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Old 09-04-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Adjusting driver's position

After looking into gas pedal extension and a fair amount of reading I think my problem is more seat related than pedal position. Our "entry level" coach has typical manual front to back manual seat slide and no vertical or seat tilt adjustment. Just sitting in the RV park I tried various pillows and concluded better but - pillows not solid enough. Power seat DIY mod probably less than $500 and may be the final answer - but I would like to try manual adjustments first as I only the only driver and I would like to spend the $500 on other things. Any ideas or first hand experience appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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Chuck,

Have you thought about changing the pedestal out? Here is one place that sells pedestals of different heights.

- Swivel Pedestal for Captains Chair - Price: $50.00 - Factory RV Surplus - 1611 W Bristol St, Elkhart, IN 46514 (800) 325-1461 (574) 262-3327

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Old 09-05-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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My seat (which is a 6-way power model) has the pedestal raised an inch with a bunch of washers under it. That's an easy way to get extra height, if that's the problem.

You need to figure out what you need before you can discuss solutions. A power seat doesn't necessarily move any more than the manual one. Sometimes less. Are you looking for some tilt? More (or less) height? Need to get closer or further to the pedals (height affects that, as well as forward/back motion). It may even be possible to move the seat pedestal.
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You need to figure out what you need before you can discuss solutions.
I am trying to figure out what I need. So far washers sounds like best way to try different positions.
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So you need to add height?
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So you need to add height?
After playing with a pillow or two while parked - that is my conclusion. So far I like the washer idea for testing. Will be on the road again Monday. Unless a better idea comes along I'm going to buy a box of washers before we head back to TX.
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You still haven't said whether you want it taller, lower, closer or at a different angle.
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After looking into gas pedal extension
Wouldn't raising the seat or sitting on pillows move you farther away from the pedals? What am I missing?

My wife could not reach the gas pedal so I attached 1 1/2 inch block of wood to the pedal.
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Using washers doesn't seem too safe, to me anyway, if I were to raise the seat I thinking would machine a plate that would support the base of the seat.
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We went from a gas pedal extension to washers to raise the seat. I'm confused.
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You still haven't said whether you want it taller, lower, closer or at a different angle.
Taller.
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Chuck,

Have you thought about changing the pedestal out? Here is one place that sells pedestals of different heights.

- Swivel Pedestal for Captains Chair - Price: $50.00 - Factory RV Surplus - 1611 W Bristol St, Elkhart, IN 46514 (800) 325-1461 (574) 262-3327

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Went a little deeper on that site and found under $250 power kit. I think playing with adjustment project just went out the window.
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I did this with my sand rail. Used 1" long, 1 1/4" aluminum slugs with a 3/8" hole in them. I can now see over my steering wheel...... better. You could do it with a whole bunch of washer, but it wouldn't be as stable.
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Agree washers not long term solution. They do offer a wide range of easy to make settings for testing on the road. My current plan is to make one or two 3/4 inch jumps up using plywood and then fine tune with washers. I have no idea where this project will end up. Pedal extension, tilted, higher, lower or power seat. Or no change at all. All I know right now is, that I can't seem to find a comfortable driving position and that means arms, back, butt and legs and feet. Will keep y'all posted here as I make changes and test em on the road.
Last thought before I start making changes - our 23 yo jeep and any vehicle I can remember owing elevates seat as it moves forward -but not coach seat.
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