16th June 2020 at 18:23 #2747
So I wanted an SG when I was in the market to get an Exsis because I liked the idea of a permanent table setup with access through the central aisle. I came across an SK Vario seat version and snapped it up as the inside had been very well looked after along with the mechanics.
Anyway the problem with having a good sized table in the middle of the living area is that it’s a bit of a pain negotiating around it when you have to get up. Great for meal times but not so good for social times.
So I put my thinking head on and came up with an idea, now put into practice and I have to say we have the best of both worlds now. So I got 2 swing out table legs, originally made for a VW Camper, supplied by Clearcut Conversions. I mounted them in the corner behind the 2 front seats. Made several different table sizes to see which would be best suited to the setup. The conclusion was 400 x 600 with 40mm radius corners.
We now have the option to swing out the tables in several layouts and when they are placed to the side they are not in the way at all but can still be used as a drinks table for when we are both sat having chill out time in the evening. Swing the table around and there is room for 4 people, plenty of table space and it leaves plenty of space to get up and go to the bathroom without negotiating a table in the central aisle. Another option is to move them so when sat in the 2 front seats you have a table placed in front of you for eating or whatever. We can still put the big table up for meals if we choose and just swing the smaller 2 tables out of the way. Both table tops can be removed by simply releasing a clamp under the table then move the legs out of the way. The whole leg can be removed by unscrewing the leg clamp and they simply lift out. Works brilliant!!
Will post some photos – picture paints a thousand words. This one is the finished job, well I have to work on the table top finish.
16th June 2020 at 18:25 #2748
Step 1 Base plate fitted in the corner
16th June 2020 at 18:30 #2749
Step 2 leg clamp fitted above base plate and leg put into place. Table base plate fitted offset to underside of table. Trial and error to get best position for pivot swing.
16th June 2020 at 18:31 #2750
Table in place for 2
16th June 2020 at 18:33 #2751
Or this way if you prefer
16th June 2020 at 18:35 #2752
Stowed away to the side but can still be used
16th June 2020 at 18:38 #2753
Twin dining with easy access to central aisle.
16th June 2020 at 18:48 #2754
Table and leg removed back to original, just the brackets visible.
16th June 2020 at 18:56 #2755
Forgot to add that the offset base is 160mm from table edge to the edge of base. If you do this conversion secure with a couple of small screws to make sure it swings around without touching the wall. Mine just clears it with this measurement. That way you can reposition it until you find the right position then secure permanently.
I am not sure if will work on the SK version as I don’t know if there is enough room in front of the bench seat.
16th June 2020 at 18:59 #2756Barry & MaggieModerator
What an excellent modification, Dougie! You’re lucky enough to have what I believe is the best Exsis version – the ‘Vario’ – but which is also the rarest! These tables have transformed the Vario.
Full marks for a great idea, and thanks for posting it here with all the photos.
- This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Barry & Maggie.
16th June 2020 at 19:02 #2758
You may have noticed in the photos I have fitted an additional armrest to the driver’s seat, passenger side still to do later this week. (Thanks for the idea Chris!)
16th June 2020 at 19:04 #2760
No thank you Barry for all your much valued time and input on this awesome site.
16th June 2020 at 23:26 #2761Fred & GillParticipant
Very practical improvement Dougie and thanks for posting.
its great to see such enthusiastic new/recent owners
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