You wouldn’t want the rear seats in your camper to be any less safe than the seats in the back of your car – and it’s wise to check.
With many customers carrying their most precious cargo in the back of their van, at Vanscape we would only install the Scopema RIB seat/bed system to the conversions we carried out, which meets the full EU regulations. These go beyond UK requirements, meaning you can rest assured your children have the best possible protection, and your van will also meet the rules wherever you decide to take it.
‘Rock and roll’ seat systems are widely advertised on the internet, in magazines and often used by conversion companies. Some of these seats meet the lower UK standards, while others have not passed any tests at all.
Rock and roll seats commonly offer no upper back and neck protection. Many also do not have sufficient strength to hold its integrity or enough mounts to hold the seat in place in the event of an accident.
However, we would now consider supplying and fitting certain, fully certified to the 76/115/EEC/2005 M1 rating, rock and roll beds that we feel are built well enough so that when they’re fitted properly, they offer a reasonable compromise between price and safety, but these beds would come with a disclaimer from us that states that, although they do meet the lower UK safety rating, we do not recommend them for use as travelling seats.
At the end of the day the seats you choose to fit comes down to how you intend to use your van and your personal views on safety vs cost.
All seats, even RIB seats must be properly installed to offer the full protection – always ask questions of your fitter.