Can mobility scooters be stored outside?
Before you buy a mobility scooter, there are several things you will want to consider. One common question regarding storage is, “can mobility scooters be stored outside?” Obviously mobility scooters come in a range of different styles and sizes, so taking your scooter into your house is not always an option. If this is the case you will need to store it somewhere else. For example:
- In a garage
- Or maybe you just want to park it outside your house.
So, can mobility scooters be stored outside? Yes you can store a mobility scooter outside. Due to the size of most mobility scooters this will be your only option. Ideally you would store your mobility scooter securely in a way that protects it from the elements.
Ideal outside mobility scooter storage
In an ideal situation, you would have somewhere secure to store your mobility scooter. This could be somewhere like a lockable shed or garage. It would also be desirable for this area to have plugs where you can charge your mobility scooter.
Charging is actually a very important thing you should consider when deciding where you will store your mobility scooter. If your outside space has no access to mains electricity, you may struggle charging your mobility scooter.
Most modern garages are usually equipped with electricity already. However, if you have a garage, or shed with no plug sockets, this may be something you need installing before you purchase a new scooter. This is not a huge job, so depending on the location of your garage or shed in relation to the house, you might expect to pay an electrician somewhere in the region of $200 – $500.
Having your mobility scooter stored outside in a garage is the ideal situation. It offers several benefits which can be seen below:
- Your scooter will be completely sheltered from weather
- A garage or shed can be locked securely, so your mobility scooter will be protected from theft
- You have access to electricity to charge your scooter
- Also, if you have a reasonable sized entrance, you should be able to easily roll, or drive your scooter in and out without much hassle.
Mobility scooter storage shed
If you do not have a garage, then a second option is a storage shed. This is another secure option that can help to protect your scooter form weather and theft. You will also be able to run electricity to a shed, just like a garage.
There are plenty of options when it comes to storage sheds. You could opt for a standard wooden shed, a lockable plastic garden storage shed, or even a metal storage shed.
Small storage sheds which are suitable for mobility scooters and bikes, are generally quite affordable. Generally, you will be looking at prices ranging between $150 – $500.
You can see an example of a good quality metal shed on Amazon here.
Light weight waterproof storage
If you do not have a storage shed or garage, then your last option you have is a heavy duty, waterproof storage cover.
This is a much cheaper option than the previous two, but it is slightly less secure, and you do not have the advantage of convenient charging. With that said, if you combine a decent cover with a good lock and maybe even an alarm, your mobility scooter will be very secure and completely protected from the weather.
If you do decide on a cover, we highly recommend the heavy duty storage cover from drive medical. We know several people who have used this and been very happy with the performance it is very lightweight (5lbs). But at the same time, it is extremely robust and very good at keeping out bad weather. You can read more about this cover here on Amazon.
As we mentioned previously, it is highly advised that you secure your scooter with a decent lock if you are using a fabric cover for outdoor storage. A decent heavy duty bike lock will do the trick. These can easily be picked up for $15-$20. Again, if you look on somewhere like Amazon you will find locks for this purpose with hundreds of reviews.
What if you do not have outside storage
OK, so far you have a few options if you want to store your mobility scooter outside. But what if you do not have any outside space. In this case you may need to reconsider your choice of mobility vehicle.
There are some smaller lightweight mobility scooters that can easily be taken indoors. For example, we have a small review on a light weight scooter called the Zipr Roo here. This is an extremely compact and lightweight mobility scooter. This makes it much easier to store inside your house.
When in use it is already very small and can be driven through most standard doorways. Plus, it folds down. Once folded this is extremely small (31.5 in x 19.5 in), this means it can easily be put in a corner to charge or even stored away in a cupboard.
Another option is a folding electric wheelchair. This is even easier to take inside than a lightweight folding mobility scooter. Most quality folding electric wheelchairs have extremely small turning circles. This means they can often be used in the house quite easily and are able to manoeuvre around most obstacles.
So, can mobility scooters be stored outside? In this article we have shown that this is possible in several different ways. The ideal solution would be somewhere secure with an electric supply, such as your own garage. But if this is not an option there are other solutions to storing a scooter outside. These include storage sheds and heavy duty covers.
Also, it is not the only option. Depending on the type of scooter or wheelchair you decide on, there are many smaller models that can be stored inside.
We hope you found this information useful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.