Question Which Radian Should I Bring?

stephpook

New member
Hey everyone. We will be flying to Arizona on Saturday for Thanksgiving week and will be renting a van to use while we are there. According to the customer service person I spoke to at the car rental place, we will most likely be getting a Dodge Grand Caravan or a Chrysler Town and Country but we might also get a Kia Sedona or VW Routan. We won't know for sure which van we'll get until we arrive.

I will be bringing a Radian 65 for my just turned two-year old who is still RFing. He rides in a regular RN65 (with the old style boot) in our Honda Odyssey because I get a more upright install, however, I can bring my 5-year old's RN65SL (he and his 7-year old brother will be riding in HBTBs so I won't need the Radian for him) if the new boot will give a more upright install in one of those vans.

So, which Radian should I bring? Does one boot style give a consistently more upright install in the Grand Caravan/Town and Country? What about the Sedona or Routan?

Thanks in advance for your advice!
 
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StPaulMom

Active member
Are the boots interchangeable? Are you able to use the old boot style on the new SL models and vice versa? If so, then it doesnt matter which seat you bring but just bring both boots. :twocents:
 

jourdysmom

CPST Instructor
the GC, T&C and Routan are all the same interior....

I have my XTSL RF in the outboard 3rd row no problem at about 35*, much better install than FF where I have to fight it to get tight..
 

Pixels

New member
Bring the 65 and both boots. Because of the rubber strips on the bottom, the old boot doesn't fit the new seats readily (though it can be done), but the new boot fits the old seats just fine. You are allowed to use either boot with any seat.
 

stephpook

New member
Bring the 65 and both boots. Because of the rubber strips on the bottom, the old boot doesn't fit the new seats readily (though it can be done), but the new boot fits the old seats just fine. You are allowed to use either boot with any seat.

Yowzers, I suppose I could bring both but I'd really rather not if I can avoid it. There are 5 of us traveling cross-country for a week-long trip and I'm trying to pack as lightly as possible.

I was hoping there would be enough people on here with real life experience with RF Radians in at least the GCaravan and T&C that I could feel confident bringing one or the other. Quite frankly the thought of trying multiple installs in an unfamiliar vehicle in a parking lot in the dark with three hungry, cranky kids is somewhat intimidating.
 

jourdysmom

CPST Instructor
What exactly would you like to know about the RN in the T&C/GC? I can do just about any install tomorrow while DD4 is in school... I have 2 hours to kill LOL

I can do installs and take pics if you like!
PM me!

ETA my boot is 1/2010 so I assume it is the "new boot"
 

jnamommy

New member
I have an 05 T&C, and have no probs RFing a Radian 65 (with the new style boot). Because of the steep incline of the seats, the Radian actually installs at a nice angle in this vehicle. And it was super easy to install :love:
 

jnamommy

New member
If you plan to tether the RFing Radian, you will probably have to install the Radian in the passenger side captain's chair of a T&C (unless they changed something in the newer vans). It is different under the driver and front passenger seats, and I have never been able to find an accessible tether location under the driver seat.
 

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