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Old 11-19-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Anyone use the small shelf that mounts outside?

I have not used it for two years. On my last trip, I decided to slide it in to see what is like. I found it was a surprisingly nice place to put a water bottle, a hat or other items as I was moving around the campsite. I did not need it for cooking since I normally cook on the picnic table with my Coleman stove.

What's your experience?

My fear is that this thing would dissolve after the first rainstorm. Has anyone painted it with some type of glossy finish to seal it? Any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Yes... if also using the gas grill that mounts right next to it. Just takes 2 seconds to hang. Also good if I want to move the TV outside to watch a key college football game...
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:10 PM   #3
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Looking at some of the 2015 models, it appears that they changed the shelf to a black hard molded plastic type. I agree, if the current one gets wet, it's gonna fall apart.
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My shelf is made of formica and is under the awning so not likely to get wet...
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:04 PM   #5
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We remove ours after use to keep it dry. I have seen where people have replaced the top with a bamboo cutting board and attached the backing bracket. Cutting boards can be coated with olive or cooking oil to seal them. They are a handy addition, and we always use ours when we use the grill. There are places we camp that do not have picnic tables, so the shelf comes in handy for staging food and utensils.
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:07 PM   #6
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I would like to find the bracket to be able to make a larger shelf.


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Old 11-19-2014, 01:17 PM   #7
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I have not used it for two years. On my last trip, I decided to slide it in to see what is like. I found it was a surprisingly nice place to put a water bottle, a hat or other items as I was moving around the campsite. I did not need it for cooking since I normally cook on the picnic table with my Coleman stove.
I've never tried it or looked at it closely because like you we cook with a stove on the picnic table. I may try it on our next trip as a small catch-all like you did.

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Old 11-19-2014, 01:31 PM   #8
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Mine has stayed stowed since my purchase. I hadn't even though of it much past "oh, there it is," when I look under the bed. I typically set up a minimalist camp with the idea of fast striking so I can get folded and hitched at least as fast as the tenters can get loaded. Since I leave the RV Que at home, uses for the shelf have simply not come to mind. I am camping next in December, I'll pull it out to see.
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:43 PM   #9
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I just can't go without them both. Replaced both also. yea just wore them out. The table I made out of oak and sealed five coats. Wish I could do the same for the grills.
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We use ours *every* trip. It's perfect for setting your drink on when you need to do something hands free, a can of bug spray...a citronella candle, etc.
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