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Old 07-04-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Air Ride Seats

I am looking into maybe adding air rides to our '02 Gulf Stream. Does anyone have any experience in this area?
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Most of the Prevost folks have got a drivers air ride seat. I used to have them in my 18 wheelers and really liked them. I've often thought about adding one myself, but have never got around to do it.
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The seats in my Windsor are so comfortable I could not ask for anything better!
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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I drove transit for a couple of years, mainly Gillig coaches. They had Recaro seats on a pneumatic suspension system and were the most comfortable vehicle seats I've ever encountered. The range of adjustments was impressive, too, able to accommodate drivers from 5' 0" to 7' 0" in combination with Gillig's double-jointed, telescopic steering column.

I wish I had both on our rig, as there isn't enough adjustment in the Flexsteel seats or the F53 steering column to allow DW to drive it.
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Had one in a '99 Holiday Rambler. Can't say that it made much of a difference to me. It was on a Flexsteel seat.
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The seats in my Windsor are so comfortable I could not ask for anything better!
When and if you ever get a chance to drive a coach with the air ride seat with a bunch of adjustments so you can fit the seat to your body, you will change your mind.
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I hadn't seen this thread when I started a similar one. We were looking at this kind of seat the other day and it seemed like a much better seat than the Villa seats we have. We'd probably replace both in order to get them to match. They have swivels but the passenger would have to live without a power footrest. 40149/40179 Admiral CT Commercial Truck Seat

Personally, I don't think I'd consider installing just the air ride without replacing the entire seat. The trucker seats seem to provide much better ergonomic support than do even the relatively expensive seats we have today. We have top of the line Villas with power everything, but they don't provide as much back support as these do.
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As a driver s seat they make a lot of sense , as a lounge seat , not so much. Commercial drivers seats are 'usually' not as wide so as to hold your butt more centered . In a RV we have wide seats that rotate around so they can be used as lounge seating as well . The backs recline and almost lay flat and of course the RV seats match the interior decor. But, my drivers seat does not match the ride of the
high end commercial truck/bus seats..
I remember back in the day when we changed from friction spring drivers seats to
full air seats, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven ..
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Anyone know of any air ride trucker's seats with an integrated shoulder belt?
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Anyone know of any air ride trucker's seats with an integrated shoulder belt?
I know these do Bus - Isringhausen

I think all do but when looking at pictures, they want you to see the seat and not a seat belt draped over it.
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As a driver s seat they make a lot of sense , as a lounge seat , not so much. Commercial drivers seats are 'usually' not as wide so as to hold your butt more centered . In a RV we have wide seats that rotate around so they can be used as lounge seating as well . The backs recline and almost lay flat and of course the RV seats match the interior decor. But, my drivers seat does not match the ride of the
high end commercial truck/bus seats..
I remember back in the day when we changed from friction spring drivers seats to
full air seats, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven ..
Compared to the Ekornes seating we have in our MH the front seats are marginal and we hardly use them unless we have the grandkids with us. So losing some of the lounge seating aspects wouldn't bother us. When we reupholstered the front seats and replaced all the others we didn't attempt to match upholstery, so having something else up front wouldn't matter to us if it blended well. As for driving seats, my last car prior to full-timing had Koenig seats (think German-made Recaro) so the big overstuffed Villa captain's chairs we have don't provide nearly enough back and side support to suit my tastes. When I can afford them a pair of driver and matching passenger seats sounds like something I might enjoy.
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