Originally Posted by TomH
…Early in the thread, you mentioned searching for seat swivels for the front seats. Did you ever find what you were looking for? If so, what’s the model and where did you get it? Thanks!!
When we bought the F-650 it had a horrible vinyl bench in the rear. We knew we wanted 4 captains chairs, with desks and swivels, so that we could use the cab as an additional ‘room’ in the truck.
What we did was to move the two factory front captains chairs to the second row, for the kids – and added Isofix anchor points to handle their carseats.
Then, we bought a pair of “excaliber” seats from Superior Seats Inc. You can custom order them in any color combination you want, plus with all sorts of goodies. We went for the straight factory grey colour, with the bum heaters and cooling fans, along with lumbar support and one arm-rest each.
All four of those were mounted on swivel pedestals, that you can also order from Superior.
Finally, Nick and his crew at Alton Co. made us some fantastic custom jump seats that fold down for the third row, and fold-out study desks for the kids in the second row.
All in all, I would say that the design and materials have worked out really well. The only flaw with the plan is that the cab gets VERY cold at night when camping in anything below 60’F outside. The camper is well insulated, and there is a good barrier between them, but (tonight for example, it is 20’F outside) you wouldn’t want to sit in there without the dash heater running…
PS – Somewhat related… I cannot compliment enough the http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001IYGSGW?ie=UTF8&tag=ontheroadless-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creative RECARO Signo Car Seats we bought for the two kids, or the incredible level of service we got from http://www.elitecarseats.com
We spent a LOT of time looking at the different car seats out there, and having lived in a few countries with our two kids, we’ve also had the chance to try out more car seats than I would care to have. What I can tell you is that for 4×4 off-roading with kids, these Recaro seats are the best I’ve ever seen. They have a lot of padded head protection, so the kids don’t get flopped all over the place.
We felt bad spending so much on “recaros” for the little guys, but the fact is, we spend a lot of hours in them, they sleep in them often, and the more comfortable they are, the happier we are…
Lastly, the service at EliteCarSeats.com really was that good. I do most of my shopping online these days, but those guys really stood out amongst the crowd and deserve more business…
OK, now I’m done.
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