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Old 09-16-2015, 01:20 PM   #1
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Pedestal vs Folding style table leg???

Okay, I have seen a number of photos here of dinette tables with the silver pedestal style leg but I have also seen some camper tables that use a folding table leg that locks into position whether up or down. So which is better? Would love to get your input...
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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Can't say either one gets me excited.

With pedestal tables, you have either a hole in the floor or a bump sticking up, you have to find a place to store the pedestal when you lower the table, and they can get stuck. A 4-person dinette table requires 2 pedestals.

The only folding table legs I have personal experience with are Scamp's. While functional, they are fairly wobbly and the folded leg impinges on storage space under the lowered table. The hardware has some sharp edges as well, and I cut my head once while reaching for something at the back while the bed was set up.

Of the two, I'd stick with the folding leg because you don't have to manhandle the full weight of the table when raising or lowering it. There might be better hardware out there if you go looking.

If I were designing my own trailer, I think I'd rather have a plastic, fully removable table that could be used outside. That's where we usually cook and eat.
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A set of IKEA-style lightweight slats joined with cloth tape could substitute for the table to make up the bed while the table was removed.
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Old 09-16-2015, 02:32 PM   #3
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We have a pedestal table in our Scamp which is part of my wraparound couch design. It is much more convenient to put up or down and adjusts easily for access or comfort. It has never been stuck and the pedestal mount is a stable non-intrusive 3/4" thick. with the wraparound couch it seats 4 or even more comfortably. the table is 30"X20". It can be removed completely and used outside with the folding base accessory.
It can also be easily replaced with our smaller (14"X14")snack table when desired. (third photo)
Overall it is just about my favorite mod.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:14 PM   #4
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Where did you get the parts to make the pedestal table?
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Where did you get the parts to make the pedestal table?
Any RV store will have the pedestals in various lengths and the different bases.Also the drink holders. The oak veneer plywood and iron-on veneer was from Menards (Big-Box Hardware store)
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Old 09-16-2015, 05:24 PM   #6
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A set of IKEA-style lightweight slats joined with cloth tape could substitute for the table to make up the bed while the table was removed.
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Outstanding! That is a terrific idea. I might just do that to loose some weight (I leave the bed set up all the time anyway). I was in danger of running out of Scamp-mod projects. Maybe a nice wide-ish solid piece at the front where you bear weight on the bed getting in and out though.
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2 chrome pipes for Dinette Table? NO MORE!

See my post named as above.
I'd never go back, and my week at Grundy Park, Ontario, was much better for the modification. It's easy to slide the table to the rear to sweep under it.
Labour (Labor) to install was minimal AND you could always change it out and sell the V-40 SNAP 2!
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A set of IKEA-style lightweight slats joined with cloth tape could substitute for the table to make up the bed while the table was removed.
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Has anyone ever tried using the IKEA-style slats instead of the table? Seem to me the slats would be less weight than the Scamp table. We plan to keep the bed set up permanently so maybe we should do this? I would appreciate any thoughts or comments.
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It was just an idea, so I haven't tried it. Tim is right though- you'd have to figure out what to do across the front. In my opinion, the factory table lacks support there, too. I think you'd need to mount support rails on the angled corners of the bench and put a sturdy, trapezoidal piece across the front. And you'd need something to keep it in place.
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See my post named as above.
I'd never go back, and my week at Grundy Park, Ontario, was much better for the modification. It's easy to slide the table to the rear to sweep under it.
Labour (Labor) to install was minimal AND you could always change it out and sell the V-40 SNAP 2!
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I believe this is the post you're referring to: 2 chrome pipes for Dinette Table? NO MORE!
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Thanks everyone for the replies & photos, I liked the look of the silver pedestals but sounds like to much trouble plus I don't want the hole in the floor...so I found the locking folding style table leg at my local RV dealer for $15 bucks so that is what we are going with...I thought about Ian's post about being able to use his table outside so I may try and fabricate a removable third leg/stand for just that purpose sometime in the future, but we already have 2 folding tables for our outside kitchen that ride in the back of our tow so this probably is not needed but would be a just in case backup...
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Not sure what kind of folding leg you found, but you are aware the back end of the stock Scamp table is attached to the wall with a swing-down bracket and clips, right?

Here are links to the Scamp versions in their parts store:
The folding leg: Hardware : Table Leg Only
The swing-down wall mount: Hardware : Table Hardware
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I had folding legs on the table in my first trailer and liked them a lot. But in the Trillium folding legs would not work. They were bigger than the table when folded making storage an issue. I made a base for the pedestal. Raz
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Not sure what kind of folding leg you found, but you are aware the back end of the stock Scamp table is attached to the wall with a swing-down bracket and clips, right?

Here are links to the Scamp versions in their parts store:
The folding leg: Hardware : Table Leg Only
The swing-down wall mount: Hardware : Table Hardware
Jon, the leg I am using looks different. You have to pull on the leg (spring loaded) to unlock it so it will swing up or down which I like. As far as the brackets I am familiar with them but our Boler didn't come with them. There is a piece of wood attached to fiberglass under the rear window that the table attached to with a couple of wood pegs. I don't know if that is original 1971 or if it is something a previous owner did, but I am going back with that design but modifying it a little. I will post before and after pics as I complete it...
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