Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Which folding camp table is the best? recommendations
Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next
Forum Index -> Vanagon Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
whynotvw
Samba Member


Joined: May 04, 2004
Posts: 1322

whynotvw is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:24 pm    Post subject: Which folding camp table is the best? recommendations Reply with quote

need to buy a folding camping table that would fit hopefully on top of the luggage area on my westy. any recommendations?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Timwhy
Samba Member


Joined: January 01, 2009
Posts: 3546
Location: Maine
Timwhy is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:14 am    Post subject: Re: which folding camp table is the best? recommendations Reply with quote

whynotvw wrote:
need to buy a folding camping table that would fit hopefully on top of the luggage area on my westy. any recommendations?


What are you going to use the table for?
That sized table would probably be pretty small, if you plan on using it for more than a side table while camping.
I did buy one at wally world that I use for a side table and it does fold in two and stores easily up top.
It's the small table in the picture.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
'15 Audi A3 Quattro
'09 VW Tiguan (dead)
'87 VW Westy
'91 Tin Top
'90 Cabby
What the Westy wants the Westy GETS


http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?search_author=Timwhy&show_results=summary

http://www.youtube.com/user/TIMWHY2?feature=mhee
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Steelhead
Samba Member


Joined: February 25, 2007
Posts: 1791
Location: Kentfield, CA
Steelhead is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.camptime.net/roll-a-table.htm

also a previous discussion:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=339411&highlight=roll+camp+table
_________________
'77 Bay Window / '89 Caratsburg (aka. the Stormtrooper)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
buildyourown
Samba Member


Joined: March 01, 2009
Posts: 1667
Location: Seattle
buildyourown is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this one.

http://www.alpsmountaineering.com/ALPSMountaineeringFoldUpTable.htm

Pros:
Light
Folds small
fairly sturdy
comes with case
all metal top for hot pans and grill
cheap on clearance

cons:
awkward to setup/tear-down
benches are worthless - they stay at home
quality is not worth retail $$$


not really a recommendation but my 2c on the product I have experience with.
I bought it on a wim on clearance. If I needed another one, I would look at this one

http://www.alpsmountaineering.com/ALPSMountaineeringFoldUpTable.htm
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
JeffRobenolt
Samba Member


Joined: February 25, 2007
Posts: 1509
Location: Wisconsin
JeffRobenolt is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a ton of research and everyone seems to love the Roll-a-table.

I bought one and like it, it is small though.

Jeff
_________________
**For Sale...Modified Subaru Wiring Harnesses**
www.facebook.com/jeffrobenolt
--------------------------------------------------------
[quote="jfats808"]Most, some, few is not all. You can always learn something from everyone , even the fool.[/quote]
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
thewump
Samba Member


Joined: June 15, 2008
Posts: 215
Location: Denver
thewump is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks awesome. Would like to touch one and see how stable it is.

http://www.rei.com/product/765279

K
_________________
87 Weekender
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
joetiger Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: January 27, 2005
Posts: 3634
Location: denver
joetiger is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this isn't exactly what you're looking for; it fits really well above the engine hatch and is nice and big:

http://tinyurl.com/28k78tq

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Joe T.

'86 NAHT Vanagon GL Syncro/ supercharged ABA 2.0

'85 928S

Polygavanagonamy: Only practical for people with big yards and lots of time.

"Still, it's good to be afield."--VWagabond
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
danfromsyr
Samba Member


Joined: March 01, 2004
Posts: 12213
Location: Syracuse, NY
danfromsyr is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey joetiger
I have one of those I use for the bigger 'family' camps
I got it from work when it collapsed from use because the spot welds were well.. spotty.
they filed a warrenty claim and tossed it in the back, said if anyone wanted it.. Since I'm the only gent in the office with a wirefeed welder.. Wink
just double check your legs and it's golden.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Gallery Classifieds Feedback
TopBud
Samba Member


Joined: February 28, 2004
Posts: 913
Location: Flagstaff AZ
TopBud is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one of these:
http://www.rei.com/product/765280
and love it. It packs well, I keep it with my roll chairs right side behind my seat. I can put hot pots right on it, cleans well.
I had another one, the "elastic cords" that let it roll, broke and REI gave me a new one.
I've used the blue roll tables, and you can't put hot pots right on it and sometimes the places you screw the legs into strip from the wood. They don't clean as well either.
http://www.nrsweb.com/shop/product.asp?pfid=2717&pdeptid=1606
I think the REI metal one is the way to go.
The table packs better if it is not rolled, but yet folded.
I use it all the time and I love it. I also use a stove stand http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_006397060...921x00003a
to get the stove off of the table making more room. It's a killer set up for my usage. Both table and stand pack in the same bag.
_________________
86 SYNCRO
71 bug
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
markz2004
Samba Member


Joined: November 13, 2007
Posts: 925
Location: Portland, OR
markz2004 is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thewump wrote:
This looks awesome. Would like to touch one and see how stable it is.

http://www.rei.com/product/765279

K


I got this for the "family" for christmas. We've used it once so far (been camping twice this year). It is moderately heavy to carry and folds neatly into a carrying bag. When folded the bag is probably 5" thick and about 3'x3'. The toughest thing so far was getting it level on the ground. There are quite a few legs to deal with. I believe each leg telescopes a bit, but it was just easier to pick it up and set it down on flat(er) ground. For $109, I'd buy it again. I would not put myself into the "light" packing category.
_________________
87 Westy, 250k GW 2.4 - 2.0 Wink, 16" wheels
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
RCB
Samba Member


Joined: September 05, 2005
Posts: 4144
Location: San Francisco-Bay Area
RCB is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Camping World has a nice selectiion. Item #48945 has a few good things going for it. Very Happy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Classifieds Feedback
singler3360
Samba Member


Joined: February 25, 2009
Posts: 1191
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
singler3360 is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a larger roll-a-table
http://www.cascadeoutfitters.com/index.cfm?fuseact...p;framein=

The smaller roll-a-table has been standard issue in the rafting community for a long time. This larger version would be nice or even the El Grande link provided.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Baxta
Samba Member


Joined: November 09, 2008
Posts: 356
Location: Abbotsford, BC
Baxta is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spend altogether too much time surfing Steepandcheap.com - it's one of those 'one deal at a time' sites that deals in outdoor gear. For the van, I've picked up a Kelty car tent, and the ALPS folding table & chair set that 'buildyourown' showed. The set folds up into a small suitcase sized package which fits nicely behind the rear seat. It's not huge, or particularly heavy weight, but it seems to do the job.

I think I picked it up for $59.99 - a reasonable price all things considered. No way would I pay the $150 retail that it's listed for. It's available at DepartmentOfGoods.com (the non ODAT affiliate of steepandcheap.com) right now for $105:

http://www.departmentofgoods.com/sales/ALPS-Mountaineering-Fold-Up-Table-Combo/ALM0008M.html

Good luck!
_________________
Greg
'87 Syncro Westy 'Bastian'
2.2l
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
Orbitald
Samba Member


Joined: August 12, 2004
Posts: 320
Location: Oakland, CA
Orbitald is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a great folding table that has a swing out rack for a stove.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/detail.aspx?ID=19

All I can say is that this table is extremely strong and durable. I've had one for 5 years and its a strong as it was the day it arrived.

Here is another one similar to the Alps table:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/detail.aspx?ID=541

If you just need a sturdy folding table these guys have tons of tables to choose from and all of them.

http://www.competitiveedgeproducts.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=11

Lifetime tables are probably heavier than the REI or Alps versions but they are typically much more stout and will take a beating.
_________________
'87 Syncro Westfakia, 1.9TD ADE (AAZish), 068 Injection Pump, K03 turbo, 2.5" exhaust, Mercedes nozzles, SAAB Blackstone charge-cooler w/ 800cfm fan, Micro-1000 EGT sensor pre-turbo, boost at about 13psi, 235/70/16 with stock gearing
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
snuf
Samba Member


Joined: April 15, 2008
Posts: 111
Location: TN
snuf is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first table I bought was similar to this one with wood slats.

http://www.amazon.com/Mac-Sports-XT-Folding-Table/dp/B00004TBL7

Didn't realize wood was unfinished when ordered, but gave a sanding, gave a few coats of marine spar varnish and it has functioned flawlessly over the years, standing up to the weather and the occasional hot pots placed on it, and cleans up easily.

Then recently, there have been times when a larger table comes in handy and after a lenghty search, I decided to get this one.

http://www.amazon.com/ALPS-Mountaineering-Dining-Table-Regular/dp/B000FNAZVQ

All aluminum(with exception of plastic corners) sturdy and
It folds up in sections to about the same size as a folding chair and can be stored in the roof rack. Over all a decent size, not to big and not to small.
Now sometimes I use both or one or the other.

You just have to determine your needs and how table will be used to determine which type is best for you.

Similar to alps mountain but less expensive.
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/roll-up-camp-table-48-x-26-/32396
_________________
86' Wolfsberg Weekender
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
morymob
Samba Member


Joined: November 09, 2007
Posts: 4683
Location: east-tn
morymob is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up one at an antique store last fall (pure luck) as i had been looking for awhile. It's called 'Handy' and is an older made one of stout metal, picnic table style when unfolded and seats 4, very compact folded up and maybe made in '60's -'70's, don't know. Mine is bright yellow with a masonite top.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
ThankYouJerry
Samba Member


Joined: September 01, 2012
Posts: 2271
Location: Shakedown Street
ThankYouJerry is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rio Adventure - Roll top aluminum EXPANDABLE table. 2 sizes of tables in one compact light weight unit (and no bar underneath to hit your knees on!):
http://www.amazon.com/RIO-Adventure-Compact-Expand...l+up+table
_________________
1990 Multivan - "Ohana"
1.8T, Auto w/3.27 R&P + Peloquin TBD
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Timwhy
Samba Member


Joined: January 01, 2009
Posts: 3546
Location: Maine
Timwhy is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have upgraded a few times since my post above. I bought a new table from Walmart this summer.
The table folds in two and can easily be stored on top of the luggage rack. Folded 20"X20", unfolded
20"X40", there are different heights that you can set the legs at if you desire. Last couple of times
I used the table I kept the legs in their lowest position, so I didn't have to stand to cook. At the low
height I think it would make a good card table too.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
'15 Audi A3 Quattro
'09 VW Tiguan (dead)
'87 VW Westy
'91 Tin Top
'90 Cabby
What the Westy wants the Westy GETS


http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_search.php?search_author=Timwhy&show_results=summary

http://www.youtube.com/user/TIMWHY2?feature=mhee
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Facebook Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Captjon1959
Samba Member


Joined: October 11, 2010
Posts: 287
Location: Peoria, Illinois
Captjon1959 is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know if this is the best, but it does pack up compactly (about the size of an umbrella chair) and is a nice size. I got it with credit card points. It is made by Outwell. It has four glass holders and is fairly stable.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Here's the size folded. It has a bag it slides into.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
1984 Westfalia Wolfsburg Edition
Former 1.9 L now Bostig Ford Zetec
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
syncromike
Samba Member


Joined: November 14, 2011
Posts: 655
Location: Boise, ID
syncromike is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 on the roll-a-table. Almost every guided raft trip I've been on that's what the outfitters bring and they use them to serve lunch on river trips every day all spring and summer and they last for years.
_________________
_____________________
'91 Syncro w/ Country Homes PopTop
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Vanagon All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7  Next
Page 1 of 7

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2018, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB