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Old 10-25-2020, 12:15 PM   #1
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We are the new owners of a gently used 2017 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT Tommy Bahama edition. We have discovered that the plastic seat belt guide to the second row captain's chair behind the driver's seat is broken. We are handy and will tackle replacing it if I can only find the part. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-25-2020, 01:34 PM   #2
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Have you grabbed a copy of the parts manual for your Interstate? It might have some guidance regarding the specific part and part number so you can get another one.

Try this link: https://www.airstream.com/owners/man.../tc/year/2017/
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:20 PM   #3
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Re: Posting a picture. If you have the image stored locally use the 'paper-clip' icon and upload with the 'choose file' icon/button.

If it's stored on a cloud server, copy the link and paste it into the 'post-card w/mountain' icon window that opens when clicked.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:53 AM   #4
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Thanks. This is very helpful. Doesn’t show the detail parts for that seatbelt but still good to have. Plan on printing and adding to my notebook.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:44 AM   #5
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Pictures of Part I am looking for

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They attempted to fix with velcro but when you pull on the seat belt it doesn't stay.
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:26 AM   #6
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Seat Belt Issue

This may be a much bigger issue than you are anticipating! I started my engineering career as a seatbelt specialist with Ford Motor Company. So here are a few key points for your puzzle:

Seat belts are manufactured and tested as a complete set and must comply with a specific Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS)

When "replacing" one side of a seatbelt system, you usually have to replace both sides, since they are provided as a complete set, fully tested.

Based on the pic you provided, it looks like the plastic collar which failed is built and shipped as part of the seat belt assembly. I can't see a path to replacing just the plastic collar.

Lastly, if ANY PART of the seatbelt assembly fails, the manufacturer is usually quick to replace the assembly, since failures that discourage people from using the seatbelt are considered a "system failure". For example, when a belt retractor fails allowing the belt to get caught in the door and become soiled, that is a complete failure, since it discourages the user from wearing the now dirty belt.

FMVSS are "no-compromise" items. The fines for selling vehicles that do not comply are meaningful, and often lead to broader investigations and ultimate vehicle recalls.

I would lean pretty hard on the dealer to replace the belt, and not fight it. I think you will have difficulty finding a discrete part which is a sub-component of the belt system.

Good luck

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We are the new owners of a gently used 2017 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT Tommy Bahama edition. We have discovered that the plastic seat belt guide to the second row captain's chair behind the driver's seat is broken. We are handy and will tackle replacing it if I can only find the part. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-26-2020, 01:50 PM   #7
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PirateChris has some sound advice.

Although we often have excellent MacGyver skills and enjoy the challenge to resourceful, I would not compromise on any safety system. Seat belt systems are a critical component in overall occupant safety and small errors made in trimming or cutting the plastic can cause the destruction belt to failure in an accident.

Get a qualified technician or shop who will back up their work.
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Old 11-02-2020, 03:20 PM   #8
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Update on my seatbelt...the RV dealership is providing us with a full seatbelt replacement. Now we need to figure out about installation. At least it is the correct fix for the problem.

Thanks for your insight.
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Excellent, good decision. Best wishes on the replacement!
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Old 11-03-2020, 06:47 AM   #10
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Great news! A new seat belt system with integrated components is the right decision. As far as replacing these, it is not typically difficult but does require some mechanical skills. If you are uncomfortable in this process, then I recommend you can have a local repair shop that does automotive work as a good option to consider. I would suspect it would take about an hour or so to detrim the seat, remove old hardware and replace belt system and trim again. It is important to make sure the seat belts have been routed correctly through the seat structure, foam and trim. Also, the mounting of the seat belts requires proper torque on the fasteners. Again, I advocate on this type of repair to make sure you feel confident or have a competent mechanic complete the repairs. You have the right parts to do the job correctly...now just complete the installation using the same logic. Good luck!
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We are the new owners of a gently used 2017 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT Tommy Bahama edition. We have discovered that the plastic seat belt guide to the second row captain's chair behind the driver's seat is broken. We are handy and will tackle replacing it if I can only find the part. Any help is greatly appreciated.



Don't understand how to add an image to my post. I have pictures if someone can enlighten me on how to do it. Thanks.




OY...

Have experienced this issue three separate occasions on units between 2018 and 2019 ... second row seat belt retraction at shoulder anchor point.

Itís a trim piece. Thatís all. A trim piece which is easily replaced. The trim piece blocks retraction of the belt when the trim piece is pulled away from its anchored position.

The Scottsdale MB dealer has replaced/repaired our failures successfully - every single time in less than an hour. Simple
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