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Old 10-04-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Carseats, kids, and safety

I've searched the forums but still can't find what I'm wondering about....

We have 3 kids (7 -- 60lbs, 4 -- 35lbs, and 20months -- 26lbs). Our 1990 International/Wayne 8-window has two bus seats with 2 shoulder belts each; not sure if these were original or installed by the previous owners.

I am wondering what to do about car seats for the 4 and 20mo ..... Not worried about the 7yo as I don't believe he needs one by law. I *want* my 4yo and 20mo in carseats but am wondering who here has had experience with toddlers in a skoolie and what type of seat worked best for you. The two seats with seatbelts face each other with a table in the middle.

Thoughts? BTDT? Ideas?
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Old 10-04-2015, 06:55 PM   #2
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Several times I haveused ratchet straps to secure my toddlers' car seats to the bus seats. It worked pretty well.
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Car Seats

Well, I am glad someone else asked this question. I love that skoolies are safer than RV's, but I need to figure out car seats for at least two kids and at least a seatbelt for a few more. We were hoping to build in the LATCH system when we build the bus (which we are almost ready to start), but I wanted to see if anyone else had any other ideas too.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:37 PM   #4
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So far we have used a regular convertible car seat with the shoulder belt for my now 2yr old, a high back booster with the shoulder belt for the 4 year old and a booster with lap strap for the 7yr old. Seems to be working fine and I feel co fife the they're safe. As I understand, children under the age of 5 are the only ones who legally need a seatbelt in a schoolbus, so that's nice.
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Some of these converted buses had the school bus car seats built into the passenger seats. With all these people converting buses and scrapping seats it might be fairly easy to get some of those seats.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:17 PM   #6
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I have been pondering this at great length. My proposed solution is to weld up some seat bases out of square tube steel and mount a set of take-out suburban 2nd row seats. I understand it is of crucial importance to tie these seat bases to the bus shell, not the frame, as the two can come loose from each other in a serious collision.

If the seats are of new enough vintage, they will have latch points built into them, and will be a bit more comfortable than legacy bus seats.

You can find top shape takeout 60/40 bench seat pairs on eBay for ~650 or so, some higher. Junkyards sell seat pairs for ~200 for low end buckets.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:39 PM   #7
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some mini vans have built in car seats, in there bench seats, wouldn't be to hard to install one in a bus, there also not that big, my seat belts where attached to the seat bases that I used.
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:36 PM   #8
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We bought 2 of these bus seats off Craigslist


They have 2 seats built in that can be used as a car seat for anyone of forward facing age and also can be used as booster seats for older children. Fold everything into the seat and then you have 2 regular belted seats for adults.
Where are you located? We bought 2 but only need 1. We are planning on selling the other.
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Now there's your problem. Those little people are so needy.
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We bought 2 of these bus seats off Craigslist


They have 2 seats built in that can be used as a car seat for anyone of forward facing age and also can be used as booster seats for older children. Fold everything into the seat and then you have 2 regular belted seats for adults.
Where are you located? We bought 2 but only need 1. We are planning on selling the other.
my bus is full of these kind of seats...

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