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Hi, new to this forum. My wife and I have been scouting the Metris for some time now, and it's a perfect size for our intended use. My son plays junior tournament golf all across the western U.S and in the summer, we barnstorm from tournament to tournament. We can build a factory unit for everything we need except for one thing: seating. We're not looking for a camper upfit, as much as we want to convert the passenger bench seats into executive captain chairs and remove the third row as it's unneeded.

I called most of the upfitters in CA/NV and none have even considered upfitting a Metris, let alone looking to a seating upfit. I'm wondering of there's a upfitter who has had experience offering this service.

Thanks!!
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Hi, new to this forum. My wife and I have been scouting the Metris for some time now, and it's a perfect size for our intended use. My son plays junior tournament golf all across the western U.S and in the summer, we barnstorm from tournament to tournament. We can build a factory unit for everything we need except for one thing: seating. We're not looking for a camper upfit, as much as we want to convert the passenger bench seats into executive captain chairs and remove the third row as it's unneeded.

I called most of the upfitters in CA/NV and none have even considered upfitting a Metris, let alone looking to a seating upfit. I'm wondering of there's a upfitter who has had experience offering this service.

Thanks!!
Nevada Golf Dad
Explorer Van makes a "Luxury" conversion.

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We purchased a Hi Top Explorer Metris conversion last summer as both our boys play year round travel sports. The van has been perfect for our needs. I would be happy to answer any questions as you spec your van, a few considerations:
- We had Explorer replace the rear bench with 2 captains chairs - makes for easy removal. We've never had the 3rd row chairs in as we need the cargo space. The chairs are super comfortable. Explorer does not recommend the executive chairs that include massage & foot rest.
- For 2017, you can upgrade the factory installed stereo/navigation head unit with a Kenwood and retain steering wheel controls & backup camera - I would highly recommend it as it is the one disappointment with our vehicle
- I would suggest having Explorer Dynamat the passenger doors & rear cargo area before they install the new panels & carpet - ours is a little noisy just given the amount of open space in the vehicle
- We ordered additional front & rear mats - they get a great deal of use & we wanted to match the colors
- We have a small shelf (from Amazon) between the 2 passenger captains chairs to hold a PlayStation 3 - we covered it in the carpet so everything is hidden & protected
- Our Hi Top vans fits easily in our garage & car washes - parking structures are another story
- Although it may not matter for your situation, we installed a different set of winter wheels & tires - absolutely no problems getting around the snowy Midwest


Please let me know if you have any questions.
 

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- For 2017, you can upgrade the factory installed stereo/navigation head unit with a Kenwood and retain steering wheel controls & backup camera
Whats the model number of the Kenwood?
 

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I had a recent conversation with the "Sprinter Guy" in Georgetown,TX. Not sure if he still has the Executive white van he quoted me, but give him a jingle: [email protected] . It was an insanely good price..................
 

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We purchased a Hi Top Explorer Metris conversion last summer as both our boys play year round travel sports. The van has been perfect for our needs. I would be happy to answer any questions as you spec your van, a few considerations:
- We had Explorer replace the rear bench with 2 captains chairs - makes for easy removal. We've never had the 3rd row chairs in as we need the cargo space. The chairs are super comfortable. Explorer does not recommend the executive chairs that include massage & foot rest.
- For 2017, you can upgrade the factory installed stereo/navigation head unit with a Kenwood and retain steering wheel controls & backup camera - I would highly recommend it as it is the one disappointment with our vehicle
- I would suggest having Explorer Dynamat the passenger doors & rear cargo area before they install the new panels & carpet - ours is a little noisy just given the amount of open space in the vehicle
- We ordered additional front & rear mats - they get a great deal of use & we wanted to match the colors
- We have a small shelf (from Amazon) between the 2 passenger captains chairs to hold a PlayStation 3 - we covered it in the carpet so everything is hidden & protected
- Our Hi Top vans fits easily in our garage & car washes - parking structures are another story
- Although it may not matter for your situation, we installed a different set of winter wheels & tires - absolutely no problems getting around the snowy Midwest


Please let me know if you have any questions.
i'd love to see some pics. please post em up.
 

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We can build a factory unit for everything we need except for one thing: seating. We're not looking for a camper upfit, as much as we want to convert the passenger bench seats into executive captain chairs and remove the third row as it's unneeded.

I called most of the upfitters in CA/NV and none have even considered upfitting a Metris, let alone looking to a seating upfit. I'm wondering of there's a upfitter who has had experience offering this service.

Thanks!!
Nevada Golf Dad
You could try Regency in Fort Worth. I don't know if they can do captains chairs, but they do recovers on the factory seats. We drove a van with them and a van with only the standard factory seats, and the Regency seats are way more comfortable. You can see pics of their seats on the website. You'll have to cut & paste this link into your browser. regencyrv.com/metris-xls/

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I had the pleasure of looking at an Explorer conversion at an MB dealer a couple weeks before I bought my own van (just standard passenger). The high top with side glass is really done nice, and the captains seats are super comfy.

The mid-row captains chairs have the same quick-release base as my 95 GMC Vandura conversion van that has Steelcase seating throughout. The mounting plates are bolted through the floor of my van, but probably not so simple with the Metris floor. Explorer would probably be the best bet so far for captains.
 

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Do yourself a favor and don't confuse cushiness with comfort. These are the finest Mercedes seats I have ever sat in- the only thing better are Volvo 240s and Peugeot 505s. I'm talking as a man who was in business converting car seats into office chairs.

I have never seen a car seat with the kind of 12-14 hour comfort these have; most of them are too soft for a long trip.
 

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First post here! In terms of the "finest Mercedes seats", are you referring to the ones used in the Explorer or Regency?
 

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The finest Mercedes seats are probably the ones on the S600. Explorers seats are nothing like a Mercedes seat in any way. Mercedes seats are firm, and designed to provide long drive comfort, as opposed to the "sink into it" cushiness of an arm chair... which is a nice place to lounge and watch TV, but is horrible for driving.

The finest seats you could probably put in your Metris, with a lot of wiring, are the heated/cooled/powered leather seats found on top spec V250s. But you'd need to do wiring work and panel changes to the door, because that's where the seat controls go.

And besides the leather, cooling, and power adjustments, I can't see how those would improve on these. Try doing a thousand mile day in an explorer and not waking up with back aches.
 
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