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Old 12-06-2023, 07:38 PM   #1
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can u put passenger seat upfront?

I am looking for some education/advice to sooth my wife’s concern as to where she will sit!
Can a second seat be placed up front next to the driver seat? Are there any legalities about a passenger seat up front? Any concerns that people have worked through on this? We are still looking for a short bus to start our journey!

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Old 12-06-2023, 08:48 PM   #2
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I don't think it's illegal in anyway, but you do want to take good safety precautions to ensure a couple of things:

1.) The floor mounting the seat is solid and connected well to the seat. I would use no less than 6 heavy duty bolts personally.
2.) There's enough space as to not be crushed in the event of a head on collision and someone fails to wear their seatbelt. Keep height of chair in line with the drivers seat or farther back.
3.) Seat belt is securely fastened to the frame of the bus with multiple bolts, and should have a shoulder strap as well as a lap strap. Lap strap only can cause bodily injury if in a head on collision. In passenger seats in a bus up front there's not a good place to mount this unless the seat is capable of housing the shoulder strap itself.

If you follow those you should be okay in my opinion. Disclaimer: If you cannot follow instructions I'm not to be held responsible and you are for your actions.
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Old 12-06-2023, 10:38 PM   #3
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Co-Pilot Seat

There's a pretty good thread regards co-pilot seats here:
skoolie.net/passenger-seat

You'll find additional links, within the aforementioned thread, to more seat discussions. Fold-&-Go, Jump Seat, Swivel, Luv-Seat....
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Old 12-07-2023, 05:06 AM   #4
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I added a passenger seat with three point restraints, right next to the driver's seat. It has worked out great. Details here:
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Old 12-07-2023, 07:44 AM   #5
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We got an RV seat, with integrated 3 point seatbelt, from an RV salvage outfit. Its a super comfortable leather seat, so it can double as living room seating. It was simple to install and it lets us stay together while we ride. Very similar to the setup David from Ontario has.
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Old 12-07-2023, 11:47 AM   #6
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I can say from personal experience that it's best to avoid seats from Ford Transit Vans, even though they're cheap, readily available and easy to install. They are miserably uncomfortable.
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Old 12-07-2023, 12:36 PM   #7
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You guys are great! Wife happy. We will begin to move ahead on finding a short bus!
Thanks.
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Old 12-07-2023, 03:29 PM   #8
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I've seen people customize their short buses with a second seat next to the driver. Legally, it might depend on your location, but many DIYers seem to make it work. Just make sure to check your local regulations. As for concerns, it's mainly about safety and securing the seat properly. Maybe some folks here have tackled similar setups and can share their experiences.
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Old 01-30-2024, 11:25 PM   #9
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Get yourself some sweet loungers from a Toyota Sienna second row for you and the Mrs.
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Old 01-31-2024, 12:59 AM   #10
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Get yourself some sweet loungers from a Toyota Sienna second row for you and the Mrs.
There's the hot ticket right there. Also has the integerated seat belt so the seat belt issue is already resolved and less holes in the floor you'd have to drill.
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Old 01-31-2024, 10:31 AM   #11
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Those loungers look sweet, but IDK if I'd give up my air ride seat base for them.
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Old 01-31-2024, 10:43 AM   #12
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Those loungers look sweet, but IDK if I'd give up my air ride seat base for them.
I don't think it would matter too much on a E350 Chassis where the suspension is going to be smoother, but if it were a school bus chassis then I'd agree with ya.
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Old 01-31-2024, 12:31 PM   #14
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What?

An air ride lounge seat!

I ironically googled that before I posted, as I didn't think bostrom or the like made one. I imagine I could fab the two together, but it's much easier to click buy and swipe a card.

One of my many ideas was to relocate the bus's bifold door and steps to the middle, like an RV. And then I'd add install the driver + passenger doors and swivel seats off a semi truck, and then have a platform lower down between the seats to act as a dining table.

It'd be so much more cool if those front seats would swivel and had a foot rest
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I ironically googled that before I posted, as I didn't think bostrom or the like made one. I imagine I could fab the two together, but it's much easier to click buy and swipe a card.

One of my many ideas was to relocate the bus's bifold door and steps to the middle, like an RV. And then I'd add install the driver + passenger doors and swivel seats off a semi truck, and then have a platform lower down between the seats to act as a dining table.

It'd be so much more cool if those front seats would swivel and had a foot rest
For those boujie couples. Just go with the Lazy Boy chaise recliner for 2. Should work for road h..., well nevermind.
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I ironically googled that before I posted, as I didn't think bostrom or the like made one. I imagine I could fab the two together, but it's much easier to click buy and swipe a card.

One of my many ideas was to relocate the bus's bifold door and steps to the middle, like an RV. And then I'd add install the driver + passenger doors and swivel seats off a semi truck, and then have a platform lower down between the seats to act as a dining table.

It'd be so much more cool if those front seats would swivel and had a foot rest
The air ride suspension bases are not cheap!

https://www.suburbanseats.com/collec...se-suspensions

But there other ways to do this. so far I got 3 swivel bases, original one from the bus and two more I got from junkyard visits. Worst case scenario the air bad needs to be replaced!

junkyard unit cost me $50 bucks each as the seats were torn/destroyed. One of them is at the upholstry shop getting redone! That seat came out of a Freightliner tractor truck.
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Old 01-31-2024, 05:16 PM   #17
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Get yourself some sweet loungers from a Toyota Sienna second row for you and the Mrs.
Would you happen to know what year model(s) those seats were in? I really need 6 of them.
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Old 01-31-2024, 10:20 PM   #18
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Good plan. I just this weekend picked up the complete 2nd and 3rd row seats from a Toyota Sienna for $100. They are in perfect condition. Now just gotta figure out now to adapt them to the swivel bases I have. Not planning to replace the air ride driver's seat, just provide a decent pax and guest seat.
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Would you happen to know what year model(s) those seats were in? I really need 6 of them.
The guy said they were from a 2014.
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I don't think it would matter too much on a E350 Chassis where the suspension is going to be smoother, but if it were a school bus chassis then I'd agree with ya.
Gonna be interesting as the bus is thousands of pounds less than the motorhome.
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