The Perfect Table: Customizing Your Camper

 The Perfect Table: Customizing Your Camper

Our Roadtrek friend Sharon stopped by today with her 2013 Roadtrek 190 Popular.  We first met her over a year ago when she was in town visiting her sister. We had previously known her only through the Yahoo Roadtrek email list. We had compared notes and showed each other our Roadtreks. We talked about all we had learned in our years of Roadtrek ownership. Her Roadtrek was only six months old at that time, while ours was pushing 20 years.

Sharon had now spent over 390 days on the road over the last two years.  She had learned much since our last visit and had reconfigured her storage several times.  “One thing stuck with me since my last visit,” she said, “you said that everything needed a storage space so it didn't have to be moved around.”  She went on to describe the changes she made to get to that point.  Her Roadtrek was neat and well organized.  And she had made some decorating changes with new custom curtains.  It was very uncluttered and homey inside.

Egg Shaped Table
Roadtrek classic egg-shaped table

As we talked about changes we had made and what we liked and didn't like, Sharon mentioned the rear table.  It was stored underneath some of her stuff and hard to get out, and it just didn't work well for her.  But sometimes she really wanted a table for her laptop, sorting her mail, and eating.  Lynn thought she knew of the perfect solution – the egg-shaped front table from our 1995 Roadtrek 190 Popular.  We had often used it in the back as well as the front.  We pulled the front table from its bracket in our Roadtrek and tried it out in Sharon's Roadtrek.  It fit perfectly on her metal post.  The off-center bracket allowed it to swivel close to her OR out of the way.  She was in love with it.

Twin Egg Shaped Tables
Original RT table on the right

No problem.  Roger got a a piece of 1/2 inch leftover plywood from the garage and we traced the shape of our table.  We had an extra RV table mounting bracket we had recently thrown into the pile to go to Goodwill, so we retrieved it.  Roger cut out the table top with a jigsaw and sanded it a bit. Lynn & Sharon made a trip to the hardware store for 85 cents worth of screws to hold the bracket on (#10 x 1/2 inch).  We marked the bracket location to match our original table, and screwed it in place.  We offered to polyurethane it or stain it, but Sharon was happy with the bare wood. A visit to a counter top shop could provide some laminate for the top and sides, but Sharon was thinking a fitted tablecloth would be nice.  We took it out to her Roadtrek to test.  Worked great. And such a deal for 85 cents! We always thought Roadtrek was a genius for the design of this simple, but so very useful table configuration.

Sharon at Laptop with New Table
Table easily swivels for comfortable orientation.

This evening Lynn got an email from Sharon “Lynn!  I am sitting in my RT at my new table writing this!!!   I am so excited to have a usable table space at last.  Already, I used it to fold my laundry.”

If your original table(s) don't match the way you live in your camper, it is not hard to create one that will fit your needs.  And it can be as basic or a fancy as your want to make it. Experiment with whatever shape works best for you. The metal table socket is available at most RV stores. Many people have bought wood rounds from Lowes and turned them into tables, but Roadtrek's classic egg-shaped table is a great design that just might work for perfectly for you.

Egg Shaped Table (Small)McDaniel Egg Shaped TableFollow up:  Several people have asked for the dimensions of the egg-shaped table and have had a shop make one.  Here is a diagram of the dimensions (all measurements in inches) and a photo of the McDaniel's table, which was covered in a black granite look laminate to match the counters in their Roadtrek Sprinter.

Roger and Lynn Brucker

Roger Brucker and his wife Lynn have been Roadtrekkers since 2009. Both are retired, Roger from a Business-to-Business advertising agency and from teaching marketing for 25 years at Wright State University, Dayton, OH. Lynn is an electronics engineer, retired from the USAF Research Laboratory. Roger has authored or co-authored five books on cave exploring. They are cave explorers, kite flyers, and have four Standard Poodles. Their home base is Beavercreek, OH, a Dayton suburb. “We’ve done a lot of camping and long distance tandem bicycle riding, including an unsupported San Diego to St. Augustine ride in 2000,” said Lynn. Roger says, “But we love our 190 Popular Roadtrek because we can go anywhere on a moment’s notice, and stay off the grid for a week.” They are known to many Roadtrekkers for contributing ideas and suggestions on the Roadtrek Yahoo Forum and Cyberrally. Some of their modifications to Red Rover, their Roadtrek, are documented at

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