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Old 07-13-2018, 02:03 PM   #1
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Safe Seating in Your Bus?

Hi Everyone!

When driving, are your passengers buckled in with seatbelts? Are they forward facing seats, or mounted seating along the interior side, like a sofa? Or, are your passengers roaming around?

I haven't done research on seatbelts yet, or the laws about seatbelts and motor homes.

Just curious, Thanks much!
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:15 PM   #2
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Hi Everyone!

When driving, are your passengers buckled in with seatbelts? Are they forward facing seats, or mounted seating along the interior side, like a sofa? Or, are your passengers roaming around?

I haven't done research on seatbelts yet, or the laws about seatbelts and motor homes.

Just curious, Thanks much!
Trail Fairy I have been wondering the same thing. It seems that states are split on whether or not school bus passengers need to be buckled and the safety information is split as well.

Personally I'd like to be able to have my kids buckled as much as possible while driving but I haven't gotten far enough to worry about that yet.

On a side note, where in Wisconsin are you? I was born there and my extended family lives everywhere from Milwaukee, Grafton, Oconomowoc, Madison, and everywhere in between.
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:21 PM   #3
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We're 30 minutes north if Milwaukee. Next time you have plans to visit family, bring your Skoolie this way!!
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:50 PM   #4
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We're 30 minutes north if Milwaukee. Next time you have plans to visit family, bring your Skoolie this way!!
So not far from Grafton at all then? Hopefully I will have a skoolie by then.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:16 PM   #5
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In my Vista we left the front most seat in place and recovered it. It could carry 2 people with belts.

In our new bus, we're going to mount a nice seat out of a van or SUV for a single passenger. I'll also install a solid mounted belt system for the sofa for the rare occasion we have anyone riding with us.
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:44 PM   #6
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ultimately if you re-use any belted school bus or coach seats the belts shoule be anchored in the same manner they were from the factory.. most often belted seats had bolts through the bus floor and then large thick washers underneath (at least mine do).. the washers are actually called seat belt washers...



if you are installing old car seats or van seats. where you must anchor the belts to the bus floor.. they should be anchored through the floor with seat belt washers underneath..



and of course most people will be using lap belts only so make sure there is not a hard surface in front of the seat... or any unsecured items behind the seat.. the passenger should be able to lean all the way forward and not contact a hard object.. ie a countertop, a metal bush defroster duct, windshield etc..



if you want harnesses.. those harnesses need to be bolted into the structurals of the bus and not just a wood screw in an interior panel or self tapping 3/8 bolt... you want a bolt and nut through something structural..



its completely amazing just how much force is applied to a seatbelt in a crash....



its sucks to do this for something you hope you'll never ever need but its worth it in the end..



to those that wonder about their kids' safety in non belted busses... and im not going to go into the politics of belt vs non belt.. but the Tall angled seat backs that make school bus seats annoying and uncomfortable are designed to keep the kids in the bus safe in a crash.. the idea being that the kid will face-plant the seat in front of them and their legs will flail out underneath that seat also.. locking their body in place till the bus comes to a stop...



supposedly even in a rollover crash.. the concept being that even in a rollover crash the bus is decelerating thus pressing the kids up against that seat.. obviously a lot is theory and every crash has vastly different energies and forces associated...



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Old 07-13-2018, 06:23 PM   #7
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That's a lot if great info Christopher!! Do you happen to have a pic of your set up? Just wondering how forward facing seats with seatbelts can look attractive? School bus seats aren't anything to look at to begin with, haha. Hmmm... Practical, yes. Attractive, idk. My seats didn't come with seatbelts, but I'm thinking of maybe keeping one or two in place just for the driving part and getting seatbelts for them. Not part of my beautiful skoolie dream layout, but that's constantly evolving too...
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Old 07-13-2018, 06:45 PM   #8
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lol my setup is my busses have their seats . im more a bus geek and not converting mine.. I just drive em all over so the seats I have are in factory positions..

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Old 07-13-2018, 07:17 PM   #9
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lol my setup is my busses have their seats . im more a bus geek and not converting mine.. I just drive em all over so the seats I have are in factory positions..

-Christopher
That's too funny, Christopher! Haha Well, you know a lot about seatbelts, thank you.
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You would be amazed at what Christopher knows (AND shares)
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