Installing van swivel seats can be a game-changer. Swivel seats provide added flexibility and convenience, allowing you to easily turn your seats to face different directions, whether it's for driving, dining, or just lounging. With swivel seats, you're always facing in the right direction! Though the installation process may seem daunting at first, it’s actually very straightforward.
In our Roaming Home study, we found that a surprising 52% of conversions have van swivel seats installed.
I'm Shane, I've been teaching people to convert campervans for years; I'm the author of Roaming Home; The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan,writer of The Van Conversion Newsletter, instructor of The Van Conversion Course over at Udemy. And full-time vanlifer for 4 years!
Now let's jump in and have a look at van swivel seats and how to install one!
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Note: If you are ordering a brand new van straight from the factory, you can ask them to install swivel seats stock for you.
Most popular brands of van swivel seat
Scopema: They offer a range of van swivel seats for different van models and have a reputation for quality craftsmanship. They are the most expensive option but by all accounts excellent, with very little or no squeaking or rattling.
Swivels R Us: They have a focus on customization and versatility. They offer a wide range of colours and materials to choose from, allowing you to create a custom look for your van. They are the easiest swivel seats to install. They are also the lightest.
How to install a van swivel seat
Step #1: Remove the existing seat
Start by removing the existing seat from the van. This involves removing the bolts or screws that hold the seat to the vehicle's floor. You may need a socket wrench or a screwdriver to do this.
Step #2: Clean the area
Once the seat is removed, clean the area where the new swivel seat will be installed. Remove any debris or dirt that may have accumulated.
Step #3: Install the van swivel seat base
Install the van swivel seat base onto the vehicle's floor using the bolts provided. Make sure the base is secured tightly and flush with the floor.
Step #4: Install the seat onto the swivel base
Place the van swivel seat onto the van swivel seat base and secure it using the bolts provided. Make sure the seat is centred and level.
Step #5: Test the swivel function
Test the swivel function of the seat to ensure it rotates smoothly and without any obstructions.
Step #6: Reconnect the wiring
If your van has power seats, reconnect the wiring harness to the new seat.
I hope you found this guide to van swivel seats useful! You are well on your way to a beautiful self-build campervan!
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