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Old 09-11-2019, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default A Simple Front Seat Convenience Tray

I wanted a snack tray for the the driver and front seat passenger that would not get in the way of moving out of the front seats to go to the back of the camper.

Here is a custom design that can be modified to meet your snack needs and leg clearances to move past it. And it is easily removed.

It is built out of 1/4" ply wood and 1/2" molding using 45 and 22 1/2 degree joints. The finish is 3 coats of Tung Oil.

The tray is held in with wedge block pushed into the slot. The block is a 5" long 2"by 2" that has been sanded on the top so the wedge is 1 1/8" thick in the front and 1 3/8 " in the back.
Front being the front of the van and back being the back of the van.

The only hardware used were two sheet metal screws in the upper corners of the dash slot used to prevent the plastic slot from tipping out. The screws are in the plastic dash frame with a large flat head or washer overlapping the dash slot.

It is not made to hold a lot of weight so you must be careful not to break something. A bottom brace angled to the base of the dash would help, but I have not felt the need for that yet.

Of course, it blocks the center cup holders but there are holders on the dash and in the door. Or you could attach cup holders to the tray.
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Old 09-12-2019, 02:57 AM   #2
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Default Re: A Simple Front Seat Convenience Tray

I love simple solutions to first world comfort problems, well done, looks great, and quite functional too.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:08 AM   #3
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Default Re: A Simple Front Seat Convenience Tray

Like that solution.

I purchased this that works pretty well sitting atop the Sprinter cup holder pull out...but the the cupholder on the tray is useless

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Car-Auto-St...72.m2749.l2649
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:28 PM   #4
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Default Re: A Simple Front Seat Convenience Tray

That is a nice solution. I see that Cavevan.com just started offering something similar.

I recently completed my own DIY version that I describe how to build here:
https://ridingroadsandtrails.com/diy...ole-cupholder/

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Old 10-10-2019, 02:19 AM   #5
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Retractable tray from Honda Odyssey bolted with rivnuts to passenger seat works wonders.

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Old 10-10-2019, 02:51 AM   #6
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Retractable tray from Honda Odyssey bolted with rivnuts to passenger seat works wonders.
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I also wanted more room for drinks and snacks.
Also needed room for swivels.
Here is my approach: nice to have the ability to wield. It's like teaching a man to fish, food for a lifetime.
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