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Old 07-13-2015, 01:21 AM   #111
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Never heard of this happening. We thought those bases were metal. That must have been some road!
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:43 AM   #112
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The bases are cast aluminum.
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:48 AM   #113
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Never heard of this happening. We thought those bases were metal. That must have been some road!
Well, there's metal and there's metal. The bases are flimsy and the fit for the post is really sloppy. That increases the ability of the table to flop back and forth and eventually crack the weak bases.

I saw how flimsy they were in their demo unit and asked them not to even bother installing them. I made my own much stronger table base.

Installing a hydraulic pedestal will be a huge improvement.

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Old 07-13-2015, 02:00 AM   #114
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I don't think "flimsy" is appropriate. They are light weight, which is appropriate for the application.
If you are going to travel on a very rough road, you can either remove the post ( or posts ) or make sure that they are secured in the holes to prevent wobble.
I set my front table in place on the post, and then used the back end of my hatchet to drive the post tight ( put a copy of Trailer Life on the table to protect it ).
Traveling with my buddy in his 19 and he took a turn out of the mall at speed ( a passenger's opinion - me ). And when we got to our destination, the sliding table had been dissembled and had been chucked into the corner of the trailer.
The "flimsy" bases were intact.
Taking the table down for travel on rough roads is just another check-list item.
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:44 AM   #115
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I know Tammy used to tell people to put the table down for travel. We had ours up and not secured for a long time so presumably the table was sliding back and forth. We then started securing it. In three years of always having it up for travel over many thousands of miles, nothing happened to the bases.

We actually have sent up our own table legs and bases because we will likely remove the table and wanted other bases for when the table is not there. That may be all of the time, as we expect to store it under the bed or maybe at home, unless we decide we need it. Our problem with theirs is the shape, not the bases themselves.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:42 AM   #116
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Here's a slightly cheaper solution...
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:22 AM   #117
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I'm surprised that is all that broke I'm not sure why we are trying to break things by traveling off road, and I'm not sure any trailer would survive without items becoming broken. Perhaps your tow vehicle is also suffering some damage?
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:58 AM   #118
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I'm surprised that is all that broke I'm not sure why we are trying to break things by traveling off road, and I'm not sure any trailer would survive without items becoming broken. Perhaps your tow vehicle is also suffering some damage?

The TV is fine. Had I known the road was that rough, I wouldn't have done it. Had I known to put the table down, I would have done it. I try to prepare and do my research, but some things just get overlooked or I have to learn by doing. Unfortunately, this was one of those moments.

On the plus side we had a beautiful, free camping spot with a view of the entrance to Zion! Well, I guess I did pay for it in some way.

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Nice shot, let us know the damage...
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Nice shot, let us know the damage...

The only damage was done to the pedestal bases. We have been careful about securing everything else but, until now, neglecting the table.
You can see that the inside of both bases cracked and completely separated around the rim.

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