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Old 01-07-2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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2006 Ford E350 third seat Install

Hello Sportsmobile Guild,

I have my Ford E350 and the first mod I would like to tackle is adding a third seat into the front so that I may legally have a third passenger in the vehicle for road trips and general driving around. I will be moving to sell my daily vehicle, 08 subaru legacy, to using this van as a daily driver in order to save some money.

I have come across things like this: https://www.ebay.com/bhp/jump-seat

Has anyone done this for their Ford vans? I am looking for ideas. I would ideally like the seat to be flush with the other two captain's chairs so the front could combo as another "bed" for the third passenger on long road trips.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:44 AM   #2
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That is the same setup I have in my campervan.

Pretty easy install and works great for my son.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BroJXrhB...=14ntgao7j9150
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Old 04-07-2019, 02:29 PM   #3
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I don't know this sort of installation would be legal unless you have some way to properly install a seat belt and most likely air bag and a seat belt pre-tensioning device as well. This sort of arrangement and transporting someone would be easily seen by law enforcement, a sure citation I'm guessing.

Me personally I'd NOT ride in such a seat so potentially fraught with injuries when a collision would occur.

Maybe something designated and titled as a Camper/RV escapes such oversight? Obviously I don't know for certain but this same sort of question has been raised before, I don't recall anyone ever going forward with it though.

Interested to see the replies here.
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Old 04-07-2019, 03:03 PM   #4
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I don't know this sort of installation would be legal unless you have some way to properly install a seat belt and most likely air bag and a seat belt pre-tensioning device as well This sort of arrangement and transporting someone would be easily seen by law enforcement, a sure citation I'm guessing.
The F-series center seats include a 3-point seatbelt, and would install in a van just like in a truck. Airbag configurations are similar as well... In other words, the center passenger doesn't get one, but airbags are designed to protect un-belted passengers anyways. I'd have zero hesitation riding in that seat.

I'm not sure why law enforcement would care.Plenty of pickups have 3 across the front seating anyways.
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I picked up a F-series middle seat as a center console (2015+F-series, gray "leather", $70, CL). Never thought about having anyone sit up there mostly because with the dog box it's already pretty cramped.

It does have it's own self-contained seat belt and does fold up to be a reasonably comfortable seat... but doesn't have much(any) leg room.

As it works out, just narrow enough to allow for the transfer case shift, and wide enough that both driver + passenger can use it as an arm rest with enough space to put snacks+water into.

I'll grab some photos if there is any interest.
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I'll grab some photos if there is any interest.
I think there would be some interest---could be the very incentive others need to add this sort of extra seating.
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