ankle ache driving hymer b544 ?

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  1. ralphman

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    just wondering if any one else has suffered ankle ache (not the medical term you understand) in their hymer. We have just bought this and my husband says the peddles are a little offset to the right and it makes his ankle ache as the peddles are also quite high off the floor. Anyone got any ideas or modified theirs in some way apart from wearing a pair of cuban heels :Eek!:
     
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    I never did find a solution to this problem.

    only thing i could think was a block of wood under my heel....definately not advisable or recommended
     
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    Cruise control is as close as you'll get to a cure. The problem is mainly felt during long runs at constant speed because the go pedal is high compared to the floor so your ankle is held in a really uncomfortable position for long periods. With cruise control you can take your foot off the go pedal for the long constant speed sections.

    D.
     
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    I totaly agree with Dave a cruise is the best way to go and a very relaxing way of driving a motorhome

    My last cruise control is factory fit from Fiat....but the one Dave fitted on my previous Fiat was a off the shelf ...and a far better cruise control it was better than Fiats..fitted in the same place and looks just like a fiat cruise....but more options on the of the shelf when using it:thumb::thumb:
     
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    My previous Hymer was on a 2.5TD Ducato,I had an 'organ' type pedal conversion which cured the 'ache',it was a non specific unit bought from a motor shop.
    On a lot of roads here Cruise can be something of a pain,the roads are not clear enough unless you travel off peak.
     
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    This is due to a full-width 'trough' in front of the seats. I lifted the carpet and tailored a piece of ply which fitsright across the cab, under the carpet, giving a flat floor. This is the same as putting a block of wood or a book under the heel but will not move, and is un-noticeable. :thumb:


    (The Dethleffs is identical to the Hymer)
     
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    i was thinking of two spatulas glued on to his shoes :Wink:

    cruise control sounds expensive, is it ?

    it is a hymer on a fiat ducato 2.5 td

    i did suggest some sort of pedal extensions but joe wasn't sure if they would interfere with putting your foot down when needed

    thanks for all replies so far :BigGrin:
     
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    My 'piece of ply' method, IMHO, is the quickest, easiest, cheapest, neatest option. It can be fixed to the front of the seat-boxes with a small angle bracket if you like but it sits firmly over the well and only needs to be about 8 inches wide. Put the carpet back over it and it looks like original flat floor :Smile:

    PS.: It makes a good place to stash small ...valuables etc. too
     
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    Put some blocks on is feet or tell him you will drive I bet is feet will be ok then:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I had the same problem, temporary job of a block of wood, velcro glued down to the flooring (not very noticable) and velcro glued to the block and it does not move unless i move it. Worked well but the permanant solution would be cruise.
     
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    Lend him some high heels!

    Craig
     
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    Yes about £400 to £450 fitted...my personal views, it is and was worth it....if you put ply wood or wood or anything under the foot...if you had an accident for whatever reason yours or the other person....would the insurance firm use this as an excuse not to pay out......I don't know
    :Doh:
    The ply or wood blocks would be cheaper option in the short term BUT would it prove expensive in the long term...the insurance firms now are looking for every little excuse...you pays your money you take your chance.......not something I would contemplate

    Mel
     
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    Cruise control.
    I have had it on a few vehicles, and think it's wonderful. I use it all the time, just a push of a button.
    Some do not use it, others only use it on motorways, some don't know how to use it.
    It makes driving easier, more comfortable, and more economical.

    Craig
     
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    I agree with Heyupluv regarding the insurance, wooden block only a temp solution need to fit cruise.
    Always had cruise on cars over last 15/20 years and use it all the time even in 30 MPH areas easy to put on and off and makes a big diff to fuel usage if used correctly.
     
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    I have to agree. Cruise control has been well worth the cost. I was surprised at how little it cost compared to the benefit. I never do a journey in the van without recalling how much I appreciate it.
    Wyn
     
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    And helps to keep to speed limits, without constantly looking at the speedo. A much more refined way to travel i think.

    Craig
     
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    I'm surprised no one's come up with the obvious solution - put your foot down. Not only will your foot be nearer to the floor but you will get there quicker and so not have to suffer for so long:Wink:
     
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    I do it on the motorway set cruise at 70 and feel as though i'm standing stiil as everyone passes me.
     
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    You should try it at 50 - then you KNOW you're practically standing still! Even big trucks zoom past me! :RollEyes:
     
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    Jean's suggestion:-

    Bigger shoes :Rofl1:
    Wyn
     
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