Packable Camp Table

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Nitzo, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. drecian

    drecian token asian guy

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    I just use one of those cheap roll-up aluminum tables from K-Mart. Packs in a duffle along with my chair/sleeping mat/tent strapped across the pillion seat. Just under the width of the panniers and if it breaks, it was only $15 and I can find another pretty much at any store.

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  2. AngryScot

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    I use this one
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    packs in the lid of a jesse and with the kermit chair it is good height etc.

    Not very big but for keeping sand and dirt off your mug and breakfast/dinner plate it is handy. Plus using it on a camp table to have a camp light a bit higher and hold other small items is a neat thing.

    Before I got my kermit chair pic
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  3. tcourdin

    tcourdin Resident Spooner

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    Great, I think I paid $40 for one of those a few years ago...now K Mart has them for $15!:lol3 They really are good sturdy tables though.

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  4. Nitzo

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    cool.......i ordered the macro last night......
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  5. Nitzo

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    came today........................awesome,awesome.....just what i was looking for...............thanks ya'll
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  6. lilredroadster

    lilredroadster Adventurer

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    Check out Sportsmansguide.com I just picked up 2 tables similar to the REI for $9.97 ea plus ups. They are made for Kelty and fold down to the size of on of the small armless folding chairs . they show $19.97 but if you call in an order they found a listing for the $9.97 price on a closeout.
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  7. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    +1. I looked at camping tables and then realised I've never ever missed not having one, or looked at someone else's with envy. No disrespect to those who want to take them, but I honestly cannot think of a situation where I'd use one. I tend to cook in my porch, lying down in the sleeping compartment of my tent. I usually eat the same way. Stove/cans etc. go on the floor. If it's really muddy/waterlogged, they go on top of something that is already dirty/wet on one side (which goes dirty side down) or a carrier bag. Only time I can see myself wanting one would be to play cards on and a card table would be overkill and a thermarest usually makes a reasonable enough stand in.

    Still, a lot of people think I'm comfort-hungry for taking a camping pillow. Horses for courses, I suppose. If I were to get one, something that took advantage of the panniers would probably be what I'd go for.
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  8. AngryScot

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    :clap

    I love being right :lol3

    It is a good bit of kit, I wonder if some cool machinist type could make folding extenders for it so it could have the height adjusted even more.
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  9. traveltoad

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  10. Blagadán

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    Heres our camp table. I'm afraid I can't tell you where I got it, as it's more than 25 years old, but I wouldn't be without it. It measures 2ft X 1ft X 20 inches high and folds down flat pack to around an inch high.
    Heres a pic of my 11 year old son cooking breakfast. Once food is cooked, we remove the stove and theres plenty room for 2 people to use the table top. The wind guard is worth its weight in gold when its used for cooking. Usually we have it set up outside, but it was raining the day this photo was taken.

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    The wind guard is removable (obviously:lol3) and we also use it for sheltering the bbq's.
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    It aint fancy or pretty, but it sure is functional.


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  11. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    my beergut makes a good table, when im sat down in my camp chair i can easily balance a mug of tea or a bowl of grub on it. too hot for beer
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  12. JDLuke

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  13. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    I bought this sturdy, folding aluminum table at Walmart for about $23:

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    It's a good size, but the idea was to modify it to fit nicely on top of my Pelican 1550 top box:

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    Although after the mods it's low, the height will be good for use with a camp chair, and certainly better than placing the kitchen on the ground:

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    Mission accomplished:

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    Cheers, all! :D
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  14. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I use my Vario top box. I'm already carrying it and the top is "flat enough" for most things.
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  15. Xeraux

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  16. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I have the same table, unmodded, which I take along sometimes in the Ural if I know I'm going to be camped in one spot for multiple nights.

    How did you mod it? Just chop the legs?
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  17. ElMartillo

    ElMartillo I See Faces...

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    First I changed the pivot points of the table-top halves, took 5/8" off each one, which saved me 1.25". Then I removed the two outer slats from the table top, saving another 2.5" off the folded length. I then chopped the legs and brought the cross members (and feet) up as close as I could to the tops in the flat, folded position. Last I moved the pivot point of the legs.

    Final dimensions are 18.5"w x 14.5"d x 12"h open, 18.5" x 16.25" x 2" folded.

    It took a little time, but I got what I wanted. I don't much care for the cookie-cutter solution anyway. :wink:

    I should mention I only included the Pelican case in the photos to show scale, not to indicate that I intend to use the table as a suitcase stand.

    I like the table, and I'll probably get another and keep it original-size and in the Land Cruiser for 4-wheel desert runs.

    If you want a more detailed description of my mods let me know.

    Cheers!
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  18. Skizzo

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  19. ChadHahn

    ChadHahn Been here awhile

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    I have a plastic table similar to this that I picked up at a thrift store. I should check to see if it is small enough as it is to fit on my bike.

    I picked up a couple of the GSI/LL Bean type tables at Target last year when they were clearing them out. They worked well.

    Chad
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  20. bob393

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    Thats what I use. Cheep and solid.
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