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Manual Wheelchair
User Manual
3E01-INS-LAB-RevB08
© GF Health Products, Inc.
December 2008
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Contents
1 Introduction............................................................................3
2 Important safety precautions...........................................5
3 Getting started.......................................................................8
4 Handling tips...........................................................................9
5 Adjustments..........................................................................13
6 Transporting the Traveler SE...........................................21
7 Maintenance..........................................................................23
8 Troubleshooting...................................................................28
9 Limited warranty.................................................................29
10 Index.......................................................................................31
GF Health Products, Inc. is not responsible for typographical errors.
Packaging, warranties, products, and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Graham-Field, Everest & Jennings, E&J, and Traveler are registered
trademarks of GF Health Products, Inc.
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READ THIS MANUAL BEFORE OPERATING YOUR WHEELCHAIR
1 Introduction
Important safety, operating, and maintenance instructions that warrant
your attention are included in this owner's manual. Read the entire
manual carefully before operating your new wheelchair, and refer to it as
often as necessary to help maintain good performance standards.
Consult your healthcare professional and Graham-Field dealer for assistance in developing and learning safe and effective techniques for
performing your daily activities according to your individual physical
abilities and needs, and to make certain that your wheelchair is properly
prescribed and adjusted for your use.
The safety precautions in this manual are general warnings intended to
be used only as basic guidelines. You may find it necessary to develop
your own methods for safely solving frequently encountered challenges.
Again, consult your professional medical advisors for their recommendations about safety methods, and never hesitate to ask for their assistance.
Your wheelchair should receive frequent, regularly scheduled maintenance, including an inspection of the mechanical parts, to ensure proper
operation. Some suggested inspection procedures, troubleshooting procedures, and adjustment procedures are included in this manual. When
it comes to service and repair, remember that your Graham-Field dealer
knows your wheelchair best.
All information and specifications in this manual are current at the time
of printing. However, because it is Graham-Field policy to continually improve the quality and reliability of all our products, we reserve the right to
make changes at any time without notice.
Thank you for choosing an Everest & Jennings® product. We at Graham-Field wish to assure you of our continuing commitment to provide
innovation and quality in our products. The Traveler SE is a manual,
folding, lightweight wheelchair, suitable for frequent users who require
a lightweight, portable wheelchair, fitted to their anatomy, without the
need of customization or alteration to the center of gravity. The Traveler
SE is intended for indoor and/or outdoor use.
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The person performing adjustments on the Traveler SE has the responsibility of making certain that the user can safely operate the wheelchair
with the adjustments selected. This person must evaluate the user's ability, weight, physical condition, the environment in which the wheelchair
will be used, and the terrain over which the wheelchair will travel. We
recommend the use of anti-tippers at all times.
Please note the following special statements, used throughout this
manual, and their significance:
WARNING: Indicates a potential hazard situation or unsafe
practice that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious
personal injury.
Caution: Indicates a potential hazard situation or unsafe
practice that, if not avoided, could result in minor personal
injury or product/property damage.
Note: Provides application recommendations or other useful information to ensure that you get the most from your product.
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2 Important safety precautions
Important safety precautions: Always follow these safety
precautions when using your wheelchair. Failure to do so could result in personal injury to you or others or damage to your wheelchair.
Safety requires the constant attention of the wheelchair user and the
attendant. It is extremely important to learn and always use safe methods
of performing basic daily activities. Always consult your healthcare professional to determine those methods most suitable for your individual
abilities.
Protect yourself and your wheelchair by having your Traveler SE serviced
regularly. Whenever any part of your Traveler SE is not functioning properly, contact your Graham-Field dealer immediately, as a hazardous situation could result, causing personal injury or damage to your wheelchair.
ONLY EXCELLENT CONDITION IS ACCEPTABLE WHERE SAFETY IS
CONCERNED. Periodic inspection, adjustment, and replacement of worn
parts will provide many years of superb performance.
Warnings
WARNING: Traveler SE maximum weight capacity is 250 lb. (114
kg).
WARNING: Do not operate this wheelchair on streets or roadways.
WARNING: Do not operate this wheelchair on hilly or rough terrain, sand, wet or icy surfaces, or surfaces with impaired traction. Ensure that pathway is clear of all obstacles.
WARNING: Do not turn wheelchair while going downhill, as
wheelchair could tip over.
WARNING: Do not attempt inclines without anti-tippers installed. Do not attempt any incline or decline greater than six
degrees (10% grade, or one foot of rise or fall per ten feet of
ramp length).
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WARNING: This wheelchair does not offer seating or occupant
restraint equivalent to the seat provided in a motor vehicle! To
increase your safety while traveling in a motor vehicle, always
transfer to the vehicle seat and use the restraint provided by
the vehicle manufacturer.
WARNING: Do not tie down or attach anything to the wheels.
This could cause tipping and possibly result in injury or damage
to the wheelchair.
WARNING: The footplates' lowest point should clear the ground
by at least 2-1/2 inches, to permit proper clearance of potential obstruction.
WARNING: Doing a "wheelie" (tilting the wheelchair backward
until it reaches its balance point) is dangerous and could result
in personal injury to the user.
WARNING: Do not stand or step on the footplates while transferring to or from your wheelchair. This could cause the wheelchair to tip or may cause personal injury or damage to your
wheelchair.
WARNING: Always engage wheel locks before transferring, using a wheelchair lift or using an elevator.
WARNING: Ensure that wheelchair is on a stable, level surface
and engage wheel locks before and during transfer.
WARNING: Operate only with anti-tippers in place when leaning
or tipping.
WARNING: Do not lean over the top of the wheelchair back. This
could cause the wheelchair to tip over.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of tipping before leaning or reaching forward, sit back in the seat and rotate casters fully toward
front of wheelchair.
WARNING: Unauthorized modification or the use of non-Everest
& Jennings® replacement parts could change the structure of
the wheelchair, void the warranty, and create a hazardous condition resulting in serious personal injury.
WARNING: Do not lean on this wheelchair or use it as a walker—these are practices which could result in loss of balance
and personal injury.
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WARNING: Do not use your wheelchair on escalators.
WARNING: Wheel locks are not brakes. Do not use the wheel
locks to slow down your wheelchair, or while the wheelchair is
moving. Wheel locks are only intended to keep the wheelchair
in place when it is at a complete stop.
WARNING: GF Health Products, Inc. specifically disclaims responsibility for any personal injury or property damage which
may occur during any use which does not comply with federal,
state, or local laws or ordinances.
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3 Getting started
Please familiarize yourself with main components, identified in Traveler
SE illustration below.
Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.
back upholstery
push handle/
back post
armpad
arm
rear wheel
seat
upholstery
footrest
anti-tipper
wheel lock
cross brace
frame
caster wheel
caster housing
caster fork
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4 Handling tips
The Everest & Jennings® Traveler SE has been designed and engineered
to perform as a stable and well balanced unit when used for its intended
purpose. However, it is possible to tip the Traveler SE over if it is used
improperly. We urge you to learn the characteristics of your wheelchair.
It is most important to learn safe methods to perform the daily activities
basic to your lifestyle. Consult your medical professionals for assistance
in developing the skills and proper techniques to perform all activities
safely.
Balance
Proper balance is the key to maintaining the stability of your wheelchair.
Reaching, bending, and transferring to or from a wheelchair will change
the weight distribution and center of gravity of you and your wheelchair.
When performing such activities, do so as instructed in the following
paragraphs to avoid tipping the wheelchair.
Transfer Activities
WARNING: Always ensure that the wheelchair is on a stable,
level surface and engage wheel locks before transfer.
WARNING: Do not step on the footplates; this could cause the
wheelchair to tip. Fold them up, and either detach them, or
swing them aside.
WARNING: There is a critical moment when there is little or no
seat platform beneath you. Take every precaution to reduce this
unsupported distance before you attempt transfer.
Transferring into or out of a wheelchair is a very difficult maneuver. Exercise extreme care when transferring without the aid of either an attendant or a patient lift. Consult your physician, nurse, or physical therapist
for assistance in developing your individual technique. Make sure that
the wheelchair is stabilized, and will not move or slide during the transfer. Take extra precaution to prevent tipping. Use good body mechanics to
prevent personal injury.
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Reaching / bending
WARNING: Always turn the casters frontward to provide stability while reaching. If in doubt, ask for assistance or use a
device that will extend your reach without requiring you to shift
your weight.
Although it is not recommended, you may find it occasionally necessary to
lean or reach from your wheelchair. Consult with your healthcare professional for assistance in developing your personal safe reaching or moving
techniques suited to your ability and restrictions.
Forward or sideward
WARNING: Do not attempt to reach objects if you are required
to move forward in the seat. Do not attempt to retrieve objects
from the floor if you must reach down between your knees. Do
not shift your weight in the direction that you are reaching and/
or bending; this could cause the wheelchair to tip.
1. Maneuver the wheelchair as close as possible to the object you wish
to reach.
2. Rotate both casters fully forward: Go forward, and then back the
wheelchair toward the object to swing the casters fully forward.
3. Engage both wheel locks.
4. Ensure that the casters are rotated fully forward before reaching. If
not, repeat step 2.
Backward
WARNING: Do not engage the wheel locks while reaching or
bending backward. Should your weight suddenly shift accidentally, it is better to roll in that direction than to tip over.
WARNING: Do not lean over the back upholstery; this could
cause the wheelchair to tip.
1. Maneuver the wheelchair as close as possible to the object; the rear
wheels will limit how close you can get.
2. Rotate both casters fully forward: Go forward, and then back the
wheelchair toward the object to swing the casters fully forward.
3. Reach only as far as your arm will extend without changing your sitting
position. If in doubt, reposition the wheelchair or ask for assistance.
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Ramps And Inclines
WARNING: During descent, the footplates' lowest point should
be no closer to the ground than 2-1/2 inches to permit proper
clearance.
WARNING: Do not attempt inclines without anti-tippers installed. Do not attempt any incline or decline of more than 6
degrees (10% grade, or one foot of rise or fall per ten feet of
ramp length).
WARNING: Do not use wheel locks to slow your descent. Attempting to use wheel locks is likely to result in accidental
locking that could cause the wheelchair to stop abruptly, suddenly pitch forward, or tip sideways.
WARNING: Avoid changing direction while descending a ramp or
incline, as this could cause instability.
Most people are capable of negotiating short inclines without assistance,
depending upon upper body strength, endurance, and the degree of
incline. Know your own capabilities and limitations in terms of strength
and endurance before attempting to negotiate an incline or decline.
Practice with an attendant or healthcare professional first before attempting any inclines, declines curbs or ramps. Always inspect the ramp for
hazards such as holes, slippery or uneven surfaces, etc. before starting
up or down. If you can not see the entire ramp, ask someone to inspect it
for you.
Ascent
Lean the upper part of your body slightly forward as you ascend the
incline. If it becomes necessary to stop on the incline, avoid any abrupt
or sudden forward movement as you resume climbing, this could cause
tipping.
Descent
Always face forward when going down a ramp, but do not lean forward;
this could cause tipping. Lean slightly backward to increase stability. It is
critical to keep the wheelchair under control at all times. Descent should
be made slowly and safely by grasping the handrims; however, use care,
as friction heat will be generated. We recommend the use of gloves to
reduce the effects of friction heat, but going slower is a better alternative.
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Curbs and steps
Curbs, steps and stairways are dangerous obstacles that confront the
wheelchair user. When you encounter curbs, find a way around, or use
the ramps now available in most locations. If you encounter steps and
there is no ramp available, avoid the steps by utilizing the disabled designated elevators now required in most locations.
WARNING: Never attempt to negotiate steps, stairs or escalators in your Traveler SE.
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5 Adjustments
The Traveler SE offers several adjustments to make it easier and more
comfortable to drive. Section 7, MAINTENANCE, offers preventive maintenance suggestions for keeping your wheelchair in excellent condition;
ensure that all components are in excellent condition before adjusting.
The following are recommended methods; after a few adjustments, you
may develop your own. Always consult your Graham-Field dealer for assistance.
The person performing adjustments on the Traveler SE has the responsibility of making certain that the user can safely operate the wheelchair
with the adjustments selected. This person must evaluate the user's ability, weight, physical condition, the environment in which the wheelchair
will be used, and the terrain over which the wheelchair will travel.
All adjustments and their page locations are referenced in the index at
the end of this manual. Specific tools needed to perform each adjustment
are identified in adjustment directions. A complete list of tools needed to
perform all adjustments in this section follows:
Phillips screwdriver
M13 wrench
M10 wrench
M6 hex key
Rear wheels & casters
We recommend that you do not replace or adjust rear wheel or caster
components yourself, since special tools and training are required. Please
contact your Graham-Field dealer when your rear wheels or casters need
adjustment.
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Arms
All Traveler SE arms are removable.
Remove arm
1. Depress lower arm
release pin until it
unlocks.
right arm
arm
release pin
2. Hold arm by center of
armpad. Lift straight
up and off.
Install arm
Hold arm by center of armpad. Lower arm straight
down into sockets and
push to lock. Ensure that
release pin is locked in
place.
front arm socket
remove arm
WARNING: Ensure that arm release is locked in place before occupying or operating wheelchair.
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Front Rigging
Footrest—detachable, swingaway
WARNING: The footplates' lowest point should be no closer to
the ground than 2-1/2 inches, to permit proper clearance.
WARNING: Do not stand on the footplates; this could cause the
wheelchair to tip.
Remove footrest
1. To release lock, pull swingaway release lever forward,
toward front of wheelchair.
Footrest will swing outward.
2. To remove, lift footrest
straight up off wheelchair
hinge pins.
hinge
plate
swingaway
release lever
Attach footrest
1. Set footrest on wheelchair
(so that footrest hinge plates
engage wheelchair hinge
pins).
2. Swing footrest inward.
3. Ensure that swingaway
release lever is locked in a
rearward position, toward
back of wheelchair.
remove footrest
(left shown)
WARNING: Ensure that footrests are locked in place before occupying or operating wheelchair.
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Adjust footplate extension length
1. See picture at right.
Loosen knob to free
footplate extension
inside hanger.
2. Press down on the locking button and adjust
the footplate to the
desired length. Ensure
that the locking button
is completely extended
and securely fastened
in the adjustment hole.
locking
button
hanger
adjustment
holes
knob
footplate
3. Tighten knob to secure
footplate extension
inside hanger.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the
other footplate extension.
footplate extension,
adjust length
5. Ensure that both footplate extensions are securely fastened and
that minimum ground clearance is 2-1/2 inches.
WARNING: Ensure that footplates are securely fastened before
occupying or operating wheelchair.
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Elevating legrest—detachable, swingaway
WARNING: The footplates' lowest point should be no closer to
the ground than 2-1/2 inches, to permit proper clearance.
WARNING: Do not stand on the footplates; this could cause the
wheelchair to tip.
Remove elevating legrest
1. To release lock, pull
hinge
swingaway release
plate
lever forward, toward
front of wheelchair.
Legrest will swing
swingaway
outward.
release lever
2. To remove, lift
legrest straight up
off wheelchair hinge
pins.
Attach elevating legrest
1. Set legrest on wheelchair (so that legrest
hinge plates engage
wheelchair hinge
pins).
2. Swing legrest inward.
remove elevating legrest
3. Ensure that legrest
is locked in place and that swingaway release lever is locked in a
rearward position, toward back of wheelchair.
WARNING: Ensure that legrests are locked in place before occupying or operating wheelchair.
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Adjust legrest elevation
Note: It is possible to RAISE elevating legrest without unlocking
legrest release. As a safety feature, however, you must unlock
legrest release in order to LOWER elevating legrest.
1. To release elevation lock,
pull legrest release lever up
toward back of wheelchair.
2. Swing legrest up to desired
position.
legrest
release lever
3. Lock legrest elevation level:
Pull lever toward front of
wheelchair.
4. Ensure that elevating
legrest is locked in position.
WARNING: Ensure that
legrests are locked in
place before occupying or
operating wheelchair.
legrest
panel
adjust legrest
Adjust elevating legrest panel position
The legrest panel can be rotated up and out of the way. Refer to picture
above.
1. To adjust panel, hold the panel and rotate it upward.
2. To return panel to position, hold the panel and rotate downward.
The panel will stop at the proper position.
WARNING: Ensure that legrest panels are locked in place before
occupying or operating wheelchair.
Adjust legrest footplate extension length
See Adjust footplate extension length in Footrest—Detachable,
Swingaway section.
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Crossbraces
Tighten crossbraces
M13 wrench, M6 hex key
Check the crossbraces to ensure that the bolt and nut securing both
crossbraces in the center of the wheelchair are secure (crossbraces
should be loose enough to fold easily, yet snug enough to take up excess
play). Use a M13 wrench and M6 hex key to tighten.
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Wheel locks
Adjust wheel locks
One M10 wrench
1. Use an M10 wrench to
loosen the adjustment
bolt until the wheel lock
slides on the frame.
2. Place the wheel lock in
the locked position and
slide it into contact with
the tire.
3. Place the wheel lock in
the unlocked position
and slide it 3/8" closer to
the tire.
right rear wheel
wheel lock
adjustment bolt
right front frame
wheel lock
shown unlocked
4. Use an M10 wrench to tighten the adjustment bolt and engage the
wheel lock to check the fit. The wheel lock should indent the tire at
least 3/8".
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for other wheel lock. Tighten the adjustment bolts
securely to eliminate wheel lock movement on frame.
WARNING: Ensure that wheel locks are adjusted so that they
lock in place appropriately before occupying or operating
wheelchair.
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6 Transporting the Traveler SE
WARNING: This wheelchair does not offer seating or occupant
restraint equivalent to the seat provided in a motor vehicle! To
increase your safety while traveling in a motor vehicle, always
transfer to the vehicle seat and use the restraint provided by
the vehicle manufacturer.
The Traveler SE can easily be transported by folding the wheelchair:
1. Detach front rigging from wheelchair.
2. Remove the seat cushion, if so equipped.
3. Fold the wheelchair: pull up sharply on the seat sling at front and
rear center at the same time. To fold wheelchair completely, tip the
wheelchair sideways (so wheel won't drag) and press sides together.
For reassembly, see the following page.
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Reassembly
1. Push down with even pressure on seat tubes on both sides.
WARNING: Do not place your hand between seat tube and side
panel.
2. Attach footrests or legrests to wheelchair.
3. Reinstall the seat cushion, if so equipped.
WARNING: When reassembling the wheelchair, ensure that seat
frame has been opened completely. If not, wheelchair is unsafe
to occupy.
WARNING: Ensure that footrests or legrests are locked in place
before occupying or operating wheelchair.
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7 Maintenance
Protect your E&J Traveler SE by having it serviced regularly. Proper care
and maintenance are essential to keep your wheelchair in safe working
condition. Periodic inspection, adjustment, and replacement of worn
parts will provide many years of superb performance. When you believe
that a component or part of your Traveler SE is not functioning properly,
contact your Graham-Field dealer immediately, as a potentially hazardous condition could result. Only excellent condition is acceptable where
safety is concerned.
Service manual
There is no service manual for the Traveler SE. Please contact your Graham-Field dealer with service questions not answered by this manual.
Note: We recommend that you have a Graham-Field dealer perform a six month maintenance check, as the dealer may find
and correct a problem which might otherwise go undetected and
eventually cause more serious problems and/or personal injury.
Do-it-yourself maintenance
You can do many of the scheduled maintenance tasks yourself, if you
have mechanical ability and a few basic tools. Refer to the maintenance
schedule on the next page for the recommended regularity of each procedure. If any maintenance procedure is not clear to you, ask your GrahamField dealer for assistance.
Caution: Improper maintenance can cause operating problem and may affect your warranty.
WARNING: Unauthorized modification or the use of non-Everest
& Jennings® replacement parts could change the structure of
the wheelchair, void the warranty, and create a hazardous condition resulting in serious personal injury.
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Procedure
Check tire wear
Check handrims
Check wheel lock engagement
Check anti-tippers (optional)
Wipe off frame with soft cloth
Check handgrips
Check upholstery
Check rear wheel adjustment
Check arms
Check backposts / push handles
Check footrests / elevating legrests
Clean frame
Check caster stem rotation
GF dealer maintenance check
Check rear wheel bearings (dealer)
Check caster bearings (dealer)
Week
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
Perform at least every
month 3 months 6 months
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
✔
List of tools
The tools and cleaning supplies listed will assist in the procedures outlined in Section 7.
30 weight oil (available at most auto parts stores)
Phillips screwdriver
soft cloth
mild soap and water solution
General care
Always evaluate the overall operation of your wheelchair. It should function with ease and should travel straight without excessive drag or pull to
one side.
Remember, your Graham-Field dealer knows your wheelchair best when
it comes to service and repairs. Contact your dealer with any questions or
concerns regarding the safe operation and maintenance of your wheelchair. Regular maintenance is essential for your safety and continued
operation of your wheelchair.
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Check tire wear
Examine tires at least once a week for surface wear and cracks and replace them as needed. Replace solid rubber tires when they become loose
on the rims or cracks appear.
Check handrims
Check handrims at least once a week. Inspect each handrim for rough or
sharp edges and, if any are found, replace handrims immediately. Ensure
that all hardware is properly aligned and secure.
Check wheel lock engagement
Check wheel lock engagement at least once a week. See Adjust wheel
locks in Section 5 to adjust wheel lock engagement. If a wheel lock is
worn or damaged, replace it immediately. Inspect the hardware for looseness or signs of wear.
Ensure that the locking mechanism operates smoothly. The locking assembly should be tight enough so that the wheel can not rotate or the
lock slip. Check that the locking shoe does not press against the tire
when in the unlocked position. Excessive force should not be required to
either engage or release wheel locks. Oil the wheel lock pivot points with
one or two drops of 30 weight oil. Remove excess oil and dirt.
Check anti-tippers (optional)
Check the anti-tippers at least once a week. Ensure that the anti-tippers
are securely fastened and properly positioned.
Check handgrips
Check handgrips at least once a week. Ensure that they are not ripped;
ensure that they are tight and securely fastened.
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Check upholstery
Check upholstery at least once a month. Inspect for rips, tears and worn
spots. Ensure that all upholstery-attaching screws are present, properly
aligned, and well-secured. Use a Phillips screwdriver to tighten upholstery mounting screws. Check attaching screws for sharp edges or
stripped screws, and replace if found.
WARNING: Worn or torn upholstery, or upholstery with loose
hardware, must be replaced immediately. It may not support
body weight.
Check rear wheel adjustment
Inspect the wheels at least once a month. Check alignment by elevating
the rear of the wheelchair on a stable object until the rear wheels clear
the ground, or placing the wheelchair upside down in a stable position
such that the wheels can spin freely. Spin the wheels; there should be no
wobble or sideplay, and the wheels should spin freely without binding.
The bearings should be clean and rotate smoothly. Check rim sideplay to
verify that bearings are not too loose. If there is a problem, contact your
Graham-Field dealer. If adjustment is required, this should be done by
your Graham-Field dealer only.
Check arms
Check arms at least once a month. Inspect for sharp edges or cracks
which could weaken the arm, and replace if found. Ensure that all
attaching screws are present and tight. Use a Phillips screwdriver to
tighten arm pad mounting screws. Check for burrs on the screw heads
and replace if found. Ensure that screws do not extend into the padding.
Confirm that the posts at base of arm fit correctly in the sockets, snug but
not binding.
Check backposts / push handles
Check backposts at least once a month. Ensure that all mounting hardware is securely fastened and that the backposts are not bent or damaged. Contact your dealer if you observe cracking or peeling paint or
plating.
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Check footrests & elevating legrests
Check footrests and legrests at least once a month. Inspect the locking
mechanisms to confirm sure fit. Check for cracks, burrs, or sharp edges,
and replace if found. Ensure that the footrest or legrest will automatically
lock securely in place and will not accidentally unlock. If equipped with
heel loops, ensure the anchor bolts are tight and secure.
Cleaning your Traveler SE
Wipe off the frame frequently, at least once a week, using a soft cloth.
Dry the wheelchair immediately if exposed to moisture. Clean the frame
every three months with a mild soap and water solution. The frame
does not need to be waxed. Do not use solvents, abrasive waxes, caustic
chemicals or spray silicone. Never use abrasive cleansers; they could
scratch the finish. Never use steam or high pressure cleaners. Clean
upholstery and plastic components at least once a month with a mild soap
and water solution.
Check casters
Check the caster stems for proper rotation at least every three months.
The caster fork must swivel freely to facilitate steering and handling.
Adjusting the stem nut varies the amount of force required to turn the
caster. If the nut is too loose, the caster will flutter or shimmy; if the nut
is too tight, the wheelchair will be difficult to steer. If the caster stem
requires adjustment, or the stem bearings require replacement, contact
your Graham-Field dealer. Ensure that stems are firmly attached to forks,
and that forks and stems are not bent. Evaluate all threads, locking nuts
and bearings.
Check wheel bearings
Have your Graham-Field dealer check caster and rear wheel axle bearings
at least every six months.
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8 Troubleshooting
Continual use of your Traveler SE necessitates maintenance, especially
if the factory-set adjustments have been altered. The following troubleshooting guide lists several common problems that may occur, and offers
corrective actions for each. If you are unsure of the solution or unable to
diagnose the problem, do not hesitate to ask your Graham-Field dealer for
assistance.
looseness in wheelchair
squeaks / rattles
caster flutter
sluggish turning
chair veers left
chair veers right
SYMPTOM
4
PROBABLE CAUSE AND
CORRECTIVE ACTION
Nuts and/or bolts may be loose. If so, tighten.
Bolts should be snug.
4 4 4 4 Rear wheels and/or casters may be adjusted
improperly. Insure that both rear wheels are
mounted in identical positions, and that casters
are mounted in identical positions.
4 4 4 4 Caster stem(s) may be adjusted improperly.
Correct adjustment.
4 4 4
Note: Use only Everest & Jennings® replacement parts. A Traveler
SE parts catalog is available through Graham-Field dealers to assist in the ordering of parts.
Caution: A complete inspection of your wheelchair, including
maintenance, servicing and safety checks, should be performed by a Graham-Field dealer at least once a year.
WARNING: Unauthorized modification or the use of non-Everest
& Jennings® replacement parts could change the structure of
the wheelchair, void the warranty, and create a hazardous condition, which could result in serious personal injury.
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9 Limited warranty
This warranty has been drafted to comply with the Federal Law applicable to
products manufactured after July 4, 1975. This warranty is extended only to the
original purchaser/consumer or dealer/non-consumer and to no other purchaser
or transferee. GF Health Products, Inc. warrants the Traveler SE against manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship as listed below:
WARRANTY PERIOD
3 mo.
6 mo.
1 yr.
TRAVELER® SE MANUAL WHEELCHAIR
Sideframes, crossbraces, wheels, handrims, front rigging,
forks .........................................................................................................................4
Upholstered components, plastic parts, painted surfaces,
rubber parts, bearings, and any other parts not specifically
identified above .........................................................................................4
REPLACEMENT PARTS*
Sideframes, crossbraces .............................................................................4
All other components ..................................................................4
*
The warranty period is as designated above. If a part is replaced under warranty,
the original warranty period will not be affected. All other replacement parts will
be subject to the warranty period specified.
The Warranty period for the consumer commences on the first date a product is
delivered to the consumer by the seller/dealer. If the product is rented or leased,
the warranty period commences on the invoice date from GF Health Products, Inc.
A copy of the invoice showing date of purchase must be provided when submitting
warranty claims. When proof of purchase date is not provided, warranty coverage
shall commence upon GF Health Products, Inc.'s invoice date to the dealer/purchaser.
If within the warranty period, the product or component part is proven to GF
Health Products, Inc.'s satisfaction to be defective, GF Health Products, Inc. shall
provide, at its option, one of the following: (1) repair or replacement of any defective or nonconforming part or product or (2) a credit and/or refund of the original
selling price made to GF Health Products, Inc.'s initial customer on a prorated or
depreciated basis. GF HEALTH PRODUCTS, INC.’S SOLE OBLIGATION AND YOUR
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS WARRANTY SHALL BE LIMITED TO SUCH REPAIR, REPLACEMENT, CREDIT AND/OR REFUND. This warranty does not include
any labor charges incurred in replacement part(s) installation or any associated
freight or shipping charges to the manufacturer.
LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: The foregoing warranty shall not apply to serial numbered products if the serial number has been removed
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or defaced. Products subjected to negligence, abuse, misuse, improper
operation, improper maintenance, improper cleaning, improper storage,
or damages beyond GF Health Products, Inc.'s control are not covered
by this warranty, and that evaluation shall be solely determined by GF
Health Products, Inc. This warranty shall not apply to problems arising
from normal wear and tear or failure to follow instructions. The warranty
shall also not apply to products modified without GF Health Products,
Inc.’s express written consent; nor shall it apply if parts not manufactured by GF Health Products, Inc., or if parts not complying with original
equipment specifications are added to GF Health Products, Inc. products;
or if the product or part is serviced by an entity not authorized by GF
Health Products, Inc.
THE FOREGOING WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF
ALL OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTIES AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND SHALL NOT EXTEND BEYOND THE
DURATION OF THE EXPRESS WARRANTY PROVIDED HEREIN,
AND THE REMEDY FOR VIOLATIONS OF ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE REPAIR, REPLACEMENT,
CREDIT AND/OR REFUND OF THE DEFECTIVE PRODUCT OR
PART PURSUANT TO THE TERMS CONTAINED HEREIN. GF
HEALTH PRODUCTS, INC. SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY
CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other legal
rights which vary from state to state (province to province). Some states (provinces) do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damage, or limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above exclusion
and limitation may not apply to you.
For warranty service, please contact the authorized dealer from whom you
acquired your GF Health Products, Inc. product. In the event you do not receive
satisfactory warranty service, please contact GF Health Products, Inc. at the
address on the back cover. Do not return products to our factory without prior
authorization. This warranty contains the entire agreement between the parties
and supersedes any prior, contrary or additional representations or understandings, whether oral or written, concerning our warranty policy.
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10 Index
A
Adjustments 13
Anti-tippers, check 25
Arm, install 14
Arm, remove 14
Arms, check 26
B
Backposts, check 26
Balance 9
C
Casters 13
Caster stems, check 27
Caution, significance 4
Cleaning your Traveler SE 27
Crossbraces, tighten 19
Curbs and steps 12
E
Elevating legrest, attach 17
Elevating legrest, remove 17
Elevating legrest—detachable, swingaway 17
Elevating legrest elevation, adjust 18
Elevating legrest panel position, adjust 18
R
Ramps and Inclines 11
Reaching / bending 10
Rear wheel adjustment, check 26
Rear wheels 13
S
Safety precautions 5
T
Tires, check 25
Tools, for adjustment, list 13
Tools, for maintenance, list 24
Transfer activities 9
Transporting the Traveler SE 21
Traveler SE, illustration 8
Troubleshooting 28
U
Upholstery, check 26
W
WARNING, significance 4
Warnings 5
Warranty, limited 29
Wheel bearings, check 27
Wheel lock engagement, check 25
Wheel locks, adjust 20
F
Footrest, attach 15
Footrest, remove 15
Footrest—detachable, swingaway 15
G
Getting started 8
H
Handling tips 9
Handrims, check 25
I
Introduction 3
M
Maintenance 23
N
Note, significance 4
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USA Corporate Headquarters:
GF Health Products, Inc.
2935 Northeast Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30360 USA
tel: 800-347-5678, 770-447-1609
fax: 800-726-0601, 678-291-3232
www.grahamfield.com
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