Note: If you have a double passenger seat in your van then the driver seat will not rotate unless you fit a swivel plate below the double passenger seat as well.
Manufactured in France by Scopema, the RIB swivel plate for campervans gets lots of praise on the various forums. In our own experience, we have found these seat swivels to be very robust and rattle-free.
To rotate the seat, the engine must be turned off, vehicle put in gear and the handbrake released temporarily. Once the seat is facing the rear re-engage handbrake. For seats fitted with up/down height adjustment, you will find that you probably need to pump up the seat height to allow the seat to rotate without the grey plastic trim around the base catching on anything. If you have a plastic handbrake cover then you may have to remove it and replace with our fabric slip-on cover.
This swivel fits between the sliders (the rear external corners of the slider rails can be cut to avoid any damage to the plastic door trim while rotating the seat if necessary) and original seat base. RIB advises that a handbrake modification is required (included) and that the battery will also need to be relocated.
We have since received information from one of our customers that the battery does not have to be moved, but can simply be lowered a little. The battery sits in a plastic box on square plastic blocks. They have advised us that cutting the square blocks off means the battery can be lowered about an inch, which is sufficient to fit the swivel over the top of it. Whilst we have not tried this ourselves, we thought it was worth mentioning. If you do decide to try this option, we'd love to know how well it works so we can pass the information on.
It's also worth noting that when fitting the handbrake mod bracket, some vans may have the original bolts welded in place. If yours does, they will need to be cut and drilled out. In order to fit, the metal bracket assembly that the handbrake gaiter fits onto on the floor must also be removed. As the handbrake cable goes through a hole in this, the bracket must be cut (or the brake cable detached).
- Swivel plate fits between the base and seat slider rails on normal seats
- Automatically locks in place facing forward for driving
- Pivot point is centrally located in the base
- European TUV safety approval
- Seat height increase: Approx 43mm
- Safety: European TUV safety approval
- Swivel plate
- Bolts to fit standard seat boxes