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Old 07-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #1
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Table ideas

We have a 62 Tradewind. We've done a lot of renovation, but the layout and most of the cabinetry are original. It has twin beds and a front gaucho. We need an easy way for 3 people to sit and eat.

Somewhere on the forums I have seen a picture of a 1-leg table that mounts to a bracket in the floor. Anybody have a source or experience with this? Ideas about where to store it when not in use? Is the plywood flooring strong enough to mount the bracket adequately?

Alternately, does anybody have a better idea? I could just use a small folding table, but it seems somehow... disappointing.

Thanks!
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Hi - we just did this in an overlander. There are some pics in this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f157...ml#post1312030

The table top stores on edge in a rear closet and is pretty lightweight. The leg also stores in a closet. it's been a good solution for us.
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Thanks... that looks like a great solution, as well as a beautiful job. Did you just anchor the base into the plywood floor, or did you somehow tie it into the frame? (I am NOT taking the belly pan off again!)

And did you make the table from scratch or buy it prefab?
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Thanks... that looks like a great solution, as well as a beautiful job. Did you just anchor the base into the plywood floor, or did you somehow tie it into the frame? (I am NOT taking the belly pan off again!)

And did you make the table from scratch or buy it prefab?
The base was installed from above. It's anchored into the floor and we added some reinforcement (through the hole) layering in extra pieces of plywood and screwing it in through the subfloor.

The table is 3/4 cabinet grade ply covered in laminate. If you're not comfortable doing this your self a local cabinet shop can probably make this up for you pretty cheaply.

The table hardware is available for sale somewhere out on the internet although the parts we used came out of a mid-seventies Argosy.
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You'll need a flush mount base and a cone mount to attach to the bottom of the table.

Examples: AP Products Round Flush Mount Table Leg Base - Legs & Bases - Table - Hardware
AP Products Round Cone Table Leg Base - Legs & Bases - Table - Hardware


Don;t make the mistake of using a cone mount on the floor. For some reason the parts catalogs show this image and it's extremely misleading


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Agreed! I don't know how many times I tripped over that darned thing in the families old tent trailer!
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Greetings tlsmit1!

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We have a 62 Tradewind. We've done a lot of renovation, but the layout and most of the cabinetry are original. It has twin beds and a front gaucho. We need an easy way for 3 people to sit and eat.

Somewhere on the forums I have seen a picture of a 1-leg table that mounts to a bracket in the floor. Anybody have a source or experience with this? Ideas about where to store it when not in use? Is the plywood flooring strong enough to mount the bracket adequately?

Alternately, does anybody have a better idea? I could just use a small folding table, but it seems somehow... disappointing.

Thanks!
There is also the possibility of acquiring a small drop-leaf table similar to what was included with your Tradewind when it was new. I was very fortunate that my Overlander still retained its original table when I found it in 1995. I did make one change when the Fowlers restored its interior . . . I asked Henry Fowler to recreate the top in oak rather than the original Formica over particle board. The restored table is below:


The opened top is below:


The table is stored in its closed position against the streetside wall between the galley and the lounge. In my Overlander, there is an eyelet in the floor and one in the bottom of the table through which a bungee passes to secure the table for travel.

The original Leg-O-Matic chairs disappeared between the time when the original owners of the Overlander sold it in 1980 and when I acquired it from the second owner in 1995 so I picked up a set of 4 of these reproduction Leg-O-Matic chairs from Camping World several years ago (approaching a decade ago).


Folded ready for storage:

One of my favorite things about the free-standing table is that I can move it outside under the awning for dining or board game playing with minimal fuss. The Leg-O-Matic chairs store in a special segmented storage area in the rear 3/4-wardrobe. There are times when I wish that my Minuet had a table like this rather than its Credenza table that stores in a compartment beside the front lounge.

Good luck with your investigation!

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