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Old 03-31-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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351ds Seats

I can drive my truck for long distances without a problem. It has hard leather seats. Now, with the 351 my tail bone starts hurting after about an hour of driving. It has really soft and spongy seats. I tried a memory foam lumbar support and didn't help.

I need to come up with a solution. Any ideas?
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Old 03-31-2014, 11:10 AM   #2
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We went through the same scenario when we had a class a. I'd be willing to bet the driver's seats were similar to yours. I could do 8-12 hours with a truck / fifth wheel like we have now, but after about 3 hours in the motorhome, my back was killing me. We sold it before any modifications, but there are plenty of seats to change to. We were actually considering putting a leather seat out of a E-150 van in there, which is similar in feel to the truck seat. The seat that came in ours would probably fit anybody from 100 lbs to 300 lbs. Very wide. Being that I'm not a big guy, it fealt like I was spreading my wings to put my elbows on the arm rests. Just not comfortable. The E-150 seats were very doable, and had we kept it we would've went that route more than likely. It's yours, so really nothing stopping you from changing them out. Only challenge can be the seat pedestals, and there are adapters out there for that depending on the seat. Or, you can always mount new pedestals provided you can bolt through sufficient sub structure like the factory seat is.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:47 PM   #3
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We went through the same scenario when we had a class a. I'd be willing to bet the driver's seats were similar to yours. I could do 8-12 hours with a truck / fifth wheel like we have now, but after about 3 hours in the motorhome, my back was killing me. We sold it before any modifications, but there are plenty of seats to change to. We were actually considering putting a leather seat out of a E-150 van in there, which is similar in feel to the truck seat. The seat that came in ours would probably fit anybody from 100 lbs to 300 lbs. Very wide. Being that I'm not a big guy, it fealt like I was spreading my wings to put my elbows on the arm rests. Just not comfortable. The E-150 seats were very doable, and had we kept it we would've went that route more than likely. It's yours, so really nothing stopping you from changing them out. Only challenge can be the seat pedestals, and there are adapters out there for that depending on the seat. Or, you can always mount new pedestals provided you can bolt through sufficient sub structure like the factory seat is.

Oh no, replacing the entire seat is not an option. DW already yelled at me for doing mods to the suspension. She couldn't understand why I needed a tiger trak along with other things on a brand new expensive vehicle. She doesn't even know about the 5star tune. I will definitely end up in the dog house for tuning a perfectly good running engine.

I was thinking more in the terms of a seat cover like the cab driver's have with beads or somehow making the lower part stiffer.
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:24 PM   #4
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Beads are fantastic.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:58 AM   #5
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Beads are fantastic.
I'm going to try them. Any particular ones? Just did a search on ebay and amazon and they have several. Thanks.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:16 AM   #6
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I didn't have a problem until a 2 day trip to central FL. Recently I bought a lumbar support hoping it would help. Has anyone had any success with a lumbar support?
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Nope, I got a memory foam one and tried it in all positions and didn't help. I think the problem is that the foam or springs are too weak and you sink in too much. I order a bead cover to see if that helps. If not, I'm going to remove the seat and see about adding stiffer foam or somehow making the springs harder.
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