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« on: April 19, 2017, 04:42:15 AM »

 Looking for seatbelt ideas.  There are six of us. Our bus has typical household furniture.  We hit the road in June,  and the only seatbelt on the bus is in the driver seat. 
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 07:21:53 AM »

Buy and bolt in three sets of bus seats with seatbelts. They are often cheap and available on CL.  Either that or put people at some elevated level of risk. A seatbelt wrapped over a wooden kitchen chair will be insufficient if called to duty. IMO
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 08:35:38 AM »

  Buy and bolt in three sets of bus seats with seatbelts. They are often cheap and available on CL.  Either that or put people at some elevated level of risk. A seatbelt wrapped over a wooden kitchen chair will be insufficient if called to duty. IMO 

      A lot of it is down to the anchorage.  You can have an ordinary sofa (so long as the sofa is firmly fixed to the floor to carry its own weight) and -- if the anchorages are solid -- the seat belts will work fine.  IMO - if it's a situation that puts you in a position that your passengers in a bus* need shoulder straps, it doesn't matter; you're all already going to be dead.  Especially, if a passenger's seat if not near the windshield, instrument panel, etc., lap belts -- worn correctly -- are good enough. 

(* A bus has significantly different characteristics to a smaller vehicle.  Generally, if you hit something hard going very fast, that "something" is usually a car or small truck and the greater mass of the bus will give you a lot of protection.  If you hit something hard when you're going fast and what you hit is BIG and HARD, nothing in the front 4-6 feet of the bus will survive.  But belts are great to provide quite good protections in side-swipes, in-traffic bumps, and slow intersection accidents; plus every driver should be belted to keep the driver in the seat during "difficult conditions" (don't forget, many accidents are multiple, you hit something that deflects you into hitting something else -- if the driver is thrown from the seat by the first hit, from then on, you're all just passengers with no way to influence things.)
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Bruce H; Wallace (near Wilmington) NC
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 08:50:18 AM »

The only seat belts required in an RV/Bus Conversion is the driver and front passenger.  I have a recliner a few feet back and I have a seat belt for it, and I bought three seat belts for the couch, but have never installed them because I need to weld a steel bar behind the couch to attach the belts to.  It's on the list of things to do....

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 08:57:27 PM »

If youíre looking for new, I got mine here     

http://www.andoauto.com/index.htm
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 05:46:21 AM »

A lesson I learned through the near death of two family friends...

Make sure the furniture is secured to the frame, and the belts as well. My bus has several locations I'm looking at when I put the interior back together.
If you have not already done so...do NOT remove the stainless panel in the front on the curbside. I know many folks take it out with the seats, but it's there for a reason...it acts as a grab bar entering the bus, but it's also a safety curtain for your co-captain.

And although this goes a bit beyond seatbelts, make sure EVERYTHING inside the bus is secured so that should you need to stop quickly, nothing can become a hazard...flying up to the front at speeds that might surprise you...and hitting anyone in the way.
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Andrea   Richmond, VA
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 03:09:04 PM »

Just curious, what percentage of bus conversions even have seatbelts behind the driver/co-pilot seating? For so long even school buses had no passenger seat belts, it sure makes sense but it seems many subject passengers to being flying projectiles in case of hard stop or crash.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 03:36:52 PM »

Just curious, what percentage of bus conversions even have seatbelts behind the driver/co-pilot seating? For so long even school buses had no passenger seat belts, it sure makes sense but it seems many subject passengers to being flying projectiles in case of hard stop or crash.

     Long story but school buses are different.  Other things are going on.
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Bruce H; Wallace (near Wilmington) NC
1976 Daimler (British) Double-Decker Bus; 34' long
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2017, 06:17:37 PM »

Meh. In a crash we all expect to rattle around inside our bus like dried apples in a barrel.



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