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    A baby!

    Mazel Tov!

    Put a seat in the back. Make it like the removable ones in those "mini" vans.
    Then when camping just pull it out when you get where youre going.
    Anchor that baby down.
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    Here's what it looks like before the subfloor.
    The original seat mount is still there. Does anybody have pic of what goes into the seat mount?

    I have a bench seat(without mount), i just have to figure out a way to get a long bolt to go thru my subfloor (3") to that mount.

    It looks like i would have to just cut 4 holes in my rug. I can live with that.

    I'm thinking about installing the bench seat closest to the front, that way my wife can reach the baby from the passenger seat.

    Or do you recommend installing the bench seat all the way to the rear. That way, the middle is still open for sleeping.




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    If you drill and tap some 3" square plates and weld them to the bottom of the floor, you can remove the seat easily with four bolts. I would put the seat in the center of the van for convenience and a smoother ride for anyone sitting in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    If you drill and tap some 3" square plates and weld them to the bottom of the floor, you can remove the seat easily with four bolts. I would put the seat in the center of the van for convenience and a smoother ride for anyone sitting in it.
    if your doing that, just weld the nuts to the plate while your at it. removing seat would be a 5 minute job and only need 4 small holes in the carpet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrinaman View Post
    if your doing that, just weld the nuts to the plate while your at it. removing seat would be a 5 minute job and only need 4 small holes in the carpet.
    That's the purpose of tapping the plates.
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    I like the idea of welding a nut to the original mounting plate. Then have a bolt long enough to reach all the way down there.

    Vanner68, what does drill and tap 3" square plate means? I imagine it's something like the illustration?

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    That's the purpose of tapping the plates.
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    I like this idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by joyrde View Post
    Imagine - - - God forbid - - a front end collision - - of any kind.

    Given the baby needs to secure, and safe, as well as easily accessible, while keeping Mom happy, I would mount two pedestal seats one behind each front seat - - - one for Mom, the other for the baby - - - to make the seats easily removable, run the bolts "up" through the floor, so the seats & pedestals can be quickly removed,

    something like these

    https://www.ebay.com/i/202418180042?chn=ps
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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeykongking View Post
    I like the idea of welding a nut to the original mounting plate. Then have a bolt long enough to reach all the way down there.

    Vanner68, what does drill and tap 3" square plate means? I imagine it's something like the illustration?

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far!

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    Similar, the plate would be welded under the stock location, if you make the plate the width of the floor rib it can slide under the stock location. The purpose of a plate is to spread the load, a nut could pull through that keyhole slot in an accident. I had no stock mounting holes so I drilled though the floor and put the plates underneath.
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    here ya go!!!

    The perfect camping setup. Its in Orange co. and only $70

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    or, even cheaper, 2nd row seat from a safari. $30

    I like the idea of middle row minivan seat because they are not as wide and don't take up all the interior space in your van.

    https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/...798889302.html

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    You could also do a fold-down seat like this, it mounts to the wall so it folds up for camping. Pricey, but maybe?

    https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...815323956.html

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    Krispy!

    This is an excellent idea!
    Do you think it's safe and legal to mount a baby seat on those?
    Is it safer to have a back rest like a regular bench seat?


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