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SMP

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07-29-2021 10:03 PM

i am trying to come up with some kind of tailgate table for the back of my Expedition for camping. was thinking something like this but made of wood:
https://spaceinnovationlabs.com/

anyone make anything like this that can add some pointers,ideas etc?


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#1 posted 07-29-2021 11:38 PM

How about a saw horse and a nice finished table top?

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#2 posted 07-30-2021 12:49 AM

+1 Saw horse.

The folding tail gate tables I have seen have one drawback:
The want to lay flat on floor of vehicle, and you have to remove contents of back storage to unfold.
IMHO – PITA to empty back of SUV, just to fold out a table?

For years I use a Husky plastic saw horse with clip on table top, and before that used a B&D Workmate for remote table top when car camping. If I was buying a new one today, would look at Husky Heavy-Duty X-Sawhorse, Dewalt Folding Portable Workbench, or the Worx Pegasus Saw Horse Work Table. They will stack with to folding chairs too.

Cheers!

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#3 posted 07-30-2021 04:17 AM

I have a 2003 Honda CRV. Back then they had a card table like design, and stored unnoticed inside the spare tire hatch.

Pop open images, and look at the first few pics. It becomes the cover over the spare. Sturdy table too.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=2003+Honda+CRV+table&t=opera&iax=images&ia=images

Evidently it was too expensive, or didn’t shake anyone up except me, my Wife has a 2018 with all the bells and whistles, and it doesn’t have a table.

Not sure if something couldn’t be made from wood, that would fit whatever.

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#4 posted 07-30-2021 04:21 AM


+1 Saw horse.

The folding tail gate tables I have seen have one drawback:
The want to lay flat on floor of vehicle, and you have to remove contents of back storage to unfold.
IMHO – PITA to empty back of SUV, just to fold out a table?

For years I use a Husky plastic saw horse with clip on table top, and before that used a B&D Workmate for remote table top when car camping. If I was buying a new one today, would look at Husky Heavy-Duty X-Sawhorse, Dewalt Folding Portable Workbench, or the Worx Pegasus Saw Horse Work Table. They will stack with to folding chairs too.

Cheers!

- CaptainKlutz

well the point is to take camping, the rear full of tents and sleeping bags etc. so basically everything would be removed from the back anyways. and then the table could lock into the hatch lock pin like the one linked, so we could sit inside the back of the car. this way the back hatch also acts like a shelter from sun and light rain etc. kind of like the pics from the site i linked, except the expedition has 4 times the room of this car lol

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#5 posted 07-30-2021 11:30 AM

Do you have trailer hitch? If so, perhaps you could convert an old bike carrier into table base.

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#6 posted 07-30-2021 12:20 PM

“so basically everything would be removed from the back anyways. ”
You could make a (2.5” thick?) floor with a sliding tray in it. Would be handy if making an intermediate stop.

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#7 posted 08-01-2021 05:22 PM

How about something like this?

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#8 posted 08-01-2021 05:32 PM



How about something like this?

- Bioguy

wow thats actually a really cool setup for camping! i guess it would depend on how easy that would be to remove and reinstall for camping etc.

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#9 posted 08-02-2021 02:01 PM

What I had in mind was much simpler and only a few inches thick but the basic principle for the table is the same.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#10 posted 08-02-2021 05:35 PM

You could do a cutting board stlye set up, like the slide out cutting board under a kitchen counter. Have side rails. With a drawer slides attached. Then attach a flat panel between these slides, for a pull out surface. Then install plywood or a flat panel over the side rails. This way you have storage for your gear above that counter like surface, without having to remove your gear. Pull out your table surface, and slide back in when done.

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#11 posted 08-02-2021 05:37 PM

Otherwords, same as what Bioguy posted, but without the drawers.

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#12 posted 08-02-2021 05:51 PM

+1 for space innovation labs, “Luxury tailgate table”

-- Petey

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#13 posted 08-02-2021 06:13 PM



What I had in mind was much simpler and only a few inches thick but the basic principle for the table is the same.

- Sylvain

yeah I have seen some of the Overlander guys do this when I had my 4runner. would be cool to have a table that could function like a small workbench, milkman bench etc.

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#14 posted 08-02-2021 08:33 PM

If we are talking about roll out drawer options:

Made a roll out armory drawer for full size SUV, over a decade ago. I don’t post pics of commission work, but here is random WWW pic:

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Lots of examples of these available today.

Mine has split hinged top, so that you could work on smooth top with drawer open, and still reach in half at time for accessories and ammo. The extended drawer would support weight of 2 average adults (or one bubba) sitting on it. Owner used the drawer as sleeping deck. He added a hunk of hard foam on top to level it out; and sleep on top of it for overnight shooting events when weather was nice.

The 48” super heavy duty slides were very rare and cost a fortune at the time. Was asked to make another one a few years ago, and noticed the drawer slides are easier to find and cost a little less now.
YMMV

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