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Old 03-06-2017, 03:26 PM   #1
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Table up or down while traveling?

Does it really matter whether the dinette table is up in table mode or down in bed mode while traveling? Up, there is a chance it could slide sideways if the locking knob vibrates lose. Down, it has some room to slide forward and back. Any suggestions on best position when traveling and best way to secure it there?
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:14 PM   #2
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Up, there is a chance it could slide sideways if the locking knob vibrates lose.
I didn't like the threaded part digging into the table bottom etc. so I removed it. Alaska Hwy. and a couple of Baja trips later the table's still there. Does it move while we're underway. Really never thought about it, it can't go far.

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Old 03-06-2017, 05:05 PM   #3
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We have the Springfield pedistal, and have been advised by multiple people to have the dinette table in the DOWN position, for sure.

otherwise it might rip off the floor.

physics and all.

makes sense to me.

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My buddy has the standard pedestals. He must have forgotten he was towing his trailer ( 19 ) when he took a corner coming out of the mall ( I was in passenger seat ). Found the table top askew on the seat cushion when we stopped.
If it had been in down position, that wouldn't have happened. But. it is a PIA with a double pedestal.
I generally leave my single pedestal table up in my 17B.
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I have the standard set-up and put two nuts at the end of the thread (locking them together) to prevent the threaded part digging into the wood (as suggested by someone else on the forum years ago). I just tighten the locking knob; sometimes I forget but nothing horrible has ever happened. I just don't worry about it.
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Table up. Never even considered putting it down in any trailer we have owned. Too much of a pain in the butt for me.
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I had my table come off the pedestals once while traversing NJ roads. Did some minor damage to my first 19 Escape. My new 19 has a "D" ring underneath and 2X"D" rings on the dinette rails with a bungee strap now securing the table to the dinette, easily removable when stopped.
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Old 03-06-2017, 06:20 PM   #8
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I'm surprised to hear that the table will come loose when traveling. I seem to have the opposite problem - it takes a tremendous effort to get it loose. I wiggle, tug, bang, and after a while, I get the table off the pedestal poles.

I would be amazed to find that they come loose on their own.

Oh, I never take the table down while traveling.
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Certain roads have that harmonic distortion going on where the freeze bumps are equally spaced and your vehicle gets that up and down rhythm going....
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I never have an issue leaving my 21 table up. I did replace the funky chew-up-the-underside locking knob with a genuine pressure clamp (Destaco brand) on the rear side of the table. Restraining the table top from sliding side to side prevents the hammering that loosens up the pipes.
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