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Old 06-23-2016, 01:45 AM   #15
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I'm sorry I wasn't more clear. 6 positions is 6 total, including the front. There are two on the forward facing seat of the dinette, 2 on the sofa and two for the front seats. The dinette may have a sign on the two rear facing seats saying they aren't meant for occupation while moving.

On our current RV one of the seats has this sign because the furnace is under the bench seat and therefore no seat belt. I don't know what the set up is on the ACE. But it is something you should look into for almost any RV your looking at. Some don't have any seat belts at all beyond the front 2 but those are much smaller RVs. I know the sofas are never approved for child seats (don't know if any of your kids are still in them) because of the side sitting position.

Previously there was another large family like yours looking at RVing and the seat belt issue was a concern. I believe they ended up getting a towable so the entire family could ride in a vehicle with seat belts on.

Thank you Micd! Luckily, my kids are out of car seats (13-6 age range) but nonetheless, need to look into the seatbelt issue. As far as a towable, that would defeat the purpose I am trying to get at as 7 people in even the largest truck (we have an expedition EL) is still quite tight.
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FWIW you will want a mix of places to stay depending on why you are there. With your crew you will be dumping daily and probably wanting to be close to the shower facilities. If you are stopping for the night cheaper places like the parks work well if they can otherwise accommodate you. If you want to do a destination where you can relax and the kids keep busy the resort type places may give you that kind of opportunity. It partly depends on how much freedom you give the kids. They can also be a break from a long drive.

FWIW big metro's like NYC and DC are difficult with a motor home. One cannot get close enough to camp let alone drive into them with an expectation to park. Other places like Niagara Falls have parking and shuttle services so it would not matter what you drive in with. You will need to do some research and probably do a minivan rental for a day depending what you want to do.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:40 AM   #17
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Thank you Micd! Luckily, my kids are out of car seats (13-6 age range) but nonetheless, need to look into the seatbelt issue. As far as a towable, that would defeat the purpose I am trying to get at as 7 people in even the largest truck (we have an expedition EL) is still quite tight.
You might want to post a question in the general discussion forum asking if anyone knows of an RV with 7 seat belted positions. The depth and breadth of knowledge on this forum is amazing.
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Many people drive two separate vehicles for various reasons.

One of you could drive the motorhome and the other the vehicle you have. Split the kids up and rotate as you travel. You can't sitesee in a RV easily so you'll need another vehicle anyway.
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Was looking at floor plans tonight and saw that the Winnebago Vista 31BE has 7 seatbelted positions. The floorplan looks to be very nice!

http://winnebagoind.com/products/cla...sta/floorplans
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