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Old 10-09-2017, 08:09 AM   #1
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Convert Bus Pedals to Suspended?

Is there a way to convert bus-style accelerator and brake pedals to suspended ones? I was at the Detroit RV show this weekend and found I liked the suspended pedals better. Anyone ever do this?
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I don't think you can do that easily. This is the way it was made by Freightliner and I guess you will just have to buy an '18 if you really must have this. I agree it is nice to have the tile go all the way under the pedals but since I use cruise control 90% of the time I think I will carry on suffering.
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I actually talked to Freightliner on this and they said absolutely no. Also asked if they could install independent front end, they were very nice and quoted me 35-40 thousand for that. I installed some pedal augmentations that helped tremendously on the pedal situation.
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I don't think you can do that easily. This is the way it was made by Freightliner and I guess you will just have to buy an '18 if you really must have this. I agree it is nice to have the tile go all the way under the pedals but since I use cruise control 90% of the time I think I will carry on suffering.


X2 on using cruise control almost all of the time. It would be nice, but not ready to trade in for a newer coach.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:00 PM   #5
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I don't recall mentioning anything about a trade in

Like others, I use cruise pretty much when I can. I just find the angle of the bus style pedals odd in that I have to point my toes to depress the pedal.

I think it might be more comfortable if the pedals were closer to vertical. Maybe a wedge attached to the face of the pedal to reduce angle might work? Don't know. Just musing about possible mods.
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Gee, My '02 DS (on FL) DOES have suspended pedals, and the hardwood flooring DOES run all the way under the pedals. Just lucky, I guess.
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I installed some pedal augmentations that helped tremendously on the pedal situation.
Please elaborate the "pedal augmentations".
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One thing I did was put some wood under the carpet in front of the pedals so now there is no longer that dip where the tile ends. Some people have added extensions to the pedals to bring them forward when they have trouble reaching them with their short legs. You can get commercial products to do this or add your own block of wood.
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This guy used a door stop wedge. Might be a possibility.

https://youtu.be/r0wANj7HWOY
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Petal Pal

The augmentation I installed was from Petal Pal and is really made for short people to reach the pedals. You bolt on and it gives you about two or three inches. The gas pedal piece is suspended from the flat pedal and in my opinion is much easier to use. It also allows me to move back just a bit from the steering wheel for a more comfortable position. It was around $100 if I recall.
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I cut up some wedges out of 2x4's to experiment with. I found, to my surprise, that placing the wedge so that the thick part is closest to the floor is what feels best. It changes the angle such that my foot is in a more comfortable position.

Next, I'm going to get some oversized solid rubber door stops. I found one on Amazon that is part stainless steel, although I think I will go with black solid rubber. Should blend in nicely. I'll post pics when I'm done.
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I am 6' tall and I still have to move my seat all the way forward to work the pedals. This also puts my passenger side mirror out of wack a little. I have it adjusted as much as possible, but I have to lean back to see all the way down the side of the motorhome.

So I am watching this thread.
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Update:

After hunting around for some type of rubber wedge, I tripped onto the idea of using shoe lifts. Bought a pair of 7 cm lifts on Amazon for $10. Cut off the toe and used VHB double stick tape. Tip: I found a few drops of super glue gives the tape quite a bit more holding power. Especially on soft, squishy surfaces.

Attached the wedges to the bottom of the pedals. The is gives the pedal a more natural feel allows my foot to rest in more neutral position.





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