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Scotslass

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Hi, this is prob a ridiculous Q but I can’t find answers anywhere 🙈

Me and my partner are converting a 2015 Vauxhall Movano. It’s coming along a treat and we can’t wait to hit the open road when restrictions are lifted. We’re considering our seating options as we currently have the standard captain and bench seats. There’s 2 options:
  1. To install swivel bases on the captain and bench seats (in which case would anyone know where we could purchase these?)
  2. Buying 2 new captains seats with swivels for more space and comfort.
So my Q is, if we buy 2 new captains seats, do we need to stick to Vauxhall seats or could we buy another make such as VW (with swivels) and fit to the van?

Cheers for any advice!
 
Apr 12, 2012
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There was a video on You Tube by about fitting a swivel to a Sprinter double seat. It meant you got a bench seat without taking up space in the living area. I think it was Greg Verigo, scuse spelling if it’s wrong. His van build is worth looking at. He made a very professional job of the convertion.
 
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Scotslass

Scotslass

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Thanks v much 👌🏻 Could any type of seat fit to this base do you know?
 
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Scotslass

Scotslass

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There was a video on You Tube by about fitting a swivel to a Sprinter double seat. It meant you got a bench seat without taking up space in the living area. I think it was Greg Verigo, scuse spelling if it’s wrong. His van build is worth looking at. He made a very professional job of the convertion.
I’ve seen some of Greg’s videos, he done a hellova job! 😎
 
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2nd shout for Kiravans. I used them for my Peugeot seat swivels and excellent service. The swivels are manufactured for each type of seat base and seat. If you plan on changing the seats, you will either have to build a bracket for the new seat, get a suitable donor seat or get very lucky!

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Jun 28, 2020
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I'd happy take your bench seat

Does it have the fold down middle seat/table?

I have a captain seat but it knackered and mk2.

Cheers janes
 
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any seat can be fitted to any base but many will need a lot of fabrication work look for some thing with the same width runners,removing a double seat for a single will require one of the pretensioners to be removed and replaced with a resistor or you will get an error code flag up dont turn on the ignition while the seats are unplugged for the same reason
 
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also remember swivels will raise the seat so you may need shorter bases especially if the driver is tall

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Jun 8, 2012
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Movano bench seats don't have bases, so there are no bench seat swivels available that I've found. They have welded steel legs. The legs attach to floor fittings that will take a single seat base that can take a swivel.
 

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You should be able to get Aguti or ISRI seats that fit but not cheap probably no change out of a grand or two.
 
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Swivel kit for bench seat available from www.customshopdesigns.com.
i had one fitted to our Citroen Relay PVC, check out the vids it’s our van with the light grey panels.

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I've brought as T5 swivel seat as I'm thinking a T5 is narrower than the movano and will allow passage back to front and I get to keep the double front seat.

Cheers James
 
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Unfortunately, the Movano is equivalent to the Renault Master. There's loads of options for Renault Relay which is the same as Vauxhall Vivaro.
 
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Sorry, I got slightly confused there (confusing the Citroen Relay with the Renault Trafic). However, unfortunately, the Citroen Relay is not related to the Movano, either. It is a basically a Fiat Ducato. I still haven't found a conversion for the Movano bench seat, which, at a cursory glance, it not surprising when you see how it is constructed from welded pipework rather than sitting on a nice rectangular base that you could bolt a swivel to.

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Sorry, I got slightly confused there (confusing the Citroen Relay with the Renault Trafic). However, unfortunately, the Citroen Relay is not related to the Movano, either. It is a basically a Fiat Ducato. I still haven't found a conversion for the Movano bench seat, which, at a cursory glance, it not surprising when you see how it is constructed from welded pipework rather than sitting on a nice rectangular base that you could bolt a swivel to.
Speak to custom designs they do kits fo many makes of vehicle
 
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Speak to custom designs they do kits fo many makes of vehicle
Although if they do, it is likely to be very expensive, as it would require a new seat base and modification of the existing bench seat structure. You probably need to look at the Movano bench seat structure to understand why it is so difficult compared to other vans. I think it would be easier to find a bench seat and base from a different van, fit a swivel to that and bolt it to the floor (presumably requiring newly positioned holes).
 
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Although if they do, it is likely to be very expensive, as it would require a new seat base and modification of the existing bench seat structure. You probably need to look at the Movano bench seat structure to understand why it is so difficult compared to other vans. I think it would be easier to find a bench seat and base from a different van, fit a swivel to that and bolt it to the floor (presumably requiring newly positioned holes).
No alterations are needed to the seat or the frame, the swivel kit is bolted direct onto the existing fixing holes in bench frame then base is bolted to floor pan. It took around 45 mins to unbolt bench frame from floor, add the top unit of swivel to frame and then bolt bottom section to floor Then join together. No alterations needed to bench, frame or floor.
the swivel units are made to EU crash spec and are designed and made in Blackburn.
your idea of getting a seat from another van may not work because of the seat belts.
if you cannot see the one that fits your van on the website call them they are really helpful.

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