Tailgate Table-Adventure Outback Table

This is my second tailgate table.  Having one makes life alot easier, from working with tools, making lunch to simply just a spot to put a drink down.  The first table I had was nice, it used “nut blinds” that went into the vents of the tailgate. It was fine, however when I went to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari in 2017, the table was very loud, bouncing on the closure pins, and after 2 days of trails the nut blinds started to bend the vents and the table was starting to fall off.  I could have used nut-serts and secured the tale to the tailgate, but the table was still very loud bouncing on the closure pins. 

I started over a year of research, looking at all the options on the market. I felt that the Adventure Outback Table was what I needed.  There are a few YouTube videos on this table and in depth reviews. What made me come to this decision, he uses nut blinds, but they are custom 3-D printed to fit the jeep vents and holes.  Also the table closes tighter on the closure pins. 

Installing this table is very simple, and takes about 10 minutes.  First you have to remove the plastic trip that goes across the tailgate.  Your line up the table and put the nut blinds into the holes and vents.  I used an impact drill to help, you can use a screw driver, I used the impact driver because I was doing this by myself and was able to hold the table and screw it in easier.  When your screwing in the table, take it slow as you don’t want to over tighten and break the plastic nut blind and you want to get the screw into the center of the nut blind.  I cut the plastic trim piece to cover a small section of open just for esthetic looks.  Remember, measure once, cut twice!

Overall I am very happy with the table, I have used it alot when on the trails or at home.  It is very solid and makes little to no noise.  Having the pull out table/cutting board adds alot-of surface areas and help with making dinner.  I use stainless appliance cleaner to keep the table clean.  My only complaint is that the plastic nut blinds are only about a use once part.  If you have to remove the table, the nut blinds may have cracked and will not hold after use.  I have contacted the owner and he has sent out extra ones to me.  So if you know that you have to remove the table, get a few extra nut blinds incase they are cracked. 


Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. JKFreaks.com was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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