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post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
we're going on a road trip next month with our 1 yo dd in the family rv; excited about the trip, but what do we do about the carseat?
post #2 of 32
The only real option is the front passenger seat, assuming of course there is no airbag.
post #3 of 32
Anna is right. To be honest, RV's are not generally capabale of safely transporting children.
No carseat manufacturer allows seats to be installed on a sideways or backwards facing seat. So you HAVE to install the seat on a forward-facing seat. in many RV's, the only seats which face forward are the front driver and passenger seats. Since your child MUST rearface, there absolutely can NOT be an airbag in front of your child, so taking your child along will only work if the front pass. seat does not have an airbag. If you do have a rear seating position which is forward facing, you woudl use that. If you do have an airbag in the front pass seat, and no other forward facing seats in the vehicle, you simply can not transport the child in that vehicle.
post #4 of 32
http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommen.../autos/rv.html

this thread on rv's and carseats offers an interesteing, balanced view. Hope this helps!
post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by vbactivist View Post
http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommen.../autos/rv.html

this thread on rv's and carseats offers an interesteing, balanced view. Hope this helps!
???

That thread is saying exactly what was said here. (And some of it is quite old, and therefore laws/recommendations may have changed.)
post #6 of 32
Twinklefae, I think she is referring to the posts which said, essentially "sure, go ahead and use the seat improperly, it's a vacation, it's fun, you can disregard safety to have a good time!"."

there are a lot of people who decide to disregard child safety in order to use vehicles like RV's.

depending on your state law, an RV may or may not be exempt from the carseat laws of your state. in my state, RV's are NOT exempt from passenger restraint laws, so it would in fact not only be extremely dangerous to ignore recommended safety precausions, but actually illegal as well. This might not be true in all states, however.


Edited so as not to be arguable. The sentiment still remains.
post #7 of 32
I was just pointing out that there is more than one choice here. Yes, it is possible to weigh the risks versus the benefits - it's not very likely you will get in a collission, and if so, that there will be any serious injuries. Some people may choose the freedom to travel (still safely) even though some others would decide to forgo the trip. That's all. Not trying to be argumentative, just saying there is more than one way to look at things.

Op - i would definitely take a child on an RV trip. It would be fun, and not dangerous - probably less dangerous than car travel, actually - unless you consistently stay in the right hand lane and go below the speed limit.
post #8 of 32
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Twinklefae, I think she is referring to the posts which said, essentially "sure, go ahead and use the seat improperly, it's a vacation, it's fun, you can disregard common sense and safety to have a good time!"."

there are a lot of people who decide to disregard child safety in order to use vehicles like RV's.

depending on your state law, an RV may or may not be exempt from the carseat laws of your state. in my state, RV's are NOT exempt from passenger restraint laws, so it would in fact not only be extremely dangerous to ignore recommended safety precausions, but actually illegal as well. This might not be true in all states, however.
Nowhere did I say disregard common sense. As a matter of fact, I think it's perfectly sensible to weigh all of the risks vs the benfeits/ The risks are actually very low, in the OP's case, while the benefits are very great!
post #9 of 32
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Originally Posted by vbactivist View Post
I was just pointing out that there is more than one choice here. Yes, it is possible to weigh the risks versus the benefits - it's not very likely you will get in a collission, and if so, that there will be any serious injuries. Some people may choose the freedom to travel (still safely) even though some others would decide to forgo the trip. That's all. Not trying to be argumentative, just saying there is more than one way to look at things.

Op - i would definitely take a child on an RV trip. It would be fun, and not dangerous - probably less dangerous than car travel, actually - unless you consistently stay in the right hand lane and go below the speed limit.
The disagreement is with the "still safely" claim. Yes, parents may choose to travel, even if it is less than safe. Lap babies fly every day. It happens. Most of us, even the most militant CPSTs, know this. But it is just not accurate to say that children traveling without being properly restrained is "still safe". It isn't. They may very well remain uninjured, but that's not safety, that's luck.
post #10 of 32
We were facing the same dilemma a few months back. We ended buying a pop-up camper for now. We pull it with the minivan. I'm all for keeping kids safe, but, you have to live and have some fun. I sometimes feel like we're risking our lives just by going for a walk w/ the jogging stroller. There was an accident right in front of us the other day as we waited for a light at an intersection. But, we won't stop going for walks and we won't avoid that intersection.
post #11 of 32
This is a huge parental call. I wouldn't be comfortable with it.

I guess, hypothetically, if there are NO safe positions other than the front passenger seat, AND if the front passenger seat had an active airbag, AND the child was over 1 and 20lbs (or 22, depending on the seat you own), then I'd guess the child would be better off harnessed FFing than flying around in the back.
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by sunnymw View Post
This is a huge parental call. I wouldn't be comfortable with it.

I guess, hypothetically, if there are NO safe positions other than the front passenger seat, AND if the front passenger seat had an active airbag, AND the child was over 1 and 20lbs (or 22, depending on the seat you own), then I'd guess the child would be better off harnessed FFing than flying around in the back.
Well it depends... since technically, you can pretty much choose to do anything with your kids, I guess you could call it a "parental call" but for me, when I'm talking about a "parental call" i'm talkign about making a decision that, while i might not like it or agree with it, is still within the bounds of legality. Such as forward facing a 1year old child. I don't consider it to be a "parental call" when you would actually be BREAKING the law, like not using a carseat at all for a 1 yo child. to me, those are different things.
now - wherever the OP is, perhaps it IS a "parental call" in that RV's are exempt from child restraint laws there. Where i live, Rv's are NOT exempt from child restraint laws, and we do have a proper use clause, so it would indeed be illegal to, for example, install the seat on a sideways facing seat.
however,as you point out, in all fairness, yes, i suppose, that even if there is an airbag, the child could LEGALLY (not safely) be turned forward facing in the front pass. seat, and as such, the situation would be changed from one of "there is no legitimate legal choice here" to one of "parental choice".
post #13 of 32
Hypothetically, yes, but then there is the high rollover risk, coupled with projectiles.
post #14 of 32
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Hypothetically, yes, but then there is the high rollover risk, coupled with projectiles.
Yep, which is why I suggested the front passenger seat, FFing *if* there is an airbag, would be better than back in the actual RV At least the 1yo wouldn't be one of the projectiles.


And bobandjess--ITA with your post. I didn't mean it's a parental decision to do something illegal, I meant a parental decision to FF the 1yo or otherwise safely restrain him/her, or forego the vacation or follow in a car. Leaving the child unrestrained would never fall under "parental decision" for me, it wouldn't even be an option that crossed my mind
post #15 of 32
well i don't know what kind of rv it is, but before ds was born dp and I traveled in an rv that had 4 "captains" chairs: driver, passenger, and two in the next row, and THEN sideways seats, so if it was like that you could just use the second row of captains chairs.
post #16 of 32
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Hypothetically, yes, but then there is the high rollover risk, coupled with projectiles.
RV's in general have a much lower risk of roll-overs than most cars and light trucks. We lived in our 30' motorhome for several years and now that we're living in it again with our son who is nearly 2 we put his seat in the FF passenger chair. Its an older rv, so no airbags. In a crash whoever has more mass usually comes out better. (No sources, just info I've learned through dh and other full-time rv'ers)...you can google and find more stats on it.
post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 
wow, i had no idea this was such a hot topic!

my dh and i are in the wedding of a dear friend in arkansas (we live near the north carolina coast)-plane tickets are way too expensive, and it is not a child friendly wedding. i'm still breastfeeding and my little one does not do well with other people during the night since we cosleep

so, i thought i had found the perfect solution by going with my in-laws in their nice new rv! but little did i know that this question would start a fire

but thanks for all of the responses; not sure what we'll do yet
post #18 of 32
My husband and six year old will be traveling in one this summer. I have told them as long as she is in the passenger seat (provided no airbag) and the projectiles are put away it is fine.
post #19 of 32

Been there, done that

We drove to TX from CA this past January to my son's Air Force Basic Training Graduation and took all of our kiddos. This included a 3 year old and a 1 year old (and our 3 older girls and a set of grandparents).

I'm really surprised at what I consider to be radical responses you've received. Does anyone really believe that you are going to go on a cross country roadtrip and keep your baby in the carseat the whole time? In an RV? One of the major perks of traveling in an RV is that you can get up, move around, make yourself a sandwich, go to the bath room, play a boardgame, take a nap on the bed, all while someone else is driving down the road.

Safety of course is important, but driving in an RV is pretty safe. Canceling your life because you are afraid you are going to get in an accident and die is paranoid and a complete waste of energy.

Take the carseat, buckle it in the back, use it for when baby is napping, but don't expect to keep baby in there the whole time. Like you're going to stop the RV to nurse every couple of hours, give me a break!

What about everyone else who isn't even going to be wearing their seatbelts the whole time?
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by alllyssa View Post
We drove to TX from CA this past January to my son's Air Force Basic Training Graduation and took all of our kiddos. This included a 3 year old and a 1 year old (and our 3 older girls and a set of grandparents).

I'm really surprised at what I consider to be radical responses you've received. Does anyone really believe that you are going to go on a cross country roadtrip and keep your baby in the carseat the whole time? In an RV? One of the major perks of traveling in an RV is that you can get up, move around, make yourself a sandwich, go to the bath room, play a boardgame, take a nap on the bed, all while someone else is driving down the road.

Safety of course is important, but driving in an RV is pretty safe. Canceling your life because you are afraid you are going to get in an accident and die is paranoid and a complete waste of energy.

Take the carseat, buckle it in the back, use it for when baby is napping, but don't expect to keep baby in there the whole time. Like you're going to stop the RV to nurse every couple of hours, give me a break!

What about everyone else who isn't even going to be wearing their seatbelts the whole time?



Excellent post!!!
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