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Old 02-29-2016, 09:51 PM   #1
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Question Adding seat belts to a Travato 59K ?

Comparing the Travato 59K (2 belted seats in front, none in back) with R/T ZION (2 in Front /3 in back on driver side couch). For the odd times the vehicle would be used to transport 5 (or 6) people, is it possible to add seat belts to the back couches in the Travato 59K - anyone try this? I assume there are many possible obstructions underneath when drilling through the floor. Would this void vehicle warranty?
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:34 PM   #2
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It's possible to add, although the effectiveness would'nt ever have been tested.

aside from restraining passengers, it could be that the seat itself is not able to withstand an accident- imagine the passengers stay in place but the seat breaks around them.

so it depends if you want safety or the illusion of- you'll have to take a look at judge for yourself what you think can be done.

( that said, i have added seat belts myself to 50's and 60's cars...better than nothing! esp with a big steel dashboard in front of you)...seatbelts weren't mandated until 1968.

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Old 02-29-2016, 10:39 PM   #3
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It's possible to add, although the effectiveness would'nt ever have been tested.

aside from restraining passengers, it could be that the seat itself is not able to withstand an accident- imagine the passengers stay in place but the seat breaks around them.

so it depends if you want safety or the illusion of- you'll have to take a look at judge for yourself what you think can be done.

( that said, i have added seat belts myself to 50's and 60's cars...better than nothing! esp with a big steel dashboard in front of you)

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Completely agree. The beds in the 59k are not robust enough to make it in a crash with someone belted to them.

I considered adding belts to my Promaster conversion with a sideways facing bed and then realized it was a waste of time.
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It's not as easy as just adding belts. There must be anchors in place too.

And even if the seat belts were added, it may still not make them legal in some places since they are not factory installed.
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It's not as easy as just adding belts. There must be anchors in place too.

And even if the seat belts were added, it may still not make them legal in some places since they are not factory installed.
It's classified as an RV, which means no seat belts are required behind the driver and passenger seats.
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It's classified as an RV, which means no seat belts are required behind the driver and passenger seats.
Perhaps where you're from, but not where I'm at. Everyone has to realize laws are different all over the place.

The front seats must have seat belts, factory installed and crash tested. Other passengers in an RV must have seat restraints otherwise they are a ticket waiting to happen. And at $360 a ticket the police here are only happy to provide people with one.

And if they do manage to get you, well you'll need to find your friends some alternate transportation because they won't let you leave knowing you don't have belts for everyone.
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