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#1 of 2 2000 Chrysler Town & Country Limited ~ Switch captain's chairs for bench?
May 17, 2010 (7:05 pm)
We have a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country Limited with captain's chairs. We are having our sixth baby in a few months and need an 8 passenger vehicle. We would very much prefer to convert our (paid for!) minivan as opposed to having to buy a new vehicle.
Is it possible to buy a bench and ditch the captain's chairs? How would we go about doing so?
#2 of 2 Re: 2000 Chrysler Town & Country Limited ~ Switch captain's chairs for bench? [happywife1]
May 21, 2010 (2:29 pm)
It might be more difficult than it would seem. I think the vans with captain's chairs have four mounting points in the middle row versus a two-rail system for the bench seats, so if you want a bench in the second row, you might end up having to change out not only the seats, but the rail system. Since they are somewhat built into the floor, that could be problematic unless the vans are pre-built with the ability to swap the rails. However, I have not seen a van with the second row chairs, so I don't know for sure. Can you mount the rear bench in the second row on your van? If you can, you're set and all you need to do is get another third-row bench.
You would have to put a third-row bench in the second row in order to achieve seating for eight, which means access to the true third row will be somewhat diminished by the wide bench in front of it. If all the children in the third row are free of carseats, though, I'm sure they can still get back there and strapped in fairly easily. The second-row bench seat in these models is offset somewhat toward the driver side sliding door and has seating for two (middle position and behind driver) in order to allow easy access to the third row.