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Old 13-09-2017, 18:05   #1
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SALON TABLE STUCK?

I have a 1985 Freedom 32
For the life of me I cannot figure out how to get the salon table to go down for a bed. There a no levers underneath, I can unscrew the top from the pedestal but then what? The pedestal doesn't budge. I don't know if this is the original or if the PO switched the pedestal out. Anyone know how it works? Thank you!
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Re: SALON TABLE STUCK?

can you post pic?
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Old 13-09-2017, 18:59   #3
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can you post pic?
I'll try. Not too good with pics.
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Re: SALON TABLE STUCK?

Generally, the table is raised vertically out of the pedestal base, and the tube disengaged from the table. If the table has been in position since 1985, it's probably corroded and frozen. The simplest solution may be to unscrew the pedestal base (which might also be through bolted to the underdeck, requiring reaching into the bilge with a socket wrench). That way you can pull the whole assembly out of the boat and have some room to work on it. Which may require a lot of WD40, elbow grease, and persistence. Once you solve the stickyness issue, you will be able to notice those little sticks of wood around the edges of the seas that conveniently mate with the edges of the table, to convert it into a guest berth. Once you clean up the support structure, it should be much easier to make the conversion from table to berth.
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Generally, the table is raised vertically out of the pedestal base, and the tube disengaged from the table. If the table has been in position since 1985, it's probably corroded and frozen. The simplest solution may be to unscrew the pedestal base (which might also be through bolted to the underdeck, requiring reaching into the bilge with a socket wrench). That way you can pull the whole assembly out of the boat and have some room to work on it. Which may require a lot of WD40, elbow grease, and persistence. Once you solve the stickyness issue, you will be able to notice those little sticks of wood around the edges of the seas that conveniently mate with the edges of the table, to convert it into a guest berth. Once you clean up the support structure, it should be much easier to make the conversion from table to berth.
You are the man of the hour!!! Thank you so much.
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Old 15-09-2017, 16:04   #6
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Re: SALON TABLE STUCK?

Looks remarkably like the table support in my camper. If it's the same the post is slightly tapered on both ends where it fits the base and under the table.
As Roy M said if it's been in that position for many years the parts will be forced together very tight. My table has two posts and when they get stuck together I have to shake the
SH-T out it to get them apart. Pardon my french.
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Post is taper fit on the ends. Shake and wiggle table to lift off post . Then shake and wiggle post to pull from base.
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