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Old 11-12-2005, 10:29 PM   #1
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The "Back" bucket seats; a.k.a. the Second Row Seats are removeable...
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First, fold the back flat...
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Then, reach under the front outboard corner, pull the release, and rotate the whole seat forward...
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:35 PM   #4
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Now that the seat is released from the floor anchors, it can be removed from the vehicle...
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Old 11-12-2005, 10:40 PM   #5
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Here's where I studied the situation to make my mod. I wanted to re-create the floor anchors in a portable platform that I could use at my campsite. For this I thought and thought about what would be the simplest design to accomplish my goal. I came up with a minimalist frame...
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When I was camping at Cibbets Flats last month, Gina pointed out some abandoned lumber, that someone wanted to burn, but campfires were restricted that weekend. I found 4 identical pieces, 2" x 2 3/4" x 23" long.

Then I studied the floor anchors in the van. They are made out of rods with different diameters. This is so you do not install them in the wrong positions; preserving proper seat belt function. I discovered:

The rear anchor rods on both seats are the same. 3/8" diameter.
The forward anchor rods on the Passenger side seat are 1/2" diameter.
The forward anchor rods on the Driver's side seat are 1/4" diameter.

The forward-to-rear rod spacing on the Passenger side seat is 11 3/8" centerline-to-centerline.

The forward-to-rear rod spacing on the Driver's side seat is 11 5/8" centerline-to-centerline.

I went to Home Depot and bought galvanized steel rods:
2 each at 3/8" diameter
1 each at 1/2" diameter
1 each at 1/4" diameter
They are sold in 36" lengths. I cut them down to 23".

Then I drilled appropriate sized holes, 1 inch deep, at appropriate spacing that was different for each pair of wood blocks.

This got me 4 blocks and 4 rods:
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Assemble the rods into the holes in the wood...
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...and place the assembled frames on your patio mat next to your trailer...
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Now bring the seat you removed from the Odyssey Minivan, and place the front facing frame groove over the forward rod; in the same position you removed it from the Van...
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In the same manner that the seats are installed inside the Van, push the rear latches down over the rear rods.
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...and bring your seat-back (but no tray table) into an upright position, rotating the armrests down to their useable position.
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Repeat the process for the other seat, and viola! A pair of comfortable chairs at your campsite. ...complete with built-in cupholders!
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They even recline! The seat's forward/back adjustment is fully functional; ensuring that you won't tip over as you recline back!
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Those are great. I wish that would work for Element seats.

Very clever!
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