We have a 63 Shasta (16'). The PO removed the traditional table hardware and replaced it with a center post screwed to the floor. We have removed this and attached a leg into the original screw holes. We bought a patricks hinge like here www.dyersonline.com/patrick-table-support.html also sold on VTS. However, when my husband wen to install it, he realized that the wall is rounded and so the hinges on the table won't line up with the hinges on the wall. Perhaps this isn't what was used before? There is also a wooden strip "bar" across the wall. Maybe the table just rested on this?
Please help. Did they just install it wrong? Or should we be using something else?
Hello! We bought our '64 Airflyte with no dinette or table. We gutted the front paneling and have replaced the rotted framing and are *finally* getting close to getting some paneling back in there! My question is this: I can see the wood strip in the photos that the hinge is attached to. How is this attached to the wall? Does anyone know the height/dimensions? Should there be a support piece in the wall behind it? I know there was a support piece underneath the window, but ours had rotted and was no longer attached when we removed the front paneling (literally fell out).
Post by Gone Kayaking on Dec 14, 2012 1:22:08 GMT -5
I would definitely have a 1x3 piece going horizontal across the level where the table will be. Make sure to account for the curve in your height measurements for this. so that the table ends up being the height you want it to be. I ended up messing this part up a bit and had to had a bracket on the inside as well that raises the whole deal up a bit. Hope that makes sent. Standard table height is generally between 28 and 30 inches. Sit on your dinette cushions and see what feels comfortable in this range. In tems of the width it's also a judgement call. Some people have made them wide enough so that they make a platform for the bed. But the originals were narrower than this. Mine is just shy of 24 inches and then has a cut out to make it easier to get out on the streetside. Depth extends out just a bit.
Thanks so much! Looking at the photos, it looks like we should center our internal support beam about 26.5 inches off the floor and screw the wood strip into that after the birch is installed. Does that sound right? Really appreciate the help!
I don't know if it was original equipment or not, but mine has a hook and eye at the bottom of the leg. The hook is screwed into the leg, and the eye screwed into the floor. With the leg hooked it holds it fairly stable. I have figured it would be a good idea, because I would be pretty pissed off if my dinner landed on the floor because of the leg being kicked out.
Hamlet has the hook and eye as well, but we use it only when the table is down to keep the leg from flapping around. We haven't had a problem with having the leg colapse, despite our two dogs running in and out from underneath it.
Understood...I cannot believe how many times I have stepped on or stubbed against that little 1/4"-above-the-floor little eye sticking up! My mother warned me when I was little about how damned clumsy I was....
Thanks everyone for the info. Think I'm leaning to the locking latch up at the top. I know it is not original but my full restoration is a long way off, if ever. But she is waterproof and has major points for style. Cheers
On my Westerner table the hook and eye were near the top of the leg and the bottom of the table with a locking hook. The hook was attached to the bottom of the table and the eye was about an inch or a little more down from the top of the leg. It worked great all the years I had it and you all know how big my dog was. I'm going to do that with this Shasta and I will post photos when it's complete.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can,
The courage to strip the parts from the trailers I can't,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
After the last TOE STUB, I removed the "eye" and drilled a hole in the floor. A peg in the table leg fits tightly into said hole, keeping the table leg secure during travel. A very slight offset makes for a nice tight fit. Toe is still purple...