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    Recommendation for seat for 4yo, used sparingly, in 1998 Dodge Ram (with shallow bench seat)

    Title pretty much sums it up! DD was 4 in Feb. and is about 37 pounds. I don't know her exact torso measurement, but she's a bit taller than average. She normally rides harnessed in a Nautilus in my car. We have a 1998 Dodge Ram truck with a bench seat in back that we use sparingly for trips to our lake lot, etc. (less than 10 minute drive). That is really the only time she's in that vehicle. I have 2 extra Nautilus seats, but the bench is too shallow for them to be installed properly ... they overhang a little bit. Soooo ... I'm looking for a seat for her with either a shallower base, or one that is ok to overhang. Also, being it's used so infrequently, I don't want to spend much. I was leaning towards a Maestro, but we live in a rural area and have found nowhere to see one in person, and I understand that once the harness is outgrown, so is the booster portion. I also thought about a HBB, as she is good at sitting still and it will be used so little, but that thought kind of makes my stomach knot up (even though she will be 4.5 this summer)! Suggestions? I've tried searching the forums, but still unsure. Thanks!

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    Re: Recommendation for seat for 4yo, used sparingly, in 1998 Dodge Ram (with shallow bench seat)

    It's okay to use a Nautilus in harness mode with overhang. It's only in booster mode that overhang isn't allowed.

    If the Nautilus still won't work, then yeah, I'd go with a Maestro. It's cheap anyways, and you can always sell it later when it's outgrown.
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    Re: Recommendation for seat for 4yo, used sparingly, in 1998 Dodge Ram (with shallow bench seat)

    The Nautilus allows overhang up to 20%, if it is to much, try the Securekid or Maestro.
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    Re: Recommendation for seat for 4yo, used sparingly, in 1998 Dodge Ram (with shallow bench seat)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dmcj13 View Post
    The Nautilus allows overhang up to 20%, if it is to much, try the Securekid or Maestro.
    LOL! It's a tie! (the time stamps on our posts, I mean) And thanks for specifying the 20%.
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    Re: Recommendation for seat for 4yo, used sparingly, in 1998 Dodge Ram (with shallow bench seat)

    Really? It does overhang less than 20%. I swear the manual said no overhang at all ... now I'll have to go re-read it ...

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    Re: Recommendation for seat for 4yo, used sparingly, in 1998 Dodge Ram (with shallow bench seat)

    Quote Originally Posted by JaclynZ View Post
    Really? It does overhang less than 20%. I swear the manual said no overhang at all ... now I'll have to go re-read it ...
    It only says that in the booster section. If you read the harness section, it doesn't specify any rules at all. I think the 20% came from a Graco rep.
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