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Old 08-06-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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seating for the navigator/ Co-Pilot

Hi everyone i am stating the though process for buying and converting a E-350/450 shuttle bus beginning of next year for my wife and i do some camping in. on most of these buses i am no seeing good option for our navigator and keeping her comfortable while she is adjusting the radio/gps and bossing me around might have to give her a official back seat driving position
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:59 AM   #2
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Hi everyone i am stating the though process for buying and converting a E-350/450 shuttle bus beginning of next year for my wife and i do some camping in. on most of these buses i am no seeing good option for our navigator and keeping her comfortable while she is adjusting the radio/gps and bossing me around might have to give her a official back seat driving position
I got a seat from a Chevy Silverado to fit in mine, it slides forward enough and folds forward to almost be completely out of the way. We have had no issues with it blocking the entrance. The only complaint is that your legs. Have to be angled to the right slightly to miss the dog house over the engine.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:17 AM   #3
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My shuttle bus has Ford factory passenger door and passenger seat just like a full size e350/450 has. Sort of rare but you can find them.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:29 PM   #4
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Co Pilot seat for shorty

This is what I did. $435 for the seat. See my thread "Co Pilot seat for short" for more details
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:22 AM   #5
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Hit the local salvage yard and find a conversion van. Most have quick release captains chairs in the rear that swivel... and the bases are bolt in.


We snagged a pair of swivel bases for next to nothing... seats were junk. Found a seat that folded flat and modified the swivel base. Here is ours...


IMG_20181011_181448383 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr


IMG_20181011_175307725_HDR by acidburn02zts, on Flickr


IMG_20181011_175219558 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr


It slides a bit further forward then pictured which gives plenty of room to walk behind it. When we are stopped for a few days, it takes 10 seconds to pull the release lever and the seat pops off the base. When folded up, it fits nicely in front of the passenger side dash leaving the whole entrance to the bus open.


Here is the locking base...
IMG_20180729_174344523 by acidburn02zts, on Flickr
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