Originally Posted by Grumpina
Finding information about installing safe seating for children in a converted bus is ironically elusive. I haven't exactly worked out what we will be doing, but hopefully along the lines of finding a pedestal with belt attachment points. I did want to point out here that if you are considering making your own anchor points, keep in mind that the bus body is specifically designed to disengage from the chassis in a really big front crash. I was pondering this and suddenly realized that if I were to install seat belt anchor points through the ribs under the bus, in the event that the body did slide along the chassis? Either the belt would break or the person using that seat would be severed. Seriously creepy, and it doesn't seem that anyone anywhere mentions this.
No one here is a safety engineer and can only give suggestions and there own advice and experience to the questions asked.
I myself have never heard that the body was made to seperate from the frame?
I would think it depends on your specific make,model,design and any info. You can find about what you have.
On my re-build my wife was adamant about seat belts in every seat so we bought 3 point belts from JC Whitney for about 15$ each and the shoulder buckle is through bolted through the main ribs in between the windows and the lap belt's and buckles are bolted through the existing chair rail just like the original seats and the original drivers seat frame with new padding and leather went back in the original bolt holes which included the right side of the seat frame through the main bus frame.
I am not scared because there is not to much on the road if I do get into an accident that is not gonna crunch before I do and if I heaven forbid do end up rolling off a mountain then my bus frame is an entire roll cage and as long as I have everything secured while driving down the road properly then it will not bea projectile when I and my family are secured and rolling down a mountain?
Research and build for your frame!
I have put hands on every bit of my frame and body. I don't see the jolly roger separating at any point even rolling down a mountain?
Build for what you have and if the structurability is in question then maybe it's not the right one for your build!
Your own judgement is all you have and no one here is going to stop you?
They might question something in a picture you send but your own safety is up to you.
We can only relat the info. on what we decided for our selves.
Specific safety wise we can only provide what we have done in our builds and not specific engineering for yours.