For the camper build, I wanted a seat with some specific characteristics.
I wanted it to be steel and have seatbelts, so I could feel good about having people sit in it while driving, and I wanted it to fold into a bed in case we wanted to camp without putting the top up.
Seats like this are very expensive and it was difficult finding anything that would it heightwise and widthwise for what we wanted in the van.
Like, really difficult.
I spend a LONG time searching and emailing places.
I stumbled upon this company called Fabworx in the UK that does folding van seats, and also this one called "Demon Workz" which seemed to be in the US. I think Demon Workz in a scam actually, from what I read, so my only real option was Fabworx (well, unless I wanted to spend like $5k and have less functionality - looking at you travois usa). Widerness vans had some options, but they weren't as good either.
So Fabworx is expanding to the US, so it actually worked out that they were shipping stuff over here anyways, so I bought a seat and had them put it in the container they had coming over here. I bought a bare frame figuring we could find someone around here to do the upholstery for less. I'd have bought the upholstery from them if I was doing it again since they have it so dialed and have it perfectly suited to their product. It wasn't worth the $800 difference to mess around so much with it and then end up paying someone almost that much in the end.
So, I got the M020 frame from them, which is shorter in height. It still ended up being too tall, but it's fine. https://fabworxuk.com/duplex/
The real trick was waiting. I ordered the frame at the beginning of March, thinking it would be here by April. Well, turns out those coronavirus shipping delays were working their magic back then, so it didn't end up arriving here until late May. Then it took a long while to get offloaded and brouht to a partner facility fabworx was working with. All of June it's sitting in North Carolina while I need to to design my camper build around, and I couldn't get them to send it to me. Eventually I got through to them at the beginning of July asking if I could just pick it up - since my wife and I were trying to build the van for a trip mid-July thruoght August I was desperate to get it. They said ok, and I ended up flying to Charlotte, renting a car, driving to Winston Salem, and then driving all the way home to MA in the same day. It was A DAY. And cost money, but I needed the seat.. So, it was just a crummy situation all around. Yeah, I could go on, but this is a novel already.
So, here is the seat in the Nissan Pathfinder I rented on its way north.
Soon after getting it home, I made the seat panels using some 1/2" ply that I stained.
So that's what it looked like in the van not bolted in or anything.
There is an overhang on the passenger side so it can fit over the wheel well
The headroom isn't amazing with it.... when it is positioned over the passenger side (where it lives now) the person sitting on the passenger side of the seat has to be like 5'7" or shorter to not hit their head. In the middle, without the bed slat in place above, someone 6'0" or taller can fit because of the poptop, but if the bed slat is in, it has to be a shorter person. This isn't a huge deal, because if we have company on a roadtrip in this, we'll just sit the short people in the back and be done with it, unless we plan a trip with lots of tall friends - that may be an issue.
For securing the seat, I used flanged L track (should have just used regular instead of flanged probably). This was bolted through the floor and then the seat was bolted onto it for (somewhat) easy removal if needed.
Here is a picture of the seat bolted in during a test fit.