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Old 09-30-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Driver Seat Adjusment

My wife and I are looking into our first motorhome, although we haven't decided on a model or fuel. (Probably looking at a Newmar or Tiffin 34 to 40ft) I will do the vast majority of driving, but I want my wife to be able to drive at least in case of emergency. Problem is that she's only 4 ft 5in tall and most seats on MH don't adjust enough. Does anyone have experience in manufacturers, especially these 2, moving the driver seat to accomodate this? Any other suggestions besides using pillows are appreciated.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
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My wife and I are looking into our first motorhome, although we haven't decided on a model or fuel. (Probably looking at a Newmar or Tiffin 34 to 40ft) I will do the vast majority of driving, but I want my wife to be able to drive at least in case of emergency. Problem is that she's only 4 ft 5in tall and most seats on MH don't adjust enough. Does anyone have experience in manufacturers, especially these 2, moving the driver seat to accomodate this? Any other suggestions besides using pillows are appreciated.
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I cut the drivers seat pedestal 1 1/2" shorter in height, and I moved the throttle pedal 2" closer to the seat, so "Shorty" can drive comfortably/safely.
The 6 way power seat adjusts back far enough, (and up enough), to accommodate my long legs.
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There are MH models that offer adjustable pedals, too.
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Mine will pull up far enough to put my knees up my nose plus the pedals move.
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The 2014 Phaeton's have adjustable pedals, perhaps earlier models as well. However I do not know if they will adjust enough. She just have to sit in one and try it out.
Since the Phaeton has those I would imagine some other brands do as well.
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Welcome to iRV2.
Another thing to check would be your home state rules regarding licence requirements for driving a MH. You both may require special training, ( air brake in particular) in order to keep your vehicle insurance in effect.
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My wife has tried several models of several brands of MHs. Some are close but not quite enough. Only the power-adjusted seats are close at this point, which is her experience in autos also. Manual seat just don't adjust enough.

If we buy a used MH, is this adjustment something that we would have to do through the manufacturer?
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2007 HR has adjustable pedals...

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My Holiday Rambler has adjustable pedals that came with the unit when new. So, for sure back to 2007 you can get the adjustable pedals so just keep an eye out for this feature when you are shopping for used units.
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There are MH models that offer adjustable pedals, too.
I think the Dutch Star's now have the adjustable pedals, not sure about the Tiffins but I suspect they do to.
I don't have to worry because my wife refuses to even sit in the drivers seat for fear of touching something she shouldn't.
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If we buy a used MH, is this adjustment something that we would have to do through the manufacturer?
Depending on the seat pedestal , and the modification required, any shop that does welding would be able to shorten it. If overall height is not the problem, and the seat needs to be moved forward, a couple of inches, then re-drilling the base plate may be possible. Easy for anyone with the tools.
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