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Old 04-29-2018, 10:39 AM   #21
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Those were the cars my search began with and every seat was junk, that's why I started searching the SUV's. Better luck somewhat wit passenger seats, but drivers were all worn out. Believe me, my mind was set on going home with a $1k bucket seat, I was sorely disappointed. I remember how much time I spent walking the yard and then having to be brought back to the front by some guys in a golf cart because I was exhausted. I think it was the next week I ended up in the hospital.
For anyone in central California looking for safe seats, there is a guy at the DishNetwork warehouse in Ceres CA that had 8 Ford Transit van seats that were takeouts that have been in the warehouse for a couple of years. They do not have integrated seat belts but you can buy OEM ones that bolt to the wall and go into the receiver which is mounted on one side. $100/EA probably negotiable for multiple seats. Mike

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Old 04-30-2018, 07:13 PM   #22
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I just want to thank you folks for the information in this post. I did not know to only bolt the seats to the floor and not include the frame. I appreciate it.
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Old 05-02-2018, 08:54 PM   #23
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Hi Florida

I am from Palm Bay but live in KY now. We will be traveling down there probably december in our new bus. Are there many skoolie people around there? I have 3 small kids. I plan on reinstalling the bus benches that have the integrated child restraints in them and then installing a seat belt to one regular bench one to fit the baby’s carseat.
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Old 05-03-2018, 06:19 AM   #24
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IMHO GM leather seats don't hold up nearly as well as Ford or Toyota. I've never gotten more than 100k miles out of any GM, where I've driven Fords for almost 170k miles before they begin to crack. My wife's RX330 has over 210k and seats still look good. They could use new padding, but the leather is still great.
GM interiors don't hold up well in my experience, either.
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Old 03-20-2022, 05:28 PM   #25
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Could you send me a pic of the dinnette set up and maybe some overall measurements? I'm trying to figure out how to put mine together. Thank you!
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Old 03-21-2022, 06:10 AM   #26
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I am using seats that came from a cross country bus (Trailways maybe?). I bought some from both sides to build a booth. As for dimensions I plan to take my measuring tape with me to some restaurants with comfortable seating and measure their booth seating and the table size.
I will use table size from the restaurant seating as the starting point. My booth needs to seat four "healthy" sized adults. An effective sized table is important, as It needs to support all the plates and such for four. In my case the seats I found don't have mounts that match up to the Crown, but will be modified to fit. The shotgun seat will be shortened and one of its seats replaced with a custom "table" to support a cup-holder, USB port for charging phones, tablets, etc, and storage for reading material, etc. I want the wife to be comfortable in travel.
There will will also be a bookcase in the "new Crown" for any manuals needed for the bus, appliances, electronics, and all unique documentation for the bus.


My experience with factory upholstery is that my GMC truck has perfect seats at 112k miles.
The F250 I sold last year still had good original seats with over 400k miles. My other F250s have rough upholstery. One I am getting the driver's seat re-upholstered the other OK enough. Of the three Nissans we have had so far (still have two of them) is not as good. The HMMWV driver's set lasted less than 50k miles. Of course it is the least comfortable vehicle I own but I can always get out in the winter or spring and it always starts when I need it.
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Old 03-21-2022, 11:14 AM   #27
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As for dimensions I plan to take my measuring tape with me to some restaurants with comfortable seating and measure their booth seating and the table size.
That's a really great idea. Thanks for this.
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