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We just got oldest dd a truefit, and were going to use her AO RF for the baby (9 months, 16lbs, 26.5inches) She would be on the inner side of the 2seat bench in our '02 caravan. We tried installing the AO tonight and not only is it HUGE, but we cannot get it tight for the life of us (using latch) We have to install the seat in another car fairly often, and I think we may need something a bit smaller and a lot easier to install. Even with a rolled blanket it wasn't reclining enough and wasn't overly tight.<br><br>
So. I like the truefit we just got, but I'm not sure how easy it will be RF. I've read reviews about it being a pain to install and a pain to tighten the harness. But it looks like it might fit well with the removable headrest off.<br><br>
I also like the My Ride65, but it too is kind of huge.<br>
And what about the Marathon, is it big RF? Is it hard to install as well? Ugh. Why can't they make it easier to install these things?!<br><br>
If you have had a RF TrueFit, My Ride, or Marathon, could you give me your opinions? THanks!
 

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I have a true fit and I didn't think it was a pain to install rfing. (05 town and country). If you can recline the seat it is easier to adjust the harness as you can reach the strap better. I love our seat and you don't have to have it reclined to the 45 since you baby is 9mo. which will help with the front to back space it takes up.<br><br>
It is also a big seat, but I also have a triumph advanced. (evenflo) and love it! It is really easy to install rfing and had a knob on the side to adjust the harness.<br><br>
I wouldn't waste my money on a marathon, as they don't have that high of a shell or harness so will be grown out of the soonest. Do you have a babies r us by you where you can take them out to your van and try them out? Also is it too big front to back or across for you seating arrangement? That will help in us helping you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Any of those seats you mentioned will fit just fine; you just need to install them more upright. Once a child has good head control (at, say, 4-6 months for a typically developing child) they no longer need the 45* newborn recline, and it's preferable that they sit more upright.<br><br>
With the AOE, try removing the base, if you haven't done so already. Also, I've found that the AOE is easier to install with the seatbelt instead of LATCH; since you have locking latchplates all you need to do is pull to tighten and it's really quite easy.
 

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katie: I don't have any store within two hours of me that carry these seats. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And I am more concerned about the fron to back dimensions. My dh is very tall and has to slide the front seat back quite a bit when driving. The side to side isn't an issue at all.<br><br>
anna, I'm not sure what you mean about having locking latchplates? And how would I measure what angle the seat is at? I've always just gone off of the level indicator. Good to know though!<br><br>
Since I posted this I've been reading good things about the My Ride. They have one on sale for $115 at Walmart.com right now! I'm also loving the higher RF harness limit.
 

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The locking latch plates are the part that goes into the buckle. If you take a close look at the male part of it there is a little extra piece of plastic that makes it so once it is tightened it can't loosen. I hope that makes sense.<br><br>
If you like the My Ride I would go with it. To measure the recline you can use a protractor (I think that is what it is called lol)<br><br>
It will tell you in the manual of the seat what it can be reclined to. If not, ask a CPST here and they will tell you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I know folks are down on the Marathon b/c of the weight limit, but for ease of install it rocks. It also lasted my very average dd (about 60% for height/weight) until over 3 rear facing. I've tried her in the My Ride, and she outgrew it RF by height at the same time she outgrew the Marathon by weight. So, just a thought, depending on what is most important to you, what type of child you have and how long you intend to RF. I love my Marathon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">.
 

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I have 2 Blvds (same frame as a MA) and they are easy to install, both with LATCH and seat belts. My 2.5yr old dd is riding RFing in it and she's 31lbs and 37" tall. I'm guessing she'll outgrow it by her 3rd birthday.<br><br>
If you want something narrow than I suggest going for a Radian, but I've heard of ppl having trouble installing them as well.<br><br>
Here are the dimensions:<br>
MA: <a href="http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/marathon/product-demo" target="_blank">http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/m...n/product-demo</a><br><br>
TF: Size (LxWxH / WT): 27.50 " x 19.50 " x 24.00 " / 19.25 lbs<br><br>
TF Premiere: Size (LxWxH / WT): 17.50 " x 19.50 " x 27.50 " / 18.50 lbs<br><br>
Radian 65SL: Product weight<br>
20 lbs.<br>
Seat Base / Foot Width<br>
17"<br>
Seat height<br>
28"<br>
Interior seat width<br>
11.4"<br>
Bottom to lowest harness slot<br>
9"<br>
Bottom to highest harness slot<br>
18"<br>
Seat weight (without base)<br>
20.5 lbs.<br><br>
Radian 80: Product weight<br>
20.5 lbs.<br>
Seat Base / Foot Width<br>
17"<br>
Seat height<br>
28.5"<br>
Interior seat width<br>
11.4"<br>
Bottom to lowest harness slot<br>
8"<br>
Bottom to highest harness slot<br>
18"<br>
Seat weight (without base)<br>
20.5 lbs.<br><br>
Cosco Scenera (bottom of the line comfort-wise): 30.3 x 18.1 x 16.4 inches ; 11.8 pounds<br><br>
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I can install my AOE in my SIL's caravan very easily, and for an older baby, very upright. but all those are good seats. You know, if you have to put a seta in another vehicle, I would get an extra and leave one in your van and just install and uninstall the extra seat - that way the main seat stays installed.
 
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