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Old 04-04-2006, 09:32 PM   #11
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My local scrap yards only charged me 2.50 a set for ones I pulled out of their junked vehicles. Got to choose the ones I wanted, too!
Yeah I think I paid something like $5.00 per belt from my junk yard. And I got to choose which car I got them from too.
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:10 PM   #12
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Hmmm.....I have a lot of stuff that might go flying in the event of just a hard braking, let alone an accident.....I think making a 12 point rollcage around my seat will be easier than securing all that stuff. People who ride in the back are welcome to construct their own protection

Ok now...honest question. My bus, like all others I've ever seen, had those big cushions between the frontmost seats and the driverseat and entry way. I know they were strong as heck and a royal pain to remove. Now I kind of regret taking the one out from behind the driver seat atleast. Anyone else have an interesting solution to this problem? The driver seat seems plenty tough to keep me in place, but if that couch were to break free with 3 of my friends on it.....well.....I know I'd be eating glass.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:33 AM   #13
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I always wear the seatbelt in my driver's seat when I drive.

Of course...my driver's seat still isn't quite bolted down properly.....
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:45 AM   #14
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The seat belt law has to be read carefully, around here all the seatbelts that were installed at the factory must be worn. Factory built motorhomes are equipped with them as per the law . The law here and probably other places too, doesn't require you to install seatbelts that were never there in the first place. My 49 chev car never had them and I am not required to add them. An amateur installing a seatbelt may create unusual or detrimental effects. Unless you are an engineer, I don't think you should assume the liability of an ill constructed safety device. Placement of the belt across the hips and all other factors have to be considered. Anyone here want to guarantee their work that way ? I am very sure I can build a belt mount that will not pull through the floor, but anchoring a person into unknown construction can be a hazard in itself. What if the person stays put and the microwave does not ? I guess my point is that theres more than meets the eye in seatbelt placement and use in a home modified bus.
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Old 04-16-2006, 01:45 PM   #15
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seating questions

I have bought a leather RV sofa bed that will be sideways behind the driver. How do you secure it to the floor so it doesn't become a missle in a wreck and has anybody adapted seat belts to a sofa like that? Also is it enough to secure seat belts with a bolt and big washer through the 1/2 inch plywood and the sheet metal floor? Or should they be bolted through the "ribs" under the bus like the original seats? Also any experience mounting an automobile car seat that can swivel, but also accomodate a seat belt.

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Old 04-16-2006, 02:59 PM   #16
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yeah I did the same thing

I essentially did what you want to do. I used the seat rail along the side of the bus to fasten the bench seat seat belts to and ran the belts between the back rest and the bench. For the swiveling bucket seats I secured the seat belts to the angle iron frame I built to support the car seats to the swiveling seat posts. I got the seat's out of some old mercedes benzs at the salvage yard for $25 each and bolted a piece of 3/4 inch plywood to the bottom of the bucket seat. I reinforced the plywood with angle iron from bed frames around the outside of the plywood and lengthwise on either side of the swivel bracket bolted to the bottom. I bought the swiveling removeable seat posts from Cabela's web site in their boat seat supply section. they had some non removeable steel ones for $15 but I bought the expensive aluminum removeable ones for $60. If you are going to secure belts to the floor you should use the big shoulder washers that came out when you removed the original seats. I also ran some bed frame angle iron reinforcements from the top of the seat posts just below the swivel to brackets in the floor, since the seat belt is attached to the swivelling seat and not the floor. take a look at my gallery photos to get a bit better idea http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/Lola if you want better shots of the belt installation just ask and I'll go take some.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:07 AM   #17
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Re: seating questions

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I have bought a leather RV sofa bed that will be sideways behind the driver. How do you secure it to the floor so it doesn't become a missle in a wreck and has anybody adapted seat belts to a sofa like that? Also is it enough to secure seat belts with a bolt and big washer through the 1/2 inch plywood and the sheet metal floor? Or should they be bolted through the "ribs" under the bus like the original seats? Also any experience mounting an automobile car seat that can swivel, but also accomodate a seat belt.

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On my bus the inboard end of each seat was bolted through the floor and very few of them actually hit ribs. The bolts were like 1/4" not 1/2". I can't imagine you'd have any problems with the idea you have.

There are commercial RV seats (can be found on several web sites) that swivel and also have seat belts. I've also seen seat bases that swivel with seat belt mounts and then you can choose your own seat.
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:43 PM   #18
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I used seats from a salvaged rv, then found 2 bases from a focatory converted van a salvage yard for $15 each. They came with the belts attached to the swivel stand. Then boled that through the floor. So far so good.

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Old 04-21-2006, 04:30 PM   #19
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I found a base, 13 inch pedestal and seat mounting base on Cabelas for 160 bucks for two sets. It swivels and looks pretty sturdy. I thought I'd mount a piece of plywood to the seat base and get a couple of reclining salvaged car seats and bolt them to the plywood. I also found two electric leather front seats from a land rover for 150 bucks for the front and navigator seats. Not sure how to test to see if the electric adjustments work, however.

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