In­door din­ing on the road

NZ4WD - - CUNNING REAR SEAT TABLE HACK - Story and pho­tos by Richard Soult.

Hello and wel­come to an­other NZ4WD mag ‘Cun­ning Hack.’ This month colum­nist Richard Soult ta­bles the lat­est mod to his well-used Prado. If you have a ‘Cun­ning 4x4 Hack” you would like to share email it to edi­tor@ nz4wd.co.nz

This month’s cun­ning hack came about for a num­ber of rea­sons. Since the launch of 4X4Ex­plorer.co.nz in June, I have been spend­ing more time on the road GPX log­ging routes and writ­ing ar­ti­cles. For­tu­nately my part­ner An­drea has taken to the whole 4X4Ex­plorer life­style and now reg­u­larly joins me on my trips. Now, whilst we are cur­rently based in Auck­land where we don’t have a win­ter com­pared to the South Is­land, the evenings can still be cold and wet and the sun sets at 17.30pm. The say­ing “Happy wife, happy life” is true and I was look­ing for a way to make those cold dark evenings more en­joy­able for us both. The so­lu­tion was re­ally quite cheap and, once I’d thought about it, sim­ple to achieve.

Eat, drink, work, re­lax

What I wanted to cre­ate was a ta­ble/desk that we could use in the truck for eat­ing, work­ing and hav­ing video evenings on our trips away. It took me a while to fig­ure it out. I knew that I needed col­lapsi­ble legs to make the ta­ble level and easy to stow, but how to fix it at the front? I cut and at­tached the legs with a cou­ple of hinges and screws. I put it in the truck but couldn’t keep it hor­i­zon­tal... What to do? Bungee cords! Al­ways handy. I drilled a cou­ple of holes in the front and found some bungees the right length. These fit­ted into the holes and around the front seats. Per­fect! I var­nished the top to al­low us to use it as a din­ing ta­ble, easy to wipe clean. I will var­nish the rest when the weather im­proves and the var­nish dries quicker. When we are not away 4X4Ex­plor­ing, the desk lives in the garage. When we are away, it col­lapses and sits on the back seat, un­der our bed.

Quick sim­ple so­lu­tion

All in all, a very quick and sim­ple so­lu­tion that has changed the way that we spend our win­ter evenings on the road. I love be­ing able to work in the back of the truck, out of the weather and abil­ity to charge all my de­vices at the same time. An­drea likes be­ing able to sit in the warm and dry while I’m cook­ing din­ner and then re­lax and watch a film while I write up the day's routes. A win­ner all round!

Fold­ing legs and bungees around the front seats. 4X4Ex­plorer mo­bile of­fice. Desk/din­ing ta­ble all in the warm and dry.

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