Can I transport 3 people in a 2 berth campervan ?

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  1. PaulR

    PaulR Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,

    My father has a 2 berth campervan ,a Bessacar E460. It's a 2 berth but my girlfriend and I have a 5 yr old girl and would love to use his camper. However at present it's only got two front seats and belts, question is there a way to provide a third seat or is that not possible or sensible ?

    The bed could easily accommodate us.

    Any advice appreciated !

    Paul
     
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    AFAIK the answer is yes ... BUT ... you need to check on the legalities regarding your little girl as she would have to be in the front passenger seat and I can't remember what the 'rules' are on kiddies sitting up front in a vehicle. It would mean you, or your t'other half, would have to travel on the rear seat unbelted seating so you need to be aware of, and accept, the risks associated with that. Also, it might be sensible for your father to check the insurance for his MH in case it says it is only for transport 2 people in total.
     
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    Unless there are 3 seat belt`s.... or 1 for each passenger,,,, NOT legal...

    And heaven forbid..... is it worth taking a chance with your daughter...

    My opinion.... dont even think about it... sorry.. :Smile:
     
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    Does it not depend on the age of the vehicle?

    Our previous van, a 2004 Fluerette, could sleep 4 but carry 5 and it only had 2 seat belts.
     
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    It's a 2008, and be assured our safety and especially the 5 yr olds is top priority ;-)
    Thanks for the link, looks like we might be buying a tent instead !

    Paul
     
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    For vans built after Oct 2007, passengers must be belted.

    Retrofitting a travel seat in the rear is a minefield and requires a lot of structural work. It is simply not worth it!

    My only suggestion might be that you investigate whether the cab has mounting points for the double passenger seat that would normally be fitted in a commercial version of the chassis cab. It would compromise the lounge layout but could be fitted prior to you using the van and would provide safe seating for all with a booster for your daughter.
     
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    The double seat normally found in a commercial cab has exactly the same floor fixings as the single one fitted now. The seat belt for the additional middle seat is on the seat frame. This means that you could swap the seats quite easily even on a temporary basis. There must be loads of double seats around and I have a new one in my garage that I would gladly give away, however I have pinched the seat belt from it.
    The other problem will be that the logbook and therefore insurance will show only two travel seats.

    Mike
     
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    It was a ruling,introduced about 5 years ago AFAIK that you could only carry the same number of passengers as belted seats. Which is crazy as a lot of vans have more berth capacity that passenger seat belts. EG my Hymer has 4 seatbelts and is a 5 berth.
    My old Hymer OTOH had 4 belted seats but also had 2 unbelted rearward facing seats (which are safer that seat belts) this gave me a passenger carrying capacity of 6.
     
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    Not in rear shunt they ain't!

    There are a lot of MHs which have more sleeping berths than travel seats but not everyone wants to share a bed so perhaps that's part of the reason.
     
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    The short answer is no. If you use the loopholes suggested in this thread you will probably be OK until something happens at which point the only opinions that matter at all will be those of the police and your insurance company neither of whom will be interested in any justifications you can come up with.
     
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    I have no knowledge of your sleeping arrangements,
    you may be correct but statistically they are safer,which is why military transports have rearward facing seats.
     
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    Hi
    I had a 2007 swift with 2 seat belts I took my grandson on a trip to Norfolk my wife sat in the back on the bench type seats i went round a corner and she came of the seat and hurt her back,when we got home i looked into seat belt laws (only my interpretation of the information)
    If the van is up to 2007 it is not against the law to have occupants without seat belts but if there is a accident it is up to the police officer if you have taken reasonable care of the occupants if he thinks not you will be fined etc also your grandchild has to be seated in a belted seat/child seat.
    From 2008 onwards all occupants have to be in a seat belt.

    This is only my advice do not take the chance you would not forgive yourself if anything happens.

    I have changed my MH to one with 4 seat belts and always advice people to get one with 4
    so they do not have the problem you are now having.
    Paul
     
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    Hi
    Also forgot to say I checked with my insurance and they said if the occupants have not got seat belts on you would not be insured.
    Paul
     
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    If there is an accident and the person not wearing a seatbelt is injured or injures someone else you can be pretty sure that the police officer will decide you have not taken reasonable care of your passengers safety.

    These are the two points that make whatever the law says about old vans not needing seat belts completely irrelevant.
     
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    if it is a ducato i have a double seat available for very little money was like new condition but been in shed for 3 years so not sure how its fared there are only two bolts to fit these seats
     
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