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Old 07-21-2014, 09:11 AM   #11
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Anybody wrapped it with vinyl?
I know people do this with good results, but I wouldn't be able to stand a vinyl bench seat in a bus. When bare skin touches it after sitting in the sun it can be quite a shock. Not to mention, that same bare skin, when sitting to long in one place on the vinyl, may end up being permanently stuck to the bench. Sweaty and sticky
I think the original bus seats mitigate the stickiness of the vinyl by having it textured.. That does help a bit.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:01 PM   #12
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Rise ye from the dead, old thread!

Speaking of bench seats; how does everyone feel about wood frame vs steel frame benches? I haven't yet decided if it's worth the effort to make them out of steel. A steel frame could have seat belts attached, which is appealing. In the case of an accident I could see a wood bench imploding under the passenger, as well.. All that said, is it worth the time? Are there scarier things I should be concerned with in regards to safety?
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:29 AM   #13
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Ok, I've been doing some internet research and have seen multiple construction techniques.
  1. Wood frame; seat belts anchored to the floor.[/*:m:3rz6adjq]
  2. Metal frame; seat belts anchored to the metal frame.[/*:m:3rz6adjq]
  3. Wood frame with some supporting steel (angle iron in the corners); seat belts anchored to the floor.[/*:m:3rz6adjq]

Here's a link to some photos of a bench that fits description #3:http://www.californiafamilyrv.com/20...ats-in-rv.html

Here's a metal frame bench:


Does anyone have pictures of RV dinette style benches they can share? I'm no engineer and am wondering if a #3 style bench with seat belts anchored through the floor is plenty sufficient from a safety stand-point.
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Old 09-17-2014, 09:48 AM   #14
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Re: bench seats

i bumped the thread a month or so ago..... looking for benches.

here is the wood version i'm making now... they are dinette size - 26" x 52"



and with the lid



no seatbelts here
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Old 09-17-2014, 10:05 AM   #15
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and with the lid



no seatbelts here
Is that a piano hinge on the backrest? What for?
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Old 09-17-2014, 01:46 PM   #16
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the skeleton of the frame lent itself to putting some storage shelves behind the backrest



and i got a cool bench hinge from Hafele.... it moves the lid out 4" when opened to make room for upholstery.



and open
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Has anyone used a bench seat for the driver's seat? Adding space for a passenger up front while driving?
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Mostly I think of lots of reasons not to do that. No idea if it's legal or not.

Maybe look at Don and Mary's setup with an extra captain's chair near the stairwell.
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