In our 79 Sovereign
, we have a fold-down table which works fine, with a flip-up top that means it can be down, up and half-size, or up and full-size. The chair leg is connected to a support "beam" which telescopes in the full-size configuration.
We've figured out that there's a plastic doohicky at the end of the support beam which can lock the table leg in the vertical position.
The problem is that to fold the table back down so that the sofa can be configured as a bed, we need to 1) fold up the table top and hook it shut (easy), and 2) fold the table leg back under the top (easy, but it doesn't "stay" up), and 3) gently swing the table top and leg assembly down (easy, as long as the leg doesn't fall back down).
The PO had setup a bit of velcro on the chair leg and a matching bit in the underside of the table top to make it easier to do the last two steps, but a) the glue on the velcro doesn't do too well with daily ripping apart, and b) it feels like an aftermarket hack. Without velcro, though, it's hard to lift the leg and fold the table down if you don't have a large "wingspan". I can do it, my wife & kids can't easily.
How is one supposed to fold up the table? Are there better ways to solve the problem? (I'm thinking magnets).