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Old 05-03-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Making your own lounge

Hi guys and girls i am Darryl and i am doing up a nissan school bus into a motorhome and wanted to know if anyone else has made there own seating for passengers as i am building a L shape lounge with a pine frame base .i need seat belts fitted to this lounge while driving .so has anyone made there own seating and fitted there own seat belts as my motor-home has not been through a engineering report yet as its not quite complete .is there rules regarding this like height of seat how wide where the person sits ,back rest heights Etc i live in Australia -victoria also is it true you need seat spots for how many beds you have ??
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Old 05-03-2010, 01:59 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome from down under! never heard about height and required number of seat belts before,moterhomes are a great place to get seat belts,most are anchored to a steel frame that is bolted to the frame.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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welcome to the site. The answer to most of your questions are it depends. I spent a significant amount of time with my local motor vehicle regulator to ensure that my conversion met the criteria for a recreational vehicle. There is a seat belt law in Kentucky so I have ordered and will install 12 seat belts which is how many passengers I may have from time to time. Even if it weren't the law, I would have the seat belts as it makes sense and is cheap. There are many websites who sell restraints. below is the one I used and I plan to bolt the belts to the existing bolt holes from the original seats.

http://www.gotbelts.com/

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Old 06-26-2010, 10:39 AM   #4
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In Australia owning a Nissan bus or toyota coaster these are top buses also a Mercedes bus is very good but i see that in America you talk about crown buses which we don't have here in Australia .so my Nissan Ud bus being mid size 30 foot would be a great buy here in Australia and one more thing i notice different is in America i here you pick up buses cheap like $1000 and here in Australia you would not even get the wheels for this price
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