Space is a very precious & rare thing in a camper van conversion. A swivel seat is a great way to create some space!
In our planning, the swivel seat installation was a “plug-and-play” kind of job. It should have taken roughly 4-6 total hours for both seats. Of course, we had few issues…
1- The hole pattern in the swivel we received from DiscountVanTruck.com did not match with the van and the seat.
2- There is an electrical harness attached under the seat (didn’t know that!) and since the swivel doesn’t come with instructions, it took few email exchanges with the supplier to figure out how to run it properly.
3- With the dual AGM batteries option, it is not possible to install the DiscountVanTruck swivel because the big bolt in the center would interfere with one of the battery. DiscountVanTruck advertises the swivel as “Passenger side”, so we don’t blame them for this; we took our chance because we knew some had done it before with the SwivelsRus.com swivel.
TIME SPENT ON THE JOB: 6-8 hours (passenger side only)
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TOTAL COST : 260$ USD
- 1x Passenger side swivel (199$ + 49$ shipping)
- 2x bolts 3/16″ diameter, ¾” length
- 2x nuts 3/16″
- 4x washers 3/16″
- 4x locking washer 3/16″
- 4x screws retained from seat removal
- Bolt Wrench
HOW WE DID IT*
*Disclaimer: we’re good, but not that much. Use these instructions at your own risks!
Removing the seat is fairly easy!
Then, the seat is pushed forward to access and remove the 2 rear screws.
No more screws! But don’t remove the seat just yet… There is a harness that needs to be disconnected in order to set the seat free.
Now, check the hole pattern of your swivel to see if it matches with the van.
This is a supra-zoom-in of the upper-left hole.
DiscountVanTruck offered us 50% refund (excluding shipping, that would have cost us 100$ swivel + 50$ shipping-in + 50$ shipping-out to end up with NOTHING), so we saved the day by elongating the hole that was misdrilled. Not cool. We hesitated before elongating the hole because the ligament (material remaining between the hole and the edge of the plate) would be reduced. It turns out the hole was not drilled at the right place, so we were actually bringing it back close to where it should be. In addition, the swivel plate is a massive piece of steel (much beefier than the original seat plate) so we felt the strength is not less than the original setup. Case closed.
We used a rotary file to elongate the hole. Get it on Amazon.
Now the electrical harness has to go through the drilled bold in the center.
Hang on! To avoid shorts, the battery has to be disconnected. Watch how in this sweet video (just disconnect the negative pole).
OK, now each wire must be disconnected from the connector. Use a very small tool (such as tweezers) to remove the red part then press the plastic tab inside the connector to release the wire.
Run the cable through the drilled bolt, reconnect each wire to the connector, screw the swivel, reconnect the battery: NICE.
The seat will now be bolted to the swivel. Again, no luck, we had to elongate one hole because the pattern did not match…
The swivel raised the seat up to about 1.85 inches. It is noticeable, but we’ll get used to it.
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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine, a couple dreaming of being on the move and we’re seeking for the ride of our life. We bought a Ford Transit van, we’re converting it to a campervan and we are now selling our house to make our dream a reality. We are sharing this in hope of inspiring and helping others to follow their dreams too!