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Old 08-04-2015, 08:46 PM   #43
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Happy to say that the table in our 2015 late-model-year EB 27' (delivered in May 2015) is sturdy. It certainly flexes if you push on it, but it is not tippy, and I can push myself up out of the seat with it as a leverage point with no tipping. Our unit has what I believe is the latest EB table hardware (according to my dealer), pictured below. Hope this helps anyone looking to change hardware. Joe

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Old 08-05-2015, 08:55 AM   #44
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Thats a big improvement! I'm curious if it has the same screw hole pattern as the earlier models. Can you take a snapshot how the tables clip into the closet? I upgraded mine as the originals would allow the legs to pop out.
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:41 PM   #45
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There are two plastic straps that snap in place at the top and bottom of the legs that hold the legs against the closet wall. See image below. Works reasonably well. Joe

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Old 09-02-2015, 02:21 PM   #46
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Update: I just finished upgrading my 2014-vintage table legs with the Springfield thread-lock legs that are now standard on the 2016 (and perhaps late 2015) EB's.

For those with the older style legs, coming from someone that has directly experienced the before and after, I can say that the Springfield thread-lock legs make a HUGE difference! I'm very satisfied with the upgrade. Also, for those that find the EB table a bit too tall, I used legs that are a bit shorter.

I ended up getting the parts from Cascade Depot <http://www.cascadedepot.com>, bill of materials were:

Stowable Table Mount
SKU: 3660018
Qty: 2
Item price: $27.74 USD
Total price: $55.48 USD

Thread-Lock 29" Table Post Satin Anodized
SKU: 3692029-L
Qty: 2
Item price: $23.99 USD
Total price $47.98 USD

Thread-Lock Table Base
SKU: 3690001-AL
Qty: 2
Item price: $19.49 USD
Total price: $38.98 USD

A few hints for the swap. In order to get the new floor base and table mount in the exact same position, since the new pieces are larger in diameter than the old, I did the following:

For the table mount, there is a small circle in the middle of the plastic casting of the original mount. That allowed me to set to pin for a compass/dividers right in the center and draw a circle around the mount in pencil directly on the underside of the table (pencil can be wiped clean from the formica afterward). Unfortunately I didn't take pictures of this part.

For the floor base, since I figured it would be hard to find the exact center point of the base, I used the compass and followed the outside edge of the base with the pin approximately 1" out from the original base. I put down painter's tape to draw the line on. Pictures attached.

The idea was that with a circle drawn about 1/2" to 1" larger than the new pieces, I could eyeball the centering of the new pieces with fairly good accuracy.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:50 PM   #47
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And is this new set up rock steady?

I think this is the first replacement that may work ...
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:20 PM   #48
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And is this new set up rock steady?

I think this is the first replacement that may work ...

I think so. Put it this way, I've scrapped all of my other plans to stabilize the table and am completely happy with it at this point.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:38 AM   #49
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dcmgaugh - spoiler!

I've been dithering and dithering about this wiggly table for months - not wanting to spend money and have someone come up with a better solution...

I did buy a piece of white PVC pipe, cut it into two 30 1/4 inch and put soft rubber pads on both ends to use as movable stabilizer legs with pretty good results - but definitely a "half vast" solution.

And I nearly took the hacksaw to the legs three or four times because ALL airstream tables are too high (30.5 inches where virtually all other tables are 26 to 29 inches high). What stopped me? Thought I might want to give away these legs to others who have the EB and just want to get a 3rd leg to match the originals.

I Even PM'ed NeatAirstream (Patrick Botticelli at Colonial) and asked his opinion of the new style legs - which he thought were better but "probably not enough to justify the cost of switching (Yeah - agree if you buy from mucha-markupa Airstream!)

Then went on EBAY tonight and found six problems resolved with one table... and I already ORDERED IT. Wah!

ELNA 9600 9500 8600 Heavy Duty Sewing Table on Wheels | eBay
Arrow Gidget 2 sewing table - because the ebay link will become obsolete
Lower, sturdy, smaller, foldaway, holds my sewing machines, doesn't wobble, see high speed sewing video with a glass of water on the table. And of course I do sew!

Dmc... Seriously Thank You! That's a great post with lots of nice pictures and clearly written. AND I wasn't going to throw out the table because once in a blue moon I will want to convert the dinette to a bed. I'll also get your legs because I've never invited anyone for an inside dinner in the EB because of the table's wobble. I'm not made of money and on a day to day basis I'm going to love the sewing table a lot more. But I did hate the idea of not having a functional dining table.

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Old 09-07-2015, 12:49 AM   #50
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There are two plastic straps that snap in place at the top and bottom of the legs that hold the legs against the closet wall. See image below. Works reasonably well. Joe

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My 2012 has some weak clamps that failed about 1/2 the time. I already had the identical snaps and some 1 inch nylon webbing in my sewing basket - so that project took 45 minutes. 15 of which was finding the stuff!

Could have also used velcro instead of the snaps, but it's an easy and virtually free fix.

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Old 09-07-2015, 01:33 AM   #51
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dmcgaugh - cascade ordering

I just ordered what you got. And in 3 days they'd already upped the prices slightly from what you paid on two of the items.

WARNING to others who want to duplicate that order - WRITE DOWN WHAT DMC ordered or have his post in another open window before you visit the Cascade website. There's no "Search" by SKU that I could find. I went to "Pedestals" and then searched by PRICE to find the stuff I wanted - but I didn't find the 29 inch post until I clicked on the 30 inch - and below it in the "you might also like" found the 29 inch.

You only see the SKU when you click on an item to review, so I went by that and am confident I'll get the same things dmcgaugh ordered.

I'm a born second shifter - and the internet has empowered me to blow most of my cash after 2:00 am.

Paula

PS - funniest part of Cascade's website - they have the original "bolt lock" stuff that Airstream put in as OEM equipment on the 2012 - which several people struggled to find the brand name on. See Post #4 of this thread.

http://www.cascadedepot.com/bolt-loc...base-polished/
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I ended up getting the parts from Cascade Depot <http://www.cascadedepot.com>, bill of materials were:

Stowable Table Mount
SKU: 3660018
Qty: 2
Item price: $27.74 USD
Total price: $55.48 USD

Thread-Lock 29" Table Post Satin Anodized
SKU: 3692029-L
Qty: 2
Item price: $23.99 USD
Total price $47.98 USD

Thread-Lock Table Base
SKU: 3690001-AL
Qty: 2
Item price: $19.49 USD
Total price: $38.98 USD

Thank you so much for the write-up and photos. Excellent information. What fasteners did you use?
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PS - funniest part of Cascade's website - they have the original "bolt lock" stuff that Airstream put in as OEM equipment on the 2012 - which several people struggled to find the brand name on. See Post #4 of this thread.

Bolt-Lock Table Base Polished - Cascade Depot
Paula, I am just double checking. In my 2012.5, the original bolt pattern has 5 screw holes and this link looks similar but has 6 screw holes so you would be drilling to install that part. With that, you would likely have to use the cascade table legs and top mounts as well if the table bottom wasn't exactly the same.
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Thank you so much for the write-up and photos. Excellent information. What fasteners did you use?

For the base I used:
- Stainless steel oval head Philips sheet metal screws #14 x 1-1/4"

For the table mount I used:
- Stainless steel oval head Philips sheet metal screws #14 x 1/2"

I got them from a local hardware store here in Seattle (Stoneway Hardware). I find that the local independent hardware stores have the best fastener selection. I'm not sure if some place like Home Depot would carry these. Doing a quick search online, I turned up this place though: https://www.boltdepot.com/Sheet_meta...l_18-8_14.aspx

The base screws are similar to the ones Airstream used on the old base, but theirs were self-drilling and are flat head instead of oval head. I thought the oval head looked classier.

I used a 3/16" pilot bit for all of the holes. It probably goes without saying, but don't drill too deep on the table, my pilot holes were probably not deeper than a 1/4". Also, the Philips heads on the screws really like a #3 Philips bit as opposed to the more common #2.

One last thing: I filled the old holes in the floor with gray silicone in case anything ever spilled on the floor and seeped under the new bases. I didn't do any special preparation where the new screws penetrated the flooring as I figured the rubberized flooring would do a good enough job to prevent moderate spills from seeping around the screws.
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Another update:

Just got back from our first camping trip over the Labor Day weekend since upgrading the legs. I can again reconfirm how great the new legs are. My kids looked at me like I was crazy when I told them they were allowed to lean on the table now. Two additional things I learned with the new legs:

- Once you set the table mounts over the top of the legs, you can make the table even more stable by giving the table a good pop (with the heal of your hand or the base of your fist) on top of the table around where the mounts are. This is because the top of the legs are tapered so the firmer the legs engage, the tighter it gets.

- The table legs come with little plastic buttons that effectively latch the legs into the table mounts. If you take down the table often, you'll find the buttons are kind of a pain. And, unless your planning to do any 4-wheeling in your trailer, I can't possibly see why you would need these to keep the table attached. These buttons can easily be removed by reaching down inside the leg and pulling out what is essentially a plastic u-shaped springy thing.
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Paula, I am just double checking. In my 2012.5, the original bolt pattern has 5 screw holes and this link looks similar but has 6 screw holes so you would be drilling to install that part. With that, you would likely have to use the cascade table legs and top mounts as well if the table bottom wasn't exactly the same.

Believe it or not, I ordered those exact bases from Cascade about 9 months ago as I was trying to figure out a solution for the table. I think my idea was to use 3 legs, but I don't recall what I was planning to do to source a third leg. I never ended up installing them. They are larger in diameter than the Airstream originals (hence the 6 holes).

Speaking of diameter of bases, you can also get larger diameter Springfield thread-lock bases. It's seems to be a matter of whether you look specifically for table mounts versus (seat?) mounts. I'm confident the ones I ordered are the same ones Airstream is now using, but I suppose if you wanted an even wider base, you could use the other bases which I think are 10" in diameter. The original link I provided on Springfield's website was actually to these larger bases.
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