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Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them?

Posted By: fritz

Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 2:38 am

Optional in 78 and up Dodge Royal Sportsman vans. Two bench seats that convert to a bed/lounge/or dinette. I'm looking for any and all information I can find on them. All this in hopes to one day locate a pair or build something similar.

Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 2:48 am

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Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 2:58 am

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Posted By: Uncle_Fester

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 3:03 am

COOL ! I wish they would build something like that for my Astro !
Posted By: draggnastro

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 3:43 am

UF, you can mod the factory bench seats to do that. Just have to re work the hinge a little bit.
Posted By: Mutt

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 4:17 am

It was a very cool set up. My parts van had it. They were mounted in quick release floor tracks. As you can see in the photo above, there were a few ways that you could set it up. There was also a table that mounted against the the left side panel. When the benches were facing each other, you could slide the mounting tabs into slots in the wall then fold down an arm to support the other end. These seats were very cool in design but heavy as hell!
Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 4:52 am

I'd like to buy a pair for the sportsman I'm getting I think they're the best looking way to get a bed in a window van. If I got one I was thinking about stripping it down to the frame and making a "reproduction" frame with modifications like caster wheels for moving or under seat storage.
Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 4:55 am

I didn't know he factory seats hinged? All the vans in junkyards here have the seats out.
Posted By: Wizard78

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 10:15 am

I remember those
Posted By: Mutt

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 12:27 pm

Originally Posted by fritz
I didn't know he factory seats hinged? All the vans in junkyards here have the seats out.


It's a combination of hinged & pivoting. Once the seats are latched down into the floor brackets, the bases are stationary. The front bench has three positions, upright for normal travel, flat for the bed & it pivots front to back. This allows the seat to face back to make the dinette (seats facing each other). The rear seat has only two positions, upright for normal travel & flat for the bed.

It's a cool factory set up.
Posted By: NateB

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 12:29 pm

I'd like to find a set too and perhaps integrate them into my project.
Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 6:06 pm

I'm going to post this in the Bvan forum aswell. I think it would be worthwhile to find a set and reproduce them. Making the seat frame itself isn't all that dificult but the folding/pivoting mechanizm as well as getting it the dimensions right will be hard with out an actual seat to go off of.

Anyone else looking for a set? Anyone have more pictures? When I get home I'll try and dig up all the brochure pictures I can find.
Posted By: Mutt

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 10th 2012 11:13 pm

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Posted By: Keep_On_Truckin_WNY

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 11th 2012 4:05 am

i LOVE this type of setup - i was working on a custom set last year, but i got a regular tri-section seat, then another plain fold-out...

i have thought about regular RV dinettes to put on the driver's side wall - something i might do 'someday'...

if anyone comes across some reproductions - or really good photos to replicate, that would be appreciated...

yeah, i'm a Chevy guy - but that's such an awesome design...
Posted By: Garfield

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - August 11th 2012 5:03 pm

That is great! I wonder why the rest of the Big 3 did not copy that?

I know know there is some law now that you can't set in dinette seats while the vehicle is in motion but you could just fold the table up when you drove.
Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - September 02nd 2012 7:13 pm

Looks like Chinook had something similar.
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Posted By: maples01

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - September 07th 2012 4:17 am

Ford had some passenger Econoline vans in the late 80's early 90's with the bench seats that dropped to a bed like that.
Posted By: vandude360

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - September 09th 2012 3:12 pm

Fritz, here is more "Travel" seating option info:

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Posted By: MrHoney

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - September 09th 2012 5:44 pm

I still love Dodges
Posted By: Walter

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - September 28th 2012 12:24 am

Originally Posted by fritz
Optional in 78 and up Dodge Royal Sportsman vans. Two bench seats that convert to a bed/lounge/or dinette. I'm looking for any and all information I can find on them. All this in hopes to one day locate a pair or build something similar.



The problem with posting pictures and asking questions about semi-forgotten cool stuff like this is that just quadrupled the number of people also looking for them! laugh


Very Cool!
Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - October 12th 2012 4:06 am

Well if I can get one pair we'd all have a chance at a repop set or plans to make a custom set. i've seen how to's on making seat frames and it looks like something most handy people can make if they're patient.
Posted By: fritz

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - January 11th 2013 7:40 pm

I now own a set of dodge travel seats! Complete with the table and turns out the seller was a distant relative too! Pictures soon and im going to partially disasemble to get an idea of how the mechinisms work.
Posted By: Reed

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - January 12th 2013 8:18 pm

Awesome!
Posted By: Superbeast

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - January 30th 2013 4:02 pm

That's great that you were able to find a set.

For others, a lot of the new smaller capers have couches that fold similar to these seats. Not one that's directional front to back, but they are made to be a couch and the back part flips over the set part and lays flat in front of the seat part to form a bed. The only issue may be the width of them. They may be as wide as the inside of the van.
Posted By: sgtmopar

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - February 20th 2016 7:42 pm

I am new to forums, but the Travel Seat (option code CYP in 1991) was available from 1978 through 1994. It had stock mounting brackets, meaning they can be installed in any Ram Wagon except a B150 or B1500 due to wheel well height of rear seat. The table is a cheap piece of wood that could be replaced with a real piece of plywood. I had a 1994 B250 and I kept the seats when I sold it hoping to buy another but they are getting very hard to find. My kids loved the seats and the lounger position was great at the highway 21 drive-in near Beaufort, SC. Yes, we still go to the drive-in!
Posted By: frscke1

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - February 20th 2016 9:09 pm

Welcome to the site Sarge ....
Posted By: sgtmopar

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - December 09th 2019 1:15 pm

I own the seats, would love to sell them . The factory table needs a new top, kinda warped. These fit into ANY Dodge Ramwagon that is not a 150,1500 shorty. The wheel wells are to high for the seat to fit. They connect into the factory floor, so they do not work in any Ram Van or conversion van. This option was available from 1978, I think until 1994. Mine are out of my '94.
Posted By: NEmery

Re: Dodge "Travel Seats" anyone seen them? - December 10th 2019 12:55 pm

SgtMopar, you still Vannin? we have a small group of Vanners in the area (Beaufort, Mt Pleasant, Johns Island, Savannah) and we regularly host them here at the house in Beaufort for a Fire and some debauchery. shoot me a message if you ever want to head down or next time you come to the Drive in,
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