Aching shoulders

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  1. chris16

    chris16 Read Only Funster

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    Hi everyone

    Just got back from a weekend in Bath and I am suffering from aching shoulders. Having only just got our first van I guess it is just getting used to the different driving position but does anyone have any tips for driving position or accessories such as neck/back supports?

    What sort of mileage do you drive in a day? I am so used to eating up the miles in the car that 180 miles did not seem too bad but perhaps it was pushing it a bit too far!

    Thanks in advance

    Chris
     
  2. Munchie

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    Did you leave the armrests down? I put them up while driving as they make my shoulders ache!

    We reckon on 150 miles a day. Leave at 9 arrive around 1 pm gives us time to suss the site and area and decide how long to stay. :)
     
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    Could also be a bit of tension. 200 miles is about the longest I like to drive and I drive with arm rests down but adjusted for me. If badly adjusted they do make you ache.
     
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    I only have 1 armrest and had it down. Will try it up on the next trip.
     
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  5. MHVirgins

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    Drove from Chatsworth to Littlehampton last month, but had no aches. I occasionally use the arm rests for motorway, but for through the town or "busy" driving I always keep them up (ie. I don't use them).

    Bill:)
     
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    I don't do "busy" driving as a rule. When I said arm rests down I meant when cruising not doing stop / start / tight maneuvering when they would get in the way :)
     
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    I have armrests down but raised quite high. I do find my seat position in the camper is much more relaxed than in the car
     
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  8. Minxy Girl

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    In a MH you are sitting in a totally different position to a car therefore your muscles won't be used to being used in a different position for such a long length of time, chances are that you weren't totally 'settled' either with it being new to you, try having a play around with the height/rake/reach adjustments on the steering wheel and seat it can make a lot of difference.
     
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    Yes I had a problem initially. I've changed the seats since I returned. I usually aim for 500+miles a day .
     
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    You need to play around with what is for you a totally different driving position.
    In your car you are lower, your feet are higher and the s/wheel is more upright.
    In your MoHo make sure that the back of your knees/thighs are comfortouble, your sat back in the seat but at the same time not stretching at all to reach the s/wheel. Can you adjust the wheel, up/down, back/forward?
    I used to hate anyone moving my seat in my works van, seemed to take forever to get comfy again.
     
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    Longest I usually drive in the motorhome is around 350-400 miles, but this is in Europe. In the UK even 250miles is a bit much.
    I have the armrests in use, and having an Aclass I no longer have the problem of a painful neck that I used to get in a coachbuilt due to the top of the windscreen being too low with the raised seats due to the swivels.
     
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    My legs aren't really long enough to reach the pedals comfortably, so I use one of those cheap metal mesh back supports to move me the extra bit forward that I need, and to support my back as well. Works a treat.
     
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    swivel seats are higher than usual. I found I had problems with aching ankles until I raised the floor level a little. I don't use the arm rests as I found they cause aching shoulders when driving.
     
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    Our last van was same as yours a boxer and we only had the one arm rest never caused me a problem in 4 years, we always drive from the house to tunnel in one go about 400 miles and would do more of I had to be somewhere for a set time and date.
     
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    I found when I got our first MH that because of the swivel seats, and the frame of the blinds on the front windows I tended to "hunch down" when driving which caused shoulders to ache. All three of the vans we have had have had the same problem, took me a while to get used to it but once you get used to the new driving position its not too bad. As to distance travelled, I try to limit it to a max of 250 miles a day.
     
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    Sevel vans have a terrible driving position, top of screen too low and seat too high, and will give you backache on long runs
     
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    I find that any fixed position will give me some sort of ake if driving to long on the first few days of any trip,so I tend to change angles and rake and steering wheel positions ,then after about a week it just feels right.(until we stay somewhere for a few days)because I then change the seat for lounging and have to start again.But "hey ho"What else have I got to do? Martin:imoutahere:
     
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    yes that's it. Left shoulder was far worse than right for me as the right tended to be more relaxed due to the gear change being that side. I was noticing in the end that without thinking I was 'lifting' the left shoulder due to the position of seat /height/ low screen.
     
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    Its rare that we do a trip under 200 miles. Never had shoulders ache, numb bum sometimes but that about it. It will be your driving position, and maybe you were a bit tense. Try a few different seat positions and distances till you get it cracked. Hope your next trip is better (y)
     
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    Sometimes you can't get the seat where you actually want it ,especially on older stuff like mine. I'd like the seat farther back & also angled back more but you are restricted by the sink/cooker unit that stops the seat going back farther & also the seat angle as the top of seat is hard against unit.
    Passenger side is the same but obviously has far more leg room so isn't a problem.
     

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