Had a great vacation on Ocracoke Island! Spent a lot of time on the beach and ate a whole bunch of ice cream. This was the first time we had the 2020 Jeep Wrangler out on the beach. The first few days of our trip a lot of the beach was open and you could drive on the beach for several miles. The NPS closed off some of the beach a few days into our trip, assuming this was due to all the sea turtle nests up and down the beach, but there was still plenty of beach to explore. It was a fun and relaxing vacation but now back to reality. Cleaned the Jeep up inside and out, not sure we left any sand on the beach… I think most of it was in the floorboards.
While Sandy and I were spending our days on the beach I thought that a table would be pretty handy. Typically we use the top of our cooler as a table, but that becomes a bit of a pain in the ass having to take everything off the top to gain access to a cool refreshing beverage. While sitting on the beach I was browsing Amazon for a folding camp table we could pack for the next trip and I came across this Rough Country folding tailgate table.
There is a Mopar Tailgate Table available as well but it is over 2x the price. There are a bunch of other tailgate tables available, but the Rough Country tailgate table appears to be pretty close to the same as the Mopar table, even down to the Jeep cut out in the frame. For $79 I think it’s a good deal.
I ordered a Rough Country folding tailgate table from the beach and it was on the porch when we got home. After unpacking from the trip I opened the Rough Country Tailgate table box and checked to make sure it was all there. The hardware was all there and nothing was damaged, all good. The table seems well built and the finish is nice – no chips or flaws in the powder coating that I could see. Yesterday afternoon I installed the table on my Jeep.
The installation instructions are pretty good and the installation is very simple. Remove the tailgate trim, drill 4 x 1/2″ holes in the trim panel (the locations of where to drill the holes are marked and easy to find), reinstall the trim, and install the table on the factory mounts in the tailgate with the provided spacers and hardware. I installed it by myself in about 20 minutes, would have been a little easier with a second set of hands but it wasn’t too bad doing it alone. One thing that tripped me up a little was having to remove the table from the mount to install the bottom screws. Removing it was not really that big of a problem, a second set of hands would have been helpful in getting it back together. Other than that it was an easy installation to the factory mounts in the tailgate.
I posted a video of the installation on the Sportster Project YouTube channel. Stop by the channel and let me know what you think. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the next one.
I think it’ll do the trick. Folds up nice and tight.
Pretty solid. I have taken a couple of rides around town and I don’t notice any rattling. The specs say it will hold up to 75 lbs, not sure I would put that on it, but it should hold sandwiches, snacks, and drinks just fine.
The Rough Country folding tailgate table is a nice and easy addition to the Jeep. Now we have a table to help keep the top of the cooler clear for easy access and it’s attached to the Jeep so I don’t have to worry about remembering to pack it. Can’t wait till to get back out on the beach and try it out. Might end up getting a tailgate table for the wife’s Jeep as well.
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