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  1. #1
    Carseat Crazy whiteyacht's Avatar
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    Mar 2011

    Which passenger van?

    We'd like to upgrade from our minivan, since we're maxed out on seating. With a budget of $20k (preferably lower), which 12 (give or take) passenger vans would you recommend? Obviously I want headrests in all seating positions and need most to be usable for car seat installation.

    For example, I saw some 11 passenger vans for sale on a rental agency's site. All the seats were captain's seats with incorporated belts, and I wondered if such a set up was compatible with a good car seat installation.

    Thanks for your help!

    Eta: I'm intending to buy used, so model years with your suggestions would also help. Thank you!
    Last edited by whiteyacht; 10-10-2017 at 02:35 PM. Reason: Clarification
    Mama to M (9, hb Amp), B (7, hb Turbo), A (5, ff MyRide), E (2, rf Next), and J (6m, rf OnBoard)

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    Carseat Crazy
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    Jul 2014
    Hartford County, CT

    Re: Which passenger van?

    My brother and SIL have a 10 passenger Ford 150? 1500? I think it is a 2015. It has seats like you are describing the rental agency vans have. It has top tether anchors on every seat except the smaller folding seat in the 3rd row, and 2 full LATCH positions in the second row. A friend has a larger version of the same. I rode in it and it was comfortable for adults, and seemed like it would work well for car seats. The main limitations are which seats have space for rear-facers. There is room for 2-3 RF seats in the 10 passenger.
    Former CPST
    Mom of V, born 6/2014, FF in a Pioneer and Boulevard G4
    G dog, rescued 6/2016, in a belted SturdiBag

  4. #3
    CPS Technician
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Near Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Re: Which passenger van?

    I would look at the Ford Transit which comes in several set-ups. Or the Nissan NV. These 2 options have lap/shoulder belts in all locations and head supports everywhere too. Or check out the custom made one. See who made it and try seats out in it.
    Stefanie - CPST in Iowa
    mom to dd 11,/00, ds 11/01, ds 3/06, dd 04/07, dd 08/12 (radian rxt) ds 12/13 (evenflo sureride)

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