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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 7:20 am 
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Darren wrote:

Potential issues that I see:

a) There might be an issue mounting the seat if it interferes with batteries but as of right now it does not appear that would be the case.

b) There are two rings in the cargo area of the vehicles equipped with third rows. As far as I can tell, the only purpose they serve is to anchor the folded seats into the floor when they are in the DOWN position. They don't seem to do anything when they are up. They appear to be welded on but honestly don't seem that necessary.

c) This would probably affect range in some capacity but I have no idea how much.

d) The same dealers that think I am crazy say that they probably would not install a third row and may not even sell me the parts for liability reasons.

e) I might have to have the seats custom upholstered if I want them to match.

Overall this doesn't seem that hard. What other things might I be missing?

Thanks.


Just go to the junk yard and find a wrecked Rav4 with the seats.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:26 am 
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TonyWilliams wrote:
Just go to the junk yard and find a wrecked Rav4 with the seats.


+1 simple and inexpensive.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:31 am 
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That was on my list of ideas if this turns out to be viable.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:16 pm 
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Given that the body is stock ICE RAV4 I would be surprised if the third row seats would not fit. As Tony's picture showed, even the mufler bracket is still there. We need to confirm which stock ICE RAV4, probably the Sport.

If I could find a salvage set, it would be nice to have a quick install setup.

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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:22 pm 
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In relation to this thread, I am curious how much weight affects range. Since I don't think anyone has yet to add the weight of a third row, I'm thinking the closest estimate would be a full load of passengers or some extra cargo. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
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In relation to this thread, I am curious how much weight affects range. Since I don't think anyone has yet to add the weight of a third row, I'm thinking the closest estimate would be a full load of passengers or some extra cargo. Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
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The weight will certainly be an impact but I don't think anyone has done any real testing to see how much.
This thread got me curious because I was initially looking for a RAV4 with third row seats. Hear are some pictures of the back of mine.
Notice the latches (handles?) for the third row seats.
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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:04 pm 
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Reading other forums i found some one selling third row seats and the link is below. I am not sure this will fit RAV4EV

http://www.littlepassengerseats.com/rav ... UCxghxnrIY


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:42 pm 
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ravisekhar wrote:
Reading other forums i found some one selling third row seats and the link is below. I am not sure this will fit RAV4EV

http://www.littlepassengerseats.com/rav ... UCxghxnrIY


Thanks. I have looked into these for my FJ Cruiser. I like the concept and they appear to be very sturdy. My only comments are that I believe that sturdy probably means heavy (which might affect range) and that I think I prefer that the factory Toyota seats fold into the floor (these don't).

I really appreciate you keeping your eyes out for me. Thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: 3rd Row
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:07 pm 
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SeattleRav4 wrote:
The weight will certainly be an impact but I don't think anyone has done any real testing to see how much.
This thread got me curious because I was initially looking for a RAV4 with third row seats. Hear are some pictures of the back of mine.
Notice the latches (handles?) for the third row seats.
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Thanks. The main thing I am wondering at this point is that the factory Toyota 3rd row has several metal "loops" in the floor that the seat connects to in order to hold it in position when it is up or folded. Without pulling up the carpet in both a gas RAV4 with a a third row and a RAV4 EV, I can't figure out what those loops connect to and if they are bolted, welded, etc. I think I need to find a detailed service manual.

The loops are red in this red gas RAV4.

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