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Old 06-01-2016, 12:30 PM   #113
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The layout/floor plan of the 2004 T1N Sprinter based Interstate is different.
The front seats do not swivel.
There is an old school entertainment center just behind the driver seat. Think 80's stereo component cabinet.
Then, moving back in the coach, there are 2 jack knife sofas facing each other and holes in the floor for a pedestal table which stores under the curb side couch.
The kitchen is in the rear curb side corner and the wet bath is in the rear street side corner.
When I send Airforums $20 I will post interior pics.


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Old 06-01-2016, 04:46 PM   #114
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The layout/floor plan of the 2004 T1N Sprinter based Interstate is different.....
The definitive summary of T1N Sprinter Interstate lay-outs below. I compiled this info straight out of Airstream's archives, so if I'm inaccurate, it's because they are inaccurate.

Interestingly, the "lounge" model (then called "rear dinette") that became dominant in the NCV3s was only introduced in the last T1N model year. One would suspect that the motivation was to finally introduce the supposedly-safer forward-facing seatbelts, yet in the 2007, there are none - only belts on the rear side seats. In fact, the 2007 RD is reportedly the only T1N Interstate that has a total of four belts instead of six. Go figure.

These four lay-out choices... I have a high degree of confidence that these represent everything that was produced. But the different paint schemes... those I'm still counting the number of.
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Old 06-01-2016, 05:06 PM   #115
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Did the sofa beds and/or dinette seats have seat belts or were they all two passenger?

The rear commode would definitely be exciting in a NCV3 when underway.
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:34 PM   #116
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Jannie's is the Interstate 22FS (front sleeper).
Bottom left in the picture of layouts.
The side facing couches have seat belts.


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We have a 2007 RD and can confirm only four seatbelts with only those in front facing forward. I've often wondered why Airstream made the decision not to belt the forward facing sofa seat.. We treat ours as a two person sanctuary so the need for extra seat belts is superfluous, however I'm still curious about their logic.
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This is mine.
Based on 2014.5 Model Year.
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We have a 2007 RD and can confirm only four seatbelts with only those in front facing forward. I've often wondered why Airstream made the decision not to belt the forward facing sofa seat.. We treat ours as a two person sanctuary so the need for extra seat belts is superfluous, however I'm still curious about their logic.
These are cheap seat belts bolted to the floor behind the sofa. I personally - removed them as they are useless and were installed by Airstream for legalization of extra number of passengers in the vehicle.
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We have a 2007 RD and can confirm only four seatbelts with only those in front facing forward. I've often wondered why Airstream made the decision not to belt the forward facing sofa seat.. We treat ours as a two person sanctuary so the need for extra seat belts is superfluous, however I'm still curious about their logic.
I recently got an email from a 2007 owner who is not an Air Forums user, a blog-follower of mine, who was contemplating removing those side belts and having rear belts installed. I don't know why Airstream made that decision. Maybe something to do with the way the seat folded down to make a bed in those years? We have the 2007 RS so I can't really speculate.

Ours is a two-person sanctuary but the two people vary, and my teenager insists on sitting in the back - parental toxicity, I suppose, compelling her to get as far away as possible.

And when either my husband or teenager is napping in the back, I ask that they fish out a seat belt, loosen it to maximum extent, and put it around themselves, like a loose lap belt on an airplane. I don't know that it would help in an emergency but I also don't know that it would hurt. In a crash scenario, there's not much that is worse than body-as-projectile, so I'd take my chances with a loose belt around my midsection.
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The rear commode would definitely be exciting in a NCV3 when underway.
It *would* be a particularly bad time for anything to be propelled upward with a force exceeding 1 g courtesy of the 3500's rougher rear ride, wouldn't it? In the partial example I've attached, they don't specify the nature of that ball...
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And when either my husband or teenager is napping in the back, I ask that they fish out a seat belt, loosen it to maximum extent, and put it around themselves, like a loose lap belt on an airplane. I don't know that it would help in an emergency but I also don't know that it would hurt. In a crash scenario, there's not much that is worse than body-as-projectile, so I'd take my chances with a loose belt around my midsection.
They might end up with hip fractures if the belt catches them where it's supposed toŚ or if the belt catches them too high, ruptured internal organs in the abdomen.

When you think about it, the "f=ma" equation, force equals mass times acceleration, applies here. Deceleration is just acceleration in the opposite direction. If you wear a seat belt loose, you can build up more momentum and thereby build up more force that is applied directly to your body when you hit the belt and are jerked to a stop (instantly decelerated). It's worse in the rear seats because you don't have a shoulder harness to spread out the force of the impact; the lap belt does all the work.

So your rear seat passengers should wear a seat belt, properly adjusted, not loose. The reason for the snug fit is to make sure the hipbones take the force of the impact rather than the soft tissue of the abdomen. And your passengers should nap sitting up, not lying across the seat.
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:31 AM   #123
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These are cheap seat belts bolted to the floor behind the sofa. I personally - removed them as they are useless and were installed by Airstream for legalization of extra number of passengers in the vehicle.
Cheap they may be but Airstream had to get them to pass NHSTA testing.

I trust your replacements were DOT certified.
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Cheap they may be but Airstream had to get them to pass NHSTA testing.

I trust your replacements were DOT certified.
I have nobody ride seated on the rear sofa Marc, and thus I removed them. Yes they were definitely as per the Code but cheap like 10 bucks from Advance Auto-parts and simply bolted to the floor behind the sofa. What an engineering technology

IMHO the Interstate is convenient for not more than two persons and the child or pet.
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IMHO the Interstate is convenient for not more than two persons and the child or pet.
And I'm going to Florida w/ two moms and five grandkids.

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Old 06-03-2016, 04:42 PM   #126
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..... IMHO the Interstate is convenient for not more than two persons and the child or pet.

The Lounge model has options to seats up to nine. I think this is a big selling point of the Interstate that separates it from the competition. It was one of the reason I bought one. I often haul 6-8 for family outings, going out to dinner with neighbors and when relative or friends visit. It has often saved us from having to drive two vehicles for events.


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