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Old 06-26-2016, 06:37 PM   #1
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Camco Countertop Extension - Does it fold flat?

I just installed the countertop extension I got for father's day on my 2011 Starcraft 235fb (twin to the Jayco 23fb or 23rb, depending on model year).
I followed the instructions to the letter. Even remeasured everything once it was all done...all measurements according to directions.

Yet, when I fold the extension down, it does not fold flat, but rather sticks out at about a 33 degree angle. The locking bracket only folds so far and then the two folding parts of the bracket bind against each other preventing it from folding farther.

Is this normal? For those of you who have installed this, did you have this same situation? Or what did you do to get it to fold flat. Thanks for any ideas or advice.
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did you put the hinge on backwards
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:07 PM   #3
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I have installed several of these. I remember one wasn' t fully collapsing properly. It's been awhile but if I remember correctly,I had to reposition the locking leg to a different position on both ends to get it working properly. Can't exactly remember the reasoning behind it but it took care of the issue. I think it had somerhing to with the overhang and distance from side of cabinet. Hope this helps.
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did you put the hinge on backwards
No. Hinge location, position and everything exactly according to instructions.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:52 PM   #5
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I have installed several of these. I remember one wasn' t fully collapsing properly. It's been awhile but if I remember correctly,I had to reposition the locking leg to a different position on both ends to get it working properly. Can't exactly remember the reasoning behind it but it took care of the issue. I think it had somerhing to with the overhang and distance from side of cabinet. Hope this helps.
OK, that's what I was thinking. I just didn't want to drill more holes and find that it still doesn't fold flat. Did you use some trick or method to insure a flat fold before you drilled more holes?

Any other tips/tricks from others who have installed and solved this problem would be appreciated.
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Been a long time, but I think you have to put a small "rail" under hinges, which allows space for the brackets to fold . Something like 3/4" or so. As I said it's been years since I installed one of these.
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Been a long time, but I think you have to put a small "rail" under hinges, which allows space for the brackets to fold . Something like 3/4" or so. As I said it's been years since I installed one of these.
Thanks, but I don't think that's it. I have a lip on my base cabinet countertop, so there is about 1.5 inch overhang on the base cabinet to where the countertop ends. So there is plenty of room for the bracket to fold and have the Camco countertop fold flat. The problem is the bracket binding against itself (its two folding parts).
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Is this going to help ?

At one point in the video we can see briefly at 49 seconds that when folded the countertop isnt flat against the vertical panel.... resting at about 33 degrees like you mentionned
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I'm sure mine were made by camco. Wood platform with piano hinge and a center arm that's like spring loaded and folds in half. I know about the holes, had a few but a little spot putty not a big deal underneath. It was a pain, had my wife hold it a hair above level, then kinda held that bracket where it looked good and folded to see how it worked. Think I only used one screw to test. It got done but wasn't easy. Also make sure that center arm isn't reversed, not sure if they could make a difference also.
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Thanks to Homer1959 and Shadester.
I'm going to sleep on this and start fresh in the morning and try Shadester's suggestion.
If it doesn't fold flatter, I will live with it...and yes, it certainly looks like it doesn't fold flat in that official Camco video either. In my opinion, that is a MAJOR design flaw.
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