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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Make/Model/Year: Toyota Sienna 04
    Install method: Seatbelts - all lap/shoulder belts
    Configuration of seats: Outboard rear-facing, middle forward facing
    Seats used: 2MA (center and outboard), 1DC (outboard)
    Checked by a Tech: Yes

    see thread with pics here

    Unfortunately I tried this with 2MAs and 1BV (DC replaced with BV by Britax) and I could not get a good fit. It must be due to them all having the LATCH bars. The DC doesn't have LATCH bars which is why I was able to get the 3 of them to fit nice and snug. I think the absence of the LATCH bars just gave a smidgen of extra room. Amazing how that one difference made such a HUGE difference.
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    Maddie 7yo, 50#, FF Radian
    Nathan 9yo, 58#, FF Frontier

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    I would monopolize the thread if I tried to list ALL the 3 acrosses I've done in the past 10 years, LOL.

    So I'll just post what I've learned doing 3 across.

    1. don't assume.

    A big car seat may fit in a 3 across in a small car. Even in a space where a smaller seat did not fit.

    A combination of seats that seems impossible may work if you change what goes where. Or what child uses which seat.

    Driver and passenger outboard positions are not necessarily identical.

    2. Don't be afraid to try something someone else found impossible.

    3. Don't measure. The numbers NEVER add up to enough space, but that doesn't mean squat.

    4. You may end up with a car seat brand you said you would never buy. (I may have to buy another d@mn Radian in the near future)

    5. Don't attempt a 3 across when you are really hungry/tired/annoyed with the world. You'll end up throwing something expensive down on the driveway in disgust.

    6. Do keep your sense of humor when the cop stops to ask you what you are doing in your bathrobe throwing stuff around in the driveway at 2 AM.

    7.Remember that new seats are almost always cheaper than new cars. Practice saying this in the mirror before breaking the news to your SO.

    8. Find a car seat buddy to play 3 across with. ( JULIE!!) Make sure to have lots of ice cream and root beer on-hand to see you through it.
    Kimberly
    Proud mommy of Becky 18! Danny 15 Hope 12~Auntie to William-14, David-10, and Logan 2~

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by safeinthecar View Post
    I would monopolize the thread if I tried to list ALL the 3 acrosses I've done in the past 10 years, LOL.

    So I'll just post what I've learned doing 3 across.

    1. don't assume.

    A big car seat may fit in a 3 across in a small car. Even in a space where a smaller seat did not fit.

    A combination of seats that seems impossible may work if you change what goes where. Or what child uses which seat.

    Driver and passenger outboard positions are not necessarily identical.

    2. Don't be afraid to try something someone else found impossible.

    3. Don't measure. The numbers NEVER add up to enough space, but that doesn't mean squat.

    4. You may end up with a car seat brand you said you would never buy. (I may have to buy another d@mn Radian in the near future)

    5. Don't attempt a 3 across when you are really hungry/tired/annoyed with the world. You'll end up throwing something expensive down on the driveway in disgust.

    6. Do keep your sense of humor when the cop stops to ask you what you are doing in your bathrobe throwing stuff around in the driveway at 2 AM.

    7.Remember that new seats are almost always cheaper than new cars. Practice saying this in the mirror before breaking the news to your SO.

    8. Find a car seat buddy to play 3 across with. ( JULIE!!) Make sure to have lots of ice cream and root beer on-hand to see you through it.

    Julie, may I use this at my meeting next week? It's wonderful and SO TRUE!
    Joni
    Sunshine, 11, 5'3", 100 lbs in a 15.5" saddle

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    RF MA/Combi Tyro infant seat/FF Scenera
    All with belts
    Checked by a tech

    1998 Ford Taurus
    RF MA/RF Scenera/RF Scenera
    RF Scenera/FF Scenera/RF Combi Tyro Infant seat

    2001 Chevy Venture, 3 bucket seats in middle row
    RF MA (LATCH), RF or FF Scenera (ALR lap belt), RF or FF Radian (l/s belt)
    RF MA (LATCH), RF or FF Triumph (ALR lap belt), RF or FF Radian (l/s belt)
    RF MA (LATCH), RF Combi Tyro infant seat, RF or FF Radian or Triumph (l/s belt)
    *Radian installs RF in the center seat but is incompatible FF with the ALR lap belt.
    Checked by a tech.
    Anna~ RN and expired CPST (hoping to recert soon!)

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    You are a tech Anna But you're right, that doesn't work.
    Joni
    Sunshine, 11, 5'3", 100 lbs in a 15.5" saddle

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    98 Dodge Ram 2500

    Husky short belt path
    RF radian lap belt
    Husky short belt path

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    My three across scenerios, obviously all with belts:

    1997 Intrepid:
    Every combination that I tried (I can't even remember them all), RFing or FFing, of Decathlon, FPSVD, Snugride, older Triumph, or Touriva. Locking clips (or the lock-offs) were required to keep my belts tight, even with the flip the latchplate trick, for all of the installs I tried. The Snugride is a little tricky to get into its base when installed passenger side next to a FFing Decathlon.

    The Graco Nautilus, while it shockingly has a belt path that holds the belt at the correct angle so the locking mechanism actually works, will definitely NOT fit outboard next to a RFing Decathlon/FPSVD, that arrangement doesn't even come close to working.

    1998 2 door Chevy Cavalier
    I've never actually put 3 across in this car, but I was able to install a RFing Touriva passenger outboard with a FFing FPSVD center. There was room for another narrow seat like the Touriva or a narrow booster driver's side outboard.
    Liz
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    Rachael (11/03), Emily (8/06), and Naomi (1/09)

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2007 Ford F150
    FF MA, FF/RF MA, FF MA
    FF MA, FF radian, FF/RF MA

    Basically any way I work it I can get 3 across easily outboard ones with latch & center with seatbelt.

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    07 Jeep JK, 4 door Wrangler

    Not too hard. All use center seatbelt, most outboard installations use LATCH.

    RFing Britax/FFing Britax, FFing RN, RFing Britax/Combi Conection/Parkway/Evenflo Chase
    (The FFing RN with seatbelt is not for the faint of heart!)

    Really, most anything would fit three across, although you'd have to be creative with a Regent :-)


    9 yr old in a pink zebra NBB and 5-stepping
    6 yr DS1 old in a Harmony
    4 yr old DS2 in a Nautilus and Radian
    18 mo DS3 rfing in a MyRide65

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Stretchy Glue View Post
    Julie, may I use this at my meeting next week? It's wonderful and SO TRUE!

    It was me (safeinthecar) that posted this, not Julie. Julie used to be my car seat buddy before we both moved out of the Bay Area.

    But you are welcome to use it if you like.
    Kimberly
    Proud mommy of Becky 18! Danny 15 Hope 12~Auntie to William-14, David-10, and Logan 2~

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by safeinthecar View Post
    It was me (safeinthecar) that posted this, not Julie. Julie used to be my car seat buddy before we both moved out of the Bay Area.

    But you are welcome to use it if you like.
    I remember seeing Kimberly when I wrote that. Sorry. Thanks for letting use it. We'll all have a good laugh.
    Joni
    Sunshine, 11, 5'3", 100 lbs in a 15.5" saddle

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Jewels View Post
    Make/Model/Year: Honda Accord '96
    Install method: Seatbelts and top tether, outboard seats are lap/shoulder with lapbelt in the middle
    Configuration of seats: all Forward-facing (FF)
    Seats used: MA, Radian, MA
    Checked by a Tech: Yes




    Make/Model/Year: Rendezvous '06
    Install method: outboard FF - LATCH with tether, middle FF - lapbelt with tether, Outboard RF LATCH
    Configuration of seats: FF, FF, RF
    Seats used: MA, Radian, snugride
    Checked by a Tech: Yes

    Will add a picture later.
    I wonder how much different the backseat of an Accord is compared to the backseat of a Focus...
    Mommy to 3 girls 10,8,5 and 2 stepsons 6,5 Wife to Anthony Big Guy Normally in the drivers seat

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by tiggercat View Post

    Would it not work better having MA/Radian/Parkway, then the buckle is on for the parkway is between that and the radian, and it is low enough down? Just a thought.

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    If she doesn't have LATCH in the centre, then the RN is a PITB to install FF with the seatbelt. That may be why it's outboard.

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    I got 3 across in a 2001 Pontiac Aztek.
    Evenflo embrace, LATCH, Passenger side outboard
    Sunshine Kids Radian, lap belt, centre, FF
    Cosco Alpha Omega Elite, LATCH, RF or FF, Driver's side outboard.
    Not checked by a tech (except online with pictures )

    Note: in the pictures, both RF seats are braced against the front seats, which they shouldn't be. They need 1" clearance. I don't have the heart to redo this in the middle of winter so it will be warm weather before I can retake the pictures.



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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by NZ Child Restraints View Post
    Would it not work better having MA/Radian/Parkway, then the buckle is on for the parkway is between that and the radian, and it is low enough down? Just a thought.
    It probably would work better in the manner you described. I actually just tried it out for fun sice I had purchased a Radian for our other car (incompatible, btw). I don't have my hands a RN at present to try it out. I think when the baby comes I might try a RN FF in the middle for my then 3 yr old, and a snugride outboard for the baby. I will miss my MA though, it's my fave seat ever.
    Natalie, CRST-I, mum of Greg (15), Megan (10), Benjamin and Samuel (6).


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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    Quote Originally Posted by mommy_quigg View Post
    If she doesn't have LATCH in the centre, then the RN is a PITB to install FF with the seatbelt. That may be why it's outboard.
    Once you figure out the tricks it really isnt' all that hard. I have installed the Radian FF with a seatbelt several times and don't have problems with it.

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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    3 across in a 2000 Chevrolet Impala
    Passenger outboard: Graco ss1
    Middle: Britax Regent
    Driver outboard: Britax Marathon FF
    All installed with seatbelt (doesn't have latch), Regent and Marathon tethered
    Not checked by a tech but all very solid independently of each other


    Will try soon with the ss1, graco airbooster, and regent. Also will try a marathon, regent, and airbooster.



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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2005 Pontiac wide track grand prix
    SEATS: Driver's side outboard-FF safety1st intera(base removed)
    Center-Graco safeseat1 with base
    Passenger side outborad- FF Cosco scenera
    TYPE OF INSTALL: All seats installed with vehicle belt. FF outboard seats locked via the retractor and Safeseat1(center position) locked using built in lock-off

    *Was able to get better fits for all 3 seats using vehicle belt vs latch.

    *Not checked by a tech, but all are installed independent of each other.

    will update later with picture.
    Mama to 3 great kids
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    DS [2005] 40.9lbs, FF Cougar Regent
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    Re: Successful Three Across thread

    2006 Kia Sedona, rear bench.

    Graco Nautilus, Britax Decathlon, Sunshine Kids Radian 80.

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