Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-30-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Gainesville. Georgia
Posts: 544
Year: 1992
Coachwork: bluebird
Rated Cap: 72
Question on replacing drivers seat

Is there anything special we have to pay attention to, such as being able to use the existing pedestal.

A lot of the seats I've been running into are just the seats & no base plus it seems that the pedestal in the bus is a lot higher than any I've seen coming out of a car or truck.

We really don't want to have to pull up the old & drill new holes to retrofit another seat.
The-Breeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-2015, 10:56 PM   #2
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
cut the pedestal down to a comfortable level and mount your new seat to it.
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 05:33 AM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 2,179
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Just the two of us.
Wrecking yards for semis, or here for swivel seat pedestal in different heights.
- Swivel Pedestal for Captains Chair - Price: $50.00 - Factory RV Surplus - 1611 W Bristol St, Elkhart, IN 46514 (800) 325-1461 (574) 262-3327
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 06:20 AM   #4
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
Why do so MANY RV parts come from Elkhart?

Nice find, the swivel base is cool. Will look around my local wrecking yards for something similar.
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 06:36 AM   #5
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 2,179
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Just the two of us.
Quote:
Why do so MANY RV parts come from Elkhart?
Elkhart is the RV capitol of the world. Pretty much all industry is RV related. Building them, making parts for them, hauling them. There are also a lot of RV surplus places in the area. At least 10 that I can think of, their inventory is constantly changing. You can spend more than 1 day wandering around getting ideas and buying stuff.

All of my windows, sinks,waste and fresh tanks, floor,microwave,fridge,and a lot of small stuff came from the salvage places.

I used one of the swivel pedestals for my passenger seat, the seat came out of some Pontiac mini van. Munsywumsy loves it.

Dick
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 06:40 AM   #6
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
That's what I figured, I knew it had to be some sort of "rv capital".
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 07:07 AM   #7
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 2,179
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Just the two of us.
Most of the major RV manufacturers are headquartered there. Most US based RV companys are owned by two, maybe three parent companys. Thor and Birkshire Hathaway, I'm not sure if Jayco is a parent company or a subsidiary of someone else.
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 07:09 AM   #8
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
Ah, they build em there and they end up here!
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 10:27 AM   #9
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 8,462
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
I found a combination swivel and slide base at a boat supply that I am using in conjunction with a standard auto base. Now I can slide side-to-side as well as fore & aft and rotate the seat for use as my Lazy Boy when docked.
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 10:31 AM   #10
Bus Crazy
 
Scooternj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: EHT New Jersey
Posts: 1,134
Year: 2003
Coachwork: AmTran
Chassis: International 3000RE
Engine: T444E/AT545
Rated Cap: 75
I'm probably only going to have one swivel on SWMBO's seat, but replace my pedestal with a suspension system- either pneumatic or mechanical- and *definitely* something more...comfortable, and with armrests
__________________
Hey! That's not an RV, that's a school bus.
Well thank you for noticing, Captain Obvious

Captain Obvious on deviantArt
Scooternj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 12:33 PM   #11
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Stony Plain Alberta Canada
Posts: 2,937
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000 FE
Engine: 190hp 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 72
Nothing good is easy.

Rip out the old seat, go to pick and pull, find a nice seat you like out of a high end car, pay the few $$ for it, go home, drill some holes, and install it.

And forget any of that RV crap. It's nothing but over priced crap.

Nat
__________________
"Don't argue with stupid people. They will just drag you down to their level, and beat you up with experience."

Patently waiting for the apocalypses to level the playing field in this physiological game of life commonly known as Civilization
nat_ster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 12:52 PM   #12
Site Team
 
crazycal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NUNYA
Posts: 4,234
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: 3800
Engine: DT408, AT545
Rated Cap: 23 500 gvw
Quote:
Originally Posted by somewhereinusa View Post
Elkhart is the RV capitol of the world.

Dick

Correction. Elkhart is the RV capitol of the UNIVERSE!
__________________
I'm hungry!

You Gotta Let Me Fly
crazycal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 01:18 PM   #13
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 2,179
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Just the two of us.
Quote:
go home, drill some holes, and install it
Obviously you didn't read the OP, even my second option entails some welding and floor drilling. Car and PU seats aren't tall enough. The only real option without redrilling would be an air seat out of a semi. Not everyone can do the fabrication that you do.

Quote:
forget any of that RV crap. It's nothing but over priced crap.
For the most part I agree, the particular item I pointed to is well made. I don't recommend crap.
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 09:08 PM   #14
Bus Crazy
 
milkmania's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Oklahoma aka "God's blind spot"
Posts: 2,373
Year: 1989
Coachwork: 1853FC International/Navistar
Chassis: 35' Retired Air Force Ambulance
Engine: DT466, MT643
Rated Cap: 6 souls and a driver
Quote:
Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post
Why do so MANY RV parts come from Elkhart?

Nice find, the swivel base is cool. Will look around my local wrecking yards for something similar.
back in the early 80's I worked for a Gelcoat company in Fort Smith AR.... our primary plant was in Elkhart, apparently they were putting a lot of fiberglass on something!

Supplied a lot of Gelcoat for Ranger Boats in Flippin AR
and a lot went to Lasco, (showers & tubs) but I don't recall where they were located.
PolyStyrene and Acetone fumes made me forget a lot
__________________
I once complained I had no shoes....
Until I met a man with no feet
milkmania is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2015, 10:28 PM   #15
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Gainesville. Georgia
Posts: 544
Year: 1992
Coachwork: bluebird
Rated Cap: 72
Tango...I went that route, I searched high & low for a used BENNINGTON PONTOON seat as there was one at the dock where we kept our boat and I fell madly in love with any seat off that boat.

Brand new them suckers go for big $$$$$$ and used were non-existant.

Nat, I like your concept and if we lived or were anywhere close by you we would gladly stop by and have you place whatever seat we choose into the drivers area.

Hubby can weld, but he doesn't own one and is real skittish about borrowing. Seems he's had to replace something he borrowed after it **** the bed when he was using and is a little leary about going that rout again with out the owner present....and no, he has already had to buy quite a few new tools to replace the dinosaurs that went extinct when putting them to the challenge of a bus.

Thanks EastCoast for reiterating my original question.
The-Breeze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 05:58 AM   #16
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
You guys could drive down and use my new Hobart mig... ;)
I'd even grill yall some steaks and let you try some local whiskey.
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 10:21 AM   #17
Bus Crazy
 
M1031A1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Dowdy Lakes, Colorado
Posts: 1,437
Year: 1989
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Saf-T-Liner ER
Engine: 3208 CAT/MT643 tranny
Rated Cap: 87
I'm going air ride captain's chair. BEST of both worlds.....

Bostrom Wide Ride Hi Back in Black/Gray Cloth with Dual Arms
__________________
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. — George Washington
M1031A1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 10:39 AM   #18
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
Goin HIGH CLASS!? Dang thems fancy!
I'm going to see what I can find used for cheap or free.
If not-
I've got a line on some Jetta seats out of a 2013. They're really comfy.
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #19
Bus Crazy
 
M1031A1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Dowdy Lakes, Colorado
Posts: 1,437
Year: 1989
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Saf-T-Liner ER
Engine: 3208 CAT/MT643 tranny
Rated Cap: 87
Having been a trucker with almost 2 million miles experience I've learned it's worth the extra money to have a good back and shoulders after the trip is done. Just my opinion after all those years of driving.
__________________
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. — George Washington
M1031A1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2015, 12:54 PM   #20
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 21,953
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
10 4
Lots of miles on the ole superslab, eh?
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×