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Old 01-25-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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'67 Safari table hinge...

Here is a pic of the joint between the 2 table halves...Im guessing that the 3 small hinges dont belong here...how was it done originally? I was also looking at how the table leg assembly pulles out to allow the table to be opened up...The leg thats on there is hte kind that can be flipped back underneath...Just from looking, that shouldnt be done or the weight of the table will pull it from the wall...SO...what leg shoud be on it? and how is this thing hinged?

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Old 01-25-2009, 01:42 PM   #2
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My 67 Safari has the original table. The joint has a full length piano hinge. There is another joint about 4" from the wall with another hinge that lets the table fold up into the window, the leg folds down like you say. I can even close the curtains over the table and it disappears. This allows the twin beds to pull out from the wall with about a foot between them.
Let me know if you need a picture, we are using the trailer right now so could get a pict. easily.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
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Thanks! that explains the leg and the hinge...A pic would be great...that way i can see how it SHOULD attach to the wall! Thanks!
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Old 01-25-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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Heres a pic of how the table was mounted...you can see that the table top slides into the this part thats mounted to the wall...making it immovable...I can see where a hinge MIGHT be able to be placed...there are no covered holes from where a hinge might have been...the collapsable leg looks to not be original, appears that a fixedleg was there...
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Old 01-25-2009, 04:37 PM   #5
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Hi, I replaced the old leg with a stock one from a hardware store. It is mounted solid. The second photo shows the table to the wall. The third shows the slide being extended and the table would flip over and rest on the extension. The four photo shows the table in its most compact position.
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Old 01-25-2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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Lee,
Does yours fold up completely infront of the window? Your leg looks like the round one that was probably on mine...i can see where it had been replaced with the collapseable one...
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Here's some pictures showing how mine works. It can be folded up into the window and down as one short table then opened over to twice the length. The foot is attached to a slider that pulls out to support the fold over. The short piece is attached to the wall with 2 small shelf brackets that I don't think would be original but work quite well. I have the original table but this is a replaced top I made that fits our use better.
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My table is mounted the same way (permanent) bracket (non-folding) to the front wall under the window. The leg is a simple one (non-folding) mounted to the center of the sliding frame (original) that expands the table for the extension top to be folded out over the frame. However, the hinge between the two tabletop halves originally had a plastic hinge that was molded and fit between the two halves when folded out to its longest length. This folded hinge then provided for a nearly invisible seam between the two tops. My hinge part has long ago failed at the fold between the tops but is still attached to the edges of the tabletop sections. None of it was supposed to fold except for the plastic hinge on the tabletop itself. It is always in the way when sleeping on the twins and I guess that when it was opened to let more than two use the dinette that that is the reason the tops hinge finally failed. The piano hinge is the only way I know of that the original function of the two tops can be restored but it leaves the spine/pin of the hinge above the table top when open to the full length. I have not yet decided how to deal with this problem in my own dinette so if you come up with a good fix that takes the place of a piano hinge please let me know. Hope this explains what you asked about. Happy Trails, Ed
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Does yours fold up completely infront of the window? Your leg looks like the round one that was probably on mine...i can see where it had been replaced with the collapseable one...
No, It does not fold up toward the window. If you look at the last pic thats as small as the stock table gets. It looks like Doug has made a different setup that will do that for you if thats what you need. I've not had a problem with the twin beds with the table fixed position. It's nice to see a different option though.
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Here's some pictures showing how mine works. It can be folded up into the window and down as one short table then opened over to twice the length. The foot is attached to a slider that pulls out to support the fold over. The short piece is attached to the wall with 2 small shelf brackets that I don't think would be original but work quite well. I have the original table but this is a replaced top I made that fits our use better.
I know this is an old thread but first I've found on this table I have in my '68 Safari. It is held up against the window by a plastic strap that snaps on the bottom of the table, like the cushion retaining straps. Can anyone tell me if this is original? Did mine snap in half because it is 51 years old, or because it just wasn't up to the job? It's alot of weight. I could replace with same from VTS but I'm worried about it happening again while kids are in the bunks.
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I know this is an old thread but first I've found on this table I have in my '68 Safari. It is held up against the window by a plastic strap that snaps on the bottom of the table, like the cushion retaining straps. Can anyone tell me if this is original? Did mine snap in half because it is 51 years old, or because it just wasn't up to the job? It's alot of weight. I could replace with same from VTS but I'm worried about it happening again while kids are in the bunks.
neetie sweet, The original table was mounted (permanently) to the wall below the front window for one reason. Airstream allowed you to leave the front and rear window roller shades and curtains open so you could see thru the trailer to view what was directly behind you. This was not really very helpful when traveling but could be useful during parking/backing the trailer. The original tabletop was fixed and had a plastic hinge the width of the table top that created a seamless appearing top when the extended top was folded over onto the extension slide that had only one fixed leg centered in the slide frame. The trailer table can be modified to fold up into the window area if you desire. To hold it up securely look into the rubber stretch straps that hold the Rock Guards down during travel in front of the front window on the 2008 and newer trailers. You can mount them in the area just above the window with rivets with the latch segment mounted onto your table. They will hold the table securely up and are also able to take the jostling that travel would cause without becoming uncoupled. This would be a great fix to keep the folded up table from accidently dropping down. I hope this helps solve your problem with a folding version of the table. Ed Carver
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Thanks! That's very helpful. I have the 2 piano hinge folding arrangement. I have to say I'm not crazy about it and now I know that it's not original I won't feel guilty changing it someday! I suspect my table is enlarged- you can hardly get in to the curbside seat when the table is fully extended. Seriously, it leaves bruises even on my skinny daughters. The parts you suggest look like a great solution.
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