If you’ve been in any city recently, you’ve probably seen electric scooters all over. They’re all the rage these days, and cities have adopted them for public use. They make it easy to get around, not to mention they’re a whole lot of fun.
Let’s talk about those cute new electric scooters for camping. After all, who wants to walk all the way to the camp store when you can hop on a scooter and channel your inner sixth grader? Prices for EV scooters start at under $300 for a skinny, slow, stand-up electric scooter for ages 6-12, and go higher for larger scooters with more payload, longer range, faster speeds and so on.
Things to consider when buying an electric scooter
- Tires: Tubeless or inflatable?
- Battery: Built-in or removable?
- How long does it take to recharge?
- Performance? Do you want to just skip around the park or use it on errands or to climb steep hills?
- According to HX Electric Scooter World, electric scooter batteries last two to three years and/or 800 to 1500 charging cycles depending on storage, riding habits, and battery capacity.
- As an RV owner, you already know that batteries are heavy and costly. What replacements and at what cost are batteries available for this scooter?
- How weatherproof is it? Does it come with a cover? Where will you store it in bad weather?
- What kind of maintenance/lubes/adjustments will it require? Are the brakes calipers, disc, drum, V-brakes, band brakes, or regenerative electric brakes? Is there a rear brake?
- Just where will the scooter fit into your RV, tow vehicle or toy hauler? What will it cost to set up with mounts and tie-downs.? How will it affect the RV’s weight and balance?
- What about extras such as a helmet, lighting, or kickstand?
- Can you charge it from your RV when boondocking or will it need shore power?
Other things to consider with electric scooters
- Be aware of each campground’s rules regarding risks to pedestrians from skateboards and scooters. There may be an age requirement, and riding may be allowed only in certain areas.
- Check with your RV and homeowner insurance policies to see about coverage for liabilities depending on the type of scooter.
- What is its payload in people and gear? If you weigh more than 250 pounds, the smallest, lightest scooter isn’t for you.
- A typical scooter with one seat and cargo basket will go about 12 miles per charge, weigh 90 to 120 pounds including battery, and can go up to 18 mph. The cost is about $600.
Would you ever consider taking an electric scooter along with you on your RV travels? You have to admit… they do look like fun…
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E Bikes And All EV,s Are A Fire Hazard…
Readers should be aware that Ebikes are regulated while scooters are not. This means that ebikes will never break 30 miles per hour because that makes it an electric motorcycle according to DMV and requires registration, licensing, etc for operating. scooters on the other hand are allowed to do anything you’re crazy enough to do and some have actually been souped up to do 90 miles an hour on something that weighs half of what you do.
We have 2 electric HC scooters. Biggest problem for us getting them off the hitch hall and our the door of the motorhome. Its hard for us to walk far they let us get around the parks to see what’s great to see.
We purchased 2 folding ebikes about 10 months ago and have enjoyed them for sightseeing in and around campgrounds, bike trails and quicktrips to the store. As for scooters, they just seem far too dangerous with small wheels over speed bumps, rider center of balance issues and more. That’s just us tho. For us, healing time is lost time and recovery seems to get slower with every passing year. Broken bones just don’t seem to heal right or quickly after 60. However, I sure would have loved finding one of these under the christmas tree as a child of 10 years. Those were the daredevil years, not now. Sticking to the ebikes with fat all terrain tires.
Be aware that scooters, as well as skateboards, hoverboards, roller skates and similar may not be allowed in National Park campgrounds. Bikes and electric bikes are allowed.
I view them as basically kids toys. Adults are better off spending their money on folding electric bikes.
Cities have been getting rid of those dang things. Dallas got rid of them years ago.
I enjoy walking. If I go to the camp store for firewood, then I take the car. Otherwise I’d walk there and back. E-bikes are more intriguing to me than e-scooters, but the cost is far in excess of what I’d be willing to pay. However, DW is adamantly opposed to us purchasing e-bikes, e-scooters, or e-cars, so price really does not matter. We will not consider purchasing until she changes her mind. I have no expectation of her changing her mind.
Really not much different than those on e-bikes except slower. I have given consideration in purchasing just for running to the camp store since always to be a distance from and being disabled in limited walk distance.
I have had an e-scooter for years and LOVE riding it. However, the nitwits in Congress who pass laws on the use of things they have never even seen let alone ridden, left escooters out when they passed a law to make states treat ebikes the same as bicycles. I was able to ride my scooter on bike trails in Utah but it is banned on many city streets and in parks. You can ride a bike going 25 mph and speed past pedestrians but my scooter which is regulated to top speed of 15 mph and which I slow or walk past pedestrians isn’t allowed a lot of places. If you are going to travel, an ebike is the best way to go if you actually want to be able to ride it.