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Old 07-13-2017, 10:01 AM
joew joew is offline
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Default RV 7 interior comfort

In an effort not to create bad vibes. In your opinion, which seats are best (biggest bang for the buck). Those who use their RVs for travel, do you wish you did anything differently. If you have a head rest, do you find it useful or in the way?

I've looked at Cleaveland, Flightline and Classic. I'm leaning toward the Aviator seats. I can't swing their full interior, but can probably get their nice seats plus their starter interior package.

Just wondering what your opinions are since you guys are actually flying.

Then there is the leather, fake leather or cloth debate. Again, opinion and pros/cons.

Just looking for help in making a decision based on others direct experience.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 07-13-2017, 10:02 AM
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Interested as well
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:16 AM
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I'm sure things have changed over the years but I did a hybrid.

I got the full cloth interior package (minus seats) from Abby at Flightline and had her send extra fabric. The seats and stick boots came from Luke at Classic. I wanted the faux leather with cloth inserts that matched the interior.

BTW.. This was back in 2004-2005

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Old 07-13-2017, 10:22 AM
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How was the comfort on a long XC. Is the faux leather holding up? Anything you wish you did differently?
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:51 AM
Kyle Boatright Kyle Boatright is offline
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Mine are cloth from Cleaveland. They are comfortable and look new after 16 years.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:54 AM
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I have FlightLine Interior's full package in leather with the comfort foam upgrade. A recent XC from Savannah, GA (KLHW) to San Antonio, TX (1T8) took about 8 hours with a stop near New Orleans (KAPS). Fifteen Kt headwinds didn't help. I was quite comfortable but after about 4 hours, I was wishing for a bit softer seat, mostly because there is little room to move around in a -7. I have some head room available and am considering another thinner cushion on top of the existing seat for days like these.

The following day, my brother and I flew from 1T8 to Clarion, PA (KAXQ), which took another 8 hours with a stop after 3.8 near Memphis, TN (KNQA) and another stop after 2 hours in Indiana (0I8) with a final 2 hour leg to the destination. Again, very comfortable but I would not have liked two straight days of two 4 hr legs. We had 20-30 Kt tail winds on this leg, which helped.

I plan to add the Anti-Splat "Almost -14 Mod" to get more leg room for myself and taller passengers. I am 5' 8" and set my rudder pedals up for me but taller folks are a bit squeezed space.

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Old 07-13-2017, 10:58 AM
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I have the Classic Aviator seats and interior in my 9A and I do lots of cross country. The seats are great and well worth the money. If you can afford it buy the best seats you can and I think the Aviators are the best. The interior was surprising in how much it improved my comfort level in the airplane. Carpet is a no-brainer since its relatively inexpensive and acts as a sound dampener. The biggest improvement was the side panels next to the seats...they make a HUGE difference in comfort because they insulate the side wall from the seating area. Less heat in the summer and less cold in the winter. Baggage interior(except carpet) and fwd floor side panels are good on the eyes but don't add much to the comfort level.

Head use to the pilot but my sleeping passenger uses it frequently. It does make it harder to reach into the baggage area so if you get head rests be sure and get the Supertrack mod (assuming you have a slider).
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Old 07-13-2017, 12:35 PM
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My 7A had the std vans seat foam covered in cloth. I thought that was comfortable "enough" for about 800 hrs. Then, I built a -7 and put the classic aero aviator seats in it covered in the faux leather. Big difference to me. Good wear resistance on the faux leather. The fabric showed signs of stitch stretching at some of the seams. Rotate your cushions if you fly solo a lot. The foam difference and lumbar adjustment was noticeable for sure. The price is also a BIG difference. Did not try the head rest option.

Another thing to consider for total comfort is how your knees contact other things in the cockpit in your most comfortable seated position. The boost pump dog house / fuel selector housing, extended switch panels, left side spar cap, etc. can be the little things that drive you crazy after and hour or so. Anything you can do to change the geometry of areas your knees will contact to a more pleasant feel is time well spent. A padded, robust armrest (not the vans flimsy structure) areas are nice also in the Ohio winters.

When its really cold OAT and your knee sits on the left side vertical spar cap for a while and goes numb, you'll wish it was insulated and padded. The same for the selector area digging into your right knee when you are kicked back cruising.

Hope it helps,

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Old 07-13-2017, 02:34 PM
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The Faux Leather held up very well as did Flightlines interior. I sold the plane after flying it for almost 11 years and 1100 hours. The Aero Classic guys did a great job on my seats using their faux leather (black) and the fabric I supplied from Abby. I also had them install the seat warmers which my wife absolutely loved here in MI.

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Old 07-13-2017, 02:45 PM
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I went with the Oregon Aero Memory foam, not flying yet but I have done some hangar flying.

This was based on lots of research I did at time on threads here, and the Oregon Aero foam always had good reviews.

Most vendors make great stuff. I would spend all I could on seats and cut back on the others panels to start, easy to add them later.
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