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Old 10-21-2019, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Seat swivels

Any idea where I can track down a pair of seat swivels for a 2019 2WD Crew Van. Sportcraft (who I used on my first van) says they won't be in the US until the end of the year.

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Old 10-21-2019, 06:33 PM   #2
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I just received my pair of aplinemechanisms swivels. Many others ordering too, so call and pay to get in line. Expensive and heavy wood boxed shipping, but worth it to me. Very low profile and uses 3/16 plate steel with big bushing for rotation. Offset swivel like others so can rotate without opening door. Seven Savage (sp) and Grant both use them so take a look.
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Old 10-21-2019, 08:04 PM   #3
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I just received my pair of aplinemechanisms swivels. Many others ordering too, so call and pay to get in line. Expensive and heavy wood boxed shipping, but worth it to me. Very low profile and uses 3/16 plate steel with big bushing for rotation. Offset swivel like others so can rotate without opening door. Seven Savage (sp) and Grant both use them so take a look.
Thanks, but these are not DOT approved. Thoughts on using non DOT approved seat swivels? What sort of issues can come up if you're in an accident and the swivel breaks resulting in death?
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Old 10-22-2019, 03:24 AM   #4
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The issue that comes up is you’re dead.
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Old 10-22-2019, 05:51 AM   #5
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Not unless it is your friend riding with you and their spouse sues for negligence. Just for the record, I am waiting on DOT approved swivels. There is no way I would alter the seats unless using DOT approved ones. Just too risky.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:06 AM   #6
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There is no way I would alter the seats unless using DOT approved ones. Just too risky.
Are there any DOT approved swivel mechanisms available? The Alpine swivel seats are clearly more robust than any of the other swivels I've seen.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:25 AM   #7
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The majority of added items in my van build are not DOT approved.


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Old 10-22-2019, 02:35 PM   #8
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Are there any DOT approved swivel mechanisms available? The Alpine swivel seats are clearly more robust than any of the other swivels I've seen.


The only aftermarket one Iím aware of is still going through DOT testing and wonít be available for at least 6-8 weeks. But the previous model (for 2018 and earlier) was DOT approved.


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Old 10-22-2019, 02:50 PM   #9
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Oh I know, but the seats seem like something that would be on the top of the list. Same for propane tanks I guess...there are lots of options for RV (DOT approved) propane tanks out there. I have 3 kids, so the Crew van was the only way to go for me, but you still cannot order a Crew (or Passenger) with factory Mercedes swivels. Hopefully they change that soon.
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Old 10-22-2019, 02:50 PM   #10
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This question is always interesting to me...assuming your building out your van and your concerned about head on collision I don’t think being concerned about your seat base is the only issue, I see people using magnetic knife holders, pots and pans, surfboards, bikes, climbing gear, wood beds and all other types of gear flying from behind you in a head on. Even if a work van...I could imagine a plumbers van in a head on without the partition would be a nightmare
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