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recently purchased 2018 low roof 12 passenger wagon

We are a large family in central Texas, living just outside of College Station. I work from home as a software engineer, and I'm also a shade tree mechanic with lots of tools and knowlege of vehicle repair. I do all my own vehicle maintenance and repairs.

We are also a foster family. We recently went over the state maximum of 6 kids with a variance to get the older brother of a baby we've had for a year and a half since birth, so now we have 7. Our 8 passenger Honda Pilot no longer was cutting it.

We wanted a 15 passenger wagon. We searched for over a month looking for a low mileage 2017 or 2018 with a low roof. We had found one in Houston, so my wife drove down there to get it. Unfortunately, someone had arrived 10 minutes before and purchased the 15 passenger we wanted. They had a 12 passenger van that fit most of our needs, except for missing the back row. It has the low roof, tinted windows, and power step rail, and interior that wasn't torn up. These were things we were insistent on, so rather than wasting half a day and driving 2 hours back home empty handed, I told her to go ahead and buy it.

There are enough seats for our entire family, but we are still wanting the flexibility of the extra 3 seats the 15 passenger version had. I'm going to be looking into ways to add additional seating.

We are also spoiled by having modern stereo systems, so the basic sync with the tiny screen wasn't cutting it. I've already replaced it with a pioneer AVH-2550 DVD system and idatalink maestro Mrr. All wires connections were soldered with heat shrink. Were loving the larger backup camera screen, and still having steering wheel audio controls.
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Welcome! And congrats on the large family and thank you for fostering.

There are extensive threads on installing new seats. The rails on a 12 passenger does not extend back far enough to install another row if seats. You will have to install rails.
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Welcome! God bless you for fostering, our best friends adopted 3 of six siblings from the foster system and we have been an integral part of that since the onset. They and my wife are now certified foster/adoptive parent trainers. Before I became a pastor, I was also a residential wilderness counselor supervisor for youth damaged by the system - in effect foster dad for 60 at a time.

In that position, I shuttled many kids in old school 15 passenger vans - the Transit is so far head and shoulders above that!

You are a kindred spirit in experimenting with seating configurations, I move mine around a lot. We started with a gently used 12 passenger which we traded at about 95k miles in excellent condition. We now have two 15 passengers one LR, one MR. currently one has 8 seats in place, the other 10. Below are a bunch of random seating photos from all 3 wagons for ideas:
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Very nice set up, love the big screen tv!
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