I was initially going to put this in the Interstate Mods thread
, but then I wondered how many other Airstreamers (besides Interstaters) have need of a proper RV or trailer computer table such that they might want to see these ideas and follow-up comments. So I decided to make a standalone thread and perhaps it will appear more widely in the daily feeds.
Recently on the 06 Parkway thread
, several of us T1N Interstate owners noted that we had removed the original Airstream-supplied tables from our vehicles pretty much immediately. We just didn't see them as very practical.
However in my case, removing the table did not solve an essential problem - I needed a secure table for my business computer. Sometimes I do have to work in the rear of our vehicle while my husband is driving, and my computer is pretty much the largest laptop on the market. Resting it on my thighs is not sufficient nor is it very safe for the computer if we hit a rough patch of road.
The solution I came up with makes use of the pedestals (legs) and flanges that Airstream supplied with the original table. Reduce, reuse, recycle! No need to re-invent all of this wheel - there was nothing wrong with Airstream's hardware; it was just the table top itself that needed to be refined and adapted for a specific purpose.
This is a super-easy project that requires the use of a couple of screwdrivers and perhaps a bit of sewing or gluing skills, but that's about it. Here's a pic of the final result, and the material sourcing and detailed assembly instructions are in the blog post linked below.
Notice how the table includes a Velcro hold-down strap for the computer. Very important. And because the table top is now made of perforated aluminum, features such as straps can be unscrewed and moved around as needed. I also talk about protecting computer drop sensors in the blog post, and about providing a measure of shock absorption generally.
If anyone else has ideas to add regarding this kind of application, I'd love to hear about them. Most people do regular computer work these days, but everyone's needs are different.
CUSTOM COMPUTER TABLE FOR THE AIRSTREAM INTERSTATE