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Old 05-07-2016, 04:29 PM   #1
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Seatbelts in RV

Could you help me---i have seen numerous pics with seat belts on couch--but the previous owner renovated RV and removed them---had different advice--told not to put them anchored to the floor but to anchor them to the sofa (which is anchored to the floor) because if something happened that caused the sofa to move you would not want to be anchored between it and the floor. Our swivel seat came with a factory installed seat belt but the seat has a lock that will lock it in a stationery position for travelling. hope someone can help me.

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Old 05-07-2016, 05:28 PM   #2
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I don't know what RV you have but on mine the bolts goes through the floor next to the wall. Mine is on the slide.

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Old 05-07-2016, 06:03 PM   #3
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I have 6 belted positions behind the driver and passenger seats, all go to the floor.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:04 PM   #4
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If you are involved in a crash that rips the sofa from the floor, now you have the weight of the sofa tied to your body flying around together.
If your coach is ever involved in a crash and anyone claims an injury, unlawfully modified seat belts will factor into the claim.
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Old 05-08-2016, 04:51 PM   #5
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Any legal seat belt will be anchored tightly to the floor, or to something that itself is tightly anchored so it cannot pull loose. Few RV sofas would qualify - they typically just have lag screws into the wood subfloor. If even that.

Bolt your belts to the floor if they are going to be used. If you don't need to use them, don't worry about it.
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This is exactly what bugged me about my last RV (Excursion). I pulled out the crappy couch and put in a residential recliner. I left the seat belts anchored to the floor and bolted the recliner to the floor. I don't know how the stock couch was built and what would happen during an accident, but I was always afraid what would happen to my daughter if we had a roll over and the couch broke free but the seatbelt still held her in place. I almost wonder if no seat belt would be better in that situation.

Not an issue anymore since we have a different coach and she sits in the dinette with the stock belts.

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