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Old 03-26-2019, 11:57 PM   #1
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Driver shoulder fatigue

Any recommendations. Have been only able to drive about 350 Miles before my shoulders are so sore that I have to stop. Would like to go further. Any remedies.
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:58 AM   #3
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Stop,set up, have a beer and hit again the next day��just kidding my problem is my back, put a Lombard support in that helps some. Shoulders not sure, sorry
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:13 AM   #4
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Only thing that stops me is my bladder , but that's a quick fix . maybe holding the steering wheel in a different spot may help.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:58 AM   #5
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Any recommendations. Have been only able to drive about 350 Miles before my shoulders are so sore that I have to stop. Would like to go further. Any remedies.
Adjust the steering wheel. Tilt up or down scope in and out (if it scopes) and try a multitude of combos.
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Driver Shoulder Fatigue

It has been recommended that I install a new sway bar (Hellwig) and install Kinic shocks and Sumo springs.

Any thoughts on this or other features to add.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:28 AM   #7
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sit closer to the steering wheel so your arms are closer to your body for better leverage
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Franck, I have the same situation. I have tried a lot of things, nothing seems to help, except ibuprofen/aleve. I try moving my arms above my head, different movements often seems to help.

Interested to see what remedies come up.
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:07 AM   #9
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Any recommendations. Have been only able to drive about 350 Miles before my shoulders are so sore that I have to stop. Would like to go further. Any remedies.
I had the same issue since I have been the primary driver. Note sure if your goal is to drive more miles in a day of just to do 350 miles without getting sore.

We decided through some trial and error that we will not drive more than 350 miles in a single day. During those miles we stop at least twice for some rest about every 100-125 miles depending on where rest stops are located. This is a must. However, there is one change that I made to the RV configuration that really reduced the wear and tear on my shoulders and that was installing a BlueOx Tru center. This device assists in keeping the RV driving in a straight line with minimal input from me. Since most of the 350 miles is usually going straight this removes a lot of the muscle fatigue in my arms and shoulders. Additionally, this was the last improvement that I made and was needed for my wife to be able to drive the RV.

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Old 03-27-2019, 10:23 AM   #10
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The only solution is to stop more often and get out and stretch. Any doctor or Physical Therapist will tell you the same thing. We are no longer concerned about trying to reduce the distance between two points with time and speed. We've made it a point to stop every 100-125 miles and do the above. We arrive a little later, but we arrive without fatigue and pain.
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I had the same problem as the OP 3 years ago. Installed a steering stabilizer and the sore shoulders went away. Have done 3 or 4 eight hour days since then
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One of the beauties of having our own 'Rest Area On Wheels' is that we can pull over just about anywhere and take a break.

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I had the same problem as the OP 3 years ago. Installed a steering stabilizer and the sore shoulders went away. Have done 3 or 4 eight hour days since then
Driving 8 hours a day is not my idea of recreation. Way too much windshield time!
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Not my idea of recreation either. Only have done it about 3 times. Usually I just set the cruise control then go back and lay down
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Are you gripping the wheel tightly? That usually manifests in lower arm "pump" but could be a factor.
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I have a small cushion i set on another small cushion behind my lower back. I tow with a blue ox. If your rig wanders then you’re chasing it which is responsible for Fatigue
Stop and rest and remember the Emphasis is to have fun so you’re not alone 350 miles I’m done
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I have the same issue with our E450, it is due to excessive correction and effort on the part of the driver. Driving in the wind and on bad roads makes it much worse. Issues with the Ford front end are well documented, there are some things that can be done. I try to keep my tire pressure on the front as low as possible (per the tables). I would have thought the MBS would be better, but guess not.
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