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What type of camp table do you have?

Attached to the side of the teardrop
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16%
Attached to the galley counter
3
3%
Freestanding folding table
36
40%
Freestanding roll-up table
20
22%
Other type of table
5
6%
No table
11
12%
 
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Postby aggie79 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:27 pm

Trying to think ahead on my build, I'm wondering what type of table everyone uses. I may be overthinking this, but I'm leaning toward a side mounted table so I can close my hatch if I need to.
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Postby mikeschn » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:33 pm

Normally we use the table at the campground... but we typically pack a little roll up table in case there is no table at our campsite.

Here's our table set up...

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Unfortunately, you can't see much due to the table cloth... hold on, let me see if I can find something on the web...

Okay, the legs are different, but you get the idea...

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Postby jackdaw » Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:46 pm

We store our work table on top of the hob/sink unit when we're traveling, or if we don't need to cook or wash up.

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When we want to use the on board facilities , it slides onto the rear of the galley, and is supported back onto the trailer;
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We tend to eat off our laps , or use a campsite picknic bench.

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Postby Joseph » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:19 pm

Ordinarily I'll use the picnic tables provided but I built this Colonial style knock-down table years ago and occasionally I'll bring it along.
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Postby Joanne » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:31 pm

I attached one to the side of my trailer. It works great since I like to make bread and biscuits while I'm out camping. I can knead dough or roll out biscuits without making a mess in the galley.

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Postby Nobody » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:38 pm

I'm with Joanne, couldn't decide on attached to galley or fastened to the side so I did both. Both tables stow away handily, the side table in the lower galley cabinets & the 'swing-away' does just that (folds up for travel, lowering the hatch at night, etc). Leaves plenty of room for working on the galley counter. Oh yeah, I installed a rail on each side of the TD so the side table can be used either place. Have plans to construct another side table but haven't yet done so.

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Postby Steve_Cox » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:50 pm

We have an old card table we use, in addition to a longer folding table.
I noticed the Chinese folding chairs we were using were kind of short for the card table so I cut the legs down a couple of inches. Friend Venessa gave us the table cloth.

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Postby dakotamouse » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:26 pm

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we have a fold out table for extra workspace but ususally we use the picnic table at the campsite for eating.
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Postby aggie79 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:06 am

:applause: Wow! Thanks for the responses and pics. Many great ideas.
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Postby asianflava » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:46 am

I have a table and benches that fold up into a suitcase and another roll up aluminum table. We usually use the picnic table provided to cook and eat on but I have these tables in case there isn't a table at the site. I set up the suitcase table as my cooking table and the other table as the eating table. The suitcase table is a bit smallish, but it works gerat for the stove.

Although I could, I don't like to cook in the galley for a few reasons. I don't want to get grease or splatter in the galley, I don't want it to smell like food which might interest the local wildlife, and open flame and all that wood doesn't seem right.

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Postby bobhenry » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:44 am

My big lot $6.00 knock downs are about as user friendly as you can get.
multiple heights can be a extra counter 1 minute and adjusted to make a 4 year olds dining table the next. I store the tops on the underside of my flip down counter.

Here it is as an extra support for the neich for my pot belly stove.

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Postby Arne » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:01 pm

Joseph, you are the man. knock-down table, wicker basket, and a cooler with a handle that locks the lid... I haven't seen one of those for many years..... very nice.
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:57 pm

We use a similar table like Mike has.
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I also have two tables that mount in mini hitch receivers on the side of the teardrop.
An adaptation of Doug's idea :thumbsup: .
See signature photo. It has the Dutch Oven top and I have a shorter leg for another top for the cooler.
Our water jug sits on the left table.:D Danny
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Postby aggie79 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:09 am

halfdome, Danny wrote:We use a similar table like Mike has. I also have two tables that mount in mini hitch receivers on the side of the teardrop.
An adaptation of Doug's idea :thumbsup: . See signature photo. It has the Dutch Oven top and I have a shorter leg for another top for the cooler.
Our water jug sits on the left table.Danny


I like your side tables. Did you just weld some 1 1/4 receiver hitches to the side rails?

When I started this poll, I never thought about a place to eat meals. I was thinking only of a place for the cookstove outside of the galley. We don't do a lot of wilderness tent camping, but there are some places we go that don't have picnic tables. I think I'll carry a table to eat on too.
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Postby halfdome, Danny » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:40 am

Aggie, I welded together two pieces of 1 1/2" angle iron to make the receivers.
I used 1 1/4" square tubing for the legs.
I use thumb screws through welded nuts to hold them tight.
In this photo of the chassis in the down side up position, you'll see them welded
on a short piece of 1 1/4" tubing to place
them just below my walls that cover the chassis.
It makes a great place to weld my back up light brackets to.:D Danny


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