Talbot Glendale Rear Seat Belts question

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  1. Pento1

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    Hi All, I am new to the world of motorhomes and to this forum...so hello everyone :). I have recently acquired a 1985 Talbot Express (5 berth) in excellent condition. I have a 7 month old baby boy and the idea of the motorhome purchase was to have many family camping experiences. I am looking for some advise on getting seat belts installed in the back of the motorhome that can be used for a forward facing child seat. Thanks....Pento1
     
  2. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Hiya and welcome to MHF.
    Does your Motorhome have the rear facing seat behind the drivers seat or just bench seats?
    Reason I ask is that you wont get anyone to fit lap-strap belts on a side facing seat. When your Mh was made you didnt have to have seat belts in the back.
    You may get someone to fit them on the rear facing seat if you have one.
    I know you said you wanted a front facing car seat , did you mean front facing on the chair or front facing towards the cab of the vehicle?
    You may find that you end up having to have the baby on the front passenger seat. Someone else may say different but thats what I'm led to believe. Hope you can get sorted out.
     
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    Hi Pento1

    Welcome to MH Fun first

    Getting retro fitted seat belts is almost impossible, older vans don't have the necessary mounting points. Most of the structures inside the van are built with wood and not like modern ones that have seatbelts fitted with a metal framework fixed to the base chassis, and mounting points fitted prior to building the interior of the van.

    Most workshops will not take the risk of fitting due to health and safety restrictions to the best of my knowledge, as they would be responsible if any thing went wrong.
     
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    Unlikely you will get anyone to retrofit belts as the proper mountings wont be there.

    Many years ago I fitted a seat belt mounted child seat in the back of a Kon-Tiki 650 to a rear facing seat, as I thought that would be safer than forward facing. I constructed a dexion frame within the seat box, bolted through the floor and mounted the seat belt to that.
    While this was not as strong as a proper chassis mount, it was much better than having a baby bouncing around loose at the back. In those days seatbelts were not compulsory and so a seven berth van could be fitted with just two seatbelts as in this case. The baby I made it for is now 6ft 8" so obviously it didn't stunt his growth :Laughing:
     
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    Hi and welcome to the site from another pompey lad. (though now living in Devon) I am afraid retro fit seat belts will most likely be impossible commercially. I also seem to remember it is illegal to have a childs seat in the front of the cab (could be wrong) So it looks like it will be down to you to fit something you are happy with as garages will not take the risk.
     
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    Sorry no can do without aproved fixing/anchor points in addition you could invalidate your insurance.


    Peter
     
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