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Old 06-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Traveling with Toddler

When traveling with a two year old in a motorhome, are they required to sit in their toddler carseats or can they use the seat belts that are on the sofa?
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Like any other motor vehicle they need to be safely secured.
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Where the cat rides

Lilly, the mostly Maine Coon Cat that goes on our trips always rides in (what she believes to be) the safest place - inside the metal frame of the recliner!
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You really should be using the carseat- the seat belts designed for adult size bodies will do more harm than good to a kid in a collision.
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I agree completely. Child restraint seats are best but they need to be placed furniture that has seat belts to anchor the child-seat.

We use a harness and leash for Cat:
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Our 4yr old granddaughter has been traveling with us for the past 2 yrs, and I've have wanted to ask the car seat questions for awhile now, but I already know the answer, It's still a moving vehicle and in the eyes of the law, a car seat is required. That being said, I'll admit our grand daughter has full run of the motor home and the car seat is usually in the dingy. She's learned to stay clear of the door steps, and get upset when her papa makes a sharp turn without warning.
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Child seat, properly secured. How is this even a question? Safety of the child comes first.
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Our 4yr old granddaughter has been traveling with us for the past 2 yrs, and I've have wanted to ask the car seat questions for awhile now, but I already know the answer, It's still a moving vehicle and in the eyes of the law, a car seat is required. That being said, I'll admit our grand daughter has full run of the motor home and the car seat is usually in the dingy. She's learned to stay clear of the door steps, and get upset when her papa makes a sharp turn without warning.
When her Papa has to do a full on emergency stop and she bounces off the windshield you'll wish she had been in a secure car seat.
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Take a look at the seat belts info. There are some that are there but are not rated for actually working like a seat belt should so basically what that means is that you can put a car seat there but it will not do much more than well nothing. Make sure the place you want to put it is rated to hold it there like it's supposed to.

EDIT: But you can do something like this to make things safer if you want to http://wescoperformance.stores.yahoo.net/rv-seat-belts.html OR https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/
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Take a look at the seat belts info. There are some that are there but are not rated for actually working like a seat belt should so basically what that means is that you can put a car seat there but it will not do much more than well nothing. Make sure the place you want to put it is rated to hold it there like it's supposed to.

EDIT: But you can do something like this to make things safer if you want to Motorhome / RV Seat BeltsOR https://www.seatbeltplanet.com/

Now that looks like a great Idea. Never should a child be allowed to wonder around in a moving vehicle. As an adult, you can make up your own mind as to what you do, but I would not want to be the adult that had their grandchild injured or worse because of my dumb thinking.
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Does your motor home have a forward facing seat other than the front passenger seat?
If it does that may be the best seat for your grandchild.
Does your car seat have its own harness ?
Does it have an tether strap?
When my youngest was two, his car seat had them. I use the seats harness to hold him and my rv's lap belt to hold his car seat.
Now that he and his brother are older (5&8) I have them in high back booster seats with lap belts.
The eight year old complains about using his booster seat but stopped when I had him read the seat belt law for my province.
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Most municipal fire and police departments have a child safety officer who is trained in proper use and education about car seats. They will give a free inspection and tips on how to properly secure the seat (and kid).
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