camp tables

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 22:44
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I'm looking to buy one of those camp tables where the four seats are part of the table and the whole thing folds up like a carry case. Coleman do an aluminium one which looks good, just wondering if anyone has any opinions on the Coleman one or knows of any other manufacturers that make them. I'm not interested in the cheap plastic ones.
Thanks Jon
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 22:47

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2006 at 22:47
I saw one today at Clark's Rubber - I don't know if they are just in SA.

Ciao for now
Andrew.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 01:29

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 01:29
I know exactly the one you are talking about. I was thinking about something like this ages and come to the conclusion that it's just to big and the small table I have will do
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Reply By: russ36 - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 06:58

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 06:58
for those intersted in a different set up....an old door 2040 by 820 or similar on top of milk crates that carry odds and ends..stores flat in the bottom of my ute ...room for all the cooking utensils, food, empty beer cans, and loud stereo run from a generator
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Follow Up By: rocketsalad - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 17:18

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 17:18
I like your thinking russ36. We use 2 planks of ply that can also be used as recovery planks while on Fraser. While traveling you just strp them to the roof racks. At night the planks become the dinner table.
Its all 2 easy.

rs
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 07:53

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 07:53
IMHO, become interested in the better end of the cheap plastic ones.
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Reply By: porl - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 11:51

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 11:51
I posted this issue a few weeks ago, though i didn't follow the advice and thought i'd test out $30 at Kmart being happy to lose $30 and be the bunny. What a heap of junk. Hasn't broken yet but the table flexes which really makes the notion of using it as a table dogy, a few bits have already broken off. I'll probably donate it to someone, though its probably a danger to small children.

The aluminium ones are heavier but look far better quality.

Though there are some good moulded tables with bench chair sets around that look very sturdy. I'll probably pick one of those up soon. If you are in brisbane someone has been trying to sell a coleman set for $164 still in box in the Weekend Shopper in the Saturday courier mail, ad has been there for a few weeks now, might be time for a ridiculous offer.

My research has indicated it does come down to the factors of cheap = dodgy but lighter, expensive = better and reliable but much heavier
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 12:47

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 12:47
Hiya

I was looking at one of those, but decided to get another coleman table set up called a "picnic bench", it's a table with two bench seats, the seats clip together and to form a case and the table folds up into it. It's a bit more expensive than the usual kind, but I thinkit's more verstile it is also aluminium.

http://www.colemanaust.com.au/Product,1116,170-5652.aspx

cheers

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul J (ACT) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:23

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:23
I got the same setup as well, exspensive but im sure they will last a long time. I dont think they are too bulky, just sits under cover of camper.
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:36

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:36
Ours fits perfectly in the "table" gap of our rear storage system in the cruiser....and yes I think they'll last well,
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Reply By: Surf - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 15:15

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 15:15
We've got one the ones youre talking about. Initially bought a cheap nasty plastic version but swapped it for the Coleman. Its big, bulky and fairly heavy but generally well built.

Funnily enough I dont think we've ever all sat on it at the same time to eat and my wife generally uses it as a work bench so we have to wander off and find somewhere else to sit, generally around the camp fire.

We've since bought another vehicle, and it wont fit in the back anymore so now I'm looking at something less bulky with out the chairs attached.

Its a good product but now it doesnt fit our needs (but my wife loves it)
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Reply By: Rod W - Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 17:22

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2006 at 17:22
I've got one of the steel framed / ply top and seat jobs. For about the last 8 years it has stayed home cause I got one of the aluminuim slatted top tables that dis-assemble/collapse down to basically 150mm x 100mm by the lenght of the slats and takes up no room.
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 09:22

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 09:22
FWIW INMHO these tables are a waste of time no matter how good they are. If you plan to set up your table on perfectly level ground every time go right ahead.. but unless this is the case, there will always we a woblle/bend/ whatever as you have numerous egs and in some cases ever corssbars trying to sit at the sme height on the ground. Further more, these chairs are so tiny that theiy are uncomfortable for anything more than a few seconds.. I'm not exactly small, but I'm not massive and I can't sit on one of the little chair.. I can't push the chair back either, ,and I can imagine what having kids on one of these would be like.. one of them decides to get up and because the table isn't perfectly level/stable.. takes the whole thing over with him.. and finally, if even one of the seats or anything for that matter breaks for hatever reason.. you throw away the whole lot... Why not get a small fold up table and the right number of chairs??
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:32

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:32
We have one of the newer Coleman folding types. After using numerous ones over the years, this one kills them all. It folds up into the two seats (clamshell fit) and is very light for the amount of metal you get. Sturdiest I've ever used.

If the ground isn't flat where you are - so what? Keep it in the back of the car and when you find somewhere flat enough to use it (98% of the time!!!) then use it!



Cheers
Chris
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Follow Up By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:38

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:38
yep we've got that as well, handy to store and great for the kids, we rarely use the cushions/seat covers though, it's easier to wipe a seat than wash a cover....hhahaha.

cheers

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:48

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 14:48
hehe... that's true! I guess that the reason we still have our covers on is that they cushion the table a little - so fewer rattles from the rear of the car. Other than that - it's a little warmer with the covers on in Cooma (and everywhere we travel in the High Country) during winter where it's 15 below sometimes :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul J (ACT) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 17:09

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 17:09
Ive left the cover's on mine, I have a boney bum, hahaha...
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Follow Up By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 17:46

Thursday, Feb 23, 2006 at 17:46
"Rattles from the rear" hey Paul?

:)
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