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sweetmelissa August 13th, 2009 01:50 PM

Graco MyRide 65
 
I stole the format from Amanda's reviews. I hope you don't mind!


Product Overview:

Seat Name: MyRide 65
Manufacturer: Graco
Sear Style: Convertible
Rear Facing Weight Limit: 40lbs
Forward Facing Weight Limit: 65lbs
Rear Facing Height Limit: Top of head must be at least 1" below the top of the child restraint. (page 13 of manual)
Forward Facing Height Limit: Child must not exceed 49 inches (page 14 of manual). The top of child's ears should be at or below the child restraint seat back.
Shoulder Strap Heights: Will measure and update as soon as I can find the tape measure.


Installation and Use:

Rear Face Installation With Latch: We've always installed the seat with LATCH because with the vehicles we get a tighter install. First make sure the seat is in the recline position. To do this you may have to flip the recline feet. We find it's best to put the seat in sideways to attach the left side LATCH hook then straighten the seat out and attach the right side LATCH hook. We always (& I recommend) that you press down firmly in the center of the seat while pulling the LATCH adjustment belt. Then we pull on the seat to make sure it's tight. Then make sure you check the level indicator on the seat. The level indicator is located on the right hand side of the seat. The vehicle must be on level ground with the child in the seat to check. The ball must be entirely in the green zone. If necessary place a rolled towels under the seat at vehicles seat crease until entire ball is in the green zone (page 16 of manual). Also do not use the top tether when rear facing. Make sure that the forward facing LATCH hooks and the top tether hook are stored.


Cars:
We've installed this car seat in outboard behind the passenger seat in a 2007 Dodge Caliber and 3ird row middle seat in a 2002 Chevy Astro Van.

Cleaning: Our seat is only a month and a half old so we have not had to clean it yet. But according to the manual it says to remove the harness strap loops from splitter plate on back and pull through front of seat. Unhook seat pat from around the seat's shell. This is really easy to do and sometimes while carrying the seat I accidentally unhook the front of the seat's cover from the seat. Pull the 2 button clips out of lover front edge of of seat and pull seat from around cup holders.

The manual says to refer to seat pad cleaning tag for washing instructions but I can't seem to find it.

To re-attach the cover
: wrap seat pad around edges of seat. Make sure to tuck seat pad around the cup holders on both sides of seat. Re-attach 2 button clips to front of seat (to do that you just push them in).

Other:

Body Support - can only be used with the bottom harness slot. I recommend it for really small babies and infants under 4 months. My daughter was 4 months when we got the seat and when we put her in the seat with the body support she was too tall for it and the top of her head was hanging off of it touch the back of the car seat and it bothered her. To remove the body support you have to unharness the straps and take them out of the body support, then re-harness the seat.

Head Support - it attached to the top of the seat with Velcro. Honestly its flimsily and when my 20 month old son seats in the seat (inside the house) he pushes the head support over the back of the seat because it bugs him. In the manual it says that the head support is not for kids over 40 lbs.

Harness Covers
- are a really big pain in the butt. I had to take them off because I couldn't get the harness tight enough when they were on. Not to mention my daughter didn't like them and they twist the straps. Also they made it hard to get the chest clip in the proper place (see pictures below).

Aircraft Use - the seat can be used forward facing on airplanes. It can not be used rear facing. You would install the seat the same way you would install it in your car with the seat belt.

Tether Storage - there is a storage place for the top tether and forward facing & rear facing latch hooks. The manual states that when not in use the hooks & tether MUST be correctly stored or they can interfere with the use of the seat.

The Harness on this plate has something I have never seen before. There are many loops on the back of the harness that can attach to the splitter plate. There are three to be exact. The first & middle loop can be used for infants or small toddlers and the bottom loop is used for toddlers. I have scanned in the page of the manual that explains how it all works. Because it honestly confused my husband and I trying to figure it out.

Cup Holders
- has two attached cup holders. They are pretty deep and a good size.



Summary:

Pros - really easy to install, extra features, higher rear facing limit,
Cons - you have to be really careful with how you carry/touch it or the cover comes off, big, heavy, bulky,
Overall - I love this car seat and I am very happy with our purchase.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Pictures:


Harness Plate
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...tration001.jpg

My daughter 4 months with harness straps & body support.. Car seat MISUSE. the chest clip needs to be at arm pit level.
http://photos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos..._5054117_n.jpg

Here is my 20 month old son he climbed into the seat while I was taking picture. I adjusted the harness to what I thought was below his shoulders but he wiggled down in the seat and the slots are just a little above his shoulders.
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...4ed58ec86b.jpg

Forward Facing with feet out
http://c3.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...7ba060f362.jpg

Rear Facing LATCH belt & seat belt go through here
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...88db69b2bc.jpg


Forward Facing LATCH hooks can be found here & to install forward facing seat belt goes through here.
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...c2af4b1593.jpg


Forward Facing Hooks Stored
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...7f25ba5bbc.jpg

Level Indicator
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...770f166624.jpg

Forward Facing with feet out bottom view
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...0075d923d4.jpg

Rear Facing with feet down
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...4f08896fcc.jpg

Rear Facing with feet stored under seat
http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/i...f947150ce0.jpg




Isca September 19th, 2009 11:26 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Great post.

I did want to add that this seat is very large, specially height wise. I drive an extended cab truck, and the seat was very high on the bench seating. I would have had to sort of turn the baby in which to get him into the seat.

::er!ca:: October 12th, 2009 07:07 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Our My Ride 65 Review

Melissa put lots of great info and stats in her review, so I wonít repeat those!

http://i36.tinypic.com/2rgj11v.jpg
Flair print, purchased from Target.com for $149.99 plus shipping. Arrived 2 days later!! :cheer: Fast shipping!

Measurements
Shell height (from where the child sits) = 24 inches
Seat width (where child sits) = 10 inches
Seat depth (where child sits, front to back) = 12 inches of actual seat, but there is anoter 1.5-2 inches of "space" between the edge of the car seat and my vehicle seat... giving more leg room.
Seat at widest point (outside edge to outside edge where cupholders are) = 20 inches
Back at widest point (outside edge to outside edge) = 19 inches
Harness slot heights:
5 (top)= 16 inches
4 = 14 inches
3 = 12.25 inches
2 = 10.5 inches
1 (bottom) = 8 inches
Bottom harness slot height with infant insert:
*Infant insert can ONLY be used while the bottom harness slot is being used*
You can't use the top slot while rear facing, and you can't use the bottom slot forward facing.

Seat weight = 15.8 pounds.

Must be in the recline position while rear facing (feet in), Must be in the upright position while forward facing (feet out). Ball must stay in the green area (on the leveler) at all times.
Strap covers can only be used for children 40 pounds and under. Same thing for the headrest that velcros on at the top.
We only install with the seat belt, as our vehicles donít have LATCH. Install was quick, and very easy. DH and I can both install it in about a minute without any help.

If you read reviews over on car-seat.org, you might find some people complain about the cover not staying in place. I think this was an issue with some of the first MR65s to come out, and we do not have this problem at all. We also donít need to remove the cover to install the seat rear facing.

I love how deep the seat is, great SIP too! Itís really easy to move the harness to different slot heights, just be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions on which loop on the tail end you need to be using for the splitter (it coordinates with your slot height). Izzie loves the cup holders already! She puts her paci in it, and can reach them both just fine.

The harness adjuster isnít too terribly buried in our vehicle seat, kind ofÖ but I can still reach it if needed. The harness adjuster isnít a smooth quick pull, itís more of a pull, release, pull, release, action. Think of it as short pulls. For this reason, I leave the harness tightened to where it needs to be and only adjust when it needs to be. Iíve not had any issues with the harness getting twisted or anything like that. The strap covers are nice, theyíre a decent size. They donít get in the way of our chest clip being put in a proper placeÖ but perhaps they would if Izzie was smaller? If that was the case, Iíd simply remove them.

Some pictures of my girls in the seat (I'll add some FFing pics of Brinlee in the seat later)

She was 15 months in this picture. 25 pounds, 32 inches. She's on the middle (3rd slot).
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...DSC_0005-7.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...SC_0003-10.jpg

Brinlee, 4.5 years, 35 pounds, 41-42 inches. Rear facing the top of her head is at the piping between the two fabrics. She'd use the 4th slot, which is just AT her shoulders. So she'd have plenty of room to rear face.
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...DSC_0002-6.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...DSC_0007-9.jpg
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...SC_0010-11.jpg

Our seat belt install for rear facing, rock solid, no pool noodle or rolled up towel needed for the install. Install is as upright as allowed with ball still being in the green. For a newborn install (45*, a pool noodle or towel would definitely be needed in my car).
http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f2...DSC_0011-6.jpg

Madeline410 March 8th, 2010 05:37 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Erica, this is totally random LOL but have you ever tried twisting your belt stalks? It looks like that latch plate is right on the edge and I bet it would help a little bit. I'm not doubting your install, just thought it may make it easier on you. :)

::er!ca:: March 8th, 2010 07:57 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
I haven't, but it's already super easy to install! It hasn't ever been an issue. Perhaps I'll go out there and play with it a little bit today ;)

thesmithfamily3@hotmail.com July 17th, 2010 05:27 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Hi there! I was wondering if anyone would be willing to make a video on how to change the harness strap slots in the Graco MyRide 65 Carseat? I've read the directions in the manual but I am still confused! I'd really appreciate a visual! :confused:

Madeline410 July 18th, 2010 06:32 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Welcome to Justmommies! Let me post on the main forum to get someone's attention. :)

2Reasons2Smile July 18th, 2010 07:27 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
I need to switch the harness slots in our my ride so if I remember I will record me doing it and post it asap.

2Reasons2Smile July 18th, 2010 10:42 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Here is a video I made today on how to adjust the harness in the my ride 65.
YouTube - Graco myride65 harness adjustment

nmiracles October 11th, 2010 02:07 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
consumer reports gives this seat high ratings, btw

mommy2tns January 23rd, 2011 12:41 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
I'm considering getting this seat for my 20lb 17mo daughter and I have a couple questions - for rear facing, would she need it 45 degrees or does it get installed as is? I'm confused - also - how does an install with a towel or pool noodle work? We had really bad issues with a similar seat tipping over which led to us having to turn my son FF before I felt comfortable (but he was over 20lbs and over a year so not legally wrong).

JessKeller24 January 23rd, 2011 02:57 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
I have the myride and I dont need any towels or noodles, I would guess though its different for every car, I have it in a van with bench seats.

::er!ca:: January 26th, 2011 06:24 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by The Liza (Post 22834842)
I'm considering getting this seat for my 20lb 17mo daughter and I have a couple questions - for rear facing, would she need it 45 degrees or does it get installed as is? I'm confused - also - how does an install with a towel or pool noodle work? We had really bad issues with a similar seat tipping over which led to us having to turn my son FF before I felt comfortable (but he was over 20lbs and over a year so not legally wrong).

No, she does not need a 45 degree angle. There is a level indicator on the side of the seat with a green area and red area. The little ball just needs to be within the green area. We did not need a pool noodle or towel for the install in my car. My DD got the seat when she was about 15 months old. She is now 2.5 years old, 35 pounds and 37 inches tall... still happily rear facing :)

When you check for movement after you install the seat, only check at the belt path (where you'd put the seat belt through for the rear facing install, by the child's feet). Do not check for movement anywhere else, because the farther away from the belt path you get, the more movement you'll have. And that is completely normal and safe. :)

mommy2tns January 26th, 2011 09:07 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Thank you!!

sher January 26th, 2011 12:47 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
I also have a question about this seat. I have a very hard time tightening the harness once my son is in it. He's RF and pull as hard and possible on the strap to tighten it and it barely budges......anyone else with this problem? Any advice would be great

Thanks :)

::er!ca:: January 26th, 2011 01:31 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sher (Post 22871022)
I also have a question about this seat. I have a very hard time tightening the harness once my son is in it. He's RF and pull as hard and possible on the strap to tighten it and it barely budges......anyone else with this problem? Any advice would be great

Thanks :)

This is because instead of doing one smooth tug, like in an infant seat. You need to to short pulls like.... tug, stop, tug, stop, tug stop, etc.

sher January 26th, 2011 02:10 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ::er!ca:: (Post 22871540)
This is because instead of doing one smooth tug, like in an infant seat. You need to to short pulls like.... tug, stop, tug, stop, tug stop, etc.


I think I've tried the one tug and multiple tugs (out of frustration :rolleyes:)

It's tough to even pull it when it's rear facing because it doesn't give much room

::er!ca:: January 26th, 2011 02:20 PM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Make sure it's threaded properly and not getting caught up on something inside the seat.

I do short tugs with mine and have no problems at all.

Oh, make sure the harness covers aren't in the way, that can be a problem.

And yes, the harness adjusted is kinda buried in the back of the seat. With the MR65, I just leave the harness tightened and only adjust it a tiny bit here and there when needed. I don't loosen it each time I get her out, like I do with my older DD.

MommaLee February 19th, 2011 08:50 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sher (Post 22871022)
I also have a question about this seat. I have a very hard time tightening the harness once my son is in it. He's RF and pull as hard and possible on the strap to tighten it and it barely budges......anyone else with this problem? Any advice would be great

Thanks :)

Just wanted to comment that you are not the only person with this problem....we do (and also another JM'er has this problem). I have no advice as we've taken the seat out, looked it over, reinstalled and can't solve the problem.

::er!ca:: February 21st, 2011 11:17 AM

Re: Graco MyRide 65
 
Are you tugging the strap upwards, or downwards?

And make sure the splitter plate is on the correct loop for the harness slot you're using.


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