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    *shakes fist ominously*

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGH.


    This is my first car seat vent EVER..I think.


    I'm so PEEVED. I have this beautiful, new, Rio Radian XT that I love. It's so pretty. It's so user friendly. I want it. I need it.

    I've been driving around with it for a week in my rental car. No problems there. Finally got the minivan back today....and I have to face the fact that this seat plus my car are just a no go. Pretty strange for a minivan, wouldn't you say?

    It's a 2005 Freestar, and no matter what I do, how I cuss, and which gods I supplicate, the seat is irreparably over reclined in the vehicle. The absolute best I can do is probably just shy of 45 degrees. My almost two year old would hate it, not to mention it causes the passenger seat to be almost in the windshield. This is our primary family vehicle so it's just not going to fly.

    I'm so mad


    Why do I try next? The True-Fit? Blargh.

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Could you use it FF for Bean the 2nd and then give Bean the 3rd the BV to use RF??

    I wouldn't wanna get rid of it either
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Bean the Second's BV is a Shannon print. Call me a sexist mysogynist, but I don't want to put my son in a Shannon BV Plus, it's only a 33 lb seat

    I wish the True Fit with ARB were out. *grumble grumble grumble*

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    Bean the Second's BV is a Shannon print. Call me a sexist mysogynist, but I don't want to put my son in a Shannon BV


    That stinks about the Rio Radian XT! That seat is just gorgeous. It is on my wishlist of completely-unneeded-but-still-very-much-desired seats.
    DD (9 years old) & DS (6.5 years old)

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Oh and to cap it off...the Wizard he is currently riding in, the LATCH strap on one side is completely fubared beyond all repair, and this seat doesn't install well with the seatbelt in the Freestar.


    I'm coming to the conclusion that it's the Freestar that is a deleted unspeakable.

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Well, you could just do what I did... buy a new car to accommodate your new carseat...
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    I wish the True Fit with ARB were out. *grumble grumble grumble*
    Isn't it *supposed* to be out in like 2 weeks? That's the last updated ship date I saw.. Correct me if I'm wrong because I want one NOW!

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Um, I just paid one thousand, five hundred and eighty eight dollars and thirty six cents to get said minivan back from the mechanic. I'm going to drive this car until I DIE.

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    I'm in the same boat(sort of), Maedze. Our Radians really don't fit well in our minivan. I have been cringing at the thought of them being so smashed up against our front seats I absolutely cannot get them more upright than 45 degrees.

    I was hoping that the new XT's would not have this issue in our van, but I am thinking they probably will.

    We really need to get "new" seats for the kiddos, especially for the sake of passengers that ride with me so close to the dashboard.

    I don't know what seat to get
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    Um, I just paid one thousand, five hundred and eighty eight dollars and thirty six cents to get said minivan back from the mechanic. I'm going to drive this car until I DIE.
    seriously... dh just "only" paid $700 some odd (almost 800iirc) dollars to fix something on the car and it runs/drives the exact same it always has, makes the same weird creaky squeaky noises and is due for an oil change where they like to "find" things wrong with it and dh never seems to get out for under $100 usually more like $200... and I think the thing is only worth like 4k anyhow now.

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Yep, we have this problem in the 07 Freestar. The ONLY place it can sit and leave the front passengers unsquished is the center of the middle row. I REALLY want a new seat because of that. I love the seat, it works so beautifully in my mother's TA (who would have thought) and is perfect for what I bought it for. But my van is NOT what I bought it for.

    If you try a TF let me know if it works. I am debating between the TF ARB or the multi-tech (yeah, pricey, not legal, etc. which would be why I am still debating) for my Freestar.
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Weird that you can't get a more upright install. I tried to XT and the reg Radian, then I switched feet on them. The XT was alway more upright. So sorry about your...well, luck?

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    I don't get it...I had a Radian in an 04 Freestar and I thought it was pretty upright myself...Do you have the middle bench seat or cap'ts chairs? I can go try again if you like.
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    I have the bench. You have the chairs I think? I'm pretty sure the chairs have a much better incline than the bench which is pretty much parallel to the ground. It's not at all comfortable for an adult to sit on, in any case.

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Here's a good description of the difference. With the Wizard, I generally install at about a 35 degree incline. The bench is pushed forward one click (to leave room for third row passengers) The passenger seat up front is all the way back on the rails, at a comfortable recline, and the Wizard is braced, (not overly so) against it. It leaves a bit of a mark in the upholstery.

    When I got the Radian the maximum incline I could manage, the passenger seat was pushed forward nearly all the way, the seat was bolt upright, and the Radian rested against the passenger seat about 8 inches lower than the mark made by the Wizard. It's ridiculous!

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Bummer, yep, I have the capts chairs.

    Whatcha going to do with your XT?
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Return it. I got it from Target with the free shipping and 10% off with Triple A, and I'm glad because I can return it with no hassle.

    This is my first ever returned CRS. LOL

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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    I called Learning Curve on Monday---Late May for the new TrueFit.

    Susan
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    Mommy to Nicholas (12-29-08) RF'ed to 2.75 yrs in Graco MyRide(crashed) and a True Fit Primier. FF in the TFP and a Graco Nautilus Elite. Nicholas is 2.75 yrs old, 32 lbs and 36" tall.
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    Re: *shakes fist ominously*

    Quote Originally Posted by Maedze View Post
    the LATCH strap on one side is completely fubared beyond all repair
    Just as a quick side note, this is repetitive...FUBAR is "effed up beyond all repair" so your LATCH strap is beyond all repair twice
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