RV Rentals and Car Seat Safety

rv-rentalIt’s that time of year again…time for the RV’s to hit the road. At One Tiny Suitcase we get lots of inquiries from parents travelling to Calgary and Banff from around the world. Many of our international visitors are wanting to rent RV’s, Campers and Motor homes for a trip to the mountains.

One of the most common questions is, “Where can we safely install a car seat in our RV?” In the ‘old days’ us kids were allowed to roam around in the back of a motor home while it barrelled down the highway at 100 miles/hr. Somehow, parents thought that a motor home/rv was safer and provided more protection than a regular car. It turns out, they provide less…

Here are the options that most parents try when installing a car seat in an RV:

  • at the dinette table
  • facing sideways on the sofa
  • up front in the passenger’s seat

The safest option may surprise you.  The danger of installing a car seat at the dinette is that they rarely fit because the table gets in the way AND in most cases the dinettes are only secured to a plywood base in the RV, not the frame like in a car.

A sideways installation in the sofa is not recommended either because most car seats are not rated for crashes when they are installed facing sideways in the vehicle.

So, the best solution here is to install the car seat in the front passenger’s seat BUT you must ensure any passenger side air bags are disabled. And, if you have two children, this solution won’t work for both of them.

Want to know more? Here is an intereting forum about RV safety: http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=17062