Stabilize the child seat in the motorhome without an isofix device

If you have a child with you in your motorhome, you probably know the problem: somehow the child seat can never be attached properly – Isofix doesn’t help either, since most vehicles lack the device. There is still a simple solution.

Not every child seat is suitable for this solution

It is important to first mention which seats this solution is suitable for. Because it only works with child seats in which the child is strapped in with the vehicle belt (3-point belt). This is especially the case with seats for older children. In these seats, the device serves only for additional stabilization of the seat.

"With older people children is the Isofix attachment only for anchoring the seat on the back seat and for stabilization on the seat. The child is held by the seat belt. Advantage of the Isofix reinforcement: It secures the empty child seat while driving, when the child is not traveling. ”

Child seat for older children, which is secured by the 3-point belt of the vehicle

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So my construction is not suitable for 5-point seat belts for smaller children!

Risk of tipping in the curve

From my conversations with other campers, I know that we are by far not the only ones who have / had the problem: While driving through a tight curve quickly, you can see in the rear-view mirror suddenly his child and seat lying down in the curve. So much so that you have to fear that the two will tip over immediately.

Isofix does nothing without a device

While you can fix every child seat reasonably well in a normal car, this is not the case with motorhomes. Car seats just fall backwards, thus offering more grip – even without Isofix. Motorhomes, on the other hand, usually have no Isofix (of course, especially the older models) and also the seat cushions are cut straight because there is a box for storing them underneath.

With the right seat (i.e. if you look from the front to the back) this is just bearable – if you put a child on the left, you have to fear that it will fall completely off the bench. Not funny.

Screw on the back wall

We come to my solution: hook. Quite simply hooks, as you can get them in any hardware store – into which you can just snap the Isofix clips. These hooks must of course be screwed to the rear wall of the seat. Make sure that the hooks are wide enough: about 3 cm. The diameter must not be too thin, but of course not too thick either: approx. 5 mm.

Hook screwed to the rear wall

Bridges a tiny problem

I ordered such hooks on eBay, paid a few euros for them – but I encountered a problem with the screw connection: I could only screw the right hook directly into the wood, which took about a minute. On the left, the width between the two Isofix pliers ended exactly at the slot along which the belt attachment runs.

I bridged this gap with a perforated plate made of metal (very stable). I screwed these to the right and left and now had a base for the second hook. I fastened it with a nut screw, which finished my construction.

Bridge for the left hook – no, this is not about boxes

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The wobble construction came to an end

Fortunately, I had measured the width correctly, so everything was right the first time I tried it on. As planned, the seat made a very stable impression. The wobbly construction came to an end and we no longer have to fear looking into the rear-view mirror. And not before the next sharp curve. Because the child sits absolutely securely.


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