RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-09-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
Senior Member
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 125
Seat Belt Anchor

Question: We have a 2000 Safari Trek 2830. The jack knife sofa has cut outs for seat belts but there are no seat belts. I would like to install seat belts. Is it safe to drill thru the floor to install seat belt anchors. Is there any risk of hitting anything within the floor?

Joyce, Milt 2000 Safari Trek 2830
Kettle Falls, Wa
popsuscdds is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-09-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
GaryKD's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 12,697
Hi popsuscdds,
I do not know your coach. There is always a chance of hitting something. However, all you can do is be as careful as possible and recheck where you are going to drill. I have installed seat belts in my coach, successfully. I double checked everything before drilling.

2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
"Formerly Diplomat Don"
Dutch Star Don's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Moorpark, Ca.
Posts: 10,687
Milt....Have you pulled the sofa apart and looked carefully under it. A lot of times the seatbelts are left laying on the floor. If not, see if you can feel around for any large bolts that may already be in place and covered with carpet.

If none of that works, the best way is to do some measuring and drill the holes from the bottom. You'll have easier access and it will be easier to see where to drill. Big bolts and big body washers for installation.

Depending on how handy you are and what tools you have, you may want to use a piece of square tubing the length of the sofa, bolt it down at both ends under the sofa and weld some bolts to it for the seat belts.
Don & Mary
2019 Newmar Dutch Star 4018 - On Order
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab
Dutch Star Don is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
Senior Member
alvinc's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Beaverton, OR, USA
Posts: 658
Is the sofa located in a slide out? If so you have to account for this as well.

With a slide out, there can be no protrusions on the bottom side because it needs to slide over the interior floor.

Be sure to use large plates to spread the force on the floor. Mine has 6x6 1/8" inch backing plates. The bolt is actually integrated into the plate.
2002 35R Southwind, W22 8.1L Vortec UltraPower, 19.5' wheels
Toad: Wrangler, lifted and on 35" tires
alvinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 11:13 AM   #5
Senior Member
1ciderdog's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 4,403
Have you asked this question on TrekTracks? Maybe someone on that Trek site has a good answer.
Bob, Sandi & Marmaduke the Big Pug
SW OREGON 2004 Journey 39K, 330 Cat
If towing: a 2006 Mini Cooper or 2015 RAM Limited 4X4
1ciderdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-2011, 12:47 PM   #6
Senior Member
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 125
Seat belt.

Thank you!
Our MH has no slide outs. I found no evidence that there were ever any seat belts anchored under the jack knife sofa or barrel chairs on the coach. There are two cut outs on the jack knife sofa for a seat belt for one person. Nothing on the floor- top or bottom. Our coach was built during the last model year for Safari before it was taken over by Monaco. They must have been in a hurry to get it out the door. A couple of other things were kinda corny also indicating a hasty departure from the factory. All in all the coach is well equipped and pretty well fabricated.
I was trying to attach a dog training harness which attaches to the female portion of a seat belt. Our pooch tho three years old has never been in an automobile or MH. So we use the harness in the back seat of our automobile to keep the dog from jumping up every time a car passes.
It worked real well. I wanted to do the same thing in the MH. A portion of the jack knife sofa frame is easily reached from above and behind the back. I attached only half of the seat belt to the frame. This is enough to hold the pooch in the sofa. It could never be used by a homo sapiens because only half of the seat belt is there. Most people are horrified at the prospect of attaching a seat belt to the frame of a sofa, but this is only the female half. I drove the MH 30 miles today and the pooch stayed put the whole time. I haven't heard from Trek Trax as yet.
Thanks for all the help
Have fun !

Joyce, Milt 2000 Safari Trek 2830
Kettle Falls, Wa
popsuscdds is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for a seat belt trim piece harleyman134 Newmar Owner's Forum 2 10-20-2010 08:13 AM
Cracked Seat Belt Cover Rnicfingrp Newmar Owner's Forum 5 09-02-2010 09:37 PM
Seat belt retractor 68SILVER MH-General Discussions & Problems 5 08-03-2010 09:20 AM
Seat Belt Retractor CoCoDave Monaco Owner's Forum 4 04-18-2010 06:48 AM
Seat belt trim plate garybtt Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 6 02-24-2007 07:46 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:32 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.