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Old 07-31-2021, 05:54 PM   #1
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How do you make driver seats more comfortable?

2000 Winnebago class A...

Nice leather oversized captains chair... looks great, but after 2 hours your butts sore...

I can easily go 5-6 hours in my Toyota of Honda without getting a case of the “butt wiggles.”

These seats are really soft, mushy, not supportive...

Anyone use gel covers? Re-pad with foam? What?

Truck drivers go 8-10 hours... there must be come magic solution
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We have long haired sheep skins on our towed and in the coach and wouldn't be without them.
$75/apiece at Eskimo Coats in Berlin, Wisconsin.
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We have long haired sheep skins on our towed and in the coach and wouldn't be without them.
$75/apiece at Eskimo Coats in Berlin, Wisconsin.
Is that just for getting better air circulation? How do sheep skins help?
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Old 07-31-2021, 06:24 PM   #4
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Yes sheep skins really help.
Back in the crazy days of trucking( has it really changed?) when 16-18 hrs a day were the norm my butt got really sore. I do find that I need to stop more often these days for various reasons, a coffee, a sandwich, pee break, dog needs a pee break. Etc. I'm just not in that much of a hurry these days and after an hour or two I'm happy to stop.

We tend to start late about 10am and finish early about 3 pm. That's about enough for my bony old butt.
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Some seats are really plush and great to sit on for about 15 minutes. Our seats are pretty firm. They almost seem hard at first but seem to form after a short while. I also use a sheepskin for added comfort. The firmer seat with a piece of sheepskin have shown to be the best combo for long term comfort for me.
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I too have the leather captains chairs that were uncomfortable and the solution for me was that I got a large beaded cover. Covers my butt up to my shoulders. Works great stopping the wiggles. I can literally drive for 6 hours straight with no discomfort. To my skin, it's like it's not there, but it breathes so I don't have any itches or hot spots and no wiggles. I do have to move around once in a while, but not often. This one I have now are the big beads but I've used smaller beads successfully too.

I know that many people find the beads uncomfortable, but there are millions of us that don't. And at $15 vs $75, worth a try.
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2" soft foam. Fixed the car and RV seats. Upholstery supply.
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What about gel seat covers? Is that any better?

With beads, don’t you slide all over? Don’t the beads damage the leather?

Does the sheepskin breathe? Wouldn’t your rear be very “hot,” especially with shorts on?

All help appreciated...
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I took my seat bottom to an apholster and had 2 inches of high density foam added. Iirc I picked the middle firmness grade of foam. Cured the exact same problem. Everything I added on top left me unstable and hips sitting unlevel sometimes. Cost was 100$ and me r&r ing the seat bottom.
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I just added a seat top gel cushion from Walmart $33 CAD.
Doesn't look that great but seems to have helped the problem.
We are having the driver and passenger seats recovered due to Flexsteel's quality issue, and will ask to have additional, better quality foam added then.
In the mean time, it's the Walmart cushion.
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We were traveling through Eureka California after cruising through the giant redwoods, and stopped our sore butts at Costco. They had some lumbar support cushions on sale. We have been happy ever since. They likely do not have them any more, but this is the exact product we bought:

https://smile.amazon.com/Samsonite-S...%2C320&sr=8-10
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What about gel seat covers? Is that any better?

With beads, don’t you slide all over? Don’t the beads damage the leather?

Does the sheepskin breathe? Wouldn’t your rear be very “hot,” especially with shorts on?

All help appreciated...
No, I do not slide all over with the beads. No they don't damage the leather, but my chairs are real leather, not the fake 'Ultra Leather' or the 'Pleather' products that are made from vinyl. Not sure if they'd damage that type or not. But the 2nd link below shows a type that has a breathable plastic backing.

I have 3 types, two with smaller beads have a 'expanded' plastic screen type covering on the back so the beads don't touch the leather, the one I use the most has large beads and that one doesn't have the backing cover but the beads aren't doing any damage. Been on my Captain's chair for several years over several thousands of miles now and it's the one I prefer.

I've used this type for a couple years on my leather seat too, and it has the plastic breathable cover on the back with the smaller beads in front that you sit and lean on, and this type is fine too. Works just as well to make the drive comfortable. I just prefer the larger beads.

With these beaded covers my bottom and back never get sweaty and there's no discomfort sitting on them all day driving.
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We have long haired sheep skins on our towed and in the coach and wouldn't be without them.
$75/apiece at Eskimo Coats in Berlin, Wisconsin.
Can’t find any info on Eskimo Coats. Can you provide contact info? Chuck
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