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Old 07-20-2016, 11:15 PM   #1
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Replace rear seat (dinette bench or barrel) with bucket seat?

My husband and I are researching our first RV purchase. We want something small (24' or less) and we're leaning towards a class C due to his ability to fit comfortably at 6'5", but we like the rear passenger bucket seats with shoulder belts common in class Bs for the safety of our young daughter.

My idea is to buy a class C unit with either the extra seat by the side entrance (either a short bench or barrel seat, depending on year and model) just behind the passenger seat (such as in the 19-22' Thor Four Winds) and swap that out for a captains chair with an integrated seatbelt, or put one in place of one of the benches in a dinette, provided adequate sleeping places for the 3 of us elsewhere.

I'm not concerned about resale, or even all that concerned about insurance coverage denial. I am concerned I have no idea what I'd uncover if I tore a seat out! I'm assuming I could remove the flooring to bolt a bucket to the frame (right?). Am I being completely ignorant? Anyone have helpful experience they can share with me?

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Old 07-21-2016, 06:52 PM   #2
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Removing a dinette bench seat can be problematic because often that space is used for an important component like furnace, water heater, converter/charger, etc.

The floor of the RV is probably plywood at best, anchoring a swivel captain's chair would require metal cross members tied to the frame. With all the wiring and tanks hidden under an RV, you'd have to make sure the space is available to add the bracing for the seat. You might check out some Class B RVs, they often have a third seat properly installed.

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