Originally Posted by ODABASH
Winnebago travato. Only carries driver and one passenger. Any one know if additional seatbelts are possible? Retro fit them?
Ridiculous that cant carry our grandsons along! Thanks all!
My first campervan was a Travato. It was totaled in a "T-bone" accident.
Miraculously, everyone walked away basically unharmed -- even the occupants of the vehicle that hit us at highway speed.
However, everything in the coach was completely destroyed and no longer in its original location, including the fridge. The coach/"house" part of the van was such a splintered, chaotic mess that it was difficult to extract our belongings from it later that day.
There is no doubt in my mind that -- had we had been carrying any passengers at the time of the accident, in any part of the coach -- they would have been severely injured, and very likely killed, seatbelts or no.
I definitely understand the desire to add seats; I even researched it a bit when purchasing my second camper van. The two kinds of answers that I found were 1) "here's a webpage where you can purchase your own aftermarket belts to install yourself" and 2) "here's an upfitter who will bolt permanent foundation rails into the open floor space in your coach, to secure a third captains chair, if you sign a waiver" -- but very few options in between those two things. Before doing anything, ask whether your insurance carrier approves the modification. Ultimately we decided it's not worth it. That's based on the understanding that it's fundamentally not safe for passengers to travel in the coach.