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

    For my home daycare, I have three across in my 2000 Mazda Protege

    I have my DS rf'ing in a Truefit behind the driver, a Cosco Scenera FF'ing in the middle and a Radian FF'ing behind the passenger seat.

    All belt stalks twisted down.

    I'm a tech.

    I'm really amazed at how well the Scenera and Radian fit together... almost like they were made that way!




    ETA: Was fiddling around the other day, and realized that this works if the TrueFit is FF as well. I'm gobsmacked, but it all works.
    Last edited by Twinklefae; 02-23-2010 at 01:38 PM.
    3 kids riding across in a Nissan Altima - how did that happen? Orion in a Britax Parkway, Alice RF in a Safety 1st Complete Air and Terran in a Graco Snugride 35!

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    No pictures... I'll have to do it again.

    2006 subaru impreza. All seatbelt installs. Checked by me (just waiting for tech cert to be posted)

    Drivers side: rf radian xt
    Center: rf combi coccoro
    passenger side: rf CA

    Crystal: CPST, DCP and BFF to:
    Hania: 3 months, rf in a nuna pipa
    Piper: 2 years, 26lbs rf in a monkey clek fllo
    Isabella: 4.5 years, 32lbs rf in a clek foonf
    Rocking out in a 2015 Subaru WRX and a 2006 Toyota Sienna

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2003 Toyota Corolla

    Driver's side to passenger side:

    SafeGuard Go (harness mode), LATCH; RF Radian, seatbelt; Graco TurboBooster.

    Booster is still difficult to buckle and unbuckle-- I've been buckling first, pulling slack into the lap portion, and having her wiggle under to get in. I am a tech.
    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    in a ford mondeo 98

    graco logico s with base
    britax hi-liner highback booster
    nania highback booster

    graco logico s with base
    britax hi-liner
    nania backless booster

    all with seatbelt, and the boosters very hard to buckle would be easier with out base on infant seat.
    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

    subaru impreza
    all seatbelt installs. All independently tight. Checked by me.

    Drivers, center, passenger
    RF RNXT, rf cco, rf rnxtsl

    Crystal: CPST, DCP and BFF to:
    Hania: 3 months, rf in a nuna pipa
    Piper: 2 years, 26lbs rf in a monkey clek fllo
    Isabella: 4.5 years, 32lbs rf in a clek foonf
    Rocking out in a 2015 Subaru WRX and a 2006 Toyota Sienna

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Weather permitting, I will get pics of my 3 across tomorrow.

    2000 Pontiac Grand Prix...all seat belt installs...all tethered.

    Radian XT (passenger side FF), Britax DC (center FF) and Britax RA (driver side RF)
    Kay... Former CPST, Working Mom to SIX!
    27, 26, 20, 9, 9 and 7!
    'Grammy' to Sophia, Kyra,...and Elijah James

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2002 Chevy Malibu

    Frontier latch
    RF radian 65 lap belt
    Chicco key fit latch

    This is the only time I have been able to use latch on 2 car seats in a three across!

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2005 Highlander

    Passenger side: Turbo (and yes, it can be buckled!)
    Center: Nautilus
    Driver's: RF Radian (old style boot)

    All seatbelt installs. Not checked by a tech...yet!

    Tried many other combinations and either couldn't get a good install, or couldn't buckle the turbo. (Stay tuned as the Murano is next on the list today using the same seats.)

    Here is the best picture I could manage. Yes, I know the radian isn't tethered (and there are no straps in the GN either). I was playing in the driveway trying to see what might work for the new baby without getting all new seats (not that I wouldn't want to...I just can't afford to!)
    Last edited by scoutingbear; 02-16-2010 at 12:50 AM. Reason: adding pictures
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Had to show off my 3 across in our 1997 GMC Suburban with the brown Marathon cover from Judi (BIG THX)

    Marathon (shoulder/lap belt) - Husky w/ TP cover (long lap belt path & tethered to 3rd row lapbelt - SN (should/lap belt)



    Mama to:
    Bryce (10y 2m - 4' 10" - 107#) *Clek Ozzi
    Michael (20y)*Belt
    Andrew (21y)*Belt

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2009 Murano

    GN, RF Radian, GN
    GN, RF Radian, Turbo (hard to buckle, but doable. 6 year old not available for testing)

    All seatbelt installs, not checked by a tech...yet.


    (Ignore the little model in the turbo. He wanted to try his brother's seat and as long as he was strapped in, he couldn't torment the kids next door! He is only 3 and rides in his GN, Radian, or MA)

    Last edited by scoutingbear; 02-16-2010 at 12:53 AM. Reason: Adding photos
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Okay, so I don't have any pictures, but this is what has worked in my car

    2006 Hyundai Sonata all seat belt installs

    Drivers side---------Center---------Passenger side
    RF Scenera ---------FF RN-------Olli Booster
    RF RN --------------FF RN---------Olli
    RF RN---------------FF RN----------Parkway
    RF RN---------------FF RN--------SK Monterey HBB, narrowest setting, PITB to buckle

    RN FF'ing or RF'ing center with a booster on each side, any of the above will work

    What WON'T work, I can't seem to find a way to make the EFTA work with any of these Regent is not possible that I can find (but maybe I just suck? :P), and I forgot to try the Vivo and it isn't with me right now.

    Connor, 11 years, 5' 112lbs, seatbelt
    Ella, 8 years, 52" 60lb, FR 85, PW

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by rodentranger View Post
    Added one. No edit?

    2004 Expedition
    2nd row, all seats LATCH installation
    Drivers and passenger outboard, rf MA
    center ff TF
    2004 Expedition
    2nd row, all LATCH
    rf CA driver outboard, rf MA center, ff GN pass outboard. CA doesn't puzzle well with the MA, but I had a time constraint and didn't try shuffling anything around.
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    In Use:2 PKWY SGLs, FR80, GN, HB TB Teaching seats: Titan 65, Lite Rider Retired: Wizard, 2 33 lb MA's, 2 50 lb CAs, 3 XTSLs, Regent
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Make/Model/Year: 2005 Honda Odyssey
    Install method: Seatbelts , LATCH
    Configuration of seats:3rd row, Forward facing Radian, Rear Facing Radian, forward facing radian.
    Seats used: RadianXT, radian65, radian65.
    Checked by a Tech: Yes, two.


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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2003 Nissan Sentra

    Driver's side to passenger side:

    High back Graco Turbo Booster, Ride Safer Travel Vest (seatbelt only-- did not use tether, but you could), RF Complete Air (seatbelt, buckle twisted 3 times, used a rolled towel to get an approximately 35 degree angle, plenty of leg room in seat in front of it.)

    I am a tech.

    CPST and Mom to Emma, 15, Bridget, 13, Maggie, 11, Katie Sue, 6, Jimmy, born May 2019,
    and Becky, waiting for us as part of our eternal family.
    Our '02 Odyssey, car seats, and seatbelts saved our lives. Now riding in a '13 Odyssey!

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2009 (?) Nissan Rogue -- maybe a 2010, it was a recent model as it was a rental car.

    Driver to passenger, all seatbelt installs -- RFing Scenera, Cosco HBB (harnessed,) Highback Graco Turbo:



    Not tech-checked, it was a rental setup I used for about two days. If I recall correctly, the Turbo wasn't bad at all to buckle, due to the way the seats puzzled together.

    2006 Honda Pilot, 2nd row, driver to passenger, all seatbelt installs:

    RF MyRide, RF Radian, Cosco Ambassador/Evenflo Big Kid backless-- but pretty much any seat would fit here
    Cosco Ambassador, RF Radian, RF MyRide
    RF MR, RF Radian, RF Scenera
    FF Scenera, FF Nautilus, Cosco Ambassador/Evenflo Big Kid backless
    Evenflo Big Kid, FF Nautilus, Cosco Ambassador
    Baseless SR22, RF Radian, RF MR

    Plan on twisting the buckle stalks when they're long, except of course with the boosters.

    I'm sure many other combos would fit, too. It's a pretty wide seat. Radian will only fit front-to-back RFing in center, although if you're not using the front passenger seat it would probably fit there as well. RFing seats will only fit behind the driver if you have this row all the way back, in which case you cannot fit RFing seats in the 3rd row. As long as you can puzzle on the driver/center position, I would imagine you could fit many (most) things on the passenger side. I will edit in other combos as I find them, since I don't have my seat setup finalized yet.

    3rd row:

    Several combos with a seatbelt kid in one position or another. My ~90lb, 53" (?) 8yo fits the belt back there, and his ~60lb, 48" 6yo brother almost does. Staying in position is, of course, another story.

    After much, much work, I was able to get the following, driver to passenger, seatbelt installs:

    RF Radian, RF Coccoro, RF MR



    Many, many, many caveats...
    1) This is a VERY difficult install. Although I'm not a tech, I have done many 3-acrosses, and this the hardest one I've ever done. It took literally hours, tons of combinations, and help from my roommate, to get it all in.
    2) There are a number of installs that seem tight back there, until you check for independent tightness, and then they are VERY loose. This is especially true of the Coccoro, driver outboard. Beware.
    3) I have not verified the MR install (nor have I used it yet,) but based on what I learned I'm reasonably sure it's tight. I just couldn't take out the other seats once I got them in. I'll need to use it this afternoon, so I'll be verifying/reinstalling at naptime.
    4) Do NOT lock the shoulder belt on the Coccoro if you route it around the back, you will be very sorry if you do... it rotates the seat upwards and messes up the whole install.
    5) You'll need to load these kids through the hatch.
    6) The second row of seats will be folded down while you install these. Unless there's a way I don't know about, you have to put the row into its upright and locked position to get it to lock upright. Then lean over the seat, and move the benches all the way forward -- I think it's five clicks -- and that's the only way you'll have enough room for the RFing seats.

    I also learned that the Coccoro and Nautilus do not fit in ANY 3-across combo. Nautilus does not fit at all on the 40% portion of the seat. Graco Turbo is nearly impossible on the 40% portion of the seat, due to the fact that the base more-or-less covers the buckle in such a way that it's extremely difficult to get it buckled. Cosco Ambassador actually works well.

    This has not yet been tech-checked, once I get all of my seats (I'm still waiting for a booster or two to arrive) I plan on taking the whole vehicle to get it checked. I'm comfortable using the installs in the meantime; I tend to be pretty picky about my seats.

    Editing to add:

    I checked the 3rd row and determined the Coccoro was NOT independently tight in the center, though it was close. It was when I put it in, but I think I knocked it askew when installing the MR. MR was fine. It may have been possible to get the Coccoro okay, but in the midst of working on it, I discovered the MR actually fit in that same spot.

    I took the process of install Radian, install MR, remove Radian. Check MR for tightness (it actually required me tightening it a tad more.) Put on MR locking clip. Uninstall MR. Install both Radian and Coccoro, checking for individual tightness. Reinstall MR.

    Getting the MR to buckle is very, very hard. I've done it twice; first time I had my hand under the MR cupholder/between MR & CCO working the buckle while my roommate went through the hatch and practically did a jumping handstand in the MR. Second time, I went through the hatch, peeled back the MR cover and was able to get one hand thru the beltpath, and other hand between the MR & CCO to get two hands' pressure on the buckle, and perform a contortionist routine to sling one leg over the seat to get enough pressure in the seat to buckle the MR. It was pretty funny looking I'm sure, and scraped up my arm... I alarmed the dcparent in the driveway with my "GOT IT!!!" yell when the danged thing finally buckled.

    After the whole thing is installed, I lock the MR belt, loosely. Or if I don't, the kids do, climbing in and out. If I have to take out the MR, I leave the locking clip on but unbuckle the belt at the plug (no clue what to call it -- the buckle that's not the normal buckle, lol,) so that it can retract enough to unlock without taking off the locking clip.

    I have not taken a picture.
    Last edited by Carrie_R; 03-07-2010 at 09:48 PM.
    Down to just a spare Radian, folded in the hall closet for my Godbaby.

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2001 Ford F350 SuperDuty
    rf driver outboard MA, seatbelt install
    ff center CA, seatbelt install no top tether (no anchors available)
    rf passenger outboard MA seatbelt installation

    FF CA puzzles quite well with a rf MA!
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    So of course I forgot to get pics while I had them installed, oh well.

    2009 Sienna rear bench

    Rfing radian, passenger side outboard, installed with LATCH and RF tethered to bolt on floor that is for moving the captain's chairs too.
    Rfing SS1 with base, middle, installed with LATCH
    Turbobooster driver side outboard. I pulled the seatbelt buckle under the LATCH holding the SS1 and they didn't interfere at all. To buckle, I had to reach through the holes on the front of the SS1 base, then buckle him, then pop the baby's seat in.
    Mommy to two wild little boys and a little princess!
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    DD (07/09, 33", 23lbs), rfing Flair MyRide / rfing Scenera

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    subbing and I will add my own successful 3-across installs soon

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2006 Mazda MPV van 3rd row. All seatbelt installs, No LATCH in the 3rd row.

    Drivers side ------ center ------- Passenger side
    RF RNXTSL -------- rf CCO --------- rf CCO
    All solid, checked by me.
    the carrot cake cco tilts very slightly due to the bump in the XTSL, however it's less than a 1/2 inch total so I didn't think it was that bad.

    Crystal: CPST, DCP and BFF to:
    Hania: 3 months, rf in a nuna pipa
    Piper: 2 years, 26lbs rf in a monkey clek fllo
    Isabella: 4.5 years, 32lbs rf in a clek foonf
    Rocking out in a 2015 Subaru WRX and a 2006 Toyota Sienna

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2005 Highlander

    KF 30 no base (driver's side), Turbo, FF Radian 65 (LATCH install, passenger side)

    Hard to buckle the turbo, he couldn't do it, but I could somewhat easily do it between the side of the turbo and the Radian. Sorry, no pictures. Forgot to take the camera out to do it before the baby went home today.
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