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  1. I have flown 2 previous Tap flights within Europe. They seemed efficient and organized. Enter a global pandemic and their customer care becomes nonexistent. After their cancelling a business flight, numerous requests for a refund have been submitted with none being acknowledged. To date, they claim my tickets for May are open, and no one has been able to get them refunded. Even a future credit hasn’t been offered because, I assume, that would be admitting they received a request for compensation. We now must file a Department of Transportation claim in hopes that they can recover our costs. While we have a future cruise out of Lisbon that we would certainly have considered flying TAP, at least until this pandemic is over I would encourage EVERYONE who can to avoid flying TAP Portugal. Ifs simply not worth the aggravation and cost!
  2. My goodness that’s small! The cost is similar to the battery cost for the Dreamstation. We decided against the battery because we can make it overnight, reasonably without the CPAP. If the flight attendants did wake me up just walking down the aisle which causes my seat to vibrate, I might consider one just to stay asleep. As for snoring, the planes are so noisy that they coverup any snoring that someone might hear. I now have a scooter so we carry external batteries already. I’m not sure whether I’d exceed the allowed batteries, whether it is per device or per person! The z2 would eliminate that problem. Since I use a nasal cushion the bulk for the Z2 is the hose and the charger. And there is always the problem with water!
  3. I needed a carryon for an very conservative airline that had an 8 inch limit. Couldn’t get two cases in any carryon I tried. Unfortunately I also needed to include a battery. I like the idea of the shock absorption though. I’d love to be able to ship in a suitcase and know the CPAPs would arrive safely. Battery can’t be shipped.
  4. The braking on the Sport should be an easier fix, isn’t it all handbrakes? The distributor should be able to tell you who is local although they didn’t have my local guy, by mistake. My local guy gave us a few discounts as I wanted an extra battery and charger. I certainly didn’t get close to $1000 although I did go to a clearance sale at the distributor where they were selling old stock reasonably. The model I had test driven, the transformer didn’t have a freewheel switch which was problematic at times during the rental. Hoping all goes well soon.
  5. After trying to find abicycle shop in Hong Kong that would even look at replacing a tube Vietnam had to be easier! I was gone 63 days. There are times i wish wish I had the Sport especially the handbrakes! I just couldn’t get my feet in the right place when I first tried. You might like to know that it had a cover/suitcase sort of where the wheels stuck out and were used to roll it. It has a luggage carrier that would have been nice too! Sounds like your battery is the lead battery that will give you longer distances, for sure. Let me know how you like it. For what it is worth, the distributor is EMobility in Florida, near Orlando. I believe there was a basket for it too. Good luck and if your a driving on uneven surfaces, watch your tires. At least check pressure often too. Like a car the changes in temps can matter. The 45 degree stems are pretty much required for adding air too. And yes it takes some getting used to to control the speed, but I can now drive it slow enough to keep up with a person with a walker. People are often surprised, when I have the space, how fast mine will go and it only does 6 not the 12 mph the sport will do. Also check the side casters, they tend to bend and let bearings out on uneven pavement. After that the don’t pivot so they slowly unscrew and bent. I took mine off after bending the second set in 3 days. Just be careful on slopes that run side to side ... I keep a foot ready to put down and lean uphill.
  6. Oh my! I had a total of 3 flat tires, and one tire falloff!!! I’m a firm believer now of non pneumatic tires. The repairs got easier and cheaper, but finding repair shops was problematic. The last flat was a broken stem in Vietnam where there were thousands of motor scooters. In a market area about a block from where I had the flat there was a tire guy who patched the tube and replaced the stem in about 10 minutes! The fall off happened aboard ship. I nut had gone missing, which we couldn’t find a replacement about the time of the last flat. The other nut was slowly coming undone and did as the scooter was being lifted! The nut and lock washer were right there and a quick Assembly was preformed, but a wrench was nowhere to be found! On the flight home my headlight was broken by the airlines too. all in all I didn’t miss any of the trip except a chance togo out on a transition day. Would i I recommend the scooter again? With some caveats yes. There just aren’t that many scooters that hold over 250lbs, including your carryon luggage. AND we met someone that had a scooter that the airlines had broken the toggle control that allows you to go forward and backwards. It was not repairable in Hong Kong and was thus shipped back home, by the airlines. He had a walker but clearly had difficulties walking at all. I assume he didn’t do any tours. I have become more cautious of the terrain even though i travelled European cobblestones with little problems other than a bent tip caster. We’ve also decided to find more tools and spare parts to carry in the future, which is a pain. Meanwhile im still able to use my scooter and enjoy being more mobile.
  7. Great find and for the newly blind young man that was the concern of the original post I can’t believe he wouldn’t just love the tech for its own sake.
  8. Sounds like you had a great time! Bravo!!! Did I tell you about a deaf gal on a cruise visit to a ballet in Russia? One of the ballerinas fell and hurt herself. She was an abundant resource for knowing what really happened as her sight was greatly sharpened. Similarly your son will develop greater hearing and you’ll be asking him about some things you missed.
  9. That’s the reasoning I used to justify my scooter which was slightly less but carries more weight.
  10. I’m missing your point. People, cruisers, have been mugged in Jamaica, they have not heard early departure whistles when ships have been forced out of port in San Juan, and a variety of other things do happen on overland tours connected to cruises. While many may recover because of their tour being a cruise line tour it is important to know what your options are should you be stranded for a variety of reasons. My stepmother’s first husband died suddenly in the port of Barbados. She spent some time frustrated with the Consulate, the cruise line and just the natural responses to a death of a loved one. If your point is that those who can afford a cruise can afford a better watch though, I might have to agree that is absurd to count on the Consulate to help!
  11. First day in Tokyo went well. One of the stations, however, has a long slope that was technically too steep for the scooter. With the help of my guide and my husband they were able to apply enough push power to my back to keep me moving up the slope. Since the seat folds down there is no way to push on the chair, but we didn’t test that here, we already knew it. As a solo, in general, one would not be able to get out alone in Winter Park. There are some sidewalks in the area that have short sections of steep, but I made those because of the length of the slope was quite short. As for looking for scooters, yes they do all run together! I would note that my husband found the ability to drag the transformer like luggage was a bit uncomfortable as it was a bit short and he is under 6 ft! The Triaxe Tour and Sport are a bit longer and don’t fold in half so they are not as compact. Both are also three wheelers so they have tighter turning radiuses. The guide was amazed at how tight I could turn. It’s worth noting too that the subway gap in one station was a step up but all were a bit wide. The station people will help with a ramp, but it takes time to do that getting on. To get off they ask where you want to get off and meet you there with the ramp. Since I can walk short distances I would have just rolled the scooter over the threshold being sure to lift the front wheel over the gap. Since I was alone others did it.
  12. Although I’ve heard many say that taking scooters apart is easy I agree with you I didn’t want to do it either! If it got where I couldn’t lift a scooter I’d look at a ramp of sorts, but we have a minivan that needs replacing and the car manufacturers have all but quit making them! Trunks are harder to do. I really liked the Transformer as it was more compact and was lifted in the middle and could be done one handed if you were strong enough. It is a 4 wheeler and needs a football field it seems to turn around, not particular uncommon for 4 wheelers. I rented a transformer, before settling on my Triaxe Tour. For what it is worth, I just arrived in Tokyo and several young people working at the airport loved it! Glad to help, I found the Mobie by seeing someone with one!
  13. The transformer by Solax and the Mobie both have an option for a lift that runs off the battery. The transformer self folds, but both are in high 40s low 50s for weight. If you have an hatchback that the scooter fits in, I think the 3 pieces makes sense for around town.
  14. I did a lot of cobblestone with my triage tour. They are hard on the side casters to the extent they begin to come unscrewed. I’ve now removed them and am just careful on side to side slant. I just recently discovered that the Triaxe Sport is listed at 44 lbs. I didn’t like where my feet had to go, but it has a luggage feature. I also didn’t like the front brakes but unlike my tour it does have a speed regulator. Both are rated over 300 lb. the new Tour is supposed to hold 375lbs. I believe the Sport is now 350lbs. As for help loading sometimes it is less help than you want. But on and off the ships they always seemed to want to carry it. I prefer to put it in freewheel and let them drag it while I walk. Not everyone has that luxury. But then some of my cruises uses gangways that become stairs according to the tides. Havent done a whole whole lot of tenders but I’ve done all that were available. Some of the ways to the tenders are step steps but the crew likes the weight being so light. We fold it so they can see it before they say no!
  15. As an eight year old I got quite tired of the broken, naked statues in Italy! I definitely remember the colosseum though. For dessert I liked watching the waiters peal fruit at the table too. Watching a cook put my pizza in a dirty oven was confusing. And ashes on the bottom seemed strange. Yes, these were the old fire ovens and mostly in Naples that I remember. The Italians loved children so I was always seemingly entertained by the waitstaff. My brother is a couple of years younger. Have a a great time!
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