Now we know what you are thinking. How do I get my double seat to turn around in my van? Well, that’s where the double seat swivel base comes in. All you have to do is just purchase one, get it installed, and voila…the double seat in your van will now turn around!
What is a double seat swivel base?
In simple terms, a double seat swivel base is literally just a connection which allows you to rotate the double seats inside your van.
Does my van already have a swivel base installed?
Your van may well have a swivel base already installed. However if you are not entirely certain whether it does or not, then there are easy ways in which you can find out. For example, your double seat will have an extra handle. This is usually located on the bottom side of the double seat. When this is released, you will find that your seat will be allowed to rotate 180º . If your van isn’t converted, then it is very unlikely that it will have a swivel base installed. However, if you do wish to have a double seat which rotates, then you will have to invest in a double seat swivel base and seats. You will find that swivel bases will be different depending on what type of vehicle that it is you will be fitting the base onto. But with any type of swivel base, we strongly suggest that you only purchase ones that have gone through very meticulous crash testing.
When it comes to finding which double seat swivel base you should spend your money on, some people find it quite difficult to pick which one they want exactly. Therefore, we have decided to provide an example that we believe will be a good buy!
The Kiravans T5 / T6 Double Swivel base is perfect for transforming the living space within your van. The swivel mechanism itself is actually quite different to normal single swivels. Instead, it uses a slide and swivel approach meaning that you will need to open the side door on your van to allow for the full span of movement. It increases the height of your front seat by 47mm, and weighs a total of 21kg. All the nuts and bolts that will be needed are also supplied to you.
When driving, the seat is held down securely by four engineered locking bolts. The Kiravans T5 / T6 Double Swivel base is also fully tested and meets all standard safety requirements. However, you can only purchase this specific type of swivel base from the Kiravan website, as they want to ensure that all quality and also safety standards are preserved.
The Kiravans Double Seat Swivel will fit VW T5 and T6 vans, given that you have the original double passenger seats. You will also be glad to know that the Kiravans Double Seat Swivel has been TUV approved, meaning that it is a very safe product. It has also passed seat belt anchorage safety tests.
As you can see, this is definitely a great purchase and would certainly be worth considering!
Mistakes people make when it comes to double seat swivel bases
Life is too short to make all the mistakes yourself, so why not learn from other’s mistakes? Well, that’s exactly what you will want to do when it comes to double seat swivel bases. Whether they are big or small, you will definitely want to keep your eye out for any type of mistake. So without further ado, let’s get started!
The first mistake that you will definitely want to avoid making when it comes to double seat swivel bases, is purchasing a base that has not gone through very detailed crash testing. This can be extremely dangerous, and you definitely do not want to invest in a swivel base that could potentially compromise both yours and whoever else will be travelling with safety. So, in order to avoid making this mistake when it comes to purchasing double seat swivel bases, we highly recommend that you only purchase ones that have been tested and meet all standard safety requirements. If you are unsure what you should be looking for exactly when it comes to ensuring that the base has been tested, this may also create another problem. Things such as the product being TUV approved, means that the swivel base you are looking at has passed the safety test and will be suitable for you to purchase.
The next mistake that a fair amount of people make when it comes to double seat swivel bases, is due to a lack of knowledge and equipment. If you are going to be installing the swivel base yourself, we cannot stress how important it is to know exactly what you are doing. Not only can this result in your base being fitted completely wrong, you can also create safety issues. If you are uncertain about anything, then we highly recommend that you go to a professional to get the swivel base fitted. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Even if that means you have to pay a small fee. Your safety should always be a number one priority. Equipment is another thing you will definitely want to keep in mind if you are going to be fitting the double seat swivel base yourself. It can be very disappointing and frustrating if you are halfway through fitting the swivel base, and then you find out that you are missing a vital tool. Not only will this get on your nerves, but it will also delay the process slightly as you will have to go and purchase the tool that is needed. So, if you are looking at installing the double seat swivel yourself, then we strongly suggest that you are aware of exactly how you will be fitting the swivel base and also that you have all the essential and correct tools that are required. You may find that Youtube videos or even forums can be extremely useful when it comes to things like this.
The third mistake is definitely a very easy one to avoid, yet surprisingly it is so common. You will tend to find that a lot of people actually just jump straight into installing the double seat swivel base, without any planning beforehand. Yes, this may not seem like such a problem at first, but you definitely do not want to find yourself in a position where you have ‘finished’ fitting the swivel base and then find out that you have missed out a crucial step. Before you dive straight into the installation, it will definitely be worth planning out exactly what you will be doing. This could either take you a short or long period of time, but it will benefit you majorly. Also, if you are unsure about certain things, you should definitely ask around to ensure that you will be doing the job properly and also safely.
Sometimes, being good is not enough. Instead, we need the best. So to help you out even more, we have decided to provide you with the best example of a double seat swivel base.
One of the best double seat swivel bases we think that is available on the market, is the Rusty Lee Double Seat Swivel Base. This particular double seat swivel base can fit both the VW T5 and T6 double passenger seat, and you will also find that the locking bolts on this swivel base are considerably easy to screw and unscrew. The Rusty Lee Double Seat Swivel base is also produced in the United Kingdom, and has also been TUV approved and M1 certified. This simply just means that the Rusty Lee Double Seat Swivel Base has been tested for safety reasons and has met all the minimum requirements that are needed. As we have said previously, the safety of the double seat swivel bases is definitely something you should look out for when it comes to purchasing the product. You can purchase the Rusty Lee Double Seat Swivel Base from us here at Wildworx Customs for just £360
How much will a double seat swivel base cost me?
A smile costs nothing, but a double seat swivel base certainly will! Obviously the overall cost of your double seat swivel base will differ depending on where you purchase it from, and also what brand it is. However, before you get started on shopping for your double seat swivel base, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind.
The first one, is something that we have mentioned numerous times. Only purchase double seat swivel bases that have gone through and passed crash tests. Your safety is so important, and if your double seat swivel base hasn’t gone through these specific tests then your safety is at risk. We highly recommend that you purchase ones that are TUV approved, as the German safety testing is a lot more austere than the UK’s safety testing.
The next thing you will definitely want to keep in mind when it comes to purchasing double seat swivel bases, is to ensure that you are purchasing the right one. So many people think they have found an amazing bargain for a double seat swivel base, but instead it is actually a single seat swivel base. You really do want to avoid wasting money on the wrong things! Always read all the information relating to the product you are looking at beforehand.
The third and final thing you will also want to do, is look around and open your options more. There is no point in just purchasing the first double seat swivel base you find because you are too lazy to look elsewhere for a cheaper one. Even if that means that you have to travel an hour and a half to go pick up the double seat swivel base, the journey you make will be worth it. You will most definitely want to save as much money as you can when it comes to van products, as they certainly aren’t cheap! And think about it; the more money you save, the more money you will have to spend on something else!