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Post by stevomar on Sun May 08, 2011 12:16 pm

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For our planned trip to France in August I would ideally like to take 5 people in our Trident and as most of you will be aware the Trident only has 4 seats. So I was thinking about making or even buying a Buddy seat which would fit behind the front passenger seat (with the passenger facing backwards)and could be removed when not needed. Obviously it would have to be safe using a lap belt and fixed down bur easily removable and look the part if you know wahat I mean.
Has any one done anything similar or have any ideas particularly regarding the safety/legal aspects ?

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Re: Buddy Seat

Post by dandywarhol on Sun May 08, 2011 12:31 pm

Technically, you don't need a safety belt on rearward facing seats - in the event of a crash the rear facing passenger has the seat to protect them - unless you're horsing back in reverse and crash! scratch head

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Post by stevomar on Sat May 14, 2011 12:14 pm

Hi
Managed to win a used Buddy seat on Ebay for 37 quid- cheaper than making one.
I'm going to pick it up this pm. Will need to recover the cushions and design some means of fixing it in safely that will enable it to be removed quickly and easily. Will post some pics to show the progress

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Re: Buddy Seat

Post by stevomar on Sat May 14, 2011 9:08 pm

Hi
Well here it is - a bit rough around the edges but will be fine when reupholstered etc
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Re: Buddy Seat

Post by CC on Mon May 16, 2011 9:53 am

Tell you what Stevo... If you could fit a porta potti in the base so you lift the seat to use the Khazi that would be excellent hugegrins

I do have a small criticism though mate, you need some of these: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] they will tidy those screw heads up a treat smile!

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Post by stevomar on Mon May 16, 2011 11:46 am

Hi CC
No need for screw covers as all that part of it is going to be covered in contrasting dark blue material. I'm trying to find the original light blue patterned fabric for the cushions.
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Post by CC on Mon May 16, 2011 12:01 pm

stevomar wrote:Hi CC
No need for screw covers as all that part of it is going to be covered in contrasting dark blue material. I'm trying to find the original light blue patterned fabric for the cushions.
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Oh I see, thought you were going for a matching look with the units mate smile! No probs, look forward to seeing it finished winks

Out of interest, how many hours did it take you to knock up? Presume it can still fit with the bed fully extended?

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Post by stevomar on Mon May 16, 2011 4:28 pm

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stevomar wrote:Hi CC
No need for screw covers as all that part of it is going to be covered in contrasting dark blue material. I'm trying to find the original light blue patterned fabric for the cushions.
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Oh I see, thought you were going for a matching look with the units mate smile! No probs, look forward to seeing it finished winks

Out of interest, how many hours did it take you to knock up? Presume it can still fit with the bed fully extended?

I didn't make it CC- Won it on Ebay for 37 quid up!
Just sent a text with photo to Regal Furnishings to see if they have any fabric left the same as the rest of the seats.
The bed will fully extend with it in but the Buddy Seat isn't going to be permanent. Me and my mate have designed a way of having it fixed down securely but still be able to remove it in a minute......Watch this space!
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Post by stevomar on Mon May 23, 2011 9:44 pm

Hi
Managed to get the seat fitted today I drilled two 10mm holes in the front passenger seat base. I got some 8mm threaded rod and cut 2 pieces about 9 inches long. Then drilled two more corresponding holes in the back of the seat (after fixing a strengthening baton on). I fed the rods through the passenger seat base and into the back of the Buddy seat then used wing nuts to tighten everything up and to be able to move the seat quickly.
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Now I've got to reupholster the seat and cushions - I'm waiting to bid on some similar fabric on fleabay.
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