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Old 01-31-2016, 07:27 PM   #1
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Picnic Tables & Covers

Okay, clueless about the usual picnic tables you'll find at campgrounds. I know they can vary. I was wondering if the large oblong covers from this place will work. They've got some pretty nifty looking table covers. Much more of a variety than Camping World.

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What does everyone else use?

Now to find one with cats on 'em!

Thanks much folks.
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Some picnic table are so filthy that I would want to wash them first. I have a small folding set I carry for unknowns.Lifetime® Sport Picnic Table : Cabela's
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I carry a small folding aluminum table that was purchased from Lee Valley and which fits easily in the rear hatch, and which we use nearly every trip. Looks like this.
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32 years in public parks, 1500 table inventory, annual inspection for safety and to recondition.
Get and use a cover, even if it's a sheet of visqueen. And some clips to secure in the wind. Trust me, you don't want to know.
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32 years in public parks, 1500 table inventory, annual inspection for safety and to recondition.
Get and use a cover, even if it's a sheet of visqueen. And some clips to secure in the wind. Trust me, you don't want to know.
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No THIT! Dave, I've been in nice campgrounds with fire rings and grills and saw animals walk through that licked the grill... next camper showed up and threw their steaks (or hamburgers) on the grill.... and thought EWWWWWW.

Same for those that hooked up to the water hose bib. It drips and "wild" animals lick connection.... I've seen it, I'll pass YMMV. A squeeze bottle of bleach stops the EWWWW in my head....
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I carry a small folding aluminum table that was purchased from Lee Valley and which fits easily in the rear hatch, and which we use nearly every trip. Looks like this.
I check from time to time, but that table is still out of stock. I sent them an email asking if they could notify me when it was available again and was told not.
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I have a couple of plastic tablecloths (flannel backed), and I use these inexpensive clips to keep the cloth(s) from blowing away.
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Yes, must have clips! No chance your tablecloth will stay there. We picked one up in Canada at a campground store with a nice design not usually seen. There seem to be few designs. We have a table from tenting that rolls up.
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I check from time to time, but that table is still out of stock. I sent them an email asking if they could notify me when it was available again and was told not.
Funny story regarding my table. As you may know, when purchasing an item from Lee Valley, they take your order and go into the warehouse to pick it up. I paid for my table and the clerk told me that since it was such a large box, he would put it on a cart and push it out to my car for me. Now I am 6'-2" tall and in pretty good shape, so I was a little bit surprised that he would think I was too much of a wuss to carry a box containing an aluminum table. I didn't argue with him but went outside and pulled my car around to near the doors of the store where the clerk was waiting with this huge box on a cart. I took one look at it and asked him if that was really what I had ordered. He opened the box and looked in, and yes it was an aluminum table, but there were also eleven more of them in the box with it. Needless to say the clerk was a bit embarrassed and was also grateful that I had pointed out his error, as it may have been difficult for him to explain why he gave out 12 tables for the price of 1.

So Glen, if I would not have been honest and mentioned the mistake to the clerk, I could have had an "extra" table to sell to you and a few others on this forum.
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We too have one of those aluminum folding/roll-up tables. Bought it in '09 when we got our 19. It is great as a supplemental table to the picnic table, and in the odd case where there is no table at all, it is really great to have.
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I like oilcloth. It's very durable, you can buy it by the yard at many places including online.
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Standard tables made from wood and or wood with pipe frames are usually 30 inches wide and predominately 96 inches long. You'll need a tablecloth with a little overhang. Oilcloth works well, heavy duty enough that you may well get tired of the design before it wears out. There are some bigger tables in some areas, in that case we usually refold and only cover part of the table. When your kids tell you they can't figure out a present for you, cause you have everything, ask for a new tablecloth and spring clips.
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At BC Provincial Parks, the picnic table tops are about four inches thick so those clips don't work. We have table cloth weights that clip on to the hanging edge.
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At BC Provincial Parks, the picnic table tops are about four inches thick so those clips don't work. We have table cloth weights that clip on to the hanging edge.
We carry those too, Lisa found some nice pretty cast metal ones that look like flowers.
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what's that cool tarp thing hanging over the table...might need one of those.....
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I like oilcloth. It's very durable, you can buy it by the yard at many places including online.
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what's that cool tarp thing hanging over the table...might need one of those.....
That cool tarp thing is a PahaQue. Pronounced Pa Hawk EE

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Or on those real thick tables, not the concrete ones, you can go all Tim the Tool Man Taylor on them and use a staple gun, till the park man comes along and throws you out. Or big sinkers tied off on the corners.
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I like for the tablecloth to be a little shorter than the table, so you can set hot stuff directly on the table. Oilcloth is nice, though; I'll be looking for some shortly!
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We fold ours under fairly often for that reason. I do not use the Weber Q over the tablecloth either. Nothing says summertime to me better than a red and white checkered picnic table cover.
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