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Old 05-22-2019, 09:56 PM
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Which Tailgate Table!

After this past weekends camping trip I’ve decided I want a tailgate table. I’ve looked at everything from the cheap amazon knockoffs of the Tereflex to the Rebel Off-road version and cant decide what to get. I have decided that I don’t like the Smittybilt table. What are you using and what recommendations or advise do you have. Thanks

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I hate that they all seem to be expensive and require drilling into the tailgate.
A useful item for sure though.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:35 PM
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The trail gater does look nice and doesn’t require drilling but it’s also the most expensive. How secure is the mounting system and is it sturdy? Thanks for the info.
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The trail gater does look nice and doesnít require drilling but itís also the most expensive. How secure is the mounting system and is it sturdy? Thanks for the info.
I love mine. Very sturdy. Doesn't rattle. I don't use it much, but it sure is nice to have.
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Don't want to come off as a "hater", but I've never understood the value of the tailgate tables.
If you have an unlimited, a standard card table with the foldable legs fits perfectly in the rear, then my storage bins sit on top of that, then my duffle bags on top of that. I've been using this system for camping ever since I got my '12 JKUR. Arrive at camp, pull out the items, set up the card table (where you need it, rather than tethered to your tailgate) and the Coleman stove, lantern, and kitchen items all fit nicely on the table.
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Don't want to come off as a "hater", but I've never understood the value of the tailgate tables.
If you have an unlimited, a standard card table with the foldable legs fits perfectly in the rear, then my storage bins sit on top of that, then my duffle bags on top of that. I've been using this system for camping ever since I got my '12 JKUR. Arrive at camp, pull out the items, set up the card table (where you need it, rather than tethered to your tailgate) and the Coleman stove, lantern, and kitchen items all fit nicely on the table.
I definitely see the utility and benefit of them, however I don't see the $250 value in them.
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I hate that they all seem to be expensive and require drilling into the tailgate.
A useful item for sure though.
No way around making a permanent mark on that mod. Not if you want it to hold any weight like if you were to cut something on it. But you can totally make a table for $20-30.
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Don't want to come off as a "hater", but I've never understood the value of the tailgate tables.
If you have an unlimited, a standard card table with the foldable legs fits perfectly in the rear, then my storage bins sit on top of that, then my duffle bags on top of that. I've been using this system for camping ever since I got my '12 JKUR. Arrive at camp, pull out the items, set up the card table (where you need it, rather than tethered to your tailgate) and the Coleman stove, lantern, and kitchen items all fit nicely on the table.

More table/work space = more gooder!

I use my Springtail table all the time. Not just when camping but also normal day to day activities when you just need to have somewhere to set something and don't want to put it in the back of the Jeep.
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We have the rock slide engineering table and love it. We went this route because it has 2 shelves. No rattles after 4 years. @Grand Umpah , we use ours all the time on the trail to make lunch. Also, when overloading, our coleman stove sits on it to cook. Very handy to have.
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I took out the rear seat of my JKU on the second day of ownership. Built a perch for my dog with storage underneath. Behind that in the back is a dual layer shelf.
On the floor of the Jeep I've got two cheap-o action packer things for camping; one has essentials (privy paper, stakes, lines, backup stove, etc) and the other holds charcoal and stuff for the Dutch oven.
first shelf above that has two of these:
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Great little tables that you can stick anywhere. Can put the firepit on top and cook Dutch on them.
Above the tables, next shelf, solar panel suitcase. The rest goes in the teardrop.

I like the idea of the tailgate table though. But I load to the gills pretty often and it would take up space where I shove firewood.
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Don't want to come off as a "hater", but I've never understood the value of the tailgate tables.
If you have an unlimited, a standard card table with the foldable legs fits perfectly in the rear, then my storage bins sit on top of that, then my duffle bags on top of that. I've been using this system for camping ever since I got my '12 JKUR. Arrive at camp, pull out the items, set up the card table (where you need it, rather than tethered to your tailgate) and the Coleman stove, lantern, and kitchen items all fit nicely on the table.
Because it's not just for tailgaiting or camping. We use ours on pretty much every trail run when we make a lunch stop. You're not bringing all that stuff for a day trail. (Especially not in a JK.) We pop mine out, make a couple of sandwiches (I am a soggy bread hater) and off we go.
I have the Outback Tailgater. (Which Rebel kind of makes it look like it's theirs.) The TF is a lot cheaper now that I look. As mentioned I actually make sandwiches on the trail- sometimes I get carried away and need food prep. space. The extra "counter" therefore is really handy. For that reason I prefer the Outback but if you don't need that.... the TF would probably be fine. Had mine for about 5 years- no rattling. And that includes rock crawling trips and very bumpy terrain.
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Because it's not just for tailgaiting or camping. We use ours on pretty much every trail run when we make a lunch stop. You're not bringing all that stuff for a day trail. (Especially not in a JK.) We pop mine out, make a couple of sandwiches (I am a soggy bread hater) and off we go.
I have the Outback Tailgater. (Which Rebel kind of makes it look like it's theirs.) The TF is a lot cheaper now that I look. As mentioned I actually make sandwiches on the trail- sometimes I get carried away and need food prep. space. The extra "counter" therefore is really handy. For that reason I prefer the Outback but if you don't need that.... the TF would probably be fine. Had mine for about 5 years- no rattling. And that includes rock crawling trips and very bumpy terrain.
BTW, here's a new accessory for the Outback Trailgater, it's called the Cutlery/Tool Keeper and it's from Overland Outfitters (a new company). Make those sandwiches easier because the knife for your PB&J application is right there. Cutlery stays in place when the table is closed so it's always handy as soon as you swing the table down...



Or, if you use your table as a work surface, store tools in there.



I am told Cutlery Keepers for other popular tailgate tables could be coming soon.
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I have been very happy with the Molle Platform Solutions table for the past year. Seemed like a decent deal for $125-$140 and he will put anything on it you want. I just had mine say Jeep.
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BTW, here's a new accessory for the Outback Trailgater, it's called the Cutlery/Tool Keeper and it's from Overland Outfitters (a new company). Make those sandwiches easier because the knife for your PB&J application is right there. Cutlery stays in place when the table is closed so it's always handy as soon as you swing the table down...



Or, if you use your table as a work surface, store tools in there.



I am told Cutlery Keepers for other popular tailgate tables could be coming soon.
Adding to the list of things I don't need but must have.

The Trailgate is a luxury item for sure. Like others have mentioned, it really shines when you making a quick lunch stop.
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Thanks for all of the recommendations and information. I’ll check sales this weekend and see what I find.
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Bit of a tangent here, but something I've been made a bit paranoid about is mice getting in the Jeep when camping, after it happened on my first ever Jeep trip in Canyonlands, in a rental wrangler. We noticed it relatively quickly but it did get into a bit of food, which since it was a rental was just in plastic bags and not a hard container.

So I always try to not leave my doors or gate open for extended periods of time while in camp. I've also contended with mice many times when backpacking, same thing have to keep em away from your food stash. But by definition with one of these gate tables, you're going to have that gate sitting open all the time. Just being around the Jeep won't necessarily stop them, they can be bold little bastards, I watched one crawl right up around a rear coil spring one time trying to reach the gate.

I guess most people must not have this problem or care too much about it, considering of course if you have the doors and or top off you'd be subject to the same thing.

Anybody else have this issue when camping? Do you just make sure to store your food un hard containers to avoid a breach? I actually do keep most of my food in big tote bins now, only thing at risk would be small stuff out for eating while moving, or in backpacks, etc.
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I hate that they all seem to be expensive and require drilling into the tailgate
Springtail tailgate tables are awesome for tailgating and provides no-drill plastic inserts but I drilled 4 holes for rivet nuts to make sure the table is super secure.
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BTW, here's a new accessory for the Outback Trailgater, it's called the Cutlery/Tool Keeper and it's from Overland Outfitters (a new company). Make those sandwiches easier because the knife for your PB&J application is right there. Cutlery stays in place when the table is closed so it's always handy as soon as you swing the table down...



Or, if you use your table as a work surface, store tools in there.



I am told Cutlery Keepers for other popular tailgate tables could be coming soon.
I saw the first pic and thought who is going to toss a damn salad in a jeep. Second pic made way more sense.
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Another Outback Trailgater owner here:



Have it for a couple years and couldn't be happier!

Yes, its on a pricier side, but look at it in perspective: people are spending hundreds and even thousands on a stuff like fancy LED lightbars (which in most cases they barely use anyway), so $300-330 for a solid, functional and 100% useful item sounds quite reasonable to me.
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I saw the first pic and thought who is going to toss a damn salad in a jeep. Second pic made way more sense.
Here's a wider view, this is a friend's Jeep and he's got a fridge and a stove and an Ursa Minor camper top, so yes, he does prepare elaborate meals in his Jeep when he's camping and he uses the Trailgater and the Cutlery Keeper a lot. Including "damn salads"





The red Jeep in the first photo is mine, I also have a full kitchen for it (it's not in the Jeep in the photo above), my kitchen even has running water. I don't have a Trailgater though, I have a MORryde Storegate, which is a table/storage compartment combined. For me that's more useful than a basic table.





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What kind of hard top/ rear window setup are these?
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Seems like if you add it, it should go along with the slide out extra square inches to take advantage of using that space.
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I currently have the MPAC installed but have been toying with the idea of using it as a template to drill the mounting holes in the Front Runner table so I dont have to drill the tailgate.

The down side to switching to the Front Runner is I cant mount my ax, extinguisher or torch to it the way I have on the MPAC. Upside I get the extra square inches from the slide out.
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What kind of hard top/ rear window setup are these?
The camper top on Donny's Jeep is an Ursa Minor. The hardtop on my red Jeep is homemade. The rear barn doors on both Jeeps I made in fiberglass, they're like hard uppers for half doors - they attach to the tailgate and replace the awkward factory liftgate with a one-piece swinging door. I made the hardtop and the barn doors in fiberglass at home in my garage.





The barn door works with my custom hardtop, the Ursa Minor camper top and with factory hardtops.

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Just got my Mpac springtail table a few weeks ago and I love it! At first I was a bit skeptical spending $220 but it’s worth it, well built has OEM feel to it and the best part is that it doesn’t rattle!!
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I bought the bestop one. I hated how no one really addressed the left side of the table attachment and the factory wiring. I got mine for about $180. I use it almost everyday for various things. I like how it can go from bag to table and vice versa.

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