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Miesmacher
 


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Removing 2nd row middle seat - is it worth it?

Hi,

we usually have our Engel box on the collapsed middle seat in the back, between the kids. This is fine, but I wondered whether it would be worthwhile removing the middle seat and either use the space for more luggage or to seat the Engel box lower.

Has anyone done something like this? Maybe for other useful uses? Or are there pictures around?

Thanks and cheers,
Thorsten
  
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been done by a few on here before
  
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Just don't forget to fill all the unused fixing holes with the original bolts, otherwise you'll get a very soggy carpet. Sad
  
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Miesmacher
 


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@grzesiul: I tried the search, of course, but never found any real reference. Can you indicate a good search term or recall the name of a member who did this?

@DSL: Don't tell me these holes link to the outside? I see an excellent opportunity to discard old chewing gums and the like... Wink
  
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They sure do, as some have found out due to squelching. Whistle
  
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Miesmacher
 


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OK, so I found pictures of the fridges in place (http://www.disco3.co.uk/forum/topic68226.html) but did anyone take pictures with the seat taken out or has other useful tips and hints?

Cheerio,
Thorsten
  
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It's dead easy to take out, 4 or 6 torx 55 bolts and the whole thing lifts out. Simples!! Might be a bit awkward with the other 2 in place though. Also I copper-slip the bolts when they go back to plug the holes as I have seats in for the winter and load deck in for rest of the year. I've replaced the torx bolts with high tensile normal bolts as much easier to work with. Thumbs Up
  
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"load deck"?
That sounds interesting any pictures?

Your point about the copper is well noted, thanks!
  
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6 bolts. Much easier with a torx ratchet bit. Put the other two seats in the vertical position (up as though someone was getting into the boot seats) to lift the middle seat out.

You'll need a plate to mount the fridge base on as the floor isn't flat under there.
 

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Here's DSL's load deck from another topic http://www.disco3.co.uk/forum/topic90430.html?highlight=Use+6

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My fridge base (in my first D3):

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These spacers lift the base off of the uneven floor and keep it level

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Miesmacher wrote:
"load deck"?


Dealer fitted commercial kit (not LR) from a D3. Bolts to the floor using a few seat bolt holes. Engel and other clobber gets bolted or strapped to the deck. Simples.

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Miesmacher
 


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Thanks to you both, DiscoStu and DSL. That is impressive as well as encouraging. I can't see my own fridge base plate even closely as perfect, but I'll manage.

Our plan is to go to Scotland this summer - not sure if bringing a fridge is necessary there Laughing , but now I am prepared!

Cheerio,
Thorsten
  
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I have a very similar set up to Stu and it provides easy access to the fridge ...not only from either side of the vehicle externally but also from the front cabin Thumbs Up
  
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beanie wrote:
Hope that's ok Del Confused


No worries. Thumbs Up Though that was couple of weeks ago with the middle row if seats in place. They'll get taken out on April and the wooden deck will continue through to the back of the front seats. Mr. Green
  
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