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Old 04-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Seat height in ACE

We are both fairly short, having trouble in both front seats with the height. I read in the ACE mod thread about adding a piece of wood/garage door (where would you get the door piece?) to the floor. Is there a way to adjust the height by cutting off part of the center column rest? I know more of a permanent solution. Has anyone done this?
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We are both fairly short, having trouble in both front seats with the height. I read in the ACE mod thread about adding a piece of wood/garage door (where would you get the door piece?) to the floor. Is there a way to adjust the height by cutting off part of the center column rest? I know more of a permanent solution. Has anyone done this?
You don't want to cut your seat pole down and have the seats sit lower, best to get a little plastic step stool to put your feet on. My wife found a nice one somewhere, it's about 18" wide and 12" deep. The legs were 8" tall, I cut them down to about half and put th runner feet back on, and it's perfect for her. If I remember right, Walmart has a bunch of step stools like this. As far as the driver, I don't have much of a solution for you, possibly a firm pillow between your back and the seat.
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I'm the one who made the 'garage door" pieces. As I've said, that and the small (included) pillow behind our backs works great. BTW, I also investigated cutting off the seat column but (DW) decided that was veeerrry drastic.
The reason that I used the garage door piece was that it was very light weight and strong (PS foam sandwich) and I had some left over from a renovation. Call a garage door repair/replace company and they'll probably give you an old door. Good luck.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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Hermosa,
Thanks for the response. I like the step stool idea for the passenger.

Harry, thanks, I'll check with some garage people in my little town.
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We also use a small step stool for the passenger side and a support pillow behind the driver. Both make a big difference in comfort. Of course, my DW moves the step stool to the John for comfort for the same reason!
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Of course, my DW moves the step stool to the John for comfort for the same reason!
I can definitely relate to that!
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I'm also a "short" ACE driver. My solution was to us the floor linking mats which come in 2'x2' squares, 4 to a pack. I cut the mats in half making a 1'x2' piece and glued the required number together - in my case 4. They fit nicely, are very lightweight, easy to move for taller drivers and for me easier to find than a section of garage door.

Here is a link to the ones I used. Shop 2-ft W x 2-ft L Linking Mat at Lowes.com=
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Trek5, that sounds like a good plan. Thanks.
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Great idea.
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At 5'5" (on a good day), I'm also on our team of shorties with ACEs. I don't mind the climb up to the toilet, or my feet dangling off the passenger seat all that much. My issue is trying to find a comfortable way to press the gas pedal. I can't seem to be able to rest my heel on the floorboard while pressing the gas pedal down. For short trips, it's no biggie. For longer trips, it's a bit tiring. I find myself using cruise control quite a bit.
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At 5'5" (on a good day), I'm also on our team of shorties with ACEs. I don't mind the climb up to the toilet, or my feet dangling off the passenger seat all that much. My issue is trying to find a comfortable way to press the gas pedal. I can't seem to be able to rest my heel on the floorboard while pressing the gas pedal down. For short trips, it's no biggie. For longer trips, it's a bit tiring. I find myself using cruise control quite a bit.
Yes, that is also a problem, we did ask the dealer to fix it (we've seen gas pedal extenders on other vehicles) they haven't addressed it yet.
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At 5'5" (on a good day), I'm also on our team of shorties with ACEs. I don't mind the climb up to the toilet, or my feet dangling off the passenger seat all that much. My issue is trying to find a comfortable way to press the gas pedal. I can't seem to be able to rest my heel on the floorboard while pressing the gas pedal down. For short trips, it's no biggie. For longer trips, it's a bit tiring. I find myself using cruise control quite a bit.
I always thought that was the way my DW gets out of driving! Maybe she is telling the truth.
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At 5'5" (on a good day), I'm also on our team of shorties with ACEs. I don't mind the climb up to the toilet, or my feet dangling off the passenger seat all that much. My issue is trying to find a comfortable way to press the gas pedal. I can't seem to be able to rest my heel on the floorboard while pressing the gas pedal down. For short trips, it's no biggie. For longer trips, it's a bit tiring. I find myself using cruise control quite a bit.
My solution takes care of that. Provides a good place for your heel. Just put it up close to the gas pedal.
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Please, please don't "put" anything on the drivers side floor that is not permanently attached. Especially "up close to the pedal", it's extremely dangerous. For the passenger side it's not a problem. In my case I cut the pedestals down, I also moved the passenger pedestal forward, considering our coach has a passenger slide that limited the reclining of DW.
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