Quick Set-up camp table

Small outside cooking table, stores away easy and quick set up.
Small outside cooking table, stores away easy and quick set up.

You asked for it more on the quick set-up camp table. We do as much boondocking as we can so in many places there are no picnic tables to cook on. There are days we do not want to add any heat inside the camper cooking so we cook outside and not always able to have a fire to cook over. We needed a quick simple table to do this. I started with a laminated pine shelving from Home Depot and being a photographer looked at my mono pod and tripod for support. I accomplished this with screwing two quick release camera mounts to the underside of the shelf.

Quick release camera mount.
Quick release camera mount.
Quick release on the mono pod, the same is on my tripod.
Quick release on the mono pod, the same is on my tripod.
My mono pod with the quick release head.
My mono pod with the quick release head.

This way I could use both the tripod and mono pod to create a table or just the mono pod when connected to the camper. I found two brackets in the gate hardware section to fasten to the camper, two plain L shaped corner brackets to the bottom of the shelf and I had a quick connect to the camper.

Camper attached table.
Camper attached table.
Free standing table with adjustable height and leveling.
Free standing table with adjustable height and leveling.
Small harware brackets found at the hardware store.
Small hardware brackets found at the hardware store.
Two brackets to the rear step provides secure mount with little movement.
Two brackets to the rear step provides secure mount with little movement.

We always needed a coffee table so a piece of square shelving and a wood burnt checkerboard/chessboard with another quick release and my tripod accomplished this. No matter what terrain we are on I can always level.

Tripod to small square plywood top.
Tripod to small square plywood top.
Makes a great coffee table or games table with adjustable height and leveling.
Makes a great coffee table or games table with adjustable height and leveling.

The table top, tripod and mono pod store in the basement of our Northern light. I’m sure non photographers can come up with a suitable alternative to my equipment. Just wanted something quick, simple and in a truck camper easy to store. I hope the photos tell a better story.

L shaped brackets requied I notch the slide in tray to fit flush.
L shaped brackets required I notch the slide in tray to fit flush.
Slides easily and quickly out of the way with room underneath for storage.
Slides easily and quickly out of the way with room underneath for storage.

When travelling and living in a truck camper or small RV everything you pack must have a use and even better many uses. If we encounter a grungy picnic table or none at all this quick set up works great for us, it would only be better if it could be located under the rear awning. Anyway I had many questions about the set up so I hope this answered a few and is just as clear now as mud.

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