We invented the first ever VW double seat swivel back in 2008. We are the product designers, manufacturers and distributors. Congratulations on finding us! It's always nice to deal direct with the designers of technical products!
Van life before Double Seat Swivels
Before the double swivel my brother & I used to do the same as everyone else - swap the original double passenger seat for a single, swivelling version. Lots of people still think this is their only option...
What a waste!
Losing that valuable third seat up front now seems crazy! But back then no one had figured out how to easily rotate the double seat, so that's when we got stuck in.
I guess genuine innovation is unusual in this sector and our initial feedback was great. Kiravans new double swivel was easy to fit, reassuringly solid, and very simple to use.
It's all about the family
We both had young kids at the time, so safety was our top priority. That's why we were the first in the UK to get our swivel tested by the experts at German TUV. The Germans take campervan safety very seriously.
Over the years we have refined our design. For example, we now produce our own ultra-tough, fibreglass filled plastic knobs as the off-the-shelf ones simply weren't up to the rigours of campervan life.
We are proud to say there are now tens-of-thousands of campervans around the UK & Europe fitted with our Double Seat Swivel and here's why...
Of course it depends on your own skill level to some degree, but we honestly believe the swivel can be fitted by anyone. On average it takes around 2 hours to do the job and Mike has produced a video to guide you through the process.
This swivel fits all T5 & T6 vans with original seats (including the new 'facelift' models). It also works with the RIB single central driver's seat swivels (as long as it doesn't have heated seats or a built-in passenger airbag).
If you have any questions about the fitting process please give us a call anytime. We're very happy to talk you through it in person, a phone call, live chat, Zoom, WhatsApp - anything to help really.
Time after time customers mention how well engineered our swivel is and we have to give the credit to our specialist manufacturers here in the UK.
Laser cutters, multi-bend programmable folding machines and experienced welders all contribute to the double swivels excellent build quality.
But it's also about the design. Small things make all the difference between a product that is 'made' and one that is 'designed'. Here's some examples:
You want to enjoy your trips away. Holidays are the time to sit around the table together playing games and eating breakfast, you certainly don't need any hassle with your van fittings.
That's why we put the four safety bolts on the outside of the seat base.
Your carrots, hiking boots & wine bottles can all live inside the seat box. If the knobs were also inside it then you'd have to remove your kit every time you wanted to spin the seat around, which would be a tad annoying!
You'll find there is a 'knack' to spinning the seat around, but with a couple of practice goes you'll quickly get the hang of it.
"Reassuringly Solid" - that's one of the most common things we hear from customers. And it matters. We know you want to keep your loved ones safe. Thats why we don't launch a product until we know it is up to the job.
We failed the stringent TUV safety tests twice before launching the swivel: First we used a 3mm steel plate - under the immense strains of a simulated crash we discovered that was just too soft.
Second attempt: We then upgraded the steel, the test went much better but the back of the seat pulled a little too far forward to keep passengers safe.
Third time lucky: We added the anti-flex braces that you can see at the rear of the swivel mechanism. These did the job perfectly and it passed with flying colours. By preventing the rear 'arch' from opening up under the test forces we achieved the perfect balance of 'stretchiness' and strength.
Surprisingly it's not all about brute strength - a degree of stretching is essential to help absorb some of the crash forces. (Without it, too much energy gets passed through the seat belts to your passenger and that would not be a good thing.)
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