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Old 01-17-2020, 09:32 PM   #1
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Folding Seat Hinges - AliExpress

I just ordered a set of 0 - 180 degree seat hinges from RVWorld Store via AliExpress ($29 + $44 shipping, which seems reasonable in total). Hopefully they will be perfect for converting a stock 3 passenger seat so it will both fold out flat and forward.

While I'm waiting for them to arrive, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with these (I couldn't find anything by searching this forum)?

https://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/...Id=32777753123

The vendor has a lot of other products useful in a conversion assuming shipping isn't prohibitive :

https://rvworldstore.aliexpress.com/...57ad2e0exnU7Jr

This is my first time ordering from AliExpress so I'm a bit nervous but I figured it was worth the risk in lieu of spending hours trying to fabricate something or find something at Pick-N-Pull. Time will tell and I'll post an update when they arrive.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:39 AM   #2
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I have been working on this for the past month or so. I could not see the hinges you ordered so I do not know if they are the same.

Here are the ones I am using:
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I have about 40 hrs into figuring out how to make these work to convert the stock bench seat. I am getting close and am at the point of fabricating the base frame to accept the hinges.

Challenges are the large V groove left between the stock back and seat when flat, plus the upholstery mods, and having the seat back upright enough to provide comfort yet able to transition to “flat”.
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response, Ray. I had a Gaucho bed in a travel trailer that was pretty uncomfortable so I know what you mean about the V-groove. Have you considered a V-shaped foam insert overlaid with a memory foam mattress pad?

The hinges I ordered are different from your's in that they are supposed to fold both ways, forward and back. I'm sure mounting will be a challenge but, hopefully, not too much of one.

My needs are unique in that my wife is disabled and I want to ensure that she would be able to exit through the back in the case of a fire or other emergency. The side barn doors are completely blocked by a wheelchair lift when it's in the stowed position. With the folding seat she would be able to make it over it to the back doors. She'd be without her chair but would be able to escape the vehicle.

Although I have two rear seats, a 4-passenger and the 3-passenger, I'll seldom use the 4-position seat and will add additional anchor points so the 3-passenger seat can be alternatively be installed as row 3 for daily use or in the back for camping, leaving room for a traditional, flat bed in front of it. In that case, the fold-forward option would still allow her access to the rear doors.

If this is successful, I'll order a set of hinges to modify the 4-passenger seat as well, although it will only need to fold forward. We would seldom need to carry more than three additional passengers so the 4-passenger seat likely will spend most of its time in storage.
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