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Old 06-19-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Dining table/bed How to use with 'ease'

Hello Fellow and Sister Escapees!
When we travel, we need to take down and put up the dining table on a daily basis. I have developed my technique of doing it with somewhat 'ease' by using my knees to help balance it in taking it down and putting it back up. But, I am wondering if there are other methods that one can do by oneself? There are not two of us to help. It takes more effort than I think it may need to.
And my second question is about the runners on the bottom of the table. On our last trip, the table slid over the bolts that are placed to catch the weight of the table from running off the runners. The table got stuck, and my fooling around with it ended up with damaging the end of the runners and my getting very frustrated with the daily task.
Okay friends, what and how do you handle this situation? I would appreciate any assistance.
And by the way, I am loving my Escape and the wonder and fun it is adding to my life!
Robin P
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: Dining table/bed How to use with 'ease'

Hi: robinp... That's a new problem on me I have never been able to out run the table!!! Most times I seem to out last the food supplied tho. Our table is on two tubular legs and it is sometimes a bit of a challenge to get them seated into the floor flange. I swear that one leg is longer than the other but I don't want to start cutting them off or I won't have a leg to stand on!!! Alf
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:51 PM   #3
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Re: Dining table/bed How to use with 'ease'

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Hi: robinp... That's a new problem on me I have never been able to out run the table!!! Most times I seem to out last the food supplied tho. Our table is on two tubular legs and it is sometimes a bit of a challenge to get them seated into the floor flange. I swear that one leg is longer than the other but I don't want to start cutting them off or I won't have a leg to stand on!!! Alf
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Alf.. and my guess is your table dancing skills are little rusty too.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:02 PM   #4
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Re: Dining table/bed How to use with 'ease'

From one Robin to another, I take the cushions off the seats and place them standing up on the floor leaning against the table with lots of junk (camping stuff) on the floor inbetween them to hold everything in place. The table then will slide only a very small amount if at all A laundry basket (junk holder) works, I have also used camping chairs etc.

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Old 06-19-2011, 09:51 PM   #5
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Re: Dining table/bed How to use with 'ease'

Robin,

I share your frustration. We likewise take the table up and down on a near daily basis and it can be a difficult chore. Our solution, though not the best, attacks the two problems I see with the table. First, the weight of the table combined with the awkward angle is a back problem waiting to happen. Second, is the alignment of the metal tubes. It is really a two person job to balance the table and at the same time insert the top in the tubes.

Our solution has been to remove the tube mounts from the floor and the table bottom. At the same time I removed the slider. In its place, I installed folding RV table legs, three in number. The legs are alumnium and have reduced the weight of the table by 1/3rd. In principal we now have a card table arrangement. The legs run from $15-25 depending on finish, material and type of hinge.

Much easier to raise and lower, more wobbly, probably needs to be in the bunk position for travel and now a one person job.
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Old 06-20-2011, 05:58 AM   #6
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Re: Dining table/bed How to use with 'ease'

Airstream use a telescoping leg in some of their current trailers. Try contacting their parts department. Also, try this link http://www.iboats.com/Garelick-Gas-R...view_id.238028 The marine world seems to have some good ideas.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:18 AM   #7
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Sorry, wrong link. That one would go through the floor. This is more like the Airstream. http://www.iboats.com/Garelick-Two-S...view_id.713507
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