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Drakensberg

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Hi there

We will be travelling to the US, and we are planning our first RV trip with a 2 year old. I would like more information about how to use a baby/child seat (I'm not sure of the exact US term) in a Class-B type RV.

As far as I can see, most of the seat belts in the back are lap belts. What type of car seat do we need to bring, how would we secure it, and where would it go?

I'm feeling quite daunted by this, and worried that perhaps our RV plan won't work out after all, so your input would be really appreciated.

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In the USA most child car seats have slots in the seat to run a lab belt through. Newer vehicles have the provision for the 3 point hook up on new car seats which is a strap or metal ring on the top of the vehicle seat and 2 metal rings by the seat belt locks to hook the car seat to. Not sure the make up of your car seat but if you purchase a seat in the USA it will work just fine with a lap belt. Check this video out, it shows both ways to install. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zITYlg9jjB0

* This post was edited 04/14/15 08:25am by Muddydogs *


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I did a google search for "car seats in a class b motorhome" and came up with lots of useful information. One blogger states that a class "B" motorhome likely has certified seatbelts, therefore safe for carseats. Good reading. Good luck and enjoy your trip.


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Many Class B motorhomes do, in fact, have seats that are compatible with the 3 point hook-up system common in almost every automobile here. In the few that do not, there is a lap belt system that works with most every car seat sold in the U S A as well. We often transport our 2 young grandsons in our Class A MH, and their seats are snugged in tightly with the seat belts provided on the rig's dinette, in compliance with every state law.


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Drakensberg wrote:

I'm feeling quite daunted by this, and worried that perhaps our RV plan won't work out after all, so your input would be really appreciated.


Don't feel daunted. Usually you can go to the local Fire Department or Police Department to have them check that the car seat is installed properly.

If the Motorhome does not have the hookups to use the tether straps, the seat belt works just as well. You can skip to about the 2 minute mark in the video Muddydogs posted if you are only using the seat belt. Both methods work fine.

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Usually you can go to the local Fire Department or Police Department

X2. They are specially trained for that service. I'm going to assume you are renting the unit. If so, ask the rental agency to supply/install the correct seat for the unit.


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mgirardo wrote:

Drakensberg wrote:

I'm feeling quite daunted by this, and worried that perhaps our RV plan won't work out after all, so your input would be really appreciated.


Don't feel daunted. Usually you can go to the local Fire Department or Police Department to have them check that the car seat is installed properly.




They should have someone or a few people with a CPS certification. They will be more than happy to inspect or instruct you how to properly or best set up your safety seat. I suggest calling first however to know when they will be available due to rotating schedules, etc...

Of course follow state laws (they all have different laws covering the child seats) but beyond that, follow what the CPS certified first responder tells you. Do not follow the manufacturer recommendations, they will and do over rate themselves in this respect.

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You will be able to anchor the base of the seat with the seat belt. A 2 yr old will be in a forward-facing high-back seat, with a tether strap & hook at the top of the back, which holds the upper portion of the back tightly to the vehicle seat. You should find a location to firmly anchor the hook, preferably a U-bolt in the floor.

Fasten the seat belt and tether strap, then put your weight on it with one arm and snug down the straps with the other. The seat should fit VERY tightly to the vehicle seat.

A 2 yr old will be using the 5 point harness in the seat. The shoulder straps should be adjusted in a slot so that they are above the child's shoulders. The chest latch should be at armpit level. You should be able to put the thickness of your hand between the child and the chest buckle. Any more room is too loose. If the bottom fastener between the child's legs has slots for adjusting its position in the seat, it should be moved to the snuggest slot that does not pinch the child.

Any seat that you buy or rent will come with detailed instructions. If you are planning to rent a RV, you should contact the rental agency and ask for details on how the seat can be installed in the vehicle.

It is quite possible the rental agency will have the seat installed and help you adjust it for the child. However you should double-check.


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coolmom42 wrote:

You will be able to anchor the base of the seat with the seat belt. A 2 yr old will be in a forward-facing high-back seat, with a tether strap & hook at the top of the back, which holds the upper portion of the back tightly to the vehicle seat. You should find a location to firmly anchor the hook, preferably a U-bolt in the floor.

Fasten the seat belt and tether strap,

then put your weight on it with one arm and snug down the straps with the other. The seat should fit VERY tightly to the vehicle seat.

A 2 yr old will be using the 5 point harness in the seat. The shoulder straps should be adjusted in a slot so that they are above the child's shoulders. The chest latch should be at armpit level. You should be able to put the thickness of your hand between the child and the chest buckle. Any more room is too loose. If the bottom fastener between the child's legs has slots for adjusting its position in the seat, it should be moved to the snuggest slot that does not pinch the child.

Any seat that you buy or rent will come with detailed instructions. If you are planning to rent a RV, you should contact the rental agency and ask for details on how the seat can be installed in the vehicle.

It is quite possible the rental agency will have the seat installed and help you adjust it for the child. However you should double-check.
I don't know where you find all these tether hooks, U bolts, and such, maybe in a class B, but my Class C ( and I believe many others) doesn't have such animals, the forward facing dinette seats, & sofa , has lap belts only & the work just fine, the only shoulder belts are in the front seats, which a child is not allowed to be in anyways.


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mgirardo wrote:

Drakensberg wrote:

I'm feeling quite daunted by this, and worried that perhaps our RV plan won't work out after all, so your input would be really appreciated.


Don't feel daunted. Usually you can go to the local Fire Department or Police Department to have them check that the car seat is installed properly.

If the Motorhome does not have the hookups to use the tether straps, the seat belt works just as well. You can skip to about the 2 minute mark in the video Muddydogs posted if you are only using the seat belt. Both methods work fine.

-Michael


Many hospitals that provide maternity care can also check the car seat installation.


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