO Box 156
Sewell NJ, 08080

Contest Rules: 2010 “Pimp My Rascal” Customized Scooter Photo Contest
Official Rules
Promotional Period. Official Contest Entries will be accepted by Electric Mobility Corporation dba The Rascal Company beginning September 1, 2010. All entries must be received before the end of the promotional period, by December 15, 2010, 12:00PM EST.

2. Participation and Eligibility. This contest is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), and the United Kingdom who are 18 years and older at the time of entry. Mobility Consultants, employees of The Rascal Company and their families are excluded from entering the contest. Employees of durable medical equipment and competing mobility industry companies, and members of the immediate family of any such persons are not eligible to participate and win. The term “immediate family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws,” or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related. Voting is permitted. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

How to Enter. Contest Entries are accepted by photograph only. Photographs of contest entries may be submitted via email to pimpmyrascal@electricmobility.com or mailed Attn: “Pimp My Rascal” PO Box 156 Sewell NJ, 08080. Photographs submitted via email must be no larger than 600x600 pixels.

How to Vote. Voting will be held on The Rascal Company’s “Rascal” Facebook page in the photo album titled “Vote Now! Pimp My Rascal.” Votes are tallied via number of “likes” a particular photo received. Photos will be uploaded to the album by The Rascal Company only. By participating in the voting portion of any contest, each voting participant agrees to be bound by the official contest rules. Voting is limited to one vote to “Like” a particular Contest Entry per Facebook user. If an entrant receives multiple and/or irregular votes or multiple votes from the same user or users, including but not limited to, votes generated by a robotic, programmed, script, macro, other automated means or other source, The Rascal Company reserves the right to disqualify the Contest Entrant in its sole discretion. If The Rascal Company’s “Rascal” Facebook page and/or the internet voting process fails to operate properly or appears to be tampered with or tainted with errors, fraud or unfair practices, The Rascal Company reserves the right to use another means to determine the winner(s), i.e. random selection or appointing a panel of judges. All decisions of the judges are final.

Contest Entry. Safety of the Contest Entry (i.e. customized scooter or powerchair) cannot be compromised or depicted to be compromised. Contest Entry has to be a Rascal scooter or powerchair. Original specifications for the center of gravity, speed and wheelbase of the Rascal scooter or powerchair can not be modified to qualify as a Contest Entry. Winner must submit Rascal Serial Number as proof of Rascal ownership before prize is awarded. Scooter must be functional and able to be ridden. Rider must have clear visibility when riding the scooter. Stability of the Contest Entry must be maintained and depicted to be maintained for safe operation. If the Contest Entry includes any creative material from the participant, including but not limited to, consumer created content, by submitting your entry: (1) you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited and without restriction and will not place The Rascal Company under any fiduciary or other obligation, that The Rascal Company is free to disclose the ideas on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the ideas without any additional compensation to you; (2) you acknowledge that, by acceptance of your submission, The Rascal Company does not waive any rights to use similar or related ideas previously known or developed by their employees, or obtained from sources other than you; (3) you are verifying that you are the owner and producer of the submitted material and that no third party ownership rights exist to any material submitted, and (4) you are hereby granting The Rascal Company perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) right and license to use, publish, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, distribute, have distributed and promote such content in any form, in all media now known or hereinafter created, anywhere in the world, for any purpose.

6. Winner Selection and Prize. One (1) Prize winner will be selected by The Rascal Company based on the greatest number of votes received from among all entries received. Verification of Rascal serial number is required before prize is awarded. The winner will receive his or her choice of one of the following Rascal Balance Scooters: Rascal Balance 600, Rascal Balance 700, Rascal Liteway 214, Rascal Liteway 224, Rascal UltraLite 370, Rascal AutoGo 555B, or Rascal MicroBalance 170. The prize that may be awarded to the eligible winner is not transferable, redeemable for cash or exchangeable for any other prize. No substitution or assignment of prize is permitted, except for that the sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event an offered prize is unavailable. If the winner cannot be contacted or is disqualified for any reason, The Rascal Company reserves the right to determine an alternate winner or not to award that winner’s prize, in its sole discretion.

Publicity; Use of Personal Information. By participating, where allowed by law, all participants and winner grant The Rascal Company exclusive permission to use their names, characters, photographs, voices, videotape, and likenesses in connection with promotion of this and other contests and waive any claims to royalty, right, or remuneration for such use. By participating in the “Pimp My Rascal” Customized Scooter Contest, where allowed by law, participants agree that The Rascal Company may disclose personal information obtained from participants in the Contest to third parties and use such information for marketing and other purposes.

8. Release. By participating in the Contest, each participant and winner waives any and all claims of liability against The Rascal Company and its employees and independent contractor Mobility Consultants for any personal injury or loss which may occur from the conduct of, or participation in, the Contest, or from the use of any prize. In order to receive a prize, participants must sign an official waiver form provided by the Company.

9. Taxes. Any valuation of the prize(s) stated above is based on available information provided to the Company, and the value of any prize awarded to a winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law. Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s) and paying any expenses associated with any prize which is not specifically provided for in the official rules. Each winner must provide the Company with valid identification and a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number before any prize will be awarded. The winner will receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.

10. Conduct and Decisions. By participating in the Contest, participants agree to be bound by the decisions of The Rascal Company employees. Persons who violate any rule, gain unfair advantage in participating in the Contest, or obtain winner status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. Unsportsmanlike, disruptive, annoying, harassing or threatening behavior is prohibited. The Rascal Company will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, conflicting claims or ambiguities concerning the rules or the Contest and The Rascal Company’s decisions concerning such disputes shall be final. If the conduct or outcome of the Contest is affected by human error, any mechanical malfunctions or failures of any kind, intentional interference or any event beyond the control of the Company, the Company reserves the right to terminate this Contest, or make such other decisions regarding the outcome as the Company deems appropriate. All decisions will be made by The Rascal Company and are final. The Rascal Company may waive any of these rules in its sole discretion. Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately circumvent, disrupt, damage or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, The Rascal Company reserves the right to seek civil and/or criminal prosecution and/or damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

11. Miscellaneous. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. Each winner must submit proof of eligibility and sign The Rascal Company’s waiver and release form to claim the prize. The Rascal Company may substitute prizes, amend the rules or discontinue the Contest at any time as announced on the “Rascal” Facebook page. The Rascal Company disclaims any responsibility to notify participants of any aspect related to the conduct of the Contest. For a copy of the rules, or where required by law, name of Contest winner, visit The Rascal Company’s website PimpMyRascalScooter.com. All entries become the property of The Rascal Company and will not be returned.

12. Compliance with Law. The conduct of the Contest is governed by the applicable laws of the United States of America, which take precedence over any rule to the contrary herein. The Company shall follow the applicable laws for conducting contests, including notice to the state attorney general or consumer affairs office, posting of a prize bond, furnishing name of contest winner, running specific disclaimers, providing specific written information about the Contest, etc. as required by local and state law.

DISCLAIMERS

All decisions by The Rascal Company in calculating votes, selecting finalists, awarding prizes, or in conducting any and all other aspects of a "Pimp My Rascal" Customized Scooter contest are made by The Rascal Company in its sole discretion and are final and not subject to appeals.

The Rascal Company SHALL BEAR NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER IN CONNECTION WITH THE DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT OR ADMINISTRATION OF ANY CONTEST, CONTEST ENTRY, OR IN ANY OTHER RESPECT IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR INTERACTION WITH THE SITE OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST.

Employees and immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling or sibling's spouse) of employees of The Rascal Company and its affiliates are not eligible to participate.

As an entrant in this photo contest, it is your responsibility to determine that you are eligible to enter and to comply with the entry instructions and other photo contest rules set forth herein. Any violation of the contest rules may result in your disqualification, in the sole discretion of The Rascal Company.

By submitting an entry, entrants thereby represent and warrant that the submitted work or information does not and shall not infringe on any copyright, any rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party, and the entrants the right to grant any and all rights and licenses granted to the contest sponsors herein, including but not limited to, all necessary rights under copyright, free and clear of any claims or encumbrances.

6. Entrants acknowledge and agree that The Rascal Company shall have no obligation to post, display or otherwise make publicly available any work submitted by the entrant, and may, in their sole and unfettered discretion, remove, edit, modify or delete any work that the entrant submits.

Waiver of Liability and Agreement to Indemnify

By submitting any photograph entry, each entrant, its, his, her or their heirs, successors and assigns (“entrant”) thereby releases, forever discharges and covenants not to make a claim against or sue the “PIMP MY RASCAL” CUSTOMIZED SCOOTER CONTEST, its sponsors (including but not limited to the (ELECTRIC MOBILITY CORPORATION dba THE RASCAL COMPANY) and their parents, subsidiaries and affiliates, licensees, employees, officers, directors, representatives, successors and assigns (“PIMP MY RASCAL” CUSTOMIZED SCOOTER CONTEST”), of and from all manner of action or actions, cause or causes of action, at law or in equity, suits, claims, demands, liability, loss, cost or expense, of any nature whatsoever, known or unknown, fixed or contingent, which entrant may have or hereafter have against the “PIMP MY RASCAL” CUSTOMIZED SCOOTER CONTEST by reason of any injuries or damages entrant may sustain, whether to entrant’s person, property, reputation, or otherwise, as a result of, incident to, or related in any way to the entry, the contest, or the use, incorporation or exploitation of the entry for any purpose described herein. Entrant waives and foregoes the right to seek injunctive relief against anyone relating in any way to the entry, the contest, or the use, incorporation, or exploitation of the materials for any purpose described herein. Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the “PIMP MY RASCAL” CUSTOMIZED SCOOTER CONTEST from and against any liabilities, losses, claims, demands, costs (including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees) and expenses arising in connection with any breach or alleged breach by me of any representation made in the entry or by virtue of submitting the entry.

How to Vote for your favorite scooter creations on FACEBOOK
CLICK HERE to go to the voting area  Link to voting Area on FACEBOOK
and choose you're favorite scooter creation!
It's easy! Just log in to your Facebook account and click the "LIKE" button
under the photos you like the most!

FINALLY  If you don't have a RASCAL and NEED one, to PIMP or just to make it easier to get around. Or know someone who needs one. Email me at lmurray@citlink.net or call me at 315 691-2025. If you're within driving distance I'll be happy to come see you and help you get your own Rascal. If too far away I'll make sure someone closer to you does it.

Lee Murray

Newest Update on Mini-Stroke??? Ear Infection??? Latest info again...again

Well so far still no definative explaination, or diagnosis. The best answer so far is not a brain tumor, we'd have seen that. Not MS, we don't even consider that in your age group. Not a stroke, probably two TIA's ie mini strokes. But why are some of the symptoms still here almost a year later? Well, we don't know...
Most recentl had a cerebral Angiogram, everything good but for 50-70% blockage in the left rear artery to the brain. Yes, I'm told that MIGHT cause the numbness on the right side of my face and other symptoms. I'm also told that either the blood pressure or colesterol meds don't remember which, can cause the balance issues as a side effect. Then had a CT Perfusion scan, apparently even with the blockage blood flow to the brain is normal I'm told. Going to see the Neurosurgeon Dr. Deshaies again in Dec, to discuss options, I figure he'll recommend a stent, but at this point, the numbness receding, I'm inclined to let my body heal itself.  Had a colonoscopy and no problems, got yelled at by the Drs for never having had one, with a family history. Seeing another Dr. in a couple days, to see about repairing the hernia, it's like an old friend, been with me since around 72 or 73 and still reduceable.

Still diabetic I guess, that apparently never goes away. I am surprised by how it seems to have grown in this country compared to 50 years ago or so. My blood sugar is down in the low to mid 100's now and the 3 month blood test was under 7 (6.5-7 is right per the Dr.) both times. Blood pressure has corrected itself and colesterol was good, except good colesterol was low, need to get that up some. Saw Dr. Young in Hamilton, no news is good news. Saw the new Cardiologist in Hamiliton, Dr Carlson, he said the hole in my heart may not be a hole but a flap that didn't close completely, apparently as babies we all have the wall between the two chambers as two flaps that allow the mothers blood to circulate, after we're born the flap grows closed, except in possibly as many as 30% of adults the flaps never closed completely. Dr Carlson said he's not convinced this is my problem, that he feels that I should hold off dealing with it unless I have another "episode"...
So at this point I still don't know for sure what caused the mini strokes, if that's what they were, and may never know. But I am much more aware of what's going on in my body, I keep an eye on blood pressure and blood sugar, I'll continue taking the aspirin and my herbs. I have to say I hadn't seen a Dr in nearly 30 yrs until this happened and should have, if I'd known before what I know now, who knows it may never have happened. I've always maintained my cars taking them in at the slightest problem, now I know to do that for this vehicle too, my body that is. The other benefit is that it's made it easier to relate to the veterans I see, and deliver their scooters to.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Art of Cross Examination - Would you believe a great book for salesmen...and women???

I have a secret, I've mentioned to just a few people over the years I've been in sales.  It's a book that teaches lawyers how to ask effective questions.  One thing many, if not most, average salespeople just don't get is that their commissions ride on asking effective questions too.
Successful salesmen and women, like successful litigators, ask the right questions that lead the prospect  to the answers that the salesperson desires.  This book, The Art of Cross Examination, written by Francis Wellman in 1903, teaches you how to do that.  Of course there are other books that do the same thing, and there are some people, both lawyers and salespeople, who have a natural ability, but they are few and far between. Contrary to popular myth, salespeople are made not born, as a rule. 
Asking effective questions is not easy, especially in the face of a reluctant or hostile prospect who's primary goal is to get rid of you, rather than be tricked into buying from you. You'd be amazed how many people, even...especially, those who need your product, consider you a trickster who's only after their money. Unfortunately the sales field is well populated with exactly that ilk. They've created an image over many decades that those of us that are honest, and sell good products honestly, are forced to live down. 
I, as you know, sell the Rascal. It's in my opinion the best machine out there, but it's not cheap. There are many that would tell you a scooter is a scooter, and be happy to sell you a cheapie. Then you never see them again.  Until in a year or two you need another one.  I on the other hand will show you the benefits of buying the best once, and paying a bit more, rather than buying over and over every few years. I do this by asking questions, questions that determine if you need a scooter, or a powerchair, or perhaps neither. Questions that determine which model is right for you. Questions to find out if you can afford a Rascal. And answers, to your questions, of course.
The key to helping a person that needs a scooter, is asking the right questions at the right time, and this book teaches you how. Of course if a prospect reads this perhaps they should read it also.

Lee Murray

The Art of Cross Examination

Monday, September 20, 2010

Just Found A Blog Dedicated to Napolean Hill and His Work On Success

Napolean Hill has long been one of my favorite authors, and I've read all of his books on success. He was probably the first motivational author, writing The Laws of Success in 1925, and Think and Grow Rich in 1937, among others. His books are must reading for any sales person who takes being successful seriously. No, they won't themselves make you successful, but they will point you in the right direction, and show you the right attitude. It was Mr. Hill that said "What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."

Lee Murray

The Blog I Found Dedicated to Napolean Hill

Monday, July 26, 2010

From Rascal Pertaining to Safety of Three Wheel Scooters - Two Recent Innovations That Make the Three Wheel Scooter As Safe as a Four Wheel Scooter

PUBLIC AWARENESS AND SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR  3 WHEEL MOBILITY SCOOTERS

For Medical Professionals, Medical Equipment Dealers and Administrators of Government and Private Programs Who Authorize Mobility Scooter Purchases

BACKGROUND OF MOBILITY SCOOTER’S SAFETY

3 Wheel Mobility Scooters provide independence and convenience to millions of people who have difficulty walking long distances. Since 3 wheel scooters were introduced in 1977, they have improved the quality of life for the elderly and people with disabilities who utilize them for indoor and outdoor transportation.  Because 3 wheel scooters can be accidentally tipped over sideways, more stable 4 wheel scooters were introduced in 1990. However, most scooter users prefer 3 wheel scooters over 4 wheel scooters because they are more maneuverable, more comfortable (more legroom) and easier to use (steer). In the past, stability was the only drawback in selecting a 3 wheel scooter over a 4 wheel scooter. Manufacturers, Dealers, Sales Consultants and Medical Professionals regularly warn new 3 wheel scooter users about the danger of sideways tipping. Some manufacturers have equipped their 3 wheel scooters with side anti-tip wheels to reduce sideways tipovers.  Despite warnings about accidental tipovers and the use of anti-tip side castors, thousands of people tip their 3 wheel scooters over each year.  A review of published articles analyzing data from the Consumer Products Safety Commission reveals an alarming trend of a three-fold increase in wheelchair related injuries and fatalities over a fifteen year period. Between 1986-1992, research of hospital emergency department admissions revealed an average of 36,599 wheelchair accidents causing serious injuries.
1  By 2003, the number of serious injuries increased to 102,300 according to data compiled by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS – a Division of CPSC). Tips and falls accounted for more than two-thirds of the incidents.
2  To determine how many serious injuries occur annually as a result of tipovers on electric scooters, an article analyzing data of manufacturer’s reports to the FDA of adverse incidents was reviewed. The proportion of incidents reported to the FDA related to the use of scooters was 52.8% compared to manual and powered wheelchairs 47.2%. Sideways tipping was the most common direction for scooters’ tipovers.
3  In the article that analyzed the 1986-1992 CPSC wheelchair-related injuries, the author noted that: “Presumably many accidents result in no injury, in injuries for which the affected person seeks no medical attention or in injuries for which the affected person seeks attention from his or her family physician or other health care worker. It is therefore likely that this study significantly underrepresents the incidence of accidents and injuries.”
4  If 52.8% of the 70,000 serious wheelchair-related injuries caused by tips or falls occurred on scooters in 2003, then as many as 36,960 of the serious injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in just one year can be attributed to scooter usage, with sideways tipping being the primary cause.

3 WHEEL SCOOTER SAFETY BREAKTHROUGH

Recently, two new patent-pending stability technologies have been developed that make 3 wheel scooters just as stable as 4 wheel scooters. These breakthrough ideas provide both the superior maneuverability of a 3 wheel scooter and the stability of a 4 wheel scooter.  One technology introduced in 2008, actually turns a 3 wheel scooter into a 5 wheel scooter, with three steerable front wheels. The Quingo®, developed in the UK by Advanced Vehicle Concepts Limited, with a design to prevent accidental sideways tipovers, is now in use by thousands of scooter users in Europe.
The second technology was introduced by The Rascal Company in 2009. This
breakthrough technology is relatively simple and maintenance free.
Magnetically controlled swivel castor wheels are positioned on each side of the scooter’s steerable front wheel, slightly above the ground. If the 3 wheel scooter turns too fast, the outside swivel castor wheel touches down and instantly turns to follow the single front steerable wheel. During most turns, the 3 wheel scooter becomes a “4 wheel scooter”, but one that remains highly maneuverable.
According to The Rascal Company, over 2000 Rascal® BalanceTM scooters are in use by customers without a reported incident of sideways tipover. Test reports conducted by an independent test lab posted on the Rascal Balance website (http://www.rascalbalance.com/) show the exact same stability ratings for the new Rascal Balance 3 wheeler compared to the Rascal full sized 4 wheel scooter.  The incidence of 3 wheel scooter sideways tipovers is believed to be so prevalent as
many as one of every two 3 wheel scooter users may have tipped over. Many users are embarrassed because they tipped over. Others do not want friends and loved ones to know they tipped because they fear losing their driving privileges, much like the use of an automobile. The cost of scooters is frequently covered by insurance companies or government programs under Medicare and Veterans benefits. Medical expenses to treat seriously injured scooter users and the rehabilitation necessary to return them to better health are also covered by the same programs. “Medical bills incurred in wheelchair-related falls, including rehabilitation are often between $25,000 - $75,000.”6 The cost savings for private insurers and government programs such as Medicare and Veterans Hospitals as the new stability technology for 3 wheel scooters is adopted will be significant - as much as $2.3 million to $7 million a year.  The inherent instability of 3 wheeled ATV’s and the serious injuries and fatalities they caused resulted in a government ban on new sales by the Consumer Products Safety Commission in 1988. Hopefully, as the community of Medical Professionals, Dealers, Sales Consultants and FederalHealth Care Programs embrace the cost-savings and safety of these new advanced stability technologies, they will no longer recommend or purchase 3 wheel scooters that lack 4 wheel stability.

1 Ummat S, Kirby RL. Nonfatal wheelchair-related accidents reported to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 1994;73:163-167
2 H Xiang, A-M Chany, and G A Smith. Wheelchair related injuries treated in US emergency departments. Inj Prev 2006; 12:8-11
3  Kirby RL, Ackroyd-Stolarz SA. Wheelchair safety—adverse reports to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 1995 Jul-Aug;74(4):308-12
4  Ummat S, Kirby RL. Nonfatal wheelchair-related accidents reported to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 1994;73:163-167
5 E061810-02 Test Reports of Rascal Balance 3 Wheel and Rascal 4 Wheel Scooters, Ammer Consulting, June, 2010 - Attached
6  Gavin-Dreschnack D, Nelson A, Fitzgerald S, Harrow J, Sanchez-Anguiano A, Ahmed S, Powell-Cope G. Wheelchair-related falls: current evidence and directions for improved quality care. J Nurs Care Qual. 2005 Apr-Jun;20(2):119-27

This article was commissioned by The Rascal Company of Sewell, NJ. For more information or to set-up an interview, please contact the firm at  http://www.rascalbalancesafetyprogram.com/

Monday, June 28, 2010

Beware: AV Security Systems Looks Real But Is A Virus

WARNING to all of you with computers hooked to the internet. My sister and her husband on their computer and I on mine were attacked over the weekend by a virus called the AV Security System. It gets in and blocked everything making it virtually impossible to remove. I don't know if it came in in an email, or got around my firewall somehow. If you google the name you'll see that it's a hack created to look like a real program, that claims your computer is under attack by dozens of virus' and worms, and demands something like 60-70 dollars, but according to what I read it takes your money, gives you nothing, and to add insult to injury screws up your computer anyway. In both cases from what they told me, and my experience, it keeps you from accessing your virus software, your control panel, your registry, in my case I downloaded the same software they used to get rid of it, called AVG, and a couple others, and it allowed the downloads but blocked the installation, the gist is it blocks any way to get rid of it. It reloaded everytime you'd reboot, and kept popping up basically saying buy me, over and over whether connected to the web or not, also it kept opening web pages to porno sites when connected to the web. Very disconcerting and annoying. Neither of us paid, from what they said they disconnected their high speed connection, and that allowed the virus software to work and it removed the AV Security. In my case my virus software was blocked, and installing the dowloads was blocked, I was about to wipe the drive and reload the operating system, when I came across instructions, put it in safe mode and work through it that way, didn't work... Then I had a thought, according to what I'd read it also blocked or could infect system restore, but out of options I used system restore and set it back two days. Miracle of miracles it worked, I rebooted and it didn't show up. Since then I've been running all the virus software I've got and boosted the firewall. As of 3am it was gone. The point is this is a major PITA but if you get it it can be dealt with, just takes time and patience.

Lee Murray

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Barriatric Scooters and Powerchairs For Those With Weight Issues

Rascal 600 series Convertable Scooters have a weight limit of 450 pounds, which is more than adequate for most of us. However there are some who need a scooter or powerchair with a higher weight limit. For those people we offer a barriatric scooter and powerchair with a 550 pound weight limit.  They are the 655 scooter and the PC710 powerchair.  Let me say right here that I believe Rascal designs and manufactures the best-built mobility products in the world. Stylish and dependable, our scooters have many distinct features that move them ahead of the rest. If I didn't believe it, I wouldn't still be selling them after 12 years.  Also I want to clarify that the 655 scooter is NOT a convertable scooter, it is a one piece frame, and is four wheel only.

Rascal 655

Known for its high performance, this bariatric friendly scooter is equipped to handle any terrain. It has a top speeds of 8 mph with a turtle switch that cuts the top speed in half at your option. Large 12” pneumatic tires provide a smooth ride on level surfaces and higher ground clearance than the 600 series. Dual rear-spring coil suspension comfortably copes with uneven, rugged terrain. Bariatric-friendly capacity to 550 lbs with a uni-body one piece frame for increased strength. An Oxygen tank holder, Cane & crutch holder, walker holder are optional. It comes with an upholstered captains style, high-back, leather-like, gray vinyl seat with flip-up armrests and a headrest, the backrest folds down for convenience. The seat also swivels 360 degrees and slides forward and back 6” to accommodate all size riders. Automatic safety steering automatically engages a half-speed control sensor to slow vehicle when turning. A hand-brake lever engages a durable drum brake for additional safety. There is an easy to clean floor pan with removable carpet, removable basket with handle, a full lighting package including headlight, taillights, flashers and turn signals.
Color is:  Candy Apple Red

Specs:
Overall Length            54”
Overal Width              27”
Turning Radius          62” 
Maximum Speed         8 mph
Weight Capacity        550 lbs
Maximum Range*      Up to 25 Miles
Seat Height                 22”
Ground Clearance      4”
Charger                        Off-board 6 Amp
Total Weight              266 lbs

*Range is calculated under test conditions. Weight, terrain and weather conditions can affect range of travel.

1-Year Limited Drivetrain Warranty
1-Year Limited Parts Warranty

Now the Rascal 710 powerchair:


This heavy-duty powerchair model is sturdy and powerful enough to accommodate up to 550 lbs, and specifically designed for bariatric applications.  It has a flip-up footplate of course, and a programmable, swing-away joystick. The swingaway feature is standard with Rascal, not optional as with other manufacturers, and is handy when you need to get right up to your desk or dining table. It has airline-approved batteries, meaning you can take it right on the plane with you when traveling, just let the airline know ahead of time.   It has a very heavy duty four-point seat mount, that while the seat is fixed in place and doesn't turn, prevents broken seat posts.
Options include:  Elevating leg rests and height adjustable armrests, oxygen holder and cane holder, positioning belt

Warranty:

3-Year Limited Frame Warranty
1-Year Limited Parts Warranty




Specifications:
1 Vehicle range capabilities depend upon battery type, terrain,
temperature, and total payload.
2 All pneumatic tires receivepuncture-resistant treatment.
3 Seat height is measured from floor less 3” of cushioning.

Overall Length                          43.5”
Overal Width                            27”
Turning Radius (wheelbase)  31.5”
Maximum Speed                       5 mph
Weight Capacity                      550 lbs
Maximum Range1                     Up to 25 Miles
Heaviest Component               136 lbs
Tire Type (front)                       9” Foam
Tire Type (rear)2                       12” Air Filled
Seat Height (range)3                21.25”- 22.25”

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tracker Lift (aka Backpacker Lift) the Best Choice for a Van or SUV


Well actually the best choice if you don't need the rear seat.  The Tracker gives you the advantages of both a crane type like the Trunk Lift or Equalizer and the Rack and Roll.  It has a platform that you drive your scooter or powerchair onto, like the Rack and Roll, but instead of hanging behind your van, the platform and scooter or powerchair are lifted up and  pulled inside the vehicle, out of the weather, out of the way when backing up and less vulnerable should your car be hit from behind. Over the years I have known of a couple veterans who were rearended and their scooters and lifts were destroyed.
The Tracker has all the features you need in a scooter lift. It offers an exclusive high threshold kit that allows it to be installed in vehicles with raised cargo opening thresholds without altering the vehicle, i.e. Dodge Grand Caravan.  There is also a false bottom kit that allows it to be installed in those vans that have seats that go down into the floor instead of being removed.  The Tracker platform has two options in docking systems, the Dock 'N' Lock  positive self-guiding docking system for powerchairs, or the more generic strapping system for scooters or powerchairs. This provides some flexibility in docking your power chair or scooter.  Once secured to the platform, the Tracker easily lifts and stows your scooter or power chair inside the cargo area of your vehicle for clean and safe transportation to wherever you're going. Two other options are a wireless remote and battery pack for power instead of having it hard wired to your vehicle.   Also the Tracker is ATRS Ready, which I'll talk about in another post.

                                                              Vehicle Requirements:

The Tracker inside van lift fits in the cargo area of most mini vans, and should always be installed by a qualified installer to ensure proper installation and to avoid possible damage. Please refer to the following dimensional requirements to ensure proper lift application:

Minimum Cargo Area Height (A): 37.25"
Minimum Cargo Area Width (E): 45"
Minimum Cargo Area Depth (B): 45"
Maximum Threshold Height (C): 3.75" High Threshold Kit
Maximum Vehicle Cargo Height (D): 27.5" with Threshold Kit, 29.5" w/o Threshold Kit



Specifications:

Recommended Maximum Lifting Capacity: 350 pounds
Platform Overall Width: 44"
Platform Depth: 27"
Maximum Lifting Height: 28"
Actuation: 12 VDC motors powered by vehicle battery or mobile power pack (optional)
Weight of Lift: 181 pounds

The Tracker XT Lift for Full Size SUVs is slightly different.  With the added functionality of a retracting column, the Tracker XT can raise your POV up to cargo heights of 36" - fitting the largest of SUVs on the market.
The Tracker XT inside  lift fits in the cargo area of most full size SUVs. Any Tracker should be installed by a qualified installer to ensure proper installation and to avoid possible damage to your vehicle. Please refer to the following dimensional requirements to ensure proper lift application:


Minimum Cargo Area Height (A): 37.25"
Minimum Cargo Area Width (E): 45"
Minimum Cargo Area Depth (B): 45"
Maximum Vehicle Cargo Height (D): 36"

Specifications :
Recommended Maximum Lifting Capacity: 350 pounds

Platform Depth: 27"
Platform Overall Width: 44"
Maximum Lifting Height: 36"
Actuation: 12 VDC motors powered by vehicle battery
Weight of Lift: 192 pounds

Here is a comparison of the two lifts showing the differences:
                                                            Tracker   Tracker XT


• Maximum Lifting Capacity           350 lbs.    350 lbs.

• Lift Platform Dimensions             44” x 27” 44” x 27”

• Minimum Cargo Area Height       37.25”       34”

Required (See Diagram A)     • Minimum Cargo Area Width 45” 45”

(See Diagram E)                       • Minimum Cargo Area Depth 45” 45”

Hatch Threshold to 2nd Row of Seats    (See Diagram B)

• Maximum Threshold Height        3.75”          2”

High Threshold Configuration  (See Diagram C)

• Maximum Vehicle Cargo Height 27.5”          36”

With Threshold Plate                (See Diagram D)

• Maximum Vehicle Cargo Height  29.5”        36”

With Threshold Plate Removed  (See Diagram D)

• Cargo Floor to Top of Platform 5” 3”

A minus F = Maximum Height of Power Chair

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Equalizer & Tailgater Lifts

First a Tailgater lift is an Equalizer. The difference is that the Tailgater is designed to be used in a pickup with a dual offeset upright and comes with a weather  package.  Othwise it's pretty much the same as an Equalizer  3.
There are three Equalizers, 1, 2 and 3...duh. The Equalizer 1 is the basic unit, it lifts the scooter or powerchair but requires you to rotate it into the vehicle, making it essentially a larger thrunk lift. It comes with a weight capacity of either 250 or 400 lbs. Which are the same as the trunklift. So if you're buying for yourself, and can handle the manual rotation into the vehicle you'll pay less for a trunklift and get essentially the same thing. But, the Equalizer 1 is the foundation of a modular system that can grow with you as your needs change.

The strap saver feature and patented gimbal roller eliminate most handling issues associated to trunk lifts, preventing  folds or twists.
The Equalizer 2 is the same as the Equalizer 1, but adds power rotation, which makes it better than the trunklift for those who don't have the strength to manually rotate, or push and twist the scooter or powerchair into the vehicle. There is a hand control that's designed to be comfortable to use, making it easier to control the lift. Two wireless remote control key fobs are included at no extra charge.
The Equalizer 3 is the same as an Equalizer 2 with power lift and rotation, but adds a powered boom that moves 12" allowing it to clear the rear bumper of larger vehicles, or pickup from the curb, as well as place the powerchair or scooter exactly where you want in the vehicle. Like the Equalizer 2, the Equalizer 3 offers an ergonomic hand control and two wireless key fobs at no additional charge.

The Equalizer 3 is an ideal lift for use in pickup trucks when the chair or scooter is handled from the curb. Please specify the weather package, (which makes it a Tailgater), when installing the Equalizer 3 in pickup truck's without tonneaus or caps.
You'll also want a Seat On Lift Hook with your Equalizer or Tailgater to make removing the seat unnecessary.  There is a False Bottom Kit which makes it possible to install the Equalizer in those vans that have seats that recess into the floor.














Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Seat On Lift Hook

When using any electric lift, Trunk Lift, Equalizer/Tailgater, or any other that lifts your Rascal into a truck or van, ask for a Seat On Lift Hook, which allows your scooter to be picked up with the seat in place. It's much easier than removing and replacing the seat each time. It consists of a bracket that attaches to the seatpost under the seat, and a C hook one end of which goes in the bracket, and the other is above the seat, where you attach your lift.
The only case where you wouldn't use one is putting the Rascal in a car trunk, because the seat needs to be taken off to fit it in the trunk.

Lee Murray

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rack and Roll Lift with or without a Swingaway

The Rack and Roll Lift was the second of the two lifts we sold when I first started. You could install one on any vehicle, car, van or truck, that would accept a class three hitch.  At that time and for many years of begging by the VA sales team, they were not available in class two, only in class three, because the engineering dept, we were told, didn't feel that class two was safe. In recent years we now have them in class two also, and they are as safe as the class three.
During the time that we were not offering class two Rack & Rolls, they were offered by several other companies, who had determined they were safe and warrantied them. But, as a salesperson, I am glad that Rascal took their time and had the engineers determine that they were safe before offering them. I'd much rather work with that kind of a company, that is concerned with their customers safety, than one that doesn't care and just throws something out there,  to hell with the consequences. End of commercial.  Also to be fair some pictures I'm using in this post came from Top Mobility dot com, as they're better than the ones from Rascal, I hope they don't mind.
The Rack N' Roll Lift can transport your fully assembled Rascal Scooter or PowerChair anywhere. Made of  strong welded steel, they are easy to remove/install, and adjust, once installed the first time by a qualified technician to make sure they're installed and wired correctly..  
An interesting story is a veteran I delivered to, who used his truck to tow his trailers and boat. He called me back a few months after the delivery to show me a very clever invention. He and his son owned a welding shop, and had designed and built a contraption, for lack of a better word, that allowed this guy to install and remove his Rack and Roll by himself. It was build of mild steel in a vee shape, one side long enough to support the lift and the other short enough to slide under the car. It had a floor jack in the middle and large castors on each end that allowed it to swivel. They had built a handle in the middle that allowed him to pull or push it without touching the jack handle. They had also welded a connector on the handle and the rear bumper of his scooter that let him tow it in his garage.  They were very proud of it, and should have been. He could push it under the lift, jack it up to take the weight off the hitch, pull the pin, disconnect the wiring, and using his scooter, or not, pull the Rack and Roll out and move it out of the way, or push it back in place when ready. 
This is not something that everybody can, or would want to, do. For pretty much everybody else, to take off or install the lift is a two or three  person job, not hard, or heavy, just a little awkward.  
The lift is powered by your vehicle's battery, it's never connected to your cars electrical system by trailer light connectors or rear cigarette lighter. Well they shouldn't be anyhow, although I've had people ask or suggest it when delivering.    If you want to change to a new vehicle, it can be reinstalled but call us or the technician, so it can be done correctly. The new vehicle needs to be wired. This applies to all electric lifts, not just the Rack and Roll.
It adapts to 3 or 4 wheel scooters without scooter modifications. One thing I mention when delivering, is that here in the northeast, the roads aren't always clean. Boy is that an understatement. Anyway, I suggest that it's a good idea to get a sheet of 1/4 inch plywood then cut and mount it under the Rack & Roll platform to keep the winter slush, dirt and mud off your scooter. Not everybody bothers, but those who did thanked me the next time they saw me. 
There is a swingaway for use on trucks, vans, and any vehicle where you need access to a rear door. You don't need it with a car trunk, since it swings up.  This does add a few pounds to the weight of the lift, but if you need to get to the back doors or tailgate, you'll want it. 
The platform automatically folds up against the back of the car, truck, van when lifted without scooter. You can drive in forward or reverse from platform. Platform depressions make sure of correct scooter positioning on the platform. Lighted license plate bracket and courtesy lights illuminate lift and trunk areas. Keyed operation for added security. Single rocker switch control. Manual crank in case of power failure. Attractive and durable metallic gray powder coated finish. Fits on most vehicles. Automatically folds up when not in use.

Features:
Attaches to a trailer hitch and lifts a fully assembled Rascal Scooter or Powerchair off the ground for transport

Platform folds up and out of the way when not in use

Robust welded steel construction and weatherproofing for durable, dependable operation

Scooter or powerchair locks into place when lift is raised; no straps or tie downs necessary, Although cable or chain locks aren't a bad idea when traveling.

You must have a Class II (1.25") or Class III (2") trailer hitch installed on your vehicle to utilize a Rack N' Roll.

Lee Murray

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Update on Mini-Stroke??? Ear Infection??? Latest info

Went in today, another blood test after 2 weeks on blood pressure medicine. Didn't see Neurologist,  saw Cardiologist, good news blood pressure good. Bad news going to have surgury, at some point to close the hole in my heart, the one I was probably born with. Fortunately sounds like minor operation, going up through an artery and putting an umbrella, she called it, in to close the hole. First before they schedule that I have to see a neuro-surgeon in May.  The nurse did say that the CT Angiogram looked normal.  So far so good...I guess.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Doctors I'm Seeing at Hamilton Comm. Hospital for this Whatever It Is

Michael Jastremski , M.D.        The first Dr. I saw in the ER.                  

Emergency Medicine Director
Emergency Services/Medical Affairs
315-824-6090
Certified by: American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Emergency, and Subspecialty Certification in Critical Care Medicine
Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh
Med College: SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY - 1973
College: Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY - 1969

Eufrosina Young, M.D.         The second Dr. I saw, a Neurologist                                

Hamilton Family Health Center of CMH
164 Broad Street, Hamilton
315-648-5785
Certified in Clinical Neurophysiology, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Residency: North Shore University Hospital (of New York University), Manhasset, NY - 2001
Med College: University of the East, Quezon City, Philippines - 1994
College: University of the Philippines - 1990

Carina Alfaro-Franco, M.D.            The third Dr. a Cardiologist.

Community Memorial Hospital                   
164 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-648-6408
Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease. Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX – 1994
Med College: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas – 1991
College: University of Houston, Houston, TX – 1978

Latest Update Stroke or Ear Infection

In the last update, I said that the Neurologist told me that they'd ruled out stroke, multiple TIA, brain tumor, MS, etc. and due to the results of the MIA they thought there might be restricted blood flow in the arteries in the back of my head, going to the brain, that was causing the problems. Well I had the CT Angio that they scheduled a week ago last Friday, still haven't heard anything. Except went to MD for first visit last week, speaking to the Nurse Practioner, asked her and they have the preliminary report, she said it says no narrowing or aneurism. So I was feeling pretty good, until I got a letter from a Neurosurgeon in Syracuse telling what to bring to my appointment mid May. That's it for now, I see the Neurologist on Tuesday and intend to ask what's going on.


Lee Murray

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Scooter Is A Scooter Is A Scooter, Or Is It???

It would seem to be true. After all they all have a seat, a handlebar, three or four wheels, a motor and transmission and one or two batteries, (usually two).  So it would seem to be true, if you don't look too deep. It's just like saying a bicycle is a bicycle, or a car is a car, or a guitar is a guitar, or a girl is a girl, or a friend is a friend, on and on and on. But, unless you're the person that thinks a Timex is no different than a Rolex, (they both keep time, right?), or there's no difference between a Playboy Bunny and the girl you see at the Walmart checkout, (she may be good looking, but...), still it's just not true.  There are similarities, and while it would appear that one is pretty much the same as another, if you've ever found one car or bicycle better than another, or you're a guitar player that prefers a Martin over a Taylor,  you just know that it's not true.  You may prefer a different scooter than I do, or than that person over there does, which in itself pretty much proves that I'm right.  If I wasn't, there'd only be one kind. Instead there's dozens. Each brand has it's strong points and weak points. For instance an example of one for me is the actuator, on a Rascal they are finger actuators meaning you pull back with your fingers which is easy, on a Pride they're thumb controlled, meaning you push with your thumbs, which when turning sharply is difficult. Another example is the front basket, on most Rascals it's mounted to the frame and has no effect on steering, on most other scooters it's mounted on the handlbar and can if you put too much in it make the scooter hard or dangerous to steer. So you have to look at the various features and specs to make sure your scooter is right, right for you that is.
Another way to look at it is that any scooter will get you around, and yes, that happens to be true. If you can put up with or ignore the negatives. A 350 lb man can ride a small scooter, even though the weight limit is 250-300 lbs or so,  he might get away with that, at least for awhile, but most are 20-21 inches wide with 9" or smaller tires. But, is him being squeezed into a small seat, uncomfortable, the handlebar right in his chest or belly, or that he would constantly be in danger of tipping over  a real concern?  The other side of the coin is the little 90 lb lady who gets a bariatric scooter with a weight limit of 500-550 lbs. Yes it's unlikely she'll ever wear it out, or stress it too highly, but frankly it's just too much scooter. Too big, too hard to get around in, she'd be more suited to the smaller or ultra-light scooter in the pevious example. 
There are many things to consider, among them are: what you want it for, indoors/outdoors/or both, weight capacity, losing weight or gaining weight, scooter length and width, anti-tip wheels, correct seat width/depth, how wide are your doors, turning circle, stability, speed, how tall or short are you, where will you store it, travel distance per charge, battery life, tire size, rural home or in city, tippiness or likliness to tip over, carrying capacity, does the basket interfere with steering, power, ability to go up a hill, acceleration,  break down for transport, need a lift for vehicle, need a ramp for your home, and more, any of which can make one machine better than another....for you.
So yes, if you look just at the surface, it can look like a scooter is a scooter. But if you go into it in depth, make your salesman do his job right, and get the one that's right for you, you'll quickly see that it's not true.

Lee Murray






Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Scooter Comes Apart for Transport - Sometimes NO Lift Works Better

This should really have been the first post, before any lifts, but here it is, better late than never. The scooters, and the powerchairs to some degree, are designed to be broken down for transport in a car, truck, or van. I'm only going to talk about cars because the process is the same for trucks, vans and SUV's but they have so much more room it's easier. 
As I said in an earlier post, when I first started, I had an 83 Olds 98, and I could fit two full scooters in the trunk, broken down. Big old cars are great, but every year they seem to make the cars, and the trunks, and especially the opening into the trunks, smaller. By now there are fewer cars, that will hold the whole scooter without using the back seat too. 
But the other side of the coin is, when I was still selling inhome, probably 1999, (I was doing both inhome and VA then), I had an appointment with a guy in, I think, Rome, NY not Italy, who was in need of a scooter.  He bought a 245, which was a heavy duty three wheel about 48 inches long comparable to a current 600F.  He had a Ford Festiva, a really really small car. we broke his scooter down to put it in the Festiva's trunk.
Broken down, in the order you take them apart, you have the front basket, the flag, the handlbar, the seat (which can range from std. 18" wide to 24" wide or wider on special order), two batteries, then you stand it on the rear bumper, pull a pin, and the front section pulls away from the rear section, making a total of 8 pieces.  As I said I could get two scooters broken down, like this, in my Olds 98, big cars with big trunks and big trunk openings, are fantastic.
But, as I remember, this time, in this tiny car, we got the rear section, the two batteries, the handlebar, front basket, and flag  in his trunk, it was a small trunk. The front section and the seat had to go in the back seat of the Festiva.  At that point he and his wife had to decide whether to take the Rascal, or their kids.  He ended up buying a small trailer to carry his scooter.
The moral being that if you're serious, you can fit your Rascal in virtually any car, from large, a Lincoln Town Car, to probably even as tiny as something like a Prius. You might not fit anything else though, so you'd have to be serious.  If your car is tiny, don't take my word, or anybody elses that it'll all fit, break it down, put it in the car, and make sure... BEFORE you buy,
Another aspect is that while the heaviest part, when taken apart as I've described, is about 60-70 pounds, (the rear section), it's more awkward than heavy. But still it's not light, and needs someone in decent shape to put it in and out of a trunk. I've always had the person who wants to transport this way actually break down, load, unload and put the scooter back together, to make sure they can.  It's more than some people can, or should, handle.  Believe it or not, I've sold scooters where the husband and wife worked together to lift the heavy parts, this works too. Another reason to break it down and try it before you buy.
The fact that not everybody can or should do it, and not everybody has help, is the reason we sell lifts, and the correct lift does make transporting easier, but if necessary you can do it without a lift.
FYI One other thing is that while they're apart you can change fronts, from a four wheel to a three wheel, this is a patented feature only available from Rascal, just thought I'd mention it.

Lee Murray

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Update Mini Stroke or Ear Infection -- MIR this AM

Went this AM for the MRI, they also did an MRA and ANOTHER fasting blood test. The MRI/MRA was facinating. First time I've ever done it. They put you on a table and put headphones over your ears, she asked what music I wanted, I of course said Rockabilly, but the best they had was late 50's early 60's rock and roll, oh well, finally a framework goes over your head and shoulders. Then you're slid you into a chamber, and it starts, They tell you not to move. I remember thinking  this is what it's like inside a jackhammer. But, once you're used to it it's kind of peaceful. I was in there about 30 minutes or so, didn't move at least I don't think I did. I meditated on a blue line that ran right in front of me, lengthwise along the top of the tunnel. When it was over went and got blood drawn, fun, fun, fun...
The neurologist Dr Johnson called me at home, so I figure it's possibly bad even though she played it down, otherwise why would she call personally. She said she looked at the MRI, and it wasn't a stroke, that was the good news, so now ear infection, brain tumor, MS, and stroke have all been pretty much eliminated. But the bad news was that while the MRI was ok, the MRA wasn't. Apparently there's an artery or vein that goes to the back of the brain. She said that it didn't appear to be allowing the blood through as it should. So now I have to have what's called a CT Angiogram I think she said. They inject dye into the blood and follow it with a CT. If that's the problem, she said it requires an operation, meaning I guess they open up my head.
So that's where it stands until they scedule the test and I go for another CT. It is interesting, and I said earlier even this is better that it having been MS, even this can be fixed, MS can't. So I figure I'm still ahead....

Lee Murray

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Trunk Lift - Outside Trunk Lift One of the Two Original Lifts for Scooters

When I first started selling Rascals in 1998 there were only two lifts available, and the Trunk Lift was one. The other was the Rack & Roll which I'll talk about later. At that time the Outside Trunk Lift was not available yet.
The Outside version came about in the early 2000's and was invented by one of us sales rep's, not by the company. It consists of an L shaped bar.  One end, the small L extention that would slide into either a class II or class III hitch,  the bar itself is about thirty inches or so, runs  parallel to the passenger side of the bumper, and on the end is a socket that the Standard Trunk Lift upright fits into. The bar is what makes a Standard Trunk Lift an Outside Trunk Lift. The Trunk Lift itself  consists three parts, an L shaped bracket with a socket for the upright in the middle, it bolts to the floor of the car trunk, van, or pickup bed. The upright is round pipe about 30 inches or so, and the socket of the lift boom slides down onto it at the top. The lift boom is adjustable for length, and the electric motor is attached to it. A strap that has a hook on the end runs from the pully along the boom through a slot down to where it attaches by the hook to either the seatpost of the scooter or powerchair after removing the seat, or the Seat On Lift Bracket, which allows picking up the scooter or powerchair without removing the seat. This lift picks the scooter or powerchair up electrically, but requires the user to push it in and pull it out manually, as well as manuvering the unit in the air to clear anything that may be in the way, or turn it for clearance, so it does require some strength and co-ordination to use it.  It requires the most work by the user, but it is also the least expensive, and that's the trade off. It works very well for a person with the required strength and dexterity. There is also a fold-down model, which allows laying the lift down without taking it apart, I try to avoid selling that one because the Standard Trunk Lift comes apart easily and is stronger, and less likely to collapse under load. Our Standard Trunk Lift has a weight capacity of 250 pounds, the Fold Down and Outside Trunk Lifts have a weight capacity of either 200 or 250 pounds, and we also have a Heavy Duty Unit that has a weight capacity of 400 pounds for heavier or barriatric units. 
Now the downside, or upside if you have a van or pickup, is what vehicles will they work in.  If you have a car, unless it's a large one, ie older Lincoln Town Car,  Mercury or Ford with the same body/chassis, or a similar size older Chevy, Olds, Buick, etc. (for instance I had a 1983 Olds 98 that I could literally carry two scooters in the trunk), or a station wagon, forget it, it won't work. The newer cars either have too small a trunk, or too small an opening into the trunk, or both. An exception to this is if you can put a Class II or III hitch on your car, AND the trunk opening is large enough, AND the lift over height is not too high,  you can use an Outside Trunk Lift.
If you have a pickup, or van (either mini, or full sized), the Trunk Lift will work fine. SUV's are somewhere in the middle, sometimes it works, sometimes not, again you're better off with an Outside Trunk Lift, but measure first or email me and if you're not too far away I can do it, if you are I can possibly get a local rep to do it for you.  As I tell everybody my job is to make your life easier.

Lee Murray

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Copied from my other blog written 1/16/10 Mini-Stroke??? or Inner Ear Infection???

In an effort to bring the blog back to Earth, more real, a friend mentioned I was getting too esoteric, I posted about how hard it is to sell Jags, in upstate NY.
Now I'll tell you about the first serious blip in my health, other than broken ankles, since I was a kid. It happened on the afternoon of December 11, 2009, and I don't mind saying...it scared me. It's easy to talk if you've never been ill, and even now I'm not 100% sure, but it was enough to scare me.
I was feeling fine, and was cooking some bacon to make a bacon sandwich. Always been one of my favorites, a pound of bacon, two slices of bread and Frenches Mustard. Anyway, the light was out in the hood over the stove. So while the bacon was cooking, I bent over and looked up under the hood, taking the screws out so I could get to the light bulb. Suddenly I felt dizzy, so I straightened up. The dizziness went away. I got a new bulb, and again bent over and looked up, changing the bulb and replacing the cover and screws. Suddenly I was dizzy again. This time so bad I almost fell, I sat down and it went away after a few minutes, when I stood it came back, so bad if I didn't hang on to something I'd have been on the floor. I finished cooking the bacon, put it on a plate, cleaned the frying pan, then took the bacon and went in my room and laid down, taking a nap. When I woke it had subsided. But now when I stood and walked I veared to the right, and if I turned my head too fast the dizziness returned. I worked the following day, driving was no problem, it only bothered me when I got out of the van and walked or stood. A couple days later I was going to work again, so in a bout of self medication, I took 10 Tylinol, 8 Centrum Vitamin tablets, a couple of allergy pills, and 4 or 5 Echinacea pills. Which I WON'T DO AGAIN. The next day I noticed that the right side of my head, starting at the nape of my neck, passing over down my face through my nose, and stopping at my chin was numb. The right side of my mouth felt like I'd had a Novocain shot. Also I could only swallow food with difficulty, if I took too big a bite, it would block my throat, choking me. Fortunately I was able to cough up the food each time. Over the last couple of weeks this has not gone away, but has susided to a mild numbness, the skin only is numb. I've learned to take small bites and chew. Everything works, there's no droopyness in the eye or mouth just numb skin. I have wondered if this was something else, perhaps a pinched nerve, from sleeping on my side, head, not neck supported. As it stands at this point, I'm fine except for balance issues if I move suddenly, numb facial skin, and overall weakness/lack of stamina. I was convinced I had an inner ear infection (although it showed up suddenly), others have me two thirds convinced it was a tsa or mini-stroke. Also for some time I've had poor circulation in both lower legs, and laying on my back under a car working on it would make me dizzy and nautious, but it went away as soon as I sat up. Everybody thinks I'm an idiot for not going to the hospital, or a Dr. but I'm convinced that they couldn't tell me any more than I already know, take an aspirin daily, and they'd charge thousands of dollars running tests to tell me that. Maybe I am an idiot, I guess we'll see.

Lee Murray

From my other blog Update Mini-Stroke or Ear Infection????

To recap briefly, 12/11/09 cooking bacon and changing light bulb under hood on stove. Got dizzy, light headed, nauseous and threw up. A couple days later skin on right side of face went shot of novocain numb, and couldn't swallow except with difficulty choking easily. Since I wrote the original post on 1/16/10 there have been changes, improvements, different diagnosis'...
To start the difficulty swallowing and choking on food finally pretty much went away around the end of January. The numb skin is better, less but still numb. It starts at the nape of my neck, comes over my head down my face through the nose to my chin. My head is split right through the middle, right side numb, the left side normal. I got several opinions from friends that it was a TIA, a stroke, a brain tumor...
I broke down and got medical Insurance, and found it incredibly difficult to find a doctor. I had a list from the insurance company and called them. Nobody was taking new patients. Finally one considered taking me on, so I filled out a bunch of paperwork about two or three weeks ago, and they finally called two days ago with an appointment the end of this month, on the 28th. It's nice to see the medical profession doing so well that they don't need, or want, new customers (patients). Anyway, tired of waiting, I went to the hospital in Hamilton last week. Everyone was very nice, I saw the ER doctor, after talking to me and doing a cat scan and blood tests, he came back and said not to over-react, but they had found several ???? infarctions in the pictures of my brain. That he didn't think it was a stroke or a brain tumor, that based on the infarctions it might be MS. That I should make an appointment with the Neurologist, get a MIR which will give better pictures, and not to worry... Right, don't worry.
So I called, made an appointment, and saw the Neurologist yesterday. After talking to me, doing some simple tests, watching me walk, etc. She told me that in her opinion, it wasn't MS, that I'd had one or more TIA's. She'd looked at the pictures from the CT scan and it was too unclear to say what the problem was for sure.
So I'm now taking more tests, before I left the hospital I had two ultra sounds, one of the arteries in my neck, and one of my heart. The one of my heart showed a possible small hole, I think she said in the atria wall, which if it's there, could possibly have allowed a clot to pass through, maybe causing the ATI, if that's what happened to me. The MIR is being set up, who knows what else. So far they've told me to keep taking the baby aspirin, which I prescribed myself in December when this started.
So now I go back today for more tests, some kind of bubble test ultra sound, and to see a cardiologist. The good news is it's a heart problem. As I said to a friend, a heart problem can be fixed, MS can't, so I'll take a heart problem. So that's where I'm at now