Vacationing with Amigos and DIY Battery Replacement

Friendly Wheels, Issue 117

February 2018

Take a trip with a TravelMate! Sister-in-laws, Gale and Linda, did just that. They each rented an Amigo TravelMate for their trip to Sea World Orlando.


Vacationing Can Be Even More Fun

For sisters-in-law, Linda and Gale, being on the go is a part of life! Linda and Gale are both from Michigan and visit Florida frequently for family vacations.

Last spring, they began planning a trip to Orlando to visit SeaWorld and Discovery Cove. Linda, her son and his family have vacationed at Sea World many times and know how big the park is. This spurred a thought… With walking limitations becoming more of an issue, Linda and Gale decided to look into renting motorized mobility aids.

“We called around to a few medical equipment suppliers and someone suggested calling Amigo,” Linda says. “I’m glad someone suggested that. The rental rates were far better than SeaWorld’s, and we were able to rent Amigo TravelMates, which were so easy to load into the back of my pickup truck.”

With the TravelMates loaded up, they drove down to Florida for a week’s worth of adventures. This was Gale’s first trip to SeaWorld. Both she and Linda were excited to see the shows the parks had to offer, and they were pleasantly surprised by how handicap accessible SeaWorld’s park was. Every stadium offered handicap accessible ramps, entrances and seating—excellent, too, were the available outlets to charge the TravelMates.

“At the top of each ramp we took to the different stadiums were outlets where we could plug in and charge our Amigos,” Linda said. “It made it very convenient to stay on the go the whole day.”

From the Pets Ahoy show with dogs and cats, ducks and doves, potbellied pigs and a few surprise animal guest stars to the One Ocean killer whale show and several other shows and animal experiences, Linda and Gale explored all that SeaWorld had to offer.

“We could go from one side of the park to the other in minutes. We made it to every show we wanted to see and kept up with the kids. The Amigos made all the difference and helped us have unbelievable experiences,” Linda states.

As TravelMates are available to either rent or own, Linda says, “We loved using the Amigos and are actually planning to rent them again for another trip to Florida this April.”

If you are interested in renting an Amigo, call us at 989-777-2060. We’ll be able to see if there is a dealer near you that rents Amigos. Amigos are readily available to rent at our three Amigo Mobility Center locations in Bridgeport, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and, Las Vegas, Nevada.

We love hearing stories about accessible travel. If you have a story to share, email Sarah at to be featured in a future newsletter!

Amigo Owner Helpful Tips

Learn how to replace the batteries on your Amigo in the service video below.

Amigo Celebrates 50 Years!

We started in healthcare, and that's where our hearts remain.

As Amigo celebrates 50 years, we’ve been reflecting on the company’s history. With our roots firmly planted in healthcare, the company did stem into grocery and retail beginning in 1970 with our commercial models—motorized shopping carts—which now make up the majority stake of our business.

Throughout the 1970s and '80s, Amigo primarily sold and serviced 'Amigos'. Fast-forward to the 1990s when a change in Medicare stunted healthcare at Amigo. Medicare started to pay the full amount for a power wheelchair and only a small portion for an Amigo. Amigo Mobility dealers were unable to compete with “get a power wheelchair free.”

As healthcare entered into (and remains in) a period of transition, the number of stores requesting motorized shopping carts grew. Today, five of the top five US retailers choose Amigo motorized shopping carts for their stores.

A few of the reasons Amigo has majority market share in grocery and retail is the quality of our products and our fast and efficient service network. Providing high quality products and service for all our customers has been, and will continue to be, a priority that supports our mission of Improving Lives Through Mobility®.

Learn more about Amigo's history through our Throwback Thursday posts on Facebook.

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Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Supporting Families in Many Helpful Ways

Friendly Wheels, Issue 123

August 2018


Amigo owners often share inspiring stories. From overcoming a mobility challenge to figuring out innovative ways to go to new places to helping people in their communities, the experiences they share never cease to amaze us.

In this edition of Friendly Wheels, we get to meet Shannon DeWall, JD, an attorney, wife, mother and community volunteer in metro Detroit. Learn more about her story below.

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

A Family's Story of Reclaiming Hope

Friendly Wheels, Issue 122

July 2018

In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's experienced a similar situation: the Shepherds. James Shepherd and his mother founded the Shepherd Center, a not-for-profit hospital located in Atlanta, Georgia specializing spinal cord injury rehabilitation, in 1975 in response to an accident James endured as a young man. Learn more about his family's inspiring story.

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

This Amigo Owner Adds a Little Magic

Friendly Wheels, Issue 121

June 2018

Carrie Rostollan, a longtime member of the Amigo family, recently visited our Bridgeport facility for the Amigo Mobility Center open house. She shared with us some of her upcoming summer plans and entertained us with her magic tricks! Discover more about Carrie's 'magical' adventures.

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