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DIY BEACH WHEELCHAIR KIT – MANUAL CHAIR TO BEACH WHEELCHAIR

I’ve shared many stories about the fun our family have had since Braeden received his own beach wheelchair many years ago (Here’s one to get you started.) Many of you have expressed a desire to buy one but told me that your budget won’t stretch that far. I’m hoping that the NDIS might make this liberating piece of equipment available to more people but even with the NDIS, not everyone will be able to do this or may not have it as a priority in their plan. Knowing this, I was excited to stumble upon a solution that can transform a manual wheelchair into a beach wheelchair for a quarter of the price. And this year (2019) the options just got easier.

DIY Beach Wheelchair
BJ enjoying a stroll on the beach at sunset

UPDATE – NEW MANUAL TO BEACH WHEELCHAIR CONVERSION KIT NOW AVAILABLE

Beachwheels conversion kit

Like the kit below I shared some time ago, the WheelEEZ all-terrain conversion kit turns a regular manual wheelchair frame into a beach wheelchair, at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated beach chair. The new kit makes it even easier to convert, with no drilling required. Now you can ‘Go Anywhere’ in your very own chair, simply by adding the WheelEEZ® all-terrain conversion kits.

Simply Emma UK using Beachwheels conversion kit - image credit www.simplyemma.co.uk
Image credit – www.simplyemma.co.uk

Beachwheels conversion kit - image credit www.simplyemma.co.uk

Image credit www.simplyemma.co.ukThe conversion kit has front and rear components. You can see the front section of the kit here and the rear and video of how the conversion works here.

 




ORIGINAL DIY ALL TERRAIN CHAIR KIT – REQUIRES DRILLING

Drew from Beachwheels Australia still sells the original DIY All-Terrain Chair Kit  which provides everything you need to transform a manual wheelchair frame into a chair which can tackle the soft sand at the beach. diy-all-terrain-chair-008-1024x1006
The stand-out feature on the Sandcruiser beach wheelchair is the balloon tyres. The balloon wheels ensure the chair doesn’t sink into the sand and provides a comfortable ride for the passenger. The DIY All-Terrain Chair kit comes with the balloon wheels, axles and stainless steel locking pins. If you have someone handy at home all they need to do is cut the axles to the required width, drill the locking pin holes, mount the brackets and you’ll be all set to hit the beach.
DIY All Terrain Chair kit
Converting a manual frame to be used with balloon wheels for the beach

 




 

We still have Braeden’s old manual wheelchair which we keep as a backup chair for emergencies. It’s great for when Braeden’s current chair is in for a repair and having the old chair at home means we don’t need to bring his chair home each day. If we didn’t already have a beach wheelchair for BJ, the old chair’s frame would be perfect to modify with the kit. I’m sure we are not the only ones with an old chair sitting at home?

DIY All terrain chair kit
Manual frame ready to go with balloon wheels

I’m thinking this would make a fabulous gift with Christmas around the corner.

DIY All terrain chair kit
That’s one happy person (smaller wheels)

This option saves a lot of money. The only compromise I can see is that it is not recommended for use in the water due to the risk of rusting of the frame. I can see this being a wonderful solution for many people.

DIY All Terrain Chair Kit
Getting out and about with the help of DIY All Terrain Chair Kit

The kit contains

2 x 49cm Wheeleez Wheels

2 x 42cm Wheeleez Wheels

2 x Anodised Aluminum Axles

4 x Alloy Axle Brackets with Alloy Tube Housing

8 x Stainless Steel Bolts and associated nuts and washers

4 x Stainless Locking Pins

The kit can also be provided with 30cm Wheeleez Wheels for smaller frames

DIY All Terrain Chair kit

Image above is Braeden in the Sandcruiser and Braeden in the smaller Sandpiper beach wheelchair. You can contact Beachwheels Australia

This is not a sponsored post – I just like sharing solutions and this DIY conversion kit might make summer more fun for someone.

Call:  +61 (07) 5528 3478
Email: info@beachwheelsaustralia.com

 




12 thoughts on “DIY BEACH WHEELCHAIR KIT – MANUAL CHAIR TO BEACH WHEELCHAIR”

  1. Oh, I would love this!
    And the price is not too bad either.
    Unfortunaly our climate is much cooler then yours, so I would only use it a few times in summer.
    We have dunes here and they are rather steep with a manual chair.
    On the beach there are more and more places were you can rent a beachwheelchair.
    Funny enough the one I used this summer was called a “wombat”.

    Carine

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  2. Great to read, Julie, I am sure this would be a good option for lots of Aussie families. Freedom and fresh air and salt water and a sea breeze, guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face.

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    • It’s just so great to see more options becoming available and cheaper options too. Disability equipment is frightfully expensive most of the time.
      Julie

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  3. I just used a town’s beach wheelchair and I had to find someone to transport it. It was too big to even fit into my ramp van. He had to put it into the back of his pickup truck. How wide and long will the beach chairs be?

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    • Hi Heather,

      I’m sorry but I don’t have those dimensions. You could contact Drew from Beach Wheels who supplies the chairs to the life savers. Often the life savers will be accommodating with transporting them if possible but no guarantees. Obviously they like to keep them at the beaches where they are stored.

      Julie

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  4. sorry for writing in caps

    thank you for the great post

    i just wonder if this kit can be modified to get motorized sand wheelchair?

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  5. BUENAS NOCHES, ME INTERESA CONSEGUIR ESE KIT, PERO VIVO EN COSTA RICA, SERA POSIBLE ENVIARLAS Y CUANTO COSTARIA

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