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Old 09-20-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Table up or table down

Maybe a poll would be better, but I'm trying to decide on which type of table to have in the new 21', the hinge type which is narrower and smaller at the end to allow ease of access vs the slider type which is bigger but slides to allow ease of access.

My dilemma is the slider is really awkward to take up and down and I have towed the 19' when the table came off the supports and did some minor damage to some switches.

Do you leave the slider up while towing and have you had any trouble with it staying upright?
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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I really like the slider type, and would do it again in a heartbeat. While the pedestals Escape uses work fine, I would like to be able to upgrade to a better fitting type.

Unless we have someone sleeping on the dinette, which has happened maybe 10 times in 5 seasons, we leave our table up. There is no issue with doing so that I could ever see, and the convenience is nice to have.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:53 PM   #3
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Slider - Norma really likes the size of the sliding version not to mention being able to pull it in closer. She plans on bringing a small sewing machine on trips where I'll be off doing things solo.

I've always lowered the table for travel on our Scamp and 17B, but I'll see how well this one locks up when we get it.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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I absolutely love my slider table and the ease of access. I leave it up while travelling and have not had any issues. That being said, it's not used as a bed so I'm not faced with putting it up and down on a daily basis...a challenging task for a single traveler.
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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After two weeks we like the slider and we will keep it up when traveling.
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Old 09-20-2013, 05:17 PM   #6
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We liked the slider on our 2008 5.0 and got it again on the new 2013 5.0. We leave it up when traveling with no issues.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:33 PM   #7
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After looking at both types last week we went with the hinge type for our new 21. We did have the slider in our 19. Both are great, but for our needs the hinge works best for us.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:48 PM   #8
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Can you elaborate more on your decision, Rick? I'm in the middle trying to decide, you have seen them both, I have only seen the 19, what made your decision? Thanks
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Old 09-20-2013, 09:30 PM   #9
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We chose the hinge type of table and have been very grateful that we did. The table isn't actually any more narrow than the slider type, because it fits in the same space when collapsed for the bed, but it is shorter and we had a notch taken off of the bathroom side for easier access in our 19. Keep in mind that there are only the two of us, so a larger table wasn't necessary. We've only used the dinette as a bed once and it is incredibly simple to change back and forth.
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Old 09-21-2013, 08:36 AM   #10
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I find that the proportions of the dinette benches are a little too deep (horizontally) and when the table is centered, both bench backs are a little too far away from the table for total comfort. Having a table that slides gives some flexibility to the situation, allowing the person on one side to pull the table into closer range. The person on the opposite side has to sit forward (without back support), or add pillow(s) behind his/her back. I don't want to imply that this is a big deal or a major problem.

Also, we find the sliding table top on pedestals not at all difficult to switch back and forth to a bed. It does help to have two people on the job. We drive with the table up and have not had any problems with that. --Liz
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