Before we converted to reclining chairs, we traveled (extensively) with the dinette up in normal position. There is no problem with that, or the full down position for that matter. No reason to fold it down over the cushions.
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles
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