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Old 11-30-2023, 04:50 PM   #1
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Table Up While Towing.

Hello Everyone

We would like to tow with our dinette table always up in our new FC30RB. We are concerned about the table leg banging on the floor and stressing the hinges on the wall. We're considering options to strengthen both areas.

In our previous FC25RB we always kept the table folded down so we never had this concern.

For those of you that tow with your tables up, what has been your experience and what, if any, modifications have you made?

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Old 11-30-2023, 05:14 PM   #2
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I always have the table set up ready to use. Have travelled with it this way for 19 years now and no issues.
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Old 11-30-2023, 05:46 PM   #3
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We travel with our table up. However, once after we hit a big pothole on the highway, we discovered our table had jumped loose and scratched the wall of the dining area. (and the electrode in the fridge failed at the same time). After that, we secured the table leg to the floor with a hinge, and wedged rubber material into the table wall mounts. The table has not budged since. We have a thread on this:
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BTW, the trailer now has about 62000 miles on it.
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Old 11-30-2023, 06:26 PM   #4
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I put the table leg in an old tennis shoe when towing. Towed 1000's of miles. No problems. I do remove the shoe once were parked!!
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Old 11-30-2023, 07:50 PM   #5
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We keep a rug in that area that the leg sits on. We towed with the table down until it pulled the screws out of the table edge. I think it is easier on the table up.
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Old 11-30-2023, 07:56 PM   #6
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I know may have towed with them up and not had issues but the manual is explicit in that it recommends tables that are attached to the wall, be lowered for travel.
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Old 12-01-2023, 11:23 AM   #7
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We have 2015 30RB and we always travel with the table out and ready to use. We were having trouble with the table being lose until we replaced the table top with one from ikea. While swapping the leg and catches at the wall, I noticed the catches were bent and needed to be realigned. Once realigned it hasn't been been loose or a problem any longer.
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Old 12-01-2023, 12:54 PM   #8
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FYI, We have made no mods to our table. Always travel with table up since new (2018). There is a slight depression in the floor under the leg. Not a big deal.
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Old 12-01-2023, 07:04 PM   #9
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Not worth it

Put it down not worth the pressure point on the vinyl floor, not worth the shake and strain in the leg hardware, not worth the stress placed on the trailer inner wall when left up.

Itís your trailer but ours same model is put down each tow.
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Old 12-02-2023, 11:05 AM   #10
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Exclamation Weight & vibration takes it's toll...

Recently returned from the Alaska caravan off a 115 day 13,383 mile journey for us. The Alaska highway had the usual construction/rebuild programs ongoing this summer which I didn' think were too bad. However, early in the drive we felt it would be OK to travel with our table (old school composite wood that is heavy) open since it was secured to the wall and the dual feet were firmly down on the floor. Wrong. The vibrations from the washboard sections caused the screws (10 of them) in the wall to shear out and the whole table to crash onto the vinyl floor gouging it seriously. After repair and re-install we folded the table into stored postion for the rest of the trip no problems. Our Airstream for this trip was a 1994 27ft Excella with rear twins - front sofa. Also the heaves on the Cassiar highway caused front end seperation - now under repair.
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Old 12-02-2023, 04:15 PM   #11
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Hey Ol Bob,
The table we were discussing is the dinette table. The extension table at the guacho is much heavier. I never leave that one set up for use if not parked.
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Old 12-02-2023, 09:28 PM   #12
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We lower the table onto the cushions while traveling. Easy to re-position once get to the next camp-site.
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Old 12-03-2023, 03:54 PM   #13
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Ours often fell into its down position during travel. So we travel with it down.

The attachment to the wall was very loose. I removed the brackets and bent them into a better angle to more securely hold the table to the wall. Used a bench vise and a mallet (IIRC).

The leg was loose too. Filled the holes with matchsticks and glue. Used larger screws to secure. It was so close to the bottom of the table when folded that I had to add a spacer between the table and the leg bracket.

I have not traveled with it the up position since the mods. Takes just a minute or less to fold down.
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Old 12-06-2023, 10:39 AM   #14
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Table up with ours.
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Old 12-06-2023, 10:57 AM   #15
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We travelled with the table up and it stripped out the threads on the bottom of the leg and we cannot adjust the table to be level. Iíll probably just add some washers to regain the leg length needed rather than buy a new leg. Table down for travel now.
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Old 12-06-2023, 11:09 AM   #16
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On our 06 and 08 model 25's, we had some issues with the table legs if we left down. Even had a "divit" in the floor on the 25' and a broken leg, which was cause for replacement. With our 2014 25' FC, and now our 28' FC, never had any issues leaving them down. Better construction with the newer models, or just better "highways" where we travel these days? Anyway, going on 65K miles with currant 28' and never even think about the table being an issue.
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Old 12-06-2023, 11:11 AM   #17
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There seems to be a common theme here. There are 3 camps:
  1. Those that travel with the table down and haven't had any issues
  2. Those that traveled with the table up and have had issues and now travel with the table down
  3. Those that travel with the table up and haven't had any issues yet

I'm sure most of those in camp 2 were in camp 3 for a while and then all of a sudden they switched.

Outside of additional setup/teardown time, no one has reported an issue with traveling with it down so it seems like cheap insurance to travel with it down.
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Old 12-06-2023, 11:31 AM   #18
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Never had a problem..table up.

Now ask about what oil to use in your TV. hehehe
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Old 12-06-2023, 11:44 AM   #19
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Never had a problem..table up.

Now ask about what oil to use in your TV. hehehe
I'm sure people like Fungus and WayneS never had a problem either
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Old 12-06-2023, 05:07 PM   #20
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I have a long floor run of carpet that starts at the table support and runs to the bed. I use it to cushion the table support and always run with the table up. No problems yet. 2019 27’ flying cloud.
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