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Old 05-20-2011, 12:32 AM   #1
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New and improved table latch

Thanks to Hippo for helping us to install a new latch for our 19 ft. Escape sliding table. If you are interested in the steps along with photos of the install, you can check it out here: https://sites.google.com/site/1bosel...stalling_latch

I am attaching one photo here but there are lots more on the link above. We wanted a more secure latch to insure no table movement during travel.

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Old 05-20-2011, 01:24 AM   #2
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I am happy Mr.Pete liked the table latch and approved it. This is his 3rd Escape so he knows the trailers inside and out. Possibly the Factory will want to use this latch it locks and stays locked during travel. The Factory latch system failed on our 3rd trip out camping. If any Escape owners would like a latch I will have some with me at the Escape rally.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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Re: New and improved table latch

That was an excellent article on the sliding-table latch.
Now, do you by any chance have a solution for a table that wobbles. It is the front sliding table again, and because it is anchored on ony one pedestal aluminum pipe it is unstable. I have tried switching the ends of the pipe (from floor fitting to table fitting) but it doesn't really help.
I would appreciate any ideas you might have. Thanks
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:09 PM   #4
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Re: New and improved table latch

I'm not recommending, I'm only admitting, that I used my hatchet head to add a few authoritative taps to the top of the pipe before mounting the table top. Then, I just used body weight to snug the top.

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Old 05-28-2011, 02:30 AM   #5
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Baglo's got the right idea for table wobble! Works for me!

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Old 05-28-2011, 02:57 AM   #6
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Re: New and improved table latch

RE: Holding table steady whilst traveling: The design shown is an elegant solution. I just hook a shock cord over the table edge and the support pipe holding it to one side or lay the table down.

RE: Stopping the wobble: Pressing the tube too tightly makes it difficult to remove. Plus I would be concerned about the aluminum castings holding the ends of the tube. One could crack them.

A basic problem with the design: Since the flanges are aluminum and the pedestal is steel, they expand/contract at different rates with temperature, so it would be nigh impossible to have them fit decently, thus the 'tapered' ends.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:43 AM   #7
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Re: New and improved table latch

or just drink more and the wobble will just disappear.
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That might make it worse!
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #9
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If any one would like a table lock I will have some with me. Mr. Rick and I will install one on his trailers table this weekend.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:04 PM   #10
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Re: New and improved table latch

At the Osooyoos Escape Rally, Hippo (the man!) installed his table lock on my Escape 19'. All went according to plan except that we found out that, due to manufacturing tolerances, there was a tight fix between the latch and the barrel catch. The table lock works well, however, when I returned home I made a small modification. To overcome the tightness, I mortised out the first ply the area under the barrel catch Since the plywood was now a little thinner and the supplied wood screws are now even longer (they were long to begin with, which required hack sawing), I used machine screws and blind nuts.

If you do plan to install the Hippo table lock, you might want to check out the hardware and select the package with the shortest barrel catch height.

Here's a link of Hippo's install, complete with pictures.






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