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Old 12-17-2017, 10:13 PM   #1
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Has anyone set up a "passenger seat" in the front. I am assuming there is a floor that needs to be built over the steps and access to the pull door is cut off. Not a problem with the side wheel chair door. I guess what I need info on is how to create a suitable floor and mounting surface for a seat and seat belts (safety first). If anyone has done this, I would love some pictures and advice. Thanks.
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Old 12-17-2017, 10:46 PM   #2
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There are several people that have added the shotgun seats. One was just recently. We'll have to wait for one of them to find your question here.
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Old 12-17-2017, 11:30 PM   #3
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Depends on the bus in question.

Mine for instance is an E350 based shuttle which has just enough room for a passenger seat to be installed without completely blocking the side entrance door.

How is the floor designed? Is it flat? First things first... you'll need to have a flat mounting surface for the most part. You can build it up with wood if need be. The mounting base for the seat will need to be fully supported. Bolts will go down through the mount... through what ever subfloor you build (needs to be solid).. through the sheetmetal floor. You can use large washers or flat bar between pairs of bolts. You'll want to spread the load as best you can across the sheetmetal. When you run the bolts down, you'll be sandwiching everything together between the seat base and the washers or flat bar.

If you can, get a passenger seat from a full size SUV. Most of them have seat belts built directly into the seat itself so as long as the seat is mounted solid.. you've got nothing to worry about.
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:38 AM   #4
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We left a single seat behind the driver's seat and re-covered it to be a bit more comfy. I didn't see any reasonable way to add a passenger seat up front that wouldn't either block the entrance or be an awful seat!
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I decided I didn't need a driving assistant that close. I get enough driving advice from the back seats.
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Old 12-20-2017, 09:52 AM   #6
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I decided I didn't need a driving assistant that close. I get enough driving advice from the back seats.
I'm a bit strange. I like to talk to my wife as we travel, even on the motorcycle.

The rear engine will help with that.
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We are big fans of the Sena SMH10 helmet communicators. Worth every penny!
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Understood. On the other end of the scale, you should understand why some of us insist of FE buses. There is solace in the roar of the engine.
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I'm holding out for the woman I can have long conversations with. My first wife was Japanese, and barely spoke English. Since I met her at a Dead show, she impressed me enough to marry her.
"Really? You flew from Tokyo to NY, took a bus to Chicago, caught up with the tour in Wisconsin, hitchhiked the tour to Indiana (where I met her) and then Ohio (where we met again), just to see what this is all about? YOU are my kind of girl!" Never thought I would actually "marry;" long term hang-out preferred, but marry? Her and her friend (another Japanese girl) hopped in my car and we finished the tour together.
I joked to myself that at least I didn't have to engage in meaningless conversation, since the language barrier.

Still, I left the front two seats in my bus for the next woman of my dreams. The folding door stays. Too useful...
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