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Old 02-24-2014, 10:23 AM
kevinqu kevinqu is offline
 
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Default Can I put a 3 seater bench into RV-10?

Hi, I just got my PPL and have been thinking about buying or building a plane for my family. I have three daugthers, 17, 10 and 5. Just wondering if anyone has done a 5 seater RV10 and whether it is doable or not. Called Vans technical support and did not get a definitive answer on that. Appreciate any information for anyone!!!
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:29 AM
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Kai, welcome to the best site for RV stuff on the web

Your idea of 3 kids in the back of an RV 10 will probably work as long as they are young-----------are you planning on buying or building??? If building, they may not fit by the time you are done.

The 10 is roomy and the rear seats are comfortable but adding a third person is going to make it really tight.

Best suggestions would be to find someone with a 10 and do a trial fitting with the kids.

Good luck, and again, welcome aboard.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:44 PM
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By the time you are done the 17 year old will be finished college, left home....yeah you get the drift.

Even if you get the project done in 12 months like we did, I think the chances all of them flying together is remote. It is a romantic notion.

If you really need a family hauler, you need an A36 Bonanza.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:54 PM
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I have a bench seat from flightline interiors with a 3rd seat belt and headphone jacks in the back. The plane is listed as a 5 seater in the paperwork, and insured for the same.

With that said, I have 3 thin daughters ages 18, 15, and 12 and its getting rather tight. 2 hour flights are OK, but 6 hour flights are a problem. I'm at the point where I need to leave 10 gallons behind with minimal luggage to stay below gross weight.

If you do decide to go this route, see if you can find an RV-10 to test fit the kids. Be advised that asking 3 girls and a wife their weights to calculate W&B will not be popular to say the least.

One final piece of advise ... get an intercom with "isolate" for the back seat if you decide to go this path.

Aaron
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:36 AM
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I'm thinking about the same thing but trying to figure out seat belt arrangements. How to attach for the middle person and also is a shoulder harness required?

Dave Ford
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:42 AM
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Lap belts for center is easy, just add the belts on the existing mounts for the regular positions.

Shoulder belt would be a bit more difficult ........
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:30 PM
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If I remember correctly, the regulations require shoulder belts for aircraft manufactured after a certain date, and I convinced myself this reg applied to experimentals as well.

For the lap belts, I simply used the existing mounts ... Some will argue they can't handle the extra load, but my rationale was that my three daughters don't weigh more than two large adults.

I'll try to take a picture or two of my shoulder belt setup and post here.

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Old 08-10-2020, 09:16 PM
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AaronG, I know this is dragging up a post from long ago, but I'm thinking about going down the same path - need an airplane to haul me and the wife and 3 small (5,3, and 1 currently) kids around.

Do you have any photos and insights to add from your experience with a 5-seat RV-10?

Thanks,
Chuck
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Old 08-10-2020, 09:36 PM
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Old 08-11-2020, 07:05 AM
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I have a 3-person bench seat in Tampa that you can check out if you happen to be close.
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