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After our last trip to Florida trying to keep cranky tired kids in the carseats for overnight travel I started looking for a solution for this problem. I found this page. On the bottom right, the top of the three pictures is what I'm going to install on the bunks. I am pretty sure this is safer than the standard lap belts on the sofa would ever be.

The company only sells to manufacturers, but they do supply to Freightliner. I went to a local Freightliner dealer today and they can order the one that looks like it lies on the person while sleeping. The part number is IMMF10908. About $250.00.

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I say leave them buckled in the car seats attached to the sofa! These harness things do not look safe, and for young kids could pose strangulation hazard.


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I agree these are designed for 300 pound guys and per my bother they are seldom used when sleeping.

There may not be a safe way to restrain a sleeping kid on a bed but a wall to keep them in place would make it somewhat safer. The sofa behind a front seat seems to be about the least risky place to sleep when underway just because the back of a front seat might offer a little padding.

I agree if when in a car they legally require a child seat then to be the most safe the use of one in a MH is preferred even if not a legal requirement if they are they are out of the vehicle part of a MH and in the house part.

Kids free to move may be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not even adults should be moving about in a moving MH without the driver's permission.

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First off, those nets. You can get them free, never used, from any truck slavage yard. Truck drivers categorically never use them.

I got 3 from Freightliner Columbias so they all match.

Our bunks are open on the side. The beds are lengthwise down the sides in the rear. There is a large cabinet that covers the water tank between the bunks.

I took that exact net in the picture. You will notice there are three main webs and buckles. I cut one off, leaving two webs and buckles. It was the perfect length to span the open side.

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That had to be a bad day on many levels.

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JohnMo wrote:

emmmw wrote:

What scares me a lot is a broken neck from a sudden stop that slams our kid(s) into the forward end of their bunks.


This is my biggest concern on the probable scenarios list. The best thing is for the kids to lie feet facing front, but our bunks have shelves toward the back that discourage lying with heads on that end.


Actually, I think they would be much safer in a 'rear facing' position. This has been discussed quite a bit in the past but I think the safest way to have them in a front-back bunk is to have them sitting, belted-in with their backs against the front wall or at least lying in an angle on a 'wedge-shape' cushion again belted-in.

In a frontal impact (even possibly simply sudden heavy braking), feet first would make them slide against the wall where they'd likely break ankles/leg/spine and on impact with the wall, their momemtum would carry their body and they would probably hit head/neck against bunk ceiling/front wall ... They really need to be supported by the wall (technically, they probably would be relatively safer if sitting, buckled against the back wall but even just the momemtum of their body could cause back/spine damage (especially if only using a lap belt) - much better to have the front wall support and their shoulders/back absorb the impact.

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50pascals wrote:

First off, those nets. You can get them free, never used, from any truck slavage yard. Truck drivers categorically never use them.


Not so. We used them all the time. We had some friends who didn't use theirs, and in an accident, the wife ended up out in the front of the cab, naked. After that, they used them religiously. Many carriers have firm policies about using them.

Volvos have a slightly different system that attach higher up on the wall, keeping you safe without the belts resting on you.





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emmmw wrote:

What scares me a lot is a broken neck from a sudden stop that slams our kid(s) into the forward end of their bunks.


This is my biggest concern on the probable scenarios list. The best thing is for the kids to lie feet facing front, but our bunks have shelves toward the back that discourage lying with heads on that end.


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50pascals wrote:

First off, those nets. You can get them free, never used, from any truck slavage yard. Truck drivers categorically never use them.


Not quite true....Sleeper Teams use them all the time.


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I could see this working if the bunks were side-to-side, but if fore-aft bunks, I can only see these assisting to keep the kids from falling out of their bed. Certainly wouldn't give any protection from a frontal crash any quick breaking situation. What scares me a lot is a broken neck from a sudden stop that slams our kid(s) into the forward end of their bunks.

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