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lar5camping

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Posted: 09/12/10 08:55pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a free standing dinette with chairs in our 5th wheel.
The pedestal is screwed to the floor and the table top is
stationary. I've heard of Montana's having dinette tops that
can rotate or swivel. They also can slide left and right to
allow easier entry to seating. I would like to have this
function. Anyone do a modification with this? Is there a
way to insert some slide or swivel hardware between the
pedestal and table top? I saw a neat video on youtube of
this feature on a Montana. Did a search for slide/swivel
for tables and could not get much information. Help anyone?

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Posted: 09/13/10 12:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a Montana. The table would slide back and forth a few inches to allow easier access to the chairs if a person needed it. But it did not swivel. And due to our floorplan, it was difficult to get past the table to get to the fridge with the slides in. I frequent the Montana Owners Club web site and saw pictures there of how some had added swivels to their tables. So I did it also, although in a slightly different manner.
Here is how I did mine.
Swivel Table Modification

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Posted: 09/13/10 03:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just used 1x2 oak cut to the lengths shown and screwed together. I did put a small amount of glue between the individual boards, but I don't really think it needed it.
The swivel came from Academy Sports. It is a boat seat swivel. It is very tight. So tight that I could not turn it by hand in the store and I was a little concerned it might be hard to turn. But actually turned out great. No noticeable play at all.
The table already had the sliding feature. That was standard on the Montana. Pretty simple technique actually. I believe it was tongue and groove, but not sure now that you asked.

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Posted: 09/15/10 05:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh great,another mod. I am going to have to do now that my wife has seen it! Seriously thanks for the pictures, will be easy to do.


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Posted: 09/13/10 02:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BB_TX wrote:

We have a Montana. The table would slide back and forth a few inches to allow easier access to the chairs if a person needed it. But it did not swivel. And due to our floorplan, it was difficult to get past the table to get to the fridge with the slides in. I frequent the Montana Owners Club web site and saw pictures there of how some had added swivels to their tables. So I did it also, although in a slightly different manner.
Here is how I did mine.
Swivel Table Modification


Wow! You did an excellent job. Mine does not even slide.
I see how your slide mechanism works. It appears to be just
wood with a groove on one side and matchng tongue on the other
similar to how hardwood flooring is joined? Is this correct?
Or, do both pieces of wood have facing grooves with a small piece
of wood fitted between them in the grooves? Does the table
slide easily? The door hinges are to keep the table centered
between the slide stops? Was this your addition?
Your pictures are fantastic and I can easily see how you did the
wood work to get the boat swivel to work. Is that oak? Did you
glue along with the screws? Is there a special boat swivel to
get that has bearings and very little play? I am fearful that
the table may wobble and the wife may not like it? Where did
you buy your boat swivel? Hope these aren't too many questions.
I just want to make it correctly and yours looks like a
great solution. Thanks for this information.

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