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    New to us trucks

    We are in search of a full size truck. We have a 6 year old (40lbs, 44 inches), who is harnessed 99.9% of the time. I also some times have a 1 year old (rf), a 3 year old (ff, 30lbs), and a 5 year old (ff 50lbs). The car seats I own are an evenflo maestro, graco nautilus, and a clek oobr. I also have in my possession a radian 80 and a safety 1st complete air. (Thank you, Judi!)

    Anyway we are going to be looking at several different trucks to find one we both like. Right now these are the ones we are kind of looking at:

    2003 Ford f250 crew cab
    1998/1999 dodge 2500 extended cab
    2004 Ford f350 crew cab

    I'm sure we will find others to look at

    How will car seats work with these trucks?
    Hayley 10/16/08 Graco Nautilus and Evenflo Maestro

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    Re: New to us trucks

    We have a 2012 F350 which has a pretty similar wide, flat backseat as the older year F250/350 you're looking at. Car seat installs are an absolute breeze and it's nice that the seats so wide you can fit any combo of any three seats back there.

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    We have now come across a 2000 Chevy extended cab and a 2005 Chevy crew cab.
    How are they for car seats?
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    Re: New to us trucks

    WE have a 2002 extended cab Silverado(suicide doors, right? It works for my booster rider and FFer, but it's tight front to back. Plenty of side-to-side room, though, and I would guess that most RF seats would fit in the middle with the top between the 2 front seats. I do lean the front seats forward to let my kids get in because there's not much space to climb in.

    My dad and my brother have F150s, a 2008 and a 2012 or 13. Both also very car seat friendly. They both have the suicide doors (forget what Ford calls that), and again, not great front-to-back space, but plenty side-to-side. MY step-dad has a 2006 F150 4-door and it's awesome all around for car seats.

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    Re: New to us trucks

    Your going to have issues finding top tether anchors for the 2000 Chevy dh had one...kinda still has it lol.

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    Re: New to us trucks

    The Dodge has long wonky belt stalks that make installs tricky. Only spot the Radian was compatible was the front center.

    The Fords are very car seat friendly.
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    Re: New to us trucks

    Are you looking at 6p or 5p?

    Pretty sure those Fords & Dodges don't have headrests at all in the back. That's going to limit the back seat to people under 10yo-ish. I would look at the Chevys. They had outboard headrests.

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    This is the back seat of the truck we ended up getting. (The crew cab was sold)
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    This is a 03 extended cab
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