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Caravan has a very small pop up table, ok for tea and biscuits but far too small for the two of us to eat a meal.

The large table as to be taken from storage positions and erected ok, a bit messy but not ideal and really for four people.

Any couple come up with a compromise?

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  We take the large table from it's storage place, use it, clean it and replace it.  No worries.    :D   

  We don't have four around our two berth caravan's table very often but we manage.  I don't see how you can compromise short of buying a bigger caravan.

     John.

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We manage on the small table. 

Only tend to use the big one when the awning is up.

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45 minutes ago, David 38 said:

Any couple come up with a compromise?

I have, in the past, used a camping table instead. (Have side dinette for last 8 years). What caravan do you have and how long are the front seats? 

On ours we have 6' 4'' front seats and so an easy compromise would be using the table from a different model in the range that has a double bed and only 5' long front seats.

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The large table in our Pursuit works fine - it's a bit fiddly but only takes a moment to put down or up.

 

We leave it at home during the summer as we have an Outwell adjustable table and always eat in the awning or Al-fresco

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We use the table in dining room for breakfast or if there's only two of us, or take the big one from the cupboard for larger meals where there's 3 of us and eat up front (in all the years of caravanning we've never used the chest of drawers come table in the front). 

 

One of the reasons I prefer a twin dinette model to fixed beds

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31 minutes ago, hp100425ev said:

We manage on the small table. 

Only tend to use the big one when the awning is up.

 

  No chance of us managing with the small table when Leedslass has produced one of her culinary masterpieces.  Where would we put our wine glasses?   :D

    John.

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The pullout table suffices most of the time, if we’re not eating outside. So much so that the heavy supplied large table is in the loft at home and a fold up camping table lives under the bed to be used outside. 

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We seat 4 of us at the rear dinette (one on a camping stool).

 

The big table only really comes out if we are eating outside.

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With just the two of us and a side dinette we only use the large table if Lady LE invites guests for a candle lit supper!

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Our caravan only came with a large table which is stowed away and comes out for main meals.

 

As we have an 'L' shaped lounge we did not have the chest under the front window to put drinks on which a lot of parallel seaters seem to have so bought a small round coffee table.

 

Just large enough for the two of us to put our drinks and nibbles on.

 

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Having opted for wrap around seating on many of our caravans, we did not have a front chest, therefore no small table. The "family" table was therefore always used and was fine for up to five people (two each side and one at the end).

 

We've also been known to "entertain" in the awning . . .

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. . . but our current RV has a fixed table in a four seat side dinette and that too is fine for four, but better for two. For more we add an extension table.

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All of the caravans we have had, we opted for wrap round seating, so the chest lives in the loft. Our current caravan has a side dinette, but what do we do with it. The OH uses the table as a hand bag store, I keep my Pelican camera case under it. This is about to change, caravan is going and a new toy arriving some time this month and it wont have a side dinette.

So no big problem to get the table out from its storage. When the weathers nice, we have an aluminium slatted table, which I put together and we eat outside. (shorter distance to walk from the BBQ!)

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The larger table in our Pursuit takes less than a minute to get and put up, and about the same time to take down & put back, so never a problem.

 

Our compromise to the table is, other than breakfast, or lunch, if we are in, is that except for maybe the 1st evening, we have our evening meal in a restaurant, or pub, so there is no need to get the table out, do any prep, or cooking. 

 

The only downside some may see to our compromise is  that it can cost us £50 - 100 for our meal for two each evening, but as we are on holiday, we think that it is worth it and overall, it works out cheaper than when we are on a cruise, or in a hotel.

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Thanks for responses.

We are going to give using the supplied large table a go.

Just for those who might not have understood the Pursuit with its very small hinge up and down table the caravan does not have the usual 2 drawer cabinet at the front with a large table top which folds over and double the size as it has no front drawer cabinet.

 

The normal large caravan table isn't easily stored its not vertical in a special compartment one usual finds in or at the side of the wardrobe. it is in one of the under bed lockers stored horizontally.  Now we have already decided as to get into this locker one as to lift the seat/mattress up, then the hinged slats and then the table to get into the locker.   My wife can't manage to do this, so table is coming out for good.  I asked about Turn Buttons in another post and these are going to hold the table when not in use vertical against a wall at the rear.

 

 

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