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Old 06-24-2010, 07:16 PM
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I have an 09 Laramie. I bought it used and it has the leather seats with the cooling and heating in the seats. This is my first ever vehicle with leather. I've always shied away from leather because they are either hot or cold to sit on. But the cooling and heating seemed to make sense and do a nice job regarding temp.

However, I have found that when taking a trip in this truck my butt gets sore after about an hour. The driver's seat is like riding on a brick because of the heating and cooling system in it. My previous Dodge had the cloth seats and was great on long drives.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to add some cushioning to the seats without doing away with the cooling and heating function?
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Other then puttin a pillow down before you sit, or takin off the leather and addin more pad i have no idea.

Godd luck with this.
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Hi All,

I have an 09 Laramie. I bought it used and it has the leather seats with the cooling and heating in the seats. This is my first ever vehicle with leather. I've always shied away from leather because they are either hot or cold to sit on. But the cooling and heating seemed to make sense and do a nice job regarding temp.

However, I have found that when taking a trip in this truck my butt gets sore after about an hour. The driver's seat is like riding on a brick because of the heating and cooling system in it. My previous Dodge had the cloth seats and was great on long drives.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to add some cushioning to the seats without doing away with the cooling and heating function?
WOW...I was reading this.....and thought I had written it!
I had my truck into my favorite upholsterer to get his opinion, and he inspected it carefully and suggested that adding additional padding would interfere mainly with the cooling system. he suggested that since I had always had cloth seats until this one, that I needed to 'learn' how to adjust a leather seat. It's a truck seat....what's there to learn!?! So taking his advice of setting the seat to where I thought it should be, then lower it slightly, and tilt it back slightly. What a difference! give it a try....and let me know if you ended with the same success I did. I actually like my leather seats now! Especially the cooling part!
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Hmm, interesting. I'll give that a shot. Right now my seat is set with a slight tilt forward and up (I'm short).

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Although I have cloth seats in my Ram I'll agree about the how hard leather seats with the heater/cooler built in are. Partly the leather but the ducting for that system kills the padding. It's not a unique problem to Rams as my previous vehicle and my wifes current car have those seats and I've really grown to dislike them. As I get older my butt is losing padding and I went with cloth seats on my truck for that reason.
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this is my first vehicle w/o leather just b/c of this. i test drove ones with the heating and cooling elements in them and it was a slightly more uncomfortable ride. dealer said it was b/c the padding is somewhat reduced b/c of the heating and cooling elements. but i guess its all in the actual padding on our on rears
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I had a similar issue with another vehicle. I took it down to the local upholstery shop, had the foam in the seat pad replaced, bolsters redone, added a lumbar pad and had the bottom of the seat extended a bit to support the back of the legs.

My RAM seats are very comfortable (I have the cloth ones myself) and I never got a tired butt during our trip to SoCal and Arizona in March, even with some 10 - 11 hour days behind the wheel.
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just be glad that you don't spend as much seat time as i do in your truck,
i have the cloth seats & 3 hours is a short drive, sometimes i drive 12 hours & only stop for gas. I'm adjusting the seat height & tilt quite often as i drive, & i'm still stiff when i climb out.
I'm considering getting one of those 2" padded seat cushions, they just sit on top of regular seat, they sell them at almost all of the truck stop travel centers
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My 04 Ram 1500 SLT had the cloth seats and man I could drive all day in those things. It was like riding in my easy chair.
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WOW...I was reading this.....and thought I had written it!
I had my truck into my favorite upholsterer to get his opinion, and he inspected it carefully and suggested that adding additional padding would interfere mainly with the cooling system. he suggested that since I had always had cloth seats until this one, that I needed to 'learn' how to adjust a leather seat. It's a truck seat....what's there to learn!?! So taking his advice of setting the seat to where I thought it should be, then lower it slightly, and tilt it back slightly. What a difference! give it a try....and let me know if you ended with the same success I did. I actually like my leather seats now! Especially the cooling part!
..Love that you have a "FAVORITE" upholsterer, lol.

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