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Old 08-18-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Closet layout to couch/dinette layout questions

I have a 1998 13ft Scamp and am in the middle of converting the front closet layout to a couch/dinette. My question is about the table. I can't decide between the classic pedestal style or the drop down/hinged model. Since there wasn't a table there before, I would need to add an attachment point and reinforcement if I did the hinged table, but I'm assuming I'd also have to provide some reinforcement for the pedestal style as well, right? My mind is so deep into thinking about the logistics, it feels like I'm completely lost. Has anyone done this and what did it take? Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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I see another thread!

Okay, so I tried to search for this topic and the search function isn't much help, but I was able to find another thread based on a google search. Can anyone suggest ways to make the search function work better?
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:11 PM   #3
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There are two styles of mounting bases for post mounted tables. Both of them work.

Once style has the closed bottom cup the post drops into going below the floor. To install that type you have to cut a hole through the floor and usually you need to reinforce the floor from underneath the trailer as well to be sure there is enough thickness of plywood for the screws to bite into for holding strength. The advantage of that type is that it is fairly flush to the floor and does not create a trip hazard when the table is not in place. The disadvantage is having to cut a hole in your floor.

The other type is completely above the floor. It is sometimes called a marine table base. This style does not require cutting a hole in the floor. You do need enough plywood thickness for the screws to securely bite into the original floor of the trailer. You will have a several inches high post base on top of your floor which is the disadvantage.

When you order a base it is a good idea to order it as a set with the post and the mounting piece that screws under the table. Buying the pieces from different makers might result in a wobbly fit of the post or too tight of a fit. Do read reviews and look for what the buyers have said about how well the post fits into the pieces. If they say wobbly then don't get it.

It is your choice which style to use. They both will do the job. I added some images below showing the one that has the receiving cup going below the floor and the other style with the cup rising above the floor.


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OR you could use one of the many types of folding tables, which can then be taken outside as needed as well, or used at home for so many things. Lightweight, etc. Admittedly, not helpful if you need them as part of your bed bracing.

One type of folding table. Some of these have two, three, or even four height adjustments.

(I drew a checkerboard on ours with a fine-tipped paint pen; indelible and handy when we play mini-Oreo checkers. As we win "men" we get to eat them. A game with its own snack reward. (Mini Oreos come in chocolate and the more rare blond. Otherwise we use mini chocolate chip cookies and chocolate oreos).


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Okay, so I tried to search for this topic and the search function isn't much help, but I was able to find another thread based on a google search. Can anyone suggest ways to make the search function work better?
Excuse the long explanation. I'm trying to cover everything in case you or someone reading this needs it.

Using your favorite search engine, such as Google or Bing enter your search term then request results from only one site.

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Replace <search words> with the word or phrase you are searching for. Use quotes for your multiple words or phrase if you want only results with those exact words.

Scroll down below the ads in the search results to see returns from the site you specified.

If you have multiple results you want to visit you might want to single right-click (or long press on a touch screen) on the link then choose to open in a new tab or window. That way you don't have to keep repeating the search if clicking the back button loses your search results and you can have multiple tabs or windows open to compare results easily.

Note that this is the way it's supposed to work on search engines but occasionally you may see results from other sites. Search engines are always working with and tweaking their algorithms so take that in stride if the results sometimes seem a little goofy.

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I have a 1998 13ft Scamp and am in the middle of converting the front closet layout to a couch/dinette. ....!
Is this the closet by the door? Will you be removing the floor to ceiling structure? If so, have you incorporated a replacement support for the roof as required?
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Old 08-22-2018, 09:21 AM   #7
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Check out the table my hubby built for our 13 ft Scamp. It has a clever rotating base with a removable table top. It folds out of the way
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Posted some photos under mods awhile back. I will try to post again.
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Table mod is shown under “Mod Finished”
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Please repost w/pics and /or a link I cannot find this either
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Search hint: The "Site Search/Google" option at the bottom of the search menu found it on the first try, top hit. Google recognizes "finished" and "completed" as synonyms.

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Barclay, I would love to have a couple of close-ups of the hardware used and the attachment to the bottom of the table and the closet or bench. Perhaps you could add them to the original thread to assist others who might want to copy your design. Clever indeed!
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