How to Convert a Camper Pedestal Dinette Table Into a Bed

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Lifting the tabletop off the pedestal is easier to do with two people.

The pedestal table in many campers converts to a bed.
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Campers and RVs maximize square footage by making the dining area double as a sleeping space. During the day, the pedestal table serves as a convenient spot for meals or card games. At night, the table converts to a bed suitable for children or adults. The dinette's cushions become the bed's mattress. The space converts to a table again for breakfast. Though each brand of camper may be slightly different, the conversion process for most is the same.


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Step 1

Release any lever that keeps the table from turning. Not every pedestal table has such a lever. If it does, it will be located near the pedestal at the center of the table. Pull out on the lever to release it.

Step 2

Lift the tabletop off the pedestal. Set the tabletop to one side.

Step 3

Remove the pedestal from the collar in the floor. Grasp the pedestal and lift straight up. Set it aside.

Step 4

Set the tabletop into place between the dinette seats. The tabletop will rest on a narrow lip made onto the seats for this purpose.

Step 5

Arrange the cushions from the back of the dinette seats on the tabletop. Cover the cushions with sheets or a sleeping bag.


Cynthia Myers

Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.