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Hello all,
Well a couple weeks and will be on our road trip around the country. MapQuest says 5500 miles. The problem is my wife. Some guy came into her shop(BeautySalon) and they spoke about the trip. He said she would be very uncomfortable riding ib the car so far. Two and a half week trip.
Can anyone help me out here, maybe some secrets on comfort. She's getting very worried. We have a '05 SLK 350 AMG, thanks all for your help
Scott:(
 

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well which one is it? SLK 350 or SLK 55 AMG? no such thing as a SLK 350 AMG. reason I ask is, the seats in the 55 AMG are arguably more comfortable than the 350, 300, 280, etc. This may comfort her a bit with the added support.
 

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I would suggest getting some fluffy sheep skins to throw on the seat cushions (or sheep skin covers) for the seats. they will allow for much better air circulation and also provide a bit more cushion. (also, . . .pack tight!!)
 

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Key to keeping my wife happy on long road trips - which she loves, btw - are decently scheduled breaks. While we can last for a full tank's worth of miles, we find it much easier to take a 20 minute break every few hours.
 

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:tu:A 5500 mile trip in any car is going to be somewhat uncomfortable. Like John said, take frequent breaks as required. I hope you're both excited about the trip. Sound like fun.
 

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The SLK seat for me is a tad uncomfortable after 45 minutes or so, but I can stay in it a long time.

Besides the seat, there isn't anything else about the SLK that makes it uncomfortable compared to other cars.

As stated above, any road trip might be somewhat uncomfortable. Surely she knows how she finds the SLK for comfort?

I agree that regular breaks would be a good thing.

Have fun though.
 

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Possibly a bit of "conventional wisdom" kicked in as friend sees the size and type of the car.

But, it is a Mercedes and Mercedes are mostly pretty comfortable, even the SLK.

First thing I did when I bought mine was drive it 400 miles, and it was just fine.
 

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Where in Michigan? Wish we'd known..we just drove through with our "new" 06 from Oklahoma (400miles a day). Sounds like a great trip; where are you going and hope you'll post along the way.

We were able to pack in two rolly (aka roll aboard) bags and had room for a shoulder bag, a couple of suit/garment bags, there is room for several pairs of shoes in the cubby above/forward the main trunk space and room in the spare for more shoes - we are talking a lady here!

As far as comfort, I agree with the above...take a break every 2-2.5 hrs. Breakfast (maybe 30-60mins drive), mid morning break, lunch, mid afternoon break, dinner, overnight. Mapquest/google will also tell you about things to see along the way, which gives you a goal and a chance to stretch your legs and stimulate the brain. Google's estimate of distance vs time is way off. For us, an all day average of 50mph is doable (cruising at 75mph; 30mpg)

You also might want to make contact with members along the way - it's great fun!

Seat position is important. Try to avoid packing stuff into her foot well. Give her room to stretch her legs and move them around. From my flying experience, set the seat to support her thighs/upper legs; seat back should be set so she can see what she wants to see over the hood (ie not radically reclined nor bolt upright). I hope you have airscarf - you can easily drive topless at 45F as long as it's not raining.

My wife would be happy to share her thoughts gal to gal - [email protected]
 

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My wife has the same issues. She has plates and screws in her back.
We use a portable mesh lumbar support for her, that way she can last most of the day with no issues.

We have the SLK280 which equivalates to sitting on milk crates.
 

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Scott, buy some flowers tell her you are worried about her well being on this trip and you bought her for that reason alone an unlimited mileage ticket on the good old Greyhound Bus. I bet ya after spending 9 hours on a Greyhound just to go 181 miles she will love the Slk. All joking around aside dont set your mileage goal too high for the day if you make it fine if not fine too. Take plenty of breaks and let her drive as many miles and hours as she wants in the Slk. Make shure you send us plenty of postcards enjoy the trip you might find out some things about your wife she never told you before. And by the way Scott look at it from the bright side the Slk is a 2 seater just think if you would have your mother in law in the backseat now that would be a trip from hell. And pleeeeaaaase don,t tell us your mother in law is cool. Enjoy the trip life is too short to worry about small details and Scott if you would be so kind send us Gearheads updates on the Slk and the performance. I shure would love to hear about what you love hate and improve on the Slk on a 5K plus journey. Cheers and i wish you and your wife a trouble and accident/save journey.

Ps. make shure you have extra batteries in your camera to send us plenty of pics.....
 

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Milk crates, eh? My little brother just popped in from Austin last time I was stateside, and swapped his MX5 for my 'spare' slk since he's tires were absolutely bald. I ended up shifting his car around getting tires sorted, then took it for a spin to make sure the new tires were broken in.

Talk about uncomfortable seats!!!?! I had to head back as my cheeks were numb after a one hour jaunt! Really made me appreciate the slk!

(And yes, Louise wanted to know what I thought I was doing loaning "her" car out!!)
 

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I agree with all of the above, especially the frequent stops for a "walk around" break. Make sure she gets out of the car and stretches. When my wife and I are going on a long trip, she always takes her favorite bed-type pillow to put behind her back. This seems to conform more to her back and give her added support. Good luck!!
 

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Thank you All for your responses! Yesterday I ordered one of those wind screen thingys for between the seats, and tomorrow the little lady will be ordering some sheepskins from MB. Got my new Escort,Sat radio, new tires,serpintine belt, oil and filter change,new fluid in the brake system,had a couple seals replaced in the rear end,no more leak, should be good to go. Thanks again for all the help
Scott:biglaugh:
 

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Agree with having a break every 60-120 minutes. Vary the breaks - scenic on one, coffee and snack for the next, 30-minute break at an outlet store on the third (warning the outlet store stop may be longer than expected and it may lighten the wallet :D). Keep the schedule flexible.

I've found a memory foam-type seat cushion with faux suede cover works well and is less expensive than lambskin.
 

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Agree with having a break every 60-120 minutes. Vary the breaks - scenic on one, coffee and snack for the next, 30-minute break at an outlet store on the third (warning the outlet store stop may be longer than expected and it may lighten the wallet :D). Keep the schedule flexible.

I've found a memory foam-type seat cushion with faux suede cover works well and is less expensive than lambskin.
My wife jokes about taking the SLK on trips as there is no room for shopping. Stopping at outlet stores can not be a good thing as she might see something and have no room if she buys.

Yes many people see the SLK as a small car and therefore they think it would be bad on long trips. Wrong!!! it is a Mercedes and rides as good as a much larger car or even better. The wife as a Honda Pilot and find the SLK is a better ride. Just don't have the room the haul a lot of stuff when we go. Found 2 21 inch by 18 carry ons fit nice with room on top for suit bags laid flat or small sport bags on top of them and still can put the top down on a 171. Turn on the cuise controll and enjoy the ride, stop every few hours and share the driving.
 

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I think the main things about the SLK seats is to be sure that:
a) your bottom is right at the back of the cushion, so that your back is supported well;
b) the rear of the seat cushion is set low enough for the front edge to support behind the knees;
c) the backrest is not too raked, slightly upright seems best IMO..

Frequent breaks is a good move too. We seem to be comfortable for three or four hours at a time.

SLK seats are pretty firm and minimalist compared to regular US sedan seats, but IMO they are well shaped and comfy enough if adjusted properly.

Enjoy your trip... R)
 
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