Aching hip due to pedal?

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  1. keithfal

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    Hi everyone, I have noticed over the last two trips that my right hip is uncomfortable/painful after a couple of hundred miles in the driving seat. :cry:I wonder whether it might be the position of the accelearator pedal plus my short (fat/hairy) legs. Anyone got any (clean/realistic) suggestions. New model Fiat Ducato 2007 vintage base vehicle. E520 Bessacarr the manufacturer.
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    Keith
     
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    Cruise control:thumb:
     
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    lowered seat base.

    the seat is too high for the pedal angle so your ankle/foot is at a strange angle...toe's too high unless you drive flat out. :Doh:

    its either that or 3" cuban heel boots:Laughing:
     
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    Hi
    Might seem picky but most professional drivers would take a break after 200 miles/4 hours maybe you are sat in the seat to long

    Pete:thumb:
     
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    I get that sometimes so I just adjust the seat position slightly each time I stop, down a bit, back a bit etc.
     
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    its not allowed for hgv drivers to exceed 4.5 hrs driving .they must stop for a 45min break . its common in europe for the drivers to drive 1.5 hr then 15 min break .the police over there recomend this when or if they stop you .
    take lots more you dont have to drive that far or so long in your camper. cheers alan.
     
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    I was going to quote geo, but then read on and came to the conclusion that I have to agree with all the replies so far; the most obvious rule is to take breaks, and I like the idea of moving the seat slightly each time. But I have to go back to Geo and agree that 'cruise control' is, whilst meaning you have to spend money, money well spent in my view.

    I am registered disabled due to cancer on the knee, and a secondary 3 years later on the lung, and whilst I drive a fully automatic car, I am fortunate that I am still legally allowed to drive a manual gearbox. Of course I choose to drive shorter 'legs' of the journey between stops when driving the MH, but I have found that driving up to Denmark is MUCH easier with the cruise control as you get on the autobahn, engage a sensible speed, click the cruise control and then you can sit there and 'dance' both legs and feet around, keeping circulation etc going.

    I will say though, before someone else does :Wink: Cruise control is NOT an excuse to sit back and choose to drive further before you take a break.

    Adge
     
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    Thanks for the various replies. I obviously didnt state that I normally drive for around 1 hour before taking a break / P stop. Hip still hurts (slightly) noticeable when relaxing at end of day in bed. Cruise control is a nice thought but fitting it could be pricy. I was wondering if a proper full foot pedal hinged to the floor might be available? Other wise its lowering the seat by removing the swivel mechanism which will never be used on E520 anyway (end lounge).
    Keith
     
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    I have disc problems and cruise control is my best gadget.
     
  10. N Luyetund

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    similar probs ...not cured but relieved a little by having a piece of 19mm MDF to rest the right foot on (MDF carpet taped to floor, make sure it doesn't foul the accelerator pedal :Wink:)

    (Cheaper than cruise control:Rofl1:)
     
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    Hi Keith

    I have just had a hip op 9 weeks ago and i used to get pain like yourself i was told by a pysio if possible have your hips above your knees when sitting because when knees are above hip it puts a lot of pressure on it he also told me to roll a small towel up and use as lumber support because if your back has a good posture less stress on your hips other than that it could be the start of the end for your hip mine started to get sore doing certain things then sore all the time but the tips above did work for me.

    Gerry
     
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    I used to do it in my T4 by putting my left foot under my right heel for a while. Then I fitted cruise control, had it on every vehicle since - you can wiggle your feet, get up and walk around, put the kettle on etc.




    I made some of that up...
     
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    You may cure your problem rather than relieve it by getting cruise control:Rofl1:

    (dearer than a piece of MDF):Rofl1:
     
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    It's all in the detail:Rofl1:
     
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    i was going to suggest that option but it would need to be very securely fixed down.
    if you have rubber floor covering topped by loose carpet (my ducato does) then fix it to the rubber matting with the carpet over the top of it...it wont move then.
    it could even be doubled up...two pieces glued and screwed together which will bring your foot up to a more relaxed height with your foot in a more natural position.:thumb:
     
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    Hi Keith I had this problem although I don`t have short legs I found that my motor home (left hand drive) has the drivers seat to the left of and not in the centre of the steering wheel when you stand behind the drivers seat and view it . I can only think that this was done to allow more room between the seats . my gas pedal was to far to the right. I have modified the rotation plate under the seat to bring it centre of the pedals . I suggest you look at this as I now it can be very painful .
     
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    regular breaks AND cruise control. Max cost of cruise control for your vehicle is £435 (less 5% funster discount:Cool:) and that's assuming its an X2/50 model, if its the previous model Ducato then £360 (less 5% discount).

    Give us a call,D.
     
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    I have the same problem after a long drive > 3hours (car and MH) now I stop after an hour or so get out of thje car stretched for 1or 2 minute and carry on Seem to cure the problem Hope it helps
     

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