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I've been doing some searching about this, and haven't come up any ideas.

Ok we have 32' Class C, it has a couch with seat belts, along the driver side wall,
It does not have a dinette table, or chairs with belts. And it has the driver seat, and passenger seat.

So where would you place the car seat, i read somewhere that in this case the passenger seat is the safest place, but you have to turn off the airbag, which is not possible with this motor home.

So any ideas? Its for my nephew who is 2 about 20-30lbs, and tall for his age. The motor home was bought before the baby so that wasn't really thought about, and getting another one is not really an option, we want to do a few small trips with him only a day or two away, and if its close we can take him in the car, but for places a little farther away has us wondering?

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If it were me it would be the passenger seat facing to the rear.


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skipnchar wrote:

If it were me it would be the passenger seat facing to the rear.


Do you mean put in a front facing car seat but turn the whole seat around? Because I don't think he fits in a rear facing seat. Or do they have seats for bigger kids that face backward. Sorry I'm trying not to confuse you but I'm trying to figure something out.

I called my sister he's 28lbs, but she's uncertain about his height, he wears 24mths pants that are a few inches too short...if that helps.

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skipnchar wrote:

If it were me it would be the passenger seat facing to the rear.

You can't .. The air bag could easily kill a child, especially facing backwards..

IMO a second "safer" vehicle would be my only choice.. I have a 2yo boy also! Gas and mileage is cheap, when it comes to a child's safety!

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The fact is, you can never prepare enough for an accident. I believe the driver and passenger seat are the safest in the entire vehicle of a Class C.
With the speeds people drive these days a " safer" vehicle isn't the golden ticket, but a better option.

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Check with the carseat manufacturer, also. AFAIK, none of the car seats can be mounted on a "side" position - facing the center of the vehicle. They are not designed to absorb impact properly in that position. If it were me, I would put the seat on either side of the dinette.

Edited: I guess I missed the part where it doesn't have a dinette. In that case, I don't know if there is a safe place for a carseat in the RV. I definitely wouldn't put it on the couch...


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I would talk to the police or the safe kids people that do carseat checks. Here is a link to NJ carseat inspections Here is another linkThese people can at least point you in the right direction. They were really good when we lived up there. We used to take our carseat to the safekids inspections and they would not only check it but give us (for free) the things to fix it (ie pool noodle to change angle on car seat, cabinet non-skid liner to keep seat from sliding on leather seat etc). They were very knowledgeable. We went to one over near the cooper river (near Collingswood) and one at the Marlton fire department. You just have to call or look around to find them.


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The airbags could be disconnected or you could have a switch installed. I don't know about your area but up here a few years ago they made it "legal" to allow a mechanic to disable passenger airbags in vehicles with no rear seating available. Airbags can also be deadly for children into their teens (depending on height) and short people.


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Check with a Child saftey seat Technician. Most police and Fire departments have someone trained to install baby seats or they can direct you to someone that is trained.

I was one for four years and can tell you they will not be able to provide you with good information until they see your setup. They will also show you how to install it properly.

Hope this was helpful.

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Looks like the little guys gonna be doing some close to home camping until he gets a little bigger, luckily there are a few state places around here.

And thanks guys your time!! We do have car seat people that come around locally a few times a year, have to be on the lookout for them!.

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