How many of you have air ride seats for no reason

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Badmon, Sep 17, 2019.

Do you low ride in your seat?

  1. Yes

    29 vote(s)
  2. No

    36 vote(s)
  1. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL
    That depends upon whether the backs of your thighs are on the seat or not. There's a vein and artery in your legs that, when restricted, can cause blood clots. I'll walk with a bowed back before I can't walk at all.

    Did I mention my short legs do not allow for much air in the seat, anyway?
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  3. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Heavy Load Member

    May 18, 2017
    How about putting your butt on the edge and sliding off? Done this for ages don’t like the official method of coming down the same way I came up since I’m tall and it hits my knees going down.
  4. swaan

    swaan Road Train Member

    Jul 12, 2009
    BC canada
    Try owning a cab over kenworth for 18 years and working it daily. My younger years didnt even used the step to get out. Just swing out on the grab handle and jump out!!!!! My back is paying for it now.
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  5. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    riding a bit higher with your knees not at a hard angle, lessens the burden on knee problems, so i been told.

    but like many have said, these trucks are more "midget/dwarf friendly" for us shorter guys...
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    i really liked this NBC reporter, (David Bloom) he was teamed up with Soledad O'Brien..on the NBC weekend Today Show

    David Bloom

    He had been on assignment in Iraq for several weeks when a blood clot in his leg (known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT) traveled to an artery in his lungs, causing a fatal pulmonary embolism.[7] "The clot in Bloom's leg was likely brought on by spending long days and nights cramped inside armored vehicles. One night he called Melanie from a satellite phone in the middle of the night, exposing himself to hostile fire just to get a few minutes outside of an armored tank because his legs had been cramping up."[8]

    David Bloom - Wikipedia

    i remember it as well as can be, one day he is reporting in the war zone, next day...dead...

    he sat down too much, as it says above.....
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  7. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    I ride with my seat as low as it will go... I'm tall so I can see just fine. And as far as why... I find it more comfortable, and I like to be able to feel the truck and road as much as possible. Riding with no air gives you the maximum feel of such things. And I think it makes you a smoother operator... You feel every little bump so you take it easier than if you had that air cushion under you.
  8. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Fairmont NE
    I ride with no air because then I feel like I’m in a cabover and not a 579.

    Seriously though, my legs get angry with me if my seat isn’t on the floor. It’s just what I find comfortable.

  9. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Which is worse. Back injuries or knocking yourself into a coma from hitting the roof.? And yes. I've done that in a mack truck. LOL

    I ride on the floor.
    Truck has air. Cab has air.
  10. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Florida Panhandle
    All depends on the truck.
    I drive a Mack. I keep the seat about 1 inch off the bottom. And I’m 5’7’.
    Just put it where your most comfortable.
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  11. austinmike

    austinmike Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2011
    depends on the truck for me. some I can sit on the floor and be fine - others I gotta have some air in the seat
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