Any families with front/rear-facing child seats here? - Page 2 - 2017+ Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Forums
 26Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 12:59 PM
Senior Member
 
MoPacifica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 149
Hey rkalla,
We have a limited, family of 4 (1 year old, almost 3 year old). For the first 2 months of the Pacifica we had a Britax rear facing on passenger side, and a Recaro convertible on driver side. We have now moved to the Recaro convertible to passenger side for 1 year old, and 3 year old is in an Evenflo booster.
  • Rear facing fit great. My wife is short so she never complained about leg space. In our Jeep, I could never sit in the front passenger seat because of the rear facing car seat, but now I can sit in the Pacifica (I’m 5’11”). Since we got rid of the rear facing, the biggest problem we face is kicking the back of the front seats.
  • Tilt forward: we never use it, we never have the 3rd row up so there is no need to get back there.
  • Stow and go: we never use it for storage since there is so much other room. However, I see a day when it will come in handy
  • We never stow the seats… I hate moving car seats so those things will never move unless we are having the van serviced or maybe this weekend on our 4 hour trip I will sit back there to play my Nintendo ;-)
DigitalBlacksmith likes this.
MoPacifica is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 01:22 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 180
We didn't get the vacuum and the fact is, you don't have one now, so you're not going to miss it. If you had it, sure you would use it, but your chance of remorse is low if you don't get it.

We had an older Caravan before the Pacifica that didn't have the tilting seats, so we're used to going through the middle. The tilt seems like a cramped way to get back there when you have a toddler seat installed, and you can't use the tilt at all when you move up to a big girl car seat that uses the seatbelt to attach rather than LATCH... So even if you love it with an infant car seat base, the utility will go down hill fast as the kids grow. Probably more important if you get an 8 passenger. We have a 7...

And this is not universal, but we really only carry emergency type stuff in the stow and go area. It's awkward to get to, especially with all weather floor mats and toys laying around.

With all of that said, we were never shopping for a Limited and my wife absolutely had to have stow and go. We have a TL+ with safety tec and hands free doors.
JPhi is offline  
post #13 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 01:30 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 180
Also wanted to share that our 3 kid plan is infant in 2nd row passenger, 4 yo in 3rd driver, 5 yo in 3rd passenger and keep 2nd row driver stowed. Tons of room for third row entry and buckling and groceries, etc.
JPhi is offline  
 
post #14 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 01:36 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 758
Quote:
Originally Posted by generaltso View Post
We have a large Britax front facing carseat in the second row on the passenger side and it fits perfectly. We also have the 8 passenger, and the kids like the 8th seat to be installed all the time, so the "tilt forward" function is really the only way to access the 3rd row. It is VERY nice that any kids getting into the 3rd row can do so from either side even though the Britax is strapped in on the passenger side. I love that feature.


I have a spare tire in one of the Stow-n-Go bins for peace of mind. For that reason, I'm glad to have that space. I've got a couple other things in the bin on the other side as well. Since we have kids, we never stow the 2nd row seats.


Another consideration that may or may not matter to you is that the hybrid cannot be had with a memory driver's seat. This is the closest thing to a deal-breaker for me personally.
Thanks rkalla for the questions as they align perfectly with my own.

Generaltso, you mentioned having the Britax strapped into the 2nd row and using the tilt to enter feature.... when you say strapped are you referring to the seatbelt or latch options? I was under the impression that once a car seat is secured with a seatbelt and the seatbelt locked then the tilt action wouldn't work anymore since the belt is locked.

And with using the latch system it is highly recommended to not exceed 65lbs of weight (car seat and kid combined) before you must stop using latch and changed to use the seatbelt.

Thanks

Last edited by cue003; 02-16-2017 at 01:53 PM.
cue003 is offline  
post #15 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 01:49 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 185
Quote:
Originally Posted by cue003 View Post
Thanks rials for the questions as they align perfectly with my own.

Generaltso, you mentioned having the Britax strapped into the 2nd row and using the tilt to enter feature.... when you say strapped are you referring to the seatbelt or latch options? I was under the impression that once a car seat is secured with a seatbelt and the seatbelt locked then the tilt action wouldn't work anymore since the belt is locked.

And with using the latch system it is only generally recommended to not exceed 65lbs of weight (car seat and kid combined) before you must stop using latch and changed to use the seatbelt.

Thanks
You can't tilt if you use the seat belt for your Britax seat. If you use latch, yes you can tilt. I find the seat belt easier with the Clicktight than the latch but you lose the ability to tilt the 2nd row seat. I may switch it to latch though.

If you're rear facing, I doubt you will have room to tilt the seat much.
mtmgtz is offline  
post #16 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by mtmgtz View Post
2. Yes, the tilt forward works very well.
Ok very cool, I am perceiving this to be an important feature for families. Good to hear that confirmed.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtmgtz View Post
3. Sure you can take the second row seat out in the Hybrid but say you drive 2 hours and randomly buy something that is big. It's not like you can just leave your 2nd row seat somewhere. You lose some flexibility with the Hybrid in this manner.
I'm going to have you call my wife and tell her this...

Quote:
Originally Posted by mtmgtz View Post
4. See above. If you don't have a truck, I'd much rather have stow-n-go. I have a truck but still prefer the stow-n-go. Half the reason we bought a van was for the additional storage space.
I don't, but frequently consider getting one because of 1-off trips to Ikea, Home Depot and the like where I get super frustrated that I need to rent something to get the item home... good pointer.
rkalla is offline  
post #17 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 79
Mo, I really appreciate the heads up for the family usage... also... we're in Phoenix too! Over on Cactus and Tatum (by PV Mall) - where are you guys??

Maybe I can buy you a coffee to trick you into showing us the Pacifica and how it's all setup withe car seats and how everything fits?

(We try and do this at the dealership and it's really high pressure/inconvenient and overall just not the environment we want to be in).
rkalla is offline  
post #18 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by JPhi View Post
Also wanted to share that our 3 kid plan is infant in 2nd row passenger, 4 yo in 3rd driver, 5 yo in 3rd passenger and keep 2nd row driver stowed. Tons of room for third row entry and buckling and groceries, etc.
  • Really great insight into the tilt features / ages / changing car seat restrictions... hadn't thought about this as both of ours are 3 and younger.
  • Also another good point about accessing the stow and go area; emergency type gear is definintely the thinking there.

Lastly, you called out my fantasy road-trip configuration when the girls are a bit older and more independent OR if we get a dog... the two kids behind each other in 2&3 and one of the 2nd ones stowed to create a bigger entry/exit/landing pad area.

Thanks for the reply!
rkalla is offline  
post #19 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 02:17 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 758
Quote:
Originally Posted by rkalla View Post
Mo, I really appreciate the heads up for the family usage... also... we're in Phoenix too! Over on Cactus and Tatum (by PV Mall) - where are you guys??

Maybe I can buy you a coffee to trick you into showing us the Pacifica and how it's all setup withe car seats and how everything fits?

(We try and do this at the dealership and it's really high pressure/inconvenient and overall just not the environment we want to be in).
One option is to hit up National Car Rental or Alamo and you can rent a Pacifica cheap and play play play. I now rent one every time I travel for work. No pressure from dealership and I can press and play with buttons to my hearts content. Of course it isn't the high end trims so no vacuum or sunroof or 8 seat or uconnect theater etc but good enough to play with car seats and moving stuff around and adjusting and kicking and pulling and whatever else you might want to do with the van during your 24 hour or more rental period.
cue003 is offline  
post #20 of 90 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Posts: 79
Quote:
Originally Posted by cue003 View Post
One option is to hit up National Car Rental or Alamo and you can rent a Pacifica cheap and play play play. I now rent one every time I travel for work. No pressure from dealership and I can press and play with buttons to my hearts content. Of course it isn't the high end trims so no vacuum or sunroof or 8 seat or uconnect theater etc but good enough to play with car seats and moving stuff around and adjusting and kicking and pulling and whatever else you might want to do with the van during your 24 hour or more rental period.
I had no idea anyone was renting them!

I just searched on their websites and don't see minivan options, but I am searching the smaller local airport... I'll try PHX.

Thanks for the tip!
rkalla is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the 2017+ Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3 rear facing child seats Andywrx Child Safety And Car Seats 12 11-28-2018 01:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome