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Post by road warrior Fri Dec 09, 2022 5:04 pm

I dont know if its me or the seats - but i find going for more than say 100 miles in my merc winchcombe and i have a numb bum - which is annoying as i plan to be going to spain next year - is it me or are they just too hard ?
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Post by PLOUGHLIN Fri Dec 09, 2022 5:58 pm

I find the Sprinter seat to be fine. Perhaps you need to adjust  the seat base tilt angle to reduce pressure on your thigh?

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Post by burlingtonboaby Fri Dec 09, 2022 6:06 pm

The front seats in our 08 Puggie Sigma were rock hard, one of the reasons we dumped it after 3 years.
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Post by road warrior Fri Dec 09, 2022 6:17 pm

Peter are you saying the seats we have are sprinter seats ?
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Post by PLOUGHLIN Fri Dec 09, 2022 6:36 pm

road warrior wrote:Peter are you saying the seats we have are sprinter seats ?

Certainly in my MB they are the standard comfort seat option with a  swivel base. Don't think AS fit any other special seat. A previous owner could have?

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Post by road warrior Fri Dec 09, 2022 7:50 pm

doubt it - this will be standard as fitted, i was just surprised they are something from mb and not sourced by auto sleeper, but it does mean they will be firm and robust for the working sprinter market
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Post by grahamsb Tue Dec 20, 2022 2:28 pm

Personally, I find the Sprinter seats supremely comfortable, but of course we humans come in innumerable shapes and sizes, with different ratios of leg to body length.

It did take me some time to get the seat and steering wheel adjustment just right, but with the number of adjustments on the seat and wheel (unlike Fiat/Peugeot), I eventually found the perfect setting. In fact, with the softer suspension and refined driving dynamics, plus the raised view provided by the van, I drive along with a smile on my face, covering hundreds of miles in comfort. I much prefer it to driving my car - until I have to find a parking place! scratch head 

Who remembers the days when buying a car, the salesman would advise and assist on the proper adjustment of the driver's seat (depending on which adjustments were available).  Getting the angle of the seat back correct so it supports your spine. Correct adjustment of the lumber support and tilt of the seat base, etc. No such luck these days (in my experience) with a car, or motor caravan/home, even when you are parting with eyewatering amounts of money.

My advice is to try various adjustments until you find one that suits you best. If you Goggle "Adjusting your car seat for comfort", you will find lots of advice.
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Post by RogerThat Wed Dec 21, 2022 9:20 am

I'd recommend buying a square of 1" memory foam from eBay.

You can cover it too, as it'll soon go a very strange yellow colour.
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Post by Mollytardis Wed Dec 21, 2022 1:15 pm

I find the seat in my sprinter, is o.k. driving, but when turned around for the evening uncomfortable so use a chunk of thick memory foam wrapped in a pillowcase.
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Post by Peter Brown Wed Dec 21, 2022 2:07 pm

The first very long trip in our MB Malvern was to Austria and I had the same experience as the OP. I did as Peter L suggests and lowered the front of the seat so it wasn't pushing into my thigh and it was fine for the next eleven years - very comfortable.
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Post by groundhog Wed Dec 21, 2022 4:09 pm

Lots of memory foam seat pads out there, we use them to protect the seats more than anything, our seats are also heated so an added bonus.
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Post by Steedt Sat Dec 24, 2022 10:51 pm

Mollytardis wrote:I find the seat in my sprinter, is o.k. driving, but when turned around for the evening uncomfortable so use a chunk of thick memory foam wrapped in a pillowcase.

Exactly my issue!  Can drive all day did 7hrs once.  But 30mins turned around and I’m uncomfortable, will try a foam cushion. Thanks.
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Post by WANDERING DAVE Tue Dec 27, 2022 3:43 pm

We find the captain seats on our A/S Bourton very comfortable.

We never turn them for lounge use. as the two settees are ideal for lounging about on.

The only fault we find is they do not have two armrests, apart from that they are perfect.
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Post by road warrior Tue Dec 27, 2022 5:56 pm

Yes I miss two armrests too
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Post by road warrior Tue Dec 27, 2022 5:58 pm

I have bought some thick sheepskin covers so looking forward to trying those out, and I will try the angles too.
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Post by road warrior Tue Dec 27, 2022 6:04 pm

I'm disappointed they are sprinter chairs though rather than say the sumptuous leather ones you get on the more luxury motorhomes and .. are they interchangeable ?
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Post by grahamsb Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:05 pm

Like Wandering Dave, we never turn our seats around. As he says, the two lounge seats are very comfortable. You can use a number of soft cushions against the fridge and wardrobe bulkheads to get comfortable with your feet up. If you want a little extra width, then partially pull the seat/bed frames out until the seat back cushions drop down. Sitting, or lying in this position also gives you the best view out through the windscreen and side windows.

Another reason for not turning the seats around, is the narrower width of the Merc cab means you have to open the doors and then carry out the multiple manoeuvres to turn them through 180 degrees. Then, of course, when you turn them back into the driving position, you have try to find that perfect adjustment that took you weeks to perfect!!!

On the subject of only having one armrest, this is not a problem for us when parked, as we don't turn the seats around. When driving, I have made soft cushioned armrests which slot into the window blind channels and can be removed at night.
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Post by WANDERING DAVE Thu Dec 29, 2022 2:39 pm

grahamsb wrote:Like Wandering Dave, we never turn our seats around. As he says, the two lounge seats are very comfortable. You can use a number of soft cushions against the fridge and wardrobe bulkheads to get comfortable with your feet up. If you want a little extra width, then partially pull the seat/bed frames out until the seat back cushions drop down. Sitting, or lying in this position also gives you the best view out through the windscreen and side windows.

Another reason for not turning the seats around, is the narrower width of the Merc cab means you have to open the doors and then carry out the multiple manoeuvres to turn them through 180 degrees. Then, of course, when you turn them back into the driving position, you have try to find that perfect adjustment that took you weeks to perfect!!!

On the subject of only having one armrest, this is not a problem for us when parked, as we don't turn the seats around. When driving, I have made soft cushioned armrests which slot into the window blind channels and can be removed at night.

would like to know more about the armrests you have made.
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Post by PLOUGHLIN Thu Dec 29, 2022 5:24 pm

The VW Crafter  has an arm pad for the door arm rest which will fit a Sprinter.

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Post by grahamsb Sat Dec 31, 2022 5:43 pm

Hi Wandering Dave,

My armrests are a bit of a work in progress, although the current design works well. They are simply 3" thick memory foam off-cuts with a step cut into it to slot securely down into the window blind channels, while the top, wider section extends over the plastic edge of the channel. They are covered in material to improve the appearance. This provides a wide, soft armrest. Invaluable on long journeys. I'm sure other owners will be able to fabricate something similar.

With regard to the VW Crafter door armrest, the door panel shown in the photo differs from the 2018 Sprinter model. I did try to make up an armrest which fitted here, but found I needed it to be much higher, hence the use of the window blind channel.
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Post by WANDERING DAVE Sun Jan 01, 2023 12:47 pm

grahamsb wrote:Hi Wandering Dave,

My armrests are a bit of a work in progress, although the current design works well. They are simply 3" thick memory foam off-cuts with a step cut into it to slot securely down into the window blind channels, while the top, wider section extends over the plastic edge of the channel. They are covered in material to improve the appearance. This provides a wide, soft armrest. Invaluable on long journeys. I'm sure other owners will be able to fabricate something similar.

With regard to the VW Crafter door armrest, the door panel shown in the photo differs from the 2018 Sprinter model. I did try to make up an armrest which fitted here, but found I needed it to be much higher, hence the use of the window blind channel.

Thank you for your reply, I will have to look further into it. 

As you say the V.W. one's are to low. It needs to be on the blind channel.
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Post by road warrior Mon Jan 02, 2023 12:19 am

hi dave, any chance you coukld show us your work in progress ? its sounds a very good option to a proper armrest - has anybody any idea why there isnt an armrest in sprinters ?
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Post by Peter Brown Mon Jan 02, 2023 11:20 am

The built in one works fine when driving:

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Post by WANDERING DAVE Mon Jan 02, 2023 3:49 pm

Peter Brown wrote:The built in one works fine when driving:

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I find that it is too low, I like to have the seat up high when driving, it gives you more visibility. That's only my opinion.
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Post by WANDERING DAVE Mon Jan 02, 2023 3:54 pm

road warrior wrote:hi dave, any chance you coukld show us your work in progress ? its sounds a very good option to a proper armrest - has anybody any idea why there isnt an armrest in sprinters ?

Not having much success at the moment, but will keep trying.
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