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BowserJournal 02-25-2018 09:51 PM

Drivers Seat Replacement
 
I want to replace the original driver seat in our Skoolie but just not sure what kind to replace it with. We have been watching craigslist for about 6 months but just have not found the right seat.

if you replaced yours what did you replace it with and are you happy with it. Where did you get it?

Robin97396 02-25-2018 10:06 PM

Most happy seat replacements come from the junkyard. Otherwise it's very expensive.

miltruckman 02-25-2018 11:34 PM

I used the Knoedler bus chief seat in my Bluebird TC2000. It is made in Canada and of good quality. And the controls are on the right side.

It fit perfectly. Only negative is that it has its own air compressor built under the seat and I would have preferred to use the bus supplied air that went to the old Bostrom back breaker(Talladega) seat. I had to run 12vdc to the new seat. And it controls much more slowly from that little 12vdc compressor.

A nice addition is that the new seat has armrests. And the Talladega did not. I have not yet located a proper seat cover for it though.

Bill
Birch Run, MI

Tarheel Travelers 02-25-2018 11:37 PM

I second that!! Air ride seats are expensive as heck!! I replaced my driver seat with the cheapest one that the Freightliner repair shop had and that was about 700 bones. It is comfy but maybe too comfortable for a long drive.


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cadillackid 02-26-2018 07:53 AM

there are quite a frew school busses in the late 90s / early 00's that have air seats.. many times the seat part is shot. (like mine) but the air suspension is still good.. bluebird uses a VERY SIMPLE air seat on many of their busses.. ive seen them in scrapyard pics.. you can detach the seat from the base and replace the chair itself with one that doesnt have ripped fabric etc.. remember to install a protection valve on your air tank when you Tee off for your seat.
-Christopher

BowserJournal 02-27-2018 12:57 PM

I guess I have to find a bus junkyard in central FL

2martins 03-07-2018 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by cadillackid (Post 255584)
there are quite a frew school busses in the late 90s / early 00's that have air seats.. many times the seat part is shot. (like mine) but the air suspension is still good.. bluebird uses a VERY SIMPLE air seat on many of their busses.. ive seen them in scrapyard pics.. you can detach the seat from the base and replace the chair itself with one that doesnt have ripped fabric etc.. remember to install a protection valve on your air tank when you Tee off for your seat.
-Christopher

Is it possible to replace just the seat part with some other, cheaper kind of seat? Or would that be too hard to do if I don't know how to weld, fabricate, etc?

o1marc 03-07-2018 01:21 PM

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Originally Posted by 2martins (Post 257835)
Is it possible to replace just the seat part with some other, cheaper kind of seat? Or would that be too hard to do if I don't know how to weld, fabricate, etc?

Shouldn't take more than a plate between the new seat and the bus seat mount with holes to mount seat to plate and plate to bus mount.

2martins 03-07-2018 03:18 PM

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Originally Posted by o1marc (Post 257839)
Shouldn't take more than a plate between the new seat and the bus seat mount with holes to mount seat to plate and plate to bus mount.

Even for a regular car seat? Or does it need to be at least a big SUV kind of seat? Really the base is not great but it does function. It would be a lot better if it were more adjustable because I am short. It would be better if the PEDALS were adjustable. As it is I can go so far forward that my knees are basically touching the dash and I still have to strain to floor it which is what you have to do on the highway.

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o1marc 03-07-2018 03:36 PM

Regular car seats aren't really any different. Big SUV seats aren't much different in size. Any seat will work with a little thought.

Twigg 03-07-2018 05:23 PM

If you are replacing the seat, and especially if you are short, try to get seats with built-in seatbelts. They make everything easier.

Also, it's not too hard a task to raise the pedals, you can add height to the top of the pedals pretty easily.


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