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Hi all,

If you have 2 carseats in your second row, where are you situating them? I will be picking up my Ody next week and have still not decided where to put the child seats. If you put one in each 2nd row outboard seat, you are not able to fold one forward to get to the third row, correct? So are you removing the center console/seat to use as a middle walk through? Or are you putting one carseat in the outboard seat and the second one in the middle seat and then using the one side outboard seat to get to the back? Not sure if I am making sense. Just trying to gain some perspective! Thanks all!
 

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Hi all,

If you have 2 carseats in your second row, where are you situating them? I will be picking up my Ody next week and have still not decided where to put the child seats. If you put one in each 2nd row outboard seat, you are not able to fold one forward to get to the third row, correct? So are you removing the center console/seat to use as a middle walk through? Or are you putting one carseat in the outboard seat and the second one in the middle seat and then using the one side outboard seat to get to the back? Not sure if I am making sense. Just trying to gain some perspective! Thanks all!
I took out the middle seat- that way it's a "walkway" in/out to the 3rd row.

The other thing I do is fold the smaller seat in the 3rd row - then open the trunk and let my oldest just climb in that way.
 

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if your seats are forward facing, you can still flip the outside seats forward (without kids in them) to get to the 3rd row. It's reduced a bit, but works anyway.
 

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^^ Same here. I have 1 forward facing and 1 rear facing right now. They are in the second row outboard seats. The forward facing seat can still slide forward to access the 3rd row, not quite as much room, but works. Make sure to use LATCH so the seat belt doesn't get in the way, too. We also use "wide" mode for the 2nd row so that the middle seat works for Momma when the little one just won't settle down and needs to be entertained, or fed.
 

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What about 3 car seats? 2 front facing and 1 rear.
my wife and I plan on using the wide configuration for our children, with the infant seat at one of the outer locations so that we've got ready access for the infant carrier. also means that seat has the easiest forward flip.
 

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if your seats are forward facing, you can still flip the outside seats forward (without kids in them) to get to the 3rd row. It's reduced a bit, but works anyway.
I'd say that is a pretty tight entry to the 3rd row if you have a full sized seat like the Britax Marathon.

We are purchasing an EX next week. I didn't bother trying to fit the seats because I believe we'll need to use the two outboard seats. There are 2 adults and 2 kids (child seats) in our family. We often take my mother out with us, so we'll leave the middle row in for my wife to ride in, put my elderly mother in the front seat and leave the back empty for "stuff". If we can get 2 marathons side by side, we'll do center/outboard.

If we need to take additional people, I guess we'll remove and stow the centre seat (row 2) and walk through to the rear. We've been getting by with a 7 passenger van until now, so if we have to remove the centre seat from time to time, it won't be a big deal.
 

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I'd say that is a pretty tight entry to the 3rd row if you have a full sized seat like the Britax Marathon.

We are purchasing an EX next week. I didn't bother trying to fit the seats because I believe we'll need to use the two outboard seats. There are 2 adults and 2 kids (child seats) in our family. We often take my mother out with us, so we'll leave the middle row in for my wife to ride in, put my elderly mother in the front seat and leave the back empty for "stuff". If we can get 2 marathons side by side, we'll do center/outboard.

If we need to take additional people, I guess we'll remove and stow the centre seat (row 2) and walk through to the rear. We've been getting by with a 7 passenger van until now, so if we have to remove the centre seat from time to time, it won't be a big deal.
You should be able to do two Marathons side by side. I did when my niece and nephew were visiting. I've also done infant middle and Britax behind driver plenty. lately since it's just the 4 of us the back row is folded down and kids are on each side so my toddler doesn't whack at the infant's seat. She can't get to him but she can get to the outside of the seat to disturb him.
 

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Note to installing one on the middle seat and one on the captain chair, while it works, you don't want 2 little ones sitting too close next to each other, believe me. A 10 minute drive is OK, but after the 11th minute...

I'd say that is a pretty tight entry to the 3rd row if you have a full sized seat like the Britax Marathon.
That is correct, my car seats are Britax Marathon (each on the captain chairs), and that option is not really a go.
 

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I'd say that is a pretty tight entry to the 3rd row if you have a full sized seat like the Britax Marathon.
That is correct, my car seats are Britax Marathon (each on the captain chairs), and that option is not really a go.
I took a pic just to give an idea, the problem is the back seat inclination needed by the britax
 

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Yah that looks good. Do the kids fight much in that configuration?
In my case the kids sitting to the sides are the oldest and will always fight but they won't reach each other easily :D. I have an infant in the middle, so yet to be seen. They are very respectful and quiet when she is on board though, it may be a good sign :)

Also, notice that the middle seat slides forward so the front passenger can assist if needed (rear or forward facing)

Check this post, I have an ugly pic there if interested. Same configuration, yet I have 2 rear facing instead of only 1:

http://www.odyclub.com/forums/20-kids-safety/139001-2011-honda-odyssey-ex-l-3-car-seats-across-2nd-row.html
 

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I love my van! And this is the reason why, fitting the car seats and the cargo. I had a Britax Boulevard forward facing and an infant seat rear facing in each of the outboard seats. I'm able to access the 3rd row by lifting the forward facing car seat with plenty of room!

Plus, my favorite story is fitting three car seats in the 2nd row (2 forward facing in the outboard seats with 1 infant car seat in the middle), three adults in the 3rd row, with two strollers in the trunk and we still were comfortable and had enough room. Our trip with friends to the zoo was doable all in one car!
 

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Can an adult get into the rear row with your Britax in the outboard position? I'd like to see a picture of the seat tilted forward with the car seat installed, if you are up to it. :)
 

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Can an adult get into the rear row with your Britax in the outboard position? I'd like to see a picture of the seat tilted forward with the car seat installed, if you are up to it. :)
We actually tried it lately, it is tight but does work (Britax Marathons that is, but I guess they are very close to the Boulevards)




 

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Just got my odyssey yesterday, but already knew how I would have the seats. I took out the right side outboard seat to use as a walkthrough to the back. I have one forward facing car seat on the right side in the back, a forward facing in the second row middle seat, and an infant seat on the left 2nd row seat. Once the oldest can unbuckle himself, I'll either put both forward facing seats in the third row with the same configuration of seats that we have now, or I'll just take out the 2nd center row seat and have the captain seat configuration and have the two youngest in the second row (but separated by the walk thru).

The seat configurations of this car are awesome. I am very happy with our purchase!!
 

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When you flip the seat forward to gain access to the 3rd row, does the seat back move?

I have three seats in my car right now in the third row. I have a rear facing Britax Boulevard 70 outboard using LATCH, a sunshine kids radian forward facing in the center installed with the seat belt, and a Britax Frontier 80 installed forward facing outboard. I have the vehicle seats in the more more narrow position to keep the outboard seats further away from the door in case of a side impact.
 

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Thanks for the pictures. I'm 5'8" 180 lbs so I think squeezing through that space wouldn't be that easy, but doable in a pinch. Kids would get through easily though.

We have 2 kids in Britax Marathons - one forward and one rear facing. I'm thinking that we'll put the seats in the middle and outboard positions and leave one out board seat without a child seat. In this way we can fit an adult in the second row and have fairly easy access to the third row.

The only problem with this will be if the 2 Marathons won't fit side by side this way or when we turn the younger child's seat to face forward with our older child's seat - they won't fit side by side (middle/outboard).
 
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