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Old 07-13-2015, 02:29 PM   #121
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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.

They might have been stressed before . I don't think you alone did that . They are pretty inexpensive to replace . Pat
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:07 PM   #122
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I'd still go with the pneumatic pedestal, easy to lower, no legs to store, more foot room, rotates 360 degrees for easy access. Of course I've gotta say that since I have one and luv it.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:53 PM   #123
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OK, flimsy might not be as accurate as poor fitting allowing excessive side-to-side movement of the post. The table post with the weight of the table above moving side-to-side acted like a battering ram. I believe the material would be die cast zamak, commonly called pot metal. But the culprit is the sloopy fit.

When we first got ours I modified the table lock to keep the table from sliding side-to-side. Shortly after it fell out and never got replaced. We've done thousands of miles, some on horrible roads, and I'm not sure that the table actually moves much. Certainly with a stronger base it's not an issue.

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Old 07-13-2015, 04:40 PM   #124
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I'd still go with the pneumatic pedestal, easy to lower, no legs to store, more foot room, rotates 360 degrees for easy access. Of course I've gotta say that since I have one and luv it.
I would have to agree about the pedestal . We have one now too . However they are not cheap . If strapped for cash for now could just replace . Also recommend the bunk latch installed for travel many of us have installed . Keeps table from moving back and forth going down the road . Still use even though replaced pedestal . Pat
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:56 PM   #125
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Did some rocking rocking there huh? Good lesson, don't follow Daubsy.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:33 AM   #126
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I'll admit I am somewhat of a clutterbug, and it never dawned on me that there could be a problem. Further, until this last trip, I had my small dinette as a bed. However, I have items (barbeque in a box;plastic crates etc.) stored for traveling on the floor on either side and front that wedges the post. I also have a broom that rests on the benches going from the wardrobe to the bath, and I bungee the crates, so they don't move. (The broom stays put because of the crates and stuff on the benches wedge it in place.) So far, so good. I am in the process of downsizing, so I imagine the floor items could be bungeed from the front and the cord wrapped around the post.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:36 AM   #127
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Yes, those table legs do sometimes come in handy.
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Old 07-29-2015, 11:57 PM   #128
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We got the hardware (and also the straps and buckles) from:
Metal Footman Loops
We liked that we could choose a coordinating color for the hardware. If we were to do it again we would make one change: get a buckle arrangement that has the buckle on just one end and plain strap on the other. With our buckles, there is a buckle piece on each end and we have to unthread the strap from one buckle end in order to completely remove the strap from the cleats and put it away when we are camped. Minor inconvenience.
You can also make this setup by getting parts from local hardware, hobby and/or camping shop (belts/buckles). The 'footman loops' would be the hardest part to find.
See this one if color doesn't matter (and if a 48" strap is long enough - you have to go twice the fridge width- or length- plus some)):
http://www.amazon.com/Boat-Marine-He...down+strap+kit
And someone else on the forum had another strap kit from Amazon but I couldn't find it.
We ordered these Footman loops from the link that Fran provided and proactively secure our fridge and freezer doors on our Escape 21. Thanks Fran, they look fine and when we travel we thread boat gas tank straps through them to keep the doors shut tight. I have no worries about the fridge at least.

However, based on how our table slides back and forth even on fairly good gravel roads (causing damage to the under side of the table) I have ordered a brass bunk latch as described in another thread. The knob they install for securing the table releases during travels, even when I screwed it into rubber. I can understand taking down the table for travel on really rough roads, but the roads we traveled were at worst a bit rough. I think ETI should consider at least carrying some of these parts for customers who want to travel on gravel (yes I am a poet) and maybe even have an option to install some of them. I will bring it up when I talk to them about minor issues with our trailer. (We are still big fans of the Escape.)

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Old 07-30-2015, 12:47 AM   #129
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Sounds like we might want to take along some bungee cords when we go pick up the trailer. Then we can look things over and see what will be needed. I don't really care to find things on the floor that shouldn't be there. Loren
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Old 07-30-2015, 01:17 AM   #130
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I travel rough gravel roads all the time, and only one time I remember we had the door latch on the fridge fail. We never had an issue with the table either, and it has no latch at all. I wonder what has changed?
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