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Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby Esteban » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:59 pm

:thumbsup: I'm really impressed by the functionality and beautiful design of the side table made by Oregon Trail'R. I'd like to make one for my teardrop or buy one if the cost is reasonably affordable. The side table isn't offered for sale in their parts store. I also like how easily and space efficiently the side table can be stored when not in use underneath a cabinet in the sleeping area.



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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby S. Heisley » Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:41 pm

That is awesome They've got things down to a science! :thumbsup:
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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby working on it » Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:10 pm

S. Heisley wrote:That is awesome They've got things down to a science! :thumbsup:
I don't know if they're making one at a time (even at such an accelerated pace-haha) as a demo, but if they have much of an operation going, you'd think they'd have the component parts cut and drilled already, ready for assembly. They do offer another type of side table on their site, but I'll stay with mine, as simple as they are. I store mine next to the inside wall, bungee'd in place, when not travelling. they only take up a little space.
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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby S. Heisley » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:49 pm

I've seen pictures of their shop where they have several teardrops lined up to work on at the same time. I'm guessing that the table may be an optional thing that they make up when they get the request for one.
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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby Esteban » Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:21 pm

The Oregon Trail'R side table is one of the options offered to trailer buyers. I emailed Oregon Trail'R to inquire if they would sell me a side table. Perhaps they could add the side tables to their Teardrop trailer parts and accessories store. I may also buy Galley hatch support springs. I've watched many of their informative YouTube videos. They have a CNC machine to make parts which would reduce their time and labor from what we see in the How we build our Side Tables video.

I could (probably) make a similar side table myself. If their price is reasonably affordable I'd rather buy a ready made one from Oregon Trail'R.

Edit: Jon from Oregon Trail'R emailed me that they do not sell the side table as a stand alone product; it is only sold to trailer buyers as an optional upgrade.

I'm beginning to think about how to design and build a similar side table. It seems doable. Here are some spitball ideas:

:thinking: 1/2" or 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood may be best for the table top and plywood supports. Making a rough guess the table top may be 14-16" wide by 36-48" long. Jon wrote me that theirs are 40" long.

:thumbsup: McMaster-Carr has piano hinges that could work

:thinking: For the counter top I can use stainless steel sheets or Formica. I wonder if an old stainless steel refrigerator could be recycled for the counter top material?

:thinking: It'll need edge molding.

:thinking: I need a source for the brackets to hang a side table to the side of a teardrop. Does anyone have a source to recommend? Jon said it comes from Vintage Technologies http://www.teardroptrailerparts.com/Hinges___Aluminum_Trim.html

:thinking: They attach something to the hinged plywood supports so that they hold/clamp to the bottom of the table top when its folded up. Maybe Strong neodymium magnets with countersunk and counterbore holes. would work?

:thinking: To store the side table underneath my over-the-feet-cabinets I'll need some kind of a spring latch
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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby Esteban » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:39 pm

I'm thinking about building a side table for my teardrop. By Googling teardrop trailer side table images many inspiring designs and solutions can be seen.

That lead to discovering a Side Table Kit Combo that includes Includes:
(1) Adjustable Side Table Leg
(1) Side Table Mounting Bracket
(1) Bungee Leg Retainer
for $31.49
It seems like a good value for useful parts.

:thinking: Which side table orientation would be more useful?
(Option #1) have the longer length of a side table parallel the side of a teardrop like the ones built by OregonTrail'R.
(Optiion #2) have the longer sides extend outward about 90 degrees so several people can sit around it?
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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby working on it » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:27 pm

working on it wrote:...I'll stay with mine, as simple as they are. I store mine next to the inside wall, bungee'd in place, when not travelling. they only take up a little space....
  • After seeing the Oregon Trailer side table workmanship, and that of others on the site, lately, I felt that my two side tables didn't "have a leg to stand on"...literally. I was using two pieces of flat aluminum stock, with a locator pin to steady them, but they were cheap looking and too spindly to really steady the side tables.
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    just a poor excuse for side table support
  • So, I decided that an improvement was required. I made a solid leg for each to stand on. I took two of the lower legs off of an old shower seat. cut them to the length I needed to hold each table firmly above the fenders, and used a 3/8" carriage bolt with washers/nuts sized to fit into the leg, and hold it steady, without wobble, when under the table, and slid into place on the fender top. I also painted them to match the grey walls.
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    much steadier, and better appearing supports
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Re: Oregon Trail'R Side Table

Postby Cabin_dweller » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:25 pm

Awesome work!

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