OK, this might sound like a goofball question because obviously SMB and other outfitters add seats all the time, right? Well, here goes.
See, I might have found my van.
Some poor schmuck ordered a Chevy 3500 cargo van, but with windows like the passenger style. Then he found out he couldn't get seats put in it, so he returned his custom-ordered van to the dealership, and the dealer is now listing it as a used 2013 cargo van with 1,700 miles.
http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale ... 2905&Log=0
On the face of things, this looks like a perfect base for me to work with. The roof is unfinished, which is perfect because I'll have a PH put in. I like the rubber floor cuz this is a camping van and carpet's gonna get thrashed in short order. I even like that it doesn't have all the seats because I'd have taken them out anyways.
Well, all but one. We need seating for three, minimum, and I'd prefer to have at least one bench seat back there so we have forward-facing seating for 5. The kid and I both get carsick, so forward-facing seats are a must if we don't want to run a vomit comet.
Which brings me around to the dealership's claim that the OP rejected the vehicle over the inability to install seats.
I've asked the dealership to clarify the seat issue, but I'm pretty sure y'all know the answer. What's it take to put rear captains or a rear bench seat into a Chevy cargo van with a rubber floor? Am I looking at tricky seatbelt issues? Fussy floor mounts? Safety issues? (And you'da thought the OP would have worked this out beforehand.)
If it can be done, I'd love to have those folding, kneeling Mega Cab seats I've seen some of you talking about, and there's one for sale over in the Classifieds. But I'm going to look like the world's biggest SMB idiot if I plunk down 25k for a van and I can't get seats in there.
So, O Bountiful Forum, edumacate me!
ETA: Dealer says that neither dealer nor factory will install the seats b/c it means modifying the vehicle and presents warranty/liability/insurance issues for them as the seller. Aftermarket would be up to me to figure out.
If you kind folks tell me that seats are something money and tools can safely solve, I'm considering making a lowball offer on the van.
P.S. I wasn't sure if this belonged here, or in Van Body, or even in General, so if I called it wrong, please feel free to move it.