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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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