[masterfoo]’s mother-in-law suffers from a bad hip which would have sidelined her participation in the Fourth of July festivities. As a testament to the power of family and ingenuity, [masterfoo] built her a beach-capable wheel chair to give her some off-roading capability.
The frame is built out of 1.5″ PVC piping and the tires are 20×8-8″ inner tubes for ride-on lawnmowers. The lawnmower wheel inner tubes were cost-effective and fit the purpose, saving the need for the more expensive purpose-built-for-the-beach Wheeleez tires. They also have a fluid inside that plugs small punctures which will come in handy against he beach’s small cacti and other flora. This video was their guide for the foam insulation and plywood wheel assembly, also employing the handy man’s secret weapon to protect the tube from the rim’s plywood edge. Check it out in action!
The canvas was secured to the PVC with E6000 multi-surface, fabric-and-plastic super glue and some needlework in a double-layered, reclined setup for comfort and redundancy. The final touches were a platform for a small cooler, a beach umbrella to keep the sun off, and cup holders for both passenger and pusher.
All in all a wonderful build from the heart, and it only cost $140! If you’re on the lookout for other low-cost beach vehicles, why not a motorized hammock?