lala IMHO the same as with pop top, if you want to use the van camping and want to be little more comfortable comparing to just a tent,have swivels, but if you go once a year to camp overnight, there is no need to have swivels I am going to put swivels on both sides just to have more room inside i case of rain, friends over, etc. It will give you extra 2' of space in 9' space that you have, minus your bed.I am debating whether or not to get a swivel for the passenger seat. If you have it, how much do you use it? I've heard from some Sprinter folks that they never use it. It would irritate me to have it and not use it.
I'm looking to hear from the swivelers!
Hi Oldmandan,I have the swivels on both front seats. I bought them from Travois. I think it is well worth it for both but for sure at least the passenger seat. My middle bench seat is removed so it becomes a living room with the swivels. The ability to hang out in there with friends and listen to music makes it worth it for me. For camping it makes a big difference too. Now if I can just get a rear bench that folds into a bed.
Yes they do. I am referring to the manual comfort seats, not the full electrically adjustable new seats in MY 20. Just be sure to disconnect the main battery under the passenger seat before beginning unless you want to be clearing air bag codes.Do the swivels work for seats that have electronic lumbar adjustments?
Yes, do unplug the battery, which means slide it out part way and unscrew and remove the black terminal. I believe focus85 is being kind to not reveal that it was me, not he, who didn't disconnect the battery.Yes they do. I am referring to the manual comfort seats, not the full electrically adjustable new seats in MY 20. Just be sure to disconnect the main battery under the passenger seat before beginning unless you want to be clearing air bag codes.
I have had the passenger seat swivel for 18 months. It's a must for a camper. I just installed the driver's side. Slightly more complicated as minor wiring tweaks are needed (releasing cable ties basically and remounting with zip ties). The driver's side is more complicated to actually swivel because of the steering wheel. I held off on the driver's side because I was worried about 1) interference with my power box behind the auxiliary battery under the driver's seat, 2) seat height and 3) squeaking. I'm around 200 pounds. I am happy to report no squeaking yet, and the increased seat height lets me sit just slightly closer to the wheel, which seems to work for my arm length.
FYI, the folks at Travois in SLO County (Los Osos, CA) said, and their Ebay shipment bore it out, the new Scopema RIB swivels are shared with the Sprinter, SOOOOOOO, get 'em while you can. Travois said they are heavily over-subscribed. I had called SLO to see whether a short drive might save me shipping $$$ -- they said they had none (but they did on Ebay). Go figger.
It was worth a try though, aka the "no harm in asking rule." And I meant nothing sneaky, of course, though as I've mentioned before, I've found the order from Canada, ship from WA to possibly spell GREY MARKET!! That's an old school term for a product equivalent to the U.S. product, but not licensed or warrantied in the U.S. I used to buy 35mm camera gear that way from the NY stores. Anyway, I strongly suspect that, regardless of how Travois sells them, the SCOPEMA swivels are not approved or warrantied for U.S. use. Still a great product, fully licensed for European highways.Travois-USA shipped the swivels from Washington, not Los Osos, so, that would appear to be why you can't save shipping.
Might be the 8 threaded connections -- only four have thread locking nuts as I recall -- have you tried using a thread locker like Permatex? Are you confident the bolts are torqued properly?Hi - my travois passenger swivel creaks when no one is on it. Anyone have any tips or suggestions? Reinstalled to check. Greased the stops. Ideas?