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Old 11-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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Orders new couch for RV, do I need to bolt it down?

I just ordered a couch for our Bounder. There were a couple of chairs from the previous owner that we are replacing.

Do I need to bolt this couch down? If so any recommendations on how to do so? It is going on the slide part of the coach.

Also, do you have seatbelts on your couch? I don't think this one does. Also need to find a couple more seatbelts for our dinette as we only have one.

Thanks in advance for any tips.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:38 PM   #2
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Depends on how you drive.

In our bus, I can leave the coffee brewer on the counter, none of the furniture is bolted down, and we have a 32" TV sitting on the window sill held in place by the blinds. But then, my hubby is a very careful driver.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
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We replaced the "extend-a-lounge" Flexsteel sofa in our Bounder with a La-z-boy full reclining sofa. Since it is located between a wall and our dinette booth, we did not bolt it down. The seatbelts from the previous sofa are still in place behind the new sofa, so we could pull them up and around to secure if needed.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
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We replaced the jacknife with a reclining loveseat.
I planned to bolt it down but have yet to get a round tuit.
I figure if I have an accident resulting in a flying loveseat, that's not going to be my #1 priority. There is a wall between it and the driver/passenger.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:38 PM   #5
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We replaced the jacknife with a reclining loveseat. I planned to bolt it down but have yet to get a round tuit. I figure if I have an accident resulting in a flying loveseat, that's not going to be my #1 priority. There is a wall between it and the driver/passenger.
Did the same. Have no plans to tie it down.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:50 AM   #6
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We replaced the "extend-a-lounge" Flexsteel sofa in our Bounder with a La-z-boy full reclining sofa. Since it is located between a wall and our dinette booth, we did not bolt it down. The seatbelts from the previous sofa are still in place behind the new sofa, so we could pull them up and around to secure if needed.
Don't believe I would want to seatbelt myself onto a couch that was not bolted down. When the couch decides to move even a little, I don't want my bones and flesh to be the couch tie-down!! The couch will stay pretty much n place in most driving conditions. But in an emergency stop, or if you are run off the road etc, with other problems to deal with I would not want to add the problem of a flying couch.
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Looking at our present couch tie-down, don't think it would survive a rollover. As it is not in a slide, the eurochairs that replace it (soon) will be drilled and bolted. Dining chairs are more problematic but are in a slide whose front wall should help stop them.
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Don't believe I would want to seatbelt myself onto a couch that was not bolted down. When the couch decides to move even a little, I don't want my bones and flesh to be the couch tie-down!! The couch will stay pretty much n place in most driving conditions. But in an emergency stop, or if you are run off the road etc, with other problems to deal with I would not want to add the problem of a flying couch.
For clarification...I meant we could use the seatbelts to secure the couch if need be. No one rides on the couch while we are moving down the road.
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Something to bear in mind - how heavy an item is doesn't affect whether or not it will move in a crash. The deceleration force trying to move it is proportional to weight and the frictional force between the object and the surface it's sitting on, stopping if from moving is also proportional to weight. So, the chances of being hit by a coffee cup, a frying pan or the sofa are the same, if there's no structure sheltering you.

Personally, I wouldn't drive a vehicle where I was in the same envelope as anything that's not stored or bolted down. I've watched too many airplane crash simulations and seen what can happen.
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In an older RV I had a sofa that was not bolted down until after the first time I pulled it out for a bed. It kept tipping over so I bolted it down.
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i think you should more think of what do you all ready have that can hit you in a car crash

but truth be told if you hit a tree and any thing hard to give it Gs to come at you well i am sure the couch is the last thing you would be thinking of


so really can it get to you in a rollover crash
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I just ordered a couch for our Bounder. There were a couple of chairs from the previous owner that we are replacing.

Do I need to bolt this couch down? If so any recommendations on how to do so? It is going on the slide part of the coach.

Also, do you have seatbelts on your couch? I don't think this one does. Also need to find a couple more seatbelts for our dinette as we only have one.

Thanks in advance for any tips.
I just cannot believe anyone would question the need to secure heavy objects like this in the back of their motorhome. In the event of an emergency or accidental stop,you or the co-pilot will get to wear the sofa applied to the back of their head.Oh sure,my milk pitcher in the 'fridge has never tipped over in 80K miles but all that means is that I have been lucky and the Lord has spared me the experience of a crash. All it takes is a vacant-minded mouth breather playing with their cell 'phone in their lap to cross the centre line to spoil the rest of the day notwithstanding all the sanctimonious assertions that we are safe drivers.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #13
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I had a gallon jug of water come flying towards me while I was driving, when another person in a car ran a red light in front of me. I missed him only by a few feet. Water came flying forward and hit the floor popped the top off and blew water all over me and the windshield. Now nothing that can be turned into a projectile gets left unsecured. Couldn't even imagine a couch! Just too many people DWP (driving while preoccupied) out there anymore.
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