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Double Cab Baby Seats, What Fits?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by jage, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Mar 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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    jage

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    First off, none of that base clip-infant carrier. We're having twins and they just aren't going to work for us.

    So I'm looking for what convertible car seats actually fit in a double cab as infant carriers. I'll be going out to test fit myself once I have time to hit the stores, but I figured any experience with 2nd Gen Dcabs would be useful!
     
  2. Mar 22, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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    Sub'd I have a baby coming in July and curious as to what's going to work! When are your babies due?
    Oh and congrats!
     
  3. Mar 22, 2013 at 12:18 AM
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    We've had the base, clip in style in my tacoma, but I just moved to a recaro convertible one. Seems huge in the taco, but does fit. And that's right, it is a recaro carseat. Nuff said.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2013 at 12:24 AM
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    I've seen those they look sick! Are they a lot more expensive then others?
     
  5. Mar 22, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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    We paid. 250 for ours I think? Not too bad, considering they had some for 600
     
  6. Mar 22, 2013 at 1:55 AM
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    I am not sure if there is a list of suggested fitments. My daughter has a business as a licensed / certified car seat installation training and install person. She may have some suggestions since her oldest has had a few trips in out DCLB.

    Send me a pm since I may not see this topic again if you need info.

    PK
     
  7. Mar 22, 2013 at 3:49 AM
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    I've found that pretty much all fit, some are bigger than others. One of the best things to do is go to a Babys R Us if you have one nearby by, or other big baby retail store, and ask to test fit the floor models in your truck. They shouldn't have a problem with it, thats what I did when I needed a new seat for mine. good luck!
     
  8. Mar 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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    Congrats to you too. August, which in Twins means July.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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    Sub'd. I just got a safety 1st complete air sent to my house. Tried it in my DCSB and it basically will now allow for a 3 foot tall, 50 person to sit in my passenger front seat now. I've gotta get something different, either that or have the seat forward facing, which I don't want to do.
     
  10. Apr 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM
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    Did you try putting it in the center position?
     
  11. Apr 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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    If you have 1. Just about any will fit in the center position in a rear facing application. Just about any 2 should fit in a front facing setup. To get two in rear facing, you'll have to look for seats that are short front to back, unless you're very short and small yourself. I had a Safety First Air Protect something, rear facing, with clip in base, and with it installed behind the passenger seat I could barely squeeze in the front. No hope in driving if it was behind the driver seat. Try before you buy.
    Gary
     
  12. Apr 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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    I fit the base in first with the clips and seat belt, rear facing with the mirror to be able to see the baby. For precious cargo like babies I wanted to make sure they were not moving.
    I know have the recaro seat for my toddler but we have another on the way too and I will be doing the same thing. Making sure if seats perfect.
     
  13. Apr 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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    I had a Graco infant carrier and base on the passenger side and my brother who's 6'4" fit ok. Knees on the glove box, but not bad. Now I have a Graco convertible and it has to go in the center with it rear facing. With it on the passenger side, my 5'1" wife was uncomfortable.
     
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    Diono Radian RXT. It is a premium seat with a narrow footprint.
    http://www.amazon.com/Diono-Radian-...TF8&qid=1365094790&sr=8-1&keywords=radian+rxt

    You can put 3 of them wide in the back of a Kia. We started with a crappy Graco snugride that was wide as all hell. This seat is the bees-knees. My neighbor bought two for his kids to go in the back of his Jeep.

    They are heavy duty, airline compatible, and the straps are easily adjusted. Highly recommended. Also, it functions as a booster seat. So it should be the only car seat you ever need.
     
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    I'm going with the Britax Travel System so all I have to do is buy two bases to clip into. One for my taco and one for my wifes car. Even though the original post states no clip in designs, there are others carseats Britax offeres that are not the clip base design incase people might want to check them out too.

    http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats
     
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    I just picked up the Britax B Safe. Fitmet is good. The base is smaller than a lot of the other car seats we looked at, a little bit pricier. But its built good. Definitely recommend.
     
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    Congrats and good luck!


    The Diono Radian's are great. I have the Radian 120 (the RXT has the headwings while the 120 does not), for my son who is 2.5 in my DC. It can go rear facing then convert to the forward facing with 5 point harness up to 80 lbs and be a booster up to 120 lbs. Have heard it is a waste for a booster though, but for RF and FF, it should be fine.


    What you'll find with other RF (rear facing) convertible seats is that you may be limited on weight when switching to FF (forward facing). With the Radian's you really won't have that issue and can keep them RF for quite a while, and the longer time RF the better from a safety point of view.

    Later on down the road, the headwings on the RTX are supposed to be safer, but I went without them with the R120 since for taller kids their shoulders can hit. My son is in the 90th+ percentile for height and weight, so that will probably be a concern for him.

    We do have a newborn and use the Keyfit 22 clip in with base, the same one we used with our son. She is behind the passengers seat with my son behind the drivers seat in the Radian. Could put her in the middle, but not sure I trust my 2.5 year old that close to her yet (he is slowly accepting not being an only child...).

    You've dismissed using those, but we really like the clip in and go system. If it is space behind the seats, I understand. But the ease of getting them in and out, not to mention being able to strap them into the seat while inside is a big plus. Think of a pouring rain and hanging halfway out of the truck trying to get them strapped in, getting drenched in the process! Not to mention easier to carry them around once you get out of the car. Once the babies get bigger though, they carriers do get heavy.

    Once again, good luck!
     
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