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Old 07-06-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Child Safety Seat Question

Hopefully someone has some experience with this. My wife and I just bought (yesterday) our first Class A RV, a 2008 Hurricane. Through our research, we never really asked the question about where to properly secure our 2 year old (dealer said "lots of people use car seats in them" & we left it at that- not realizing there is no place to put her in a forward facing position in her car seat!). We both are really excited about choosing the Class A route, but can't think of doing anything that will put our daughter at risk.
Our particular unit (30Q) has a swivel type chair directly behind the co-pilot that will turn straight, but leaves absolutely no room between the two seats and is impossible to tighten the seat belt as it should be on the car seat. The dinette has no seat belts at all & the couch faces sideways (which is against everything we read about the car seat). Are there any replacement seats that may have the car seat latches & is there any way to install it with more "leg room" between the new seat and co-pilot when facing forward?
If anyone has experience with this or knows of a source that I could contact, it would REALLY be appreciated.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:29 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to hear that your dealer mislead you on the seat belt question. The only solution I can think of is to have lap and shoulder belts installed on the forward facing dinning seats if that is possible
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:31 PM   #3
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Check this site http://car-safety.org/
Make sure to look at the link for local and National Events for free info
I have our state traffic safety resource office coming next month to certify 12 folks at work in proper installation and safety techniques. The installer needs to evaluate your seatbelt positions before they can provide a safe solution. Most fire stations and local LEO offices have staff that are certified in these techniques.
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We installed many seatbelts for customers. The belts are available at Advance Auto Parts. Make sure you bolt them through the floor.Never attach them to furniture.
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Have you found a solution to your seat belt problem?
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We did, I appreciate all of the help. I feel incredibly stupid- I has assumed the dinette was not set up for passenger travel at all because the rear facing portion has a sticker that reads "no passengers", I looked under the forward facing portion and there are already two lap belts installed, bolted through the floor and wall in four places on a strong metal rod, we tried the car seat on it today and it worked great.
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That is good. Here's to many years and miles of memories in your RV
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Winnebago VIA & child safety

How do we equip our 2011 VIA with safe child seating for a 3 month old? It has the 2 front seats and a side facing sofa.
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How do we equip our 2011 VIA with safe child seating for a 3 month old? It has the 2 front seats and a side facing sofa.
I would suggest checking with your local police to see what they would suggest for a safe location for your baby's rear facing car seat. You may have to have extra seat belts or a baby car seat latch points professionally installed to ensure your baby will be safe when travelling.
If your VIA has a dinette seat that may be acceptable location.
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