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Peter Brown, Fort Collins, Colorado
Sliding Lagun Table System
2022 Ford F-350 Tremor
2019 Cirrus 820
We liked the original tabletop in our 2019 Cirrus 820, especially in that it can be used to turn the dinette into a bed. We have used that feature several times when our son was with us. But, the original table top hangs over what I always thought is a lot of useable floor space. Floor space is in short supply in a truck camper.
To regain that space, my idea was to shorten the table. I bought a butcher block section that is 25-inches wide by 24-inches deep. The original table was the same width, but 38-inches deep.
I used a Lagun Table swing arm that is against the wall most of the time and we swing it out for eating on the bench seats. However, the arm itself was too long for where the table top needed to be while eating.
I started looking for a way to slide the new tabletop against the wall for the floor space, and then to pull it straight out from the wall for eating. But I just couldn’t find anything that would work.
Then it hit me. I already had a sliding plate on the Lagun. Why not use that? With the slider, one can mount the table at whatever height is needed. So I mounted the plate that normally goes on the bottom of the tabletop to the wall of the camper.
I had to add a piece of plywood for additional support. The arm for the plate is too short with the plate that normally goes on the wall and slides up and down on its own arm.
This actually makes a very nice stop for stuff we store underneath the tabletop.
It allows the tabletop to be locked against the wall when we need the floor space, and then we move it out for sitting at the bench seats while eating.
This mod has worked out terrific. My wife made fun of me for trying to gain an extra two or so square-feet of floor space, but now she firmly agrees that it makes a ton of difference for the two of us trying to move around each other without that darn table being in the way.
Two drawer latches hold the table firmly against the wall even on the roughest roads. It’s very easy to undo the lock holding the table on the sliding arm, pull the table off the drawer latches, slide the table out, and lock it down again. We now have a lovely table right where we need it for eating.
The main material needed is the Lagun Table system. Lots of people have modified their dinette tables using these. The swing arm is pretty limiting in exactly where you can swing it to, so think about using the slider instead.
You will also need another splined tap/dowel from Lagun ($20) to anchor the other end of the slider bar to the wall. I just used a piece of plywood that the dowel fits into so that there are no new holes in the wall except for some screws to hold the plywood flat against the wall.
I also used 1/2-inch plywood for the new wall mount (see photos), and two RV-style cabinet drawer latches (check on Amazon). You will need a new tabletop. The butcher block we used was bought from our local hardwood dealer for $60 and was pre-finished. I just needed to screw it to the Lagun plate that normally goes on the wall of the camper.
It took me six hours to complete this modification. It cost me $280. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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