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					New Standards in Rear Motorhome and Campervan Seating
Rear seating and seat belts in campervans has become something of a hot
subject recently. There was the change in child seat laws which came into
effect in 2006 and as of last year (2007) all new vehicles have to have
seat belts fitted on all seats except those seats intended solely for use
when the vehicle is stationary. There is also a change next year for any
vehicle of whatever age, where seat belts are fitted in the rear; you
will be allowed to carry no more passengers than there are seat belts
available. On top of this there are a number of other rumours about lap
belts being unsafe and the need for proper back and neck support in all
travelling seats.
With all this to one side, whether carrying your children or friends
everyone wants to make sure that their passengers are carried safely. I
recently provided information to a member of the VW T4 forum to help him
write an article about the dangers of seating being offered on a well
known auction website. A number of these traditional style rock and roll
seat / beds are made from inch by inch box section steel, and are even
shown with belts attached to them!
For a seat to meet the European NCAP pull testing, a 2 seater seat needs
to withstand 6 tons of pull and a 3 person seat needs to withstand 10
tons. The PSV test also includes a seat belt and anchorage test as part
of your MOT, and seats that do not meeting regulations or which are not
properly tested not only pose a danger to your passengers but also to the
driver if the seat does not keep the passengers restrained in the back of
the vehicle in the event of an accident.
With this said, there are manufacturers making a number of really good
quality rear seats which do meet all the new regulations and a favourite
is the French manufactured RIB seat. This seat can be supplied with 3
point harness seating making a safe rear seat for your passengers, as
well as being easy to fit the necessary child seats for your children.
Other options available include ISOFIX (for keeping the little ones
safe), Thermorest overlay to make the flat bed softer, integral head
rests (to give proper back and neck support), arm rests and a slide
mechanism to slide the seat forwards and backwards (the same as most
vehicles front seats).
We are happy to work with any DIY builder to try and get the seat which
best suits their needs, and help in getting all the right measurements
and specifications when ordering, or will happily fit seats to any VW T4
or T5.
Article written by Colin Humphrey of South West Camper Conversions For
images and an amination to see how easily it is to convert a nicely
moulded seat in to a flat comfortable bed please see our website RIB seat
page.

				
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