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Old 09-26-2020, 08:19 PM   #1
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Looking for a good driver's seat

After crossing the country a few times on this janky-ass seat, I would really love to find a fabulous captain's seat that is comfortable to sit in during those long driving days. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-26-2020, 08:23 PM   #2
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Maybe a good Bostrom seat from a road tractor? Check truck salvage yards. Or a captain's seat from a conversion van?
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Old 09-26-2020, 08:38 PM   #3
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Maybe a good Bostrom seat from a road tractor? Check truck salvage yards. Or a captain's seat from a conversion van?
I second this. Factory driver's seats for most school buses are not that comfortable even when new, and you can probably score a good used one from a wrecked semi for less than you'd pay for a new one from Blue Bird or Thomas, etc. Plus if you have air brakes already, you can upgrade to air-ride seat if not already equipped, just takes a little work to run the lines.

I'm not a fan of Volvo trucks, but they do put a lot of thought into their interiors. Some of their driver / passenger seats swivel with a latch to lock them into position.

Lots of space-saving ideas can be gleaned from these big rigs, something I've mentioned in another thread concerning interior appointments. Especially Volvo. Not to mention you may run across the occasional 10-20 foot super-sleeper with all kinds of goodies in it, they are nicer than some apartments if not ripped open and exposed to the weather from a bad crash.

I found Freightliner's factory seats in their Cascadia line to be quite comfortable, as well as Paccar's factory offerings in their newer trucks (Peterbilt / Kenworth).
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:10 PM   #4
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Maybe a good Bostrom seat from a road tractor? Check truck salvage yards. Or a captain's seat from a conversion van?
And I third it.

In my first bus I swapped the ugly utilitarian air seat for a pretty ultraleather Flexsteel seat.

Huge mistake! And one that I was reminded of every time I had to drive more than a couple of hours.

I have seen very nice air seats out of late model semis for as little as $175.
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