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Old 05-02-2019, 11:26 AM   #1
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Table slopes 1/2” front to back

As anyone had an issue with the Springfield 1660230 pedestal not being square?

We had ETI mount our full sized table with our supplied Springfield pedestal. The table slopes 1/2” from front to back. The table appears installed correctly but I can’t really tell where the issue is as we are camping on our first shake down trip When we get home this weekend, I will use a framing square to check floor to pedestal alignment and pedestal to table alignment. The ETI slider plywood is parallel to the table top, 1 1/8” both front and back so that is not it.

We didn’t really notice until we sat down at the table once we were set up. We had the table in the down position during travel to carry our folding chairs and other stuff. (We plan on rethinking our gear since with the 5th wheel we can no longer carry those things under a tonneau cover in the truck bed.)

At this point I suspect the pedestal was tweaked out of alignment during shipping.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:46 AM   #2
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Arnie, first congratulations for joining the 5.0TA club.

We just had our Springfield replaced last month at Springfield Marine. Your post caused me to go outside and check ours. It's almost perfectly level front to back, and side to side I was surprised to see it was off quite a bit until DUH! I realized that trailer's off about the same amount side to side where parked in our yard.

I find the Springfield so much better when fully locked. It's so stable compared to our previous 5.0 with standard two pedestals which was always a bit rocky and table sloped front to back.
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Old 05-02-2019, 11:57 AM   #3
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Arnie, first congratulations for joining the 5.0TA club.

We just had our Springfield replaced last month at Springfield Marine. Your post caused me to go outside and check ours. It's almost perfectly level front to back, and side to side I was surprised to see it was off quite a bit until DUH! I realized that trailer's off about the same amount side to side where parked in our yard.

I find the Springfield so much better when fully locked. It's so stable compared to our previous 5.0 with standard two pedestals which was always a bit rocky and table sloped front to back.
Thanks! We absolutely love the trailer so far! So much more room than the 19’.

I don’t have a level with me. I do have a tape measure so the slope I’m describing is from the table top to the floor. We tried loosing the clamps then tightening them again. There is a bit of play when loose but it goes away once tightened and the slope returns.
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:05 PM   #4
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🤔 is the trailer level?
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🤔 is the trailer level?
And there's level and there's level. On my trailer I have several different "levels". If I measure the floor with a 4' level fore and aft towards the rear I get one level. If I measure at the front under the dinette I get a slightly different "level". If I measure the counter top I get another slightly different level.

I selected one location as my reference point against which I determine if a mod etc. is "level".

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Make sure the clamps are tight.
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Thanks! We absolutely love the trailer so far! So much more room than the 19’.

I don’t have a level with me. I do have a tape measure so the slope I’m describing is from the table top to the floor. We tried loosing the clamps then tightening them again. There is a bit of play when loose but it goes away once tightened and the slope returns.
Hey Arnie Can't believe you didn't take a framing square and level. When I pick mine up I'm gonna have everything except one of my chain saws. Did you try the iPhone bubble level? I don't know about Androids but on the iPhone compass if you swipe right to left the level shows up. You can then lay the phone flat or on it's edges.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:17 PM   #8
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Yes, the trailer is level. But it doesn’t matter because the 1/2” slope is relative to the floor when measured from the table top to the floor. The floor and table are not parallel.

Yes, the clamps are tight also.
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Old 05-02-2019, 09:34 PM   #9
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Probably easier to remove the pedestal and put it on another flat surface and check it.

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I made a set of shims for mine a while back, I can put them between the table top and the pedestal. Weird thing is that after removing it and putting it back on I didn't need them. I had cranked down on the clamps which is why I brought it up.
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