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Old 03-01-2019, 11:19 AM   #1
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1990 e250 coachman class b. 43,000 miles on it. Not a spec of rust. New shocks, brakes, everything rubber under the hood was replaced. Cab AC was broke and that was fixed too. Seats and couch are at the upholstery shop now. Bought this a few years ago. Started the project. My girlfriend was really into it too. Fast forward to now, that girlfriend is my wife. My son just turned 2 in December and I have a daughter who will be born this May. I have searched endlessly online to get an answer and have fallen short. I need to know if passenger seats either captain chairs or bench can be installed forward facing so I can properly secure their car seats in the van. Obviously safety is my biggest concern here. I have read on many forums and websites that to secure kids car seats properly you can not or should not be secured to the side facing couch. Mainly because those frames are made of wood. I dont want to continue taking this thing apart and removing the plywood floor if I really dont have any mounting points. I would rather just list it for sale now and kill my dreams and hopefully later on find something new. I need to make a decision on this soon so any help in this matter would truly be appreciated. I had alot of plans for this vehicle when there was just 2 of us and 2 dogs. Now with kids I'm still trying to live the dream but I have been stuck at this point for a few years now. I live in north east Pennsylvania and although 4x4 trucks , atv, and utv are big here Van builds are not. With that being said if this does get completed by me the plan is to eventually make it 4x4 too.
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:40 AM   #2
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Where are you in NE PA? Iím outside of Philly. Iíd be happy to connect if youíre nearby and give you a second set of eyes on the challenge. Hard to really give you an answer without seeing your actual vehicle and how the floor is built and what the frame is like. Nothing is impossible if you throw enough money at it! Even if your floor is wood, Iíd think you could work with a competent welder to weld in a strong cross-brace to the frame and then bolt your seat(s) to that. Would it be DOT-approved? Probably not. Would it be strong enough? Assuming itís done correctly, Iíd think so.

Keep in mind this community mainly focuses on builds on regular van bodies and not true Class B vans like yours, so our body of knowledge wonít be as great as maybe a forum devoted to your specific manufacturer, for example. Although there are folks on here that have some expertise with them and there are certainly folks with very deep overall knowledge on van-based platforms in general, and Ford Econolines in particular.
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:44 AM   #3
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Actually, Iíll amend my comments above as your pics just loaded on my phone and it looks like you are built on a Econoline full body (I assumed a cutaway cab only and an RV body). If so, Iíd be surprised if you didnít have the OEM steel floor under the plywood RV floor. And if so, youíll likely be able to see OEM mounting points from under the van. If you can find a similar year passenger van to yours, look inside/underneath to see where the bench seats mount. Or hit up a few junkyards to see.
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Old 03-01-2019, 11:59 AM   #4
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I'm a little over an hour north of Harrisburg. Bloomsburg area. As far as that wood floor is concerned it's just the sub floor that was installed by coachman. It really bolted down and my luck glued too so removing it might be challenging. I completely understand what you are saying about the members and their rigs that belong to this forum in the sense that mine is a traditional class b for now lol. I was just hoping that someone here might have some experience with these older e250's or at least be able to point me in the right direction. Your comment on DOT approved is kinda one of my concerns too. I definitely have the means to get something welded to the frame BUT I guess I'm not sure if that is the route I want to go or the bigger question is , is it worth it in the long run. Believe it or not I have been on so many different sites but can never find what I'm looking for. I truly appreciate the fast response to my post though. It seems like I'm the only person trying to install kids car seats in an van like this . Its driving me nuts. I'm might even try to get an answer from ford. Am I the only one who wants to take kids out on these types of adventures lol
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:07 PM   #5
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Yes it is a full body. You would not believe it but I have not been able to find a picture of a 1990 e250 passenger van or really that much info on them. Every one I have seen they were just a cargo van with the 2 seats up front. Because it is your standard e250 I was hoping someone on hear has the knowledge. One of the issues also is it's a 1990. In 1991 things changed on them as far as seat mount etc...
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:05 PM   #6
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Mine is a 2012 E350, but the base van floor remains the same as yours, i.e., a metal floor that you can bolt through. Mine started life as a 15 passenger van with all seats being individually mounted buckets. The rear buckets simply bolted through the floor with 1/2" bolts, sandwiching the floor with large steel plates under the van. Nothing bolted or welded to the frame stock.
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My first buildout was simple and I kept 2 of the rear buckets seats, relocating them where I wanted them. The stock bucket seats have integrated seat belts, so I just mounted them like the factory did, with the steel plates underneath.
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With my recent buildout I found a sofa/bed from a salvage yard Conversion Van and mounted it the same way, through bolting with plates underneath. The sofa/bed was mounted in the donor van the same way. In my build I added a plywood floor and bolted the new rear seat through it.
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It's too bad we don't live closer as I am currently trying to get rid of the 2 bucket seats I have left.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:20 PM   #7
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I added a third captains chair for my son (then around 7) to my 98 SMB E250, inside the barn doors behind the passenger seat. I removed the sink cabinet to find the space. You arenít the only one! My floor is finished much as yours. To install we drilled through the subfloor and steel floor and used steel plates to reinforce underneath where the bolts came through (I think the plates came with the seat base, I canít remember). I had a shop install it for me because of time constraints, but it would not be hard to do. I have a thread somewhere on here from back in probably 2012 or 2013 where I posted photos.

BTW, Econoline body style changed in 1992 to the ďnewĒ style.
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Thank you for your response shade. I was so unsure of what would be under that sub floor and now knowing that they are just bolted through the floor using a plate underneath definitely makes it an easier job. Like u said unfortunately we are so far apart because those seats u have would be perfect especially with the integrated seat belts. But now I know what to look for. I'll have a better chance finding a later model donor to get seats like that from too. Again thank u for your help
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Between your last response and the one shade tree sent me I have a much better understanding now how to get this done. Thank u
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BTW, placement is key to reaching all the bolts under the van. With the fuel tank, driveshaft and exhaust shielding in the way I had to get creative. Pulling the originals out was the hardest as some of them I could barely reach and had to do it blind. I utilized a pair of Vice Grips under the van in those places. The further rearward you go the more open it is under there. From between the wheel wells back it is pretty easy. The Ford Buckets are nice with the integrated seats but they are pretty narrow between the armrest, although those do fold up and out of the way. My granddaughters car seat could be squeezed between the arm rest, just barely though. On the plus side, they have semi reclining backs.

But you could get seats from any brand van, as long as their mounting points are bolt through the floor. The Ford Rear Bench Seats have a quick release bracket that can be bolted through the floor. Makes taking the bench out easy. My buddy pulls his quick release brackets out every time he camps as he doesn't want his 2 year old to stumble over the bracket. Not very quick when you do that, but he likes the wide open floor.
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