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    CPS Technician munchkin's Avatar
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2005 Explorer Sport Trac (pick up like Explorer)

    Passenger - middle - driver

    RF Marathon - RF Radian - FF Frontier
    LATCh or belt - belt - LATCh or SBP belt




    FF Marathon - FF Radian - FF Frontier
    LATCh or belt - belt (recline down) - LATCh or SBP belt




    Can also use the Frontier in Booster mode (although it is harder to do with it LATChed in, because you can't scoot the seat over) with the Radian either FF or RF (easier when RF).
    Last edited by munchkin; 04-14-2009 at 08:33 PM.
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    M 11.5 years & E 9 years & A 4.5 years & J 2 years & L 1 month

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    CPS Technician munchkin's Avatar
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2007 Ford Focus

    Passenger - middle - driver

    FF Frontier (LBP) - RF Radian - RF Marathon
    All with seat belts and tethered.





    (The trickiest part was buckling the Marathon in because the stalk is on the other side of the middle belt.)


    The passenger seat can be moved all the way back , so if you switch the Frontier and Marathon, the drivers seat could go all the way back (just make sure you put the Frontier in first because of the belt layout).

    Forward facing the Radian or Marathon would not work because the sides of the top of the Radian flare out too much.
    Katie ~ expired CPST & aunt to
    M 11.5 years & E 9 years & A 4.5 years & J 2 years & L 1 month

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    Senior Community Member Mama Jo's Avatar
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2007 Kia Sedona LWB, 3rd row

    Vivo
    BLVD - with seatbelt
    Turbo

    Not checked by a tech, but the BLVD's solid... and it's pretty hard to screw up a couple of boosters...

    Ok, so it's an easy one. I'll try other configurations with my other seats as I have time...

    The middle seatbelt in this is kinda of tricky to work with because of the 60-40 split. It would probably work best to put a Radian in the drivers side position (which I plan to do at some point) because that seat offers the least amount of room based on the placement of the seatbelts.

    Mama to
    DD - 9 yrs. - FN booster, Vivo
    DS - 4 yrs. RNXT, RA50

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    no pics yet (try soon!) but I just did my first sucessful 3-across in my Mom's 2003 (I think!) Honda CRV. It consisted of:

    High-Back Turbo Booster (driver outboard)
    FFing Scenera with seatbelt install (center)
    High-Back Turbo Booster (passenger outboard)

    This is probably just "3-across 101" for all you experts out there, but it was my first try, and I was so happy it worked! I did it!
    Ruth--Mommy to 4: Dominic, 10; Jacob, 8; Joy, 6, Gloria, 3.5. My babies are growing up!

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Passenger-FF Radian, center-RF Radian, driver-RF Diplomat in a 2008 Chevy Cobalt. All with LATCH, but if the RF Radian in the center didn't have the new RF foot I would have had to use the seatbelt for the Diplomat. Still a good install. Can't recline the Diplomat as much as I'd like but it worked for the quick trips I needed it for.


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    A ~ FF in Recaro Probooster, 8
    J ~ FF in Radian 80, 5
    B ~ FF in Radian XTSL, 3
    A ~ Keyfit 30, 1

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    I finally have a successful 3 across

    1998 BMW 318i

    Passenger - Britax Multi Tech rf (only place it can go) Sealtbelt

    Centre - Safe and Sound (Britax) Protector Harness ff (for use from 14kg to 32kg with lap belt)

    Driver - Nania BeWay Booster ff (harnessed to 18kg/40lbs then as a booster to 36kg) Seat belt





    Passenger - Britax Multi Tech rf (only place it can go) Sealtbelt

    Centre - Safe and Sound (Britax) Protector Harness ff (for use from 14kg to 32kg with lap belt)

    Driver - Britax Companion rf, seat belt, without the base, there is no way I can get the base tight enough.

    Chrissy Mum to : Ds Isaac(6) & dd Annabelle(2)

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    In a 2000 Toyota Avalon- all with seatbelt.

    Radian XT RF, Keyfit 30 RF, and Vivo. - VERY hard to buckle Vivo. Judi *saw* the 3 across, but didn't check it.

    Boulevard RF, Radian XT RF, and Vivo. - Easier to buckle Vivo, but still took some work..

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2006 Honda Civic

    * Recaro Vivo (using seatbelt, of course)
    * RF Sunshine Kids Radian XT (installed using seatbelt and RF tether)
    * Graco Nautilus (installed using seatbelt and FF tether)

    Two installed carseats are independently secure. This is a TIGHT fit, but it works.



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    Learning to cope with the unexpected...

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    '05 Toyota Highlander

    KF30 (no base) driver's side, RF Radian, turbo HBB (it wouldn't work on the other side...couldn't reach to buckle

    RF MA, RF Radian, GN (all seat leaned slightly to the buckle side of the seatbelt but were all independently secure)

    FF MA, RF Radian, GN (see above)

    Not inspected by a tech; all seats were independently secure
    Karen
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    In a '94 Oldsmobile Cutlas.
    22lb snugride, ff cosco scenera, 22 lb snugride

    rf cosco scenera, GN, rf cosco scenera

    all seatbelt (with locking clips) installs (no latch in this older car)
    not checked by tech but all are great independant installs.



    -Jessica. mom to :
    Aislin (4-30-2006)..44lbs and 46.5 in tall. Boostered in a Cybex Solutions x-fix
    Skyla (3-13-2008)..32lbs and 43 in tall. Boostered in a Clek Oobr

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    We have a 2008 Mazda speed 3 4dr hatchback. We can get 3 FPSVB in the back row since the middle seat sits front a tad.
    Heather Mom to k-16yr 5'10" 140lb ;b-15 yr 5'4" 100lb;r-13yrs 5'4" 80lb ;e-11yrs 56" 60lb --seatbelts;s-5yrs 46" 45lb 2nd row FF TFP;d-1 mo ~24" ~10lb graco rfing quick connect in 2011 Sienna

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2006 Honda Civic



    FF Britax Parkway
    RF Sunshine Kids Radian XT (seatbelt/RF tether)
    FF Graco Nautilus (seatbelt/FF tether)




    RF SafetyFirst Avenue
    FF Cosco Scenera
    FF Sunshine Kids Radian XT
    (all installed with seatbelts)



    FF Britax Boulevard
    RF Sunshine Kids Radian XT
    FF Recaro Vivo
    (all installed with seatbelts)


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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2005 Kia Spectra

    nauti used as a backless booster, RFing radian, nauti with harness

    The backless booster was really difficult to fit in. I had to compress the car's seat quite a bit. I haven't actually put kids in this combo yet. I'll let you know tomorrow how practical it is.
    Mama to Madison 1/12 Johnathon 11/14

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    I posted these in another thread but I'll put them here too.

    Van is a 2004 sienna. These are my kids and my two nieces dressed for my brother's wedding.

    middle row rf marathon, forward facing radian, graco tubo booster.



    back row

    12 year old in seat belt, 10 year old in seat belt, sunshine kids monterey




    This is my friend's car, I have permission to post the pictures. Car is a pontiac grand marque I think 91.

    rf marathon, graco snugride, and parkway


    Emily tech and mom to Jacob 16, Daniel 13, Benjamin 9, Elizabeth 6. Child care provider to 4 other kiddos.

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    in a ford mondeo 98

    britax hi-liner highback booster
    britax elite
    nania topo backless booster

    the booster seats are really hard to buckle the kids cant do it them self i have to buckle all three in, even a 9 year old which feels silly.
    T 15 seatbelt, T2 13 seatbelt, E 11 seatbelt, A 10 lbb, L 4 ff/hbb, S 2 ff, P 1 rf, D 3 ff, J 2 ff, T 1 rf and 7 months rf

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    '05 Kia Spectra

    FF nautilus w/ harness, RF radian 65, nautilus as backless booster

    I do have a picture but it is stuck on my camera because I lost the cord and neither of my computers have an SD outlet. One of these days when I'm at my mom's I'll upload the picture.

    The booster was hard to get into place because it just barely fit but once it was in buckling was pretty simple. Much easier than with the back. I would buckle it behind the belt path then put the belt in the red zone after it was buckled. I got the radian to fit between my seats so the front seats were almost all the way back. That was the first time I was able to do this.
    Mama to Madison 1/12 Johnathon 11/14

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2002 Honda Civic sedan

    Driver's FFing Radian, seatbelt
    Center RFing Radian, seatbelt
    Passenger FFing Radian, seatbelt

    All independently tight, and I am a tech.

    It definitely was not easy. First I had to position the center seat, and install the driver's seat. Then actually install the center seat. Then get the passenger seat in. Trying to install the passenger seat before the center seat didn't work, and neither did installing the center seat before the driver seat. There was twisting of the female belt stalk on all three seats. The center seat was one full twist, but I couldn't tell you how many on the outboard seats. Probably one or two (but definitely not more than three).
    Melissa, CPST and Mom to three

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    promised picture
    Last edited by skiersnowboarder3; 06-11-2012 at 01:16 PM.
    Mama to Madison 1/12 Johnathon 11/14

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    My first successful 3 across
    2006 Kia Sedona 3rd row bench
    Graco MyRide ff passenger side, seat belt install
    Parkway Booster center
    Radian XT rf latch install

    Not checked by a tech but both seats are rock solid and there is plenty of room for the parkway to be buckled.
    DD1 10.5y/o seatbelt
    DD2 8y/o 45" 52lbs. backless
    DS 7y/o 51" 58lbs. ProBooster or backless

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Not sure how much help this will be, but I'll contribute anyways in case it may help someone sometime.

    97 Pontiac Grand Am

    Century Ascend, Cosco Touriva (FF), Evenflo Express

    All in harnessed mode, installed with seatbelts, no tethers (don't think there were any.)

    Very, VERY tight install -- if you're going to try this (or similar) expect scraped up hands. I believe it touched the door on at least one side; I didn't know any better at the time. Someone with more experience may have been able to achieve a better install; I thought being able to close the doors was victory enough. We rode this way for about a year.


    2002 GMC Safari

    Have had many combinations of car seats in here -- just listing a few...

    All installed with seatbelts, l/s-l-l/s, listed driver-middle-passenger.

    2nd Row
    Cosco Booster*/Evenflo Express/Snugride w/o base (may have fit with, never tried it)
    Cosco Booster*/Snugride w/base/Evenflo Express
    Cosco HBB/Snugride w/base/Nautilus
    Cosco HBB/Snugride w/base/Graco Airbooster
    MR65/Snugride w/base/Cosco HBB**

    3rd Row
    Apex/Scenera FF/Apex
    Apex/Scenera RF/Apex
    Cosco Highrise/Evenflo Express/Cosco Highrise
    Cosco Highrise/Scenera FF/Highrise
    Highrise/Scenera/Cosco Summit



    To be honest... I find it hard to believe that any combination of seats couldn't be somehow worked out in this van. We have to do a bit of crawling under/around to get kids INTO their seats, and it helps to have kids who can buckle (or mostly buckle) their harnesses, but you do what you have to do. (Pre-reharnessing, my rule was that whomever wanted to sit in the "back corner" had to be able to buckle themselves.) Worst seat to buckle by far is the Scenera in the Apex config, but I think that has more to do with it being a RFing Scenera and less to do with the configuration.

    *Not sure model name... high back booster that has no harness. Cosco or Dorel something. (Voyager?) We always called it "brown seat," ha ha.
    **Not 100% sure this config is an acceptable install, due to the play between the SR and the MR, but I'm guessing if the psg seat can be moved forward, you could put the Snugride outboard and the HBB in the middle.

    None of these were tech-checked, btw... I'm very much not a tech, but my car seats do NOT move once I've installed them.

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