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Old 03-09-2020, 02:56 PM   #61
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I have my co-pilot seat mounted over the stair well on slides, moves back to get into the bus, drop the stair cover, and slide seat forward off we go,
somewhere on my thread you will see the set up
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Old 03-11-2020, 04:03 PM   #62
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I have a Thomas 40 ft pusher and have the same issue with my wife. Iím doing a 20 inch roof raise as well. I decided to move my entrance about a third of the way back, just behind the fuel fill. Then I am taking the original steps out and making another under belly storage where my generator will be kept. This accomplished a couple things
1st it allows me to put wifeís seat right up front with me
2nd it puts the generator all the way up front, away from the bedroom area, so as not to hear the generator when boondocking
Win / Win
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Old 03-11-2020, 04:41 PM   #63
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Iíve seen busses that the entry is towards the middle, leaving seating in the front available. If I could do it over again thatís the bus I would buy. Transit bus I think. Rear engine. (Some of them have toilets too)Cheers
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:00 PM   #64
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Great ideas. I like the seat sliding track idea because I could put a swivel base on it.
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:02 PM   #65
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Here's the seats I put in my bus. They were from a GM minivan. I extended the legs. I remove the drivers seat when camping and our kitchen counter extends to the windshield.
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:30 PM   #66
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I really gotta do a thread on my build, but havenít yet so for now here is a quick description of the co-pilot seat. My wife also gets carsick so it was a must. 2001 E450 7.3l diesel, bluebird bus body. Iím cheap. I looked at all the jump seats for sale and expensive swivel mounts and stuff. But, I already have a 2008 Toyota Sienna and noticed that the passenger side middle row captain chair had the shoulder belt incorporated into the chair. So, all I had to do was make some mounts. Basically 1.5Ē square tubing, angle iron, angle grinder, drill and some bolts. Itís a small platform on this bus, but the seat flips forward, and is easy to just take out when I need it in the van. Super comfortable for the 16400km maiden voyage with wife and 3 kids. Iíll try to get some pics.
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Old 03-11-2020, 09:36 PM   #67
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But, I really like those GM seats in the above post. Somehow that person got the mounts even more underneath the floor, or flush. Mine still stick up a half inch to an inch.
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Old 03-12-2020, 08:10 AM   #68
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Similar to some of the others I also used the GM seats with the built in shoulder belts. Mine were from a 2004 Yucon and are cloth. I paid $35 total for both seats at the salvage yard. These were then mounted on new swivel RV seat bases. I used 5/8" grade 8 bolts to attach them to the floor. The drivers side already had the extra C channel under the floor. On the passenger side I put two 11" long pieces of 3.5 inch C channel. One for the front two bolts and the other for the back two bolts. I want to make sure the seats won't pull loose if there is ever an accident.
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Old 03-12-2020, 08:24 AM   #69
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Let us know how those work. There was a comment in another thread about the difference between 'truck' seats and 'car' seats. The seating position is different with respect to pedal location. 'Truck' seats are designed more like a chair since your legs drop down more. Once you get some hours in the seats, it will be interesting to know if they feel okay.
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Old 03-22-2020, 08:33 AM   #70
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Alternate seating solution

I saved 2 original seats and installed them side ways at the front, installed seat belts, and also use for dining.
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Old 03-22-2020, 08:40 AM   #71
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I saved 2 original seats and installed them side ways at the front, installed seat belts, and also use for dining.
Is your family just tall and short people?
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Old 03-22-2020, 12:33 PM   #72
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Some really clever ways to do a jump seat. I particularly like RolesvilleMarina's mechanism that folds into the dash.

I put my jump seat on motorized tracks (Ford Crown Vic power seat rails). The tracks run at an angle that moves the seat forward and back and towards the entry or towards the dash center The seats are from a Starcraft motorhome and have 3 point seat belts and swivel built in.

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Old 03-22-2020, 12:45 PM   #73
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That job on your seats turned out perfect Jack, Really suits your needs and what vision put into the design. Really like the end product.


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Old 03-22-2020, 11:22 PM   #74
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We are average size. Maybe it would be not comfortable for a large person.
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