Wile E. Coyote must have been a tailgater. Anyone that can appreciate a gadget that folds, collapses, and tucks away to practically nothing for storage and then pops out to full function with as little as a drop of water … has got to be dealing with a need to transport many things with limited space. That’s always a tailgater’s challenge. Call it an appreciation for the minimal footprint of a gadget.
I do the packing for a trip. That doesn’t mean I grab things from all around the house. What it means is that I take the things that have been placed in the outbound pile location within the house and find the best way to pack them onto our motorhome. My method is to first let the pile build up, figure out in my mind the best place to pack it and then do it. You know that sense of accomplishment when you’ve packed everything away in the perfect spot and the pile is gone? It’s crushed when you come back in and another pile has reproduced itself. And our piles are prolific.
With that in mind, I had a delayed appreciation of the latest gadget that showed up recently at the front door from QVC. I heard my wife in the other room wrestling with the packing box, followed by the sounds of construction. I hunkered down and stayed quiet. Ten minutes later, she came into the room in full victory parade mode, pushing this Oasis Island table in front of her (except ours is an all wood version):
I could tell two things immediately. One, this is a really substantial and fairly big piece of furniture that would work well in our house. It has a thick, wide cutting board top and two very sturdy wooden shelves. Two, she’s gonna want to put this in the motorhome for tailgating. She did. I faked excitement.
Then she proudly announced that it folds down like a lawn chair. I didn’t believe it. As she started to show me, I held back the urge to ask that she move away from walls or anything else breakable. I just knew this thing was going to fall apart. And suddenly, the table above became this thing shown below without any deconstruction or removing of pieces. It just folded in on itself in ways you wouldn’t think of as possible.
So, I had to agree. This had a place at a tailgate. I saw the potential for a great portable carving station, grilling side table, a rolling bar, or just another table. But first, it had to be able to store into a tiny spot. And this will slide nicely behind the dining table bench … out of site and secured while driving. Having passed this test, it now patiently waits, all folded in on itself, in that outbound pile waiting for the perfect, tiny packing spot that I’ve seen in my mind.