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I'm looking at buying a Transit for my family of 8. We would like a 10 passenger for spacing out the kids a bit though. But I'm finding 10 passenger versions difficult to find. Does anyone know what it would take to turn an 8 passenger version into a 10 passenger version?
 

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I'm looking at buying a Transit for my family of 8. We would like a 10 passenger for spacing out the kids a bit though. But I'm finding 10 passenger versions difficult to find. Does anyone know what it would take to turn an 8 passenger version into a 10 passenger version?

8isenough,

Have you thought about a 12 passenger? (which is actually 10 in the back) Then you could take some seats out so you would have more space for your children. ;)

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To answer your question, it would be too much work and expense to convert a 8 passenger to a 10 passenger since you would need to mount seat tracks and move the third row to the fourth row and then buy seat tracks ans the seat configuration for the third row and you would be left with virtually zero cargo space behind the last row of seats.

Get the 148" wheelbase passenger van (Transit 350) which comes in a 15 and 12 passenger version. The 15 passenger version has seats that go all the way to the rear door (virtually zero cargo room behind them), the 12 passenger version has lots of room for cargo behind the fourth row of seats. You can always remove seats to make more room for cargo or easy maneuverability throughout the van.

We have the 15 passenger version low roof and removed the last row of 4 seats to provide cargo space and also removed the single jump seat in row 3 which makes it easier to get in and out of the van from the back seats. That means we are down to "only" 10 seats, but now we have room to spare for cargo and passengers. We are keeping the seats and will put them back in when we eventually sell the van. The used seats have little value to sell.

Its easy to drive, don't be scared of the slightly longer length. Its my daily driver to work and I park in a mall parking lot. I have no problem parking in super crowded supermarket parking lots in suburbia with the occasional three point maneuver to get perfectly into parking spaces. The backup camera and sensors make it super easy and i actually like backing in when the situation allows.

Buying a 15 passenger model is the best bang for the buck in my eyes, especially on the used marked as there are plenty of one to two year old 12 or 15 passenger rental vans on the market for great prices.
 

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8isenough

Are you looking for a NEW Transit T-150 SWB 10 passenger van? There are some around but usually you would need to order one to get the equipment you might desire.

Let me know your Transit order sheet information and I may be able to find you a NEW ONE. Looking for a used one would be really hard to find. Changing a 8 passenger to a 10 passenger would involve you to remove the back 3 row seat, then get a 36" 2 passenger seat and then you would have to have the rear brackets to mount the 3 passenger seat to the rear. Then you would have to modify the floor by cutting hole for moving the 3 passenger seat to the rear of the van.
 
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