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Add rear seat to cargo van

Hi All,

I have a 2018 Transit 150 Extended WB/Mid Roof Cargo Van. I would like to add a 2 or 3 person bench seat. First challenge is finding a seat, but once I do, does anyone know if the mounts are there to install the seats into?

My cargo van has the factory rubber/vinyl floor liner so I cannot easily see the floor.

I wanted to ask on the forum and see if anyone has tried to add seats to a cargo van.

I would appreciate any feedback, tips or suggestions.

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By mounts do you mean the rails they clip into or threaded holes to bolt the rails into? Neither are there. I drilled holes in the floor and backed the sheet metal floor with metal plate underneath with grade 8 nuts and bolts. Where I wanted to mount my seat I had to also drop the gas tank to get to everything underneath.

There are at least a few videos on YouTube.
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Adding crew seats is a big want in this community. It's my biggest challenge also and barrier to entry for me.

Yes, you can add them yourself but it's not easy (at least to me) and I don't want to buy a passenger Wagon to get extra seating I don't need.

Why they haven't added crew seats as a factory option is bewildering. I'd think it a very high take rate.
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Ford will only place seats where there are roof air bags for protection to seated passengers.
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I seem to recall several threads on this topic, complete with how-to instructions and pictures. Am I imagining things? Perhaps one should search the forum and see if such threads already exist....

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I seem to recall several threads on this topic, complete with how-to instructions and pictures. Am I imagining things? Perhaps one should search the forum and see if such threads already exist....
I've read those threads and they are very helpful.

There needs to be better factory options!
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I worked with the Ford Marketing Group for nearly a year back in 2016 trying to get the Crew Van package brought over from the Econoline series where you could get the 3 passenger full width behind the front passenger area in the cargo van. They even let a upfitter offer one that used some cheap aftermarket seats but nothing like the original Crew Van package that Ford previously offered using matching seat material.

All along there have been Transit forum members make their own version of the Crew Van package by adding a 2 or 3 passenger seat from the Transit wagon (passenger van) that has the matching seat material in most cases. By installing the floor rails from the wagon, you can have a removable seat that can be used when needed and placed in any position you desire. I have sold seats for every setup from a single Transit seat to the more common 2 passenger 36" seat. Then some have went with the 31" seat from the 12 passenger wagon to have more aisle room. Going with the 3 passenger seat, you have the option to go with the 54" seat or the full width 62" seat that covers the whole width of the van.

One I have heard of but not seen in person is the 4 seating made from the rear seating of the 12 passenger van that uses the 2 31" seats to make another full width seat across the width of the van. Another one I saw pictures of had 2 of the 31" seats mounted back to back on the driver's side so they could install canoes on the right hand side and have seating for 6 total passengers.

So many combinations you can do with the Transit seats in a cargo van. But it is on YOU to do it, and Ford will not do any seats in the Transit without the upper roof air bags. That was their FINAL WORD to me once I kept going to them for making a Crew Van package. As a alternative to the Crew Van package, I got Ford for the 2019 model to do the 'delete seat' packages where they will delete some seats in the passenger van.

NOW....you can get the 5 passenger seating in the 130" WB (SWB) and 8 passenger seating in the 148" WB (LWB) passenger van. Another option that was made is the 14 seat passenger van where the second row seating is changed from a 3 passenger seat to a 2 passenger seat so you can stand inside the van and put a child seat in the end seat without having to stand partly outside of the van.

Those are about ALL of the situations you can do for adding seats in the Transit. Ford will do them as long as they have ROOF AIR BAGS in the seating areas, and that is done in the passenger van configuration. Going with the cargo van, it is on your own to add the seats how you want them. Some forum members and Ford have made the issue of your bodily injury insurance being in question when you add the seats in the cargo van and that may be something you discuss with your insurance carrier.

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I've added seats to a cargo. See link below. There are no provisions for seats, I used the factory mount and mounted it to L-Track.

https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...tml#post937692
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And so, kids, that is how CrewVanMan got his name. Every time he came into the Ford building, they would say "there's that crew van man again!"
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And those Ford guys thought I was just one of those Texas guys from the sticks. They found out quickly I knew something about Fords from my previous work at Ford and the Transit in general. From owning my own Dual Sliding Doors Transit and input from forum members, I got to actually get some things added to the Transit in both standard equipment and options.

I went from trying to work with the Marketing Department to working with Matt Ford selling Transits for them when they wanted someone who really knew a lot about Transits to continue those special ordered sales. That helped me through help from Ryan Matt to become part of the Ford Transit Brand Group where I hope to have more suggestions and input to future models. I should know more about the 2020 model in March when I be in contact with that group and see what information they will release. They don't always want to let-the-cat-out-of-the-bag information to stop orders on the current models if there are a lot of NEW options that are not currently available. Most have been suggested here and some may be related to what is available on the European model. Don't know yet!.. and won't really know the full information until May when the 2020 Ford Transit Order Guide will show up.

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