Tailgater Tire Table Review & Overview for Camping & Overlanding

Tailgater Tire Table Overview For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Tailgater Tire Table Install Overview & Initial Impressions For Camping and General Overlanding

I came across this table last year while on a camping trip in Crested Butte Colorado, a camping neighbor down the hill seemed to be doing all his cooking on a table attached to the rear tire of his Tacoma.

Later on, I was looking for a lightweight, small, packable table for solo trips and remembered his tire table thing that I only really saw from a distance.

After a little bit of searching, I came across the TailGater table by Tire Table and picked one up on Amazon.

Find it online:

Simple and Lightweight Table by Tire Table

Tailgater Aluminum Table Overview

Tailgater Tire Table Install Overview & Initial Impressions For the 5th Gen 4Runner

I purchased the aluminum version to save on some weight.

Here are the specs:

  • Made of Aircraft Grade 6061 Aluminum
  • Silver Powdercoat Finish
  • 23” Wide, 29” Long, 1.5” Thick
  • Weighs 6 lbs
  • Holds 50 lbs
  • Fits Most Tire Sizes 14” and up
  • No Tools Required for Install/Use
  • Installs to Tire, no Hitch required
  • When not in use, all parts store/affix onto the unit itself

Steel Table Option

Tailgater does offer a steel table option.  The steel is identical in spec, however, it comes in a black powder coat, weighs 12lbs, and can support up to 50 lbs.

How to Set It Up

Tailgater Tire Table Install Overview & Initial Impressions For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Set up and installation are pretty intuitive and all the parts are affixed onto the table when not in use. An optional storage bag is available for purchase, however, it seems a bit pricey at $44.95 for what you get.  Level ground is not required since you situate the table on your tire in the position you prefer

Set up is pretty easy and takes about 5 minutes:

  1. Undo the legs via pop-pin and affix them to the edge of the table. Grip tape side should be facing inwards towards your tire
  2. Undo the jam nuts and extend the arched bar.
  3. Set the table (legs facing down towards ground and arch following the curvature of your tire) onto your tire.
  4. Once leveled, retighten the jam nuts on the sliders in a position that creates a decent amount of clamping tension between the legs and the arch onto your tire.
  5. Loosen the telescopic support bar via jam nut and create a triangular support by jamming the telescopic support at the base of your tire.

Once assembled and attached to the tire, along with the triangular telescopic support, the table should be able to support 50-60 lbs.

Disclaimer: Their website says it “easily supports 50lbs.” At the beginning of our last trip, I tested the table support rating with a full 7-gallon water jug and dual burner camp stove with pot/pan on top.  The total weight was right around 60 lbs with the 7-gallon jug full.  The table seemed to do fine under the weight and we did not have any problem through the trip with repeated use.

Initial Impressions

Tailgater Tire Table Overview For the 5th Gen 4Runner

Pros: 

  • Straightforward intuitive setup
  • Lightweight at 6 lbs (aluminum version)
  • Flatpack and pretty foolproof storage
  • No bag necessary
  • All moving parts attach/affix to the table when collapsed
  • Supports up to 60 lbs!

Cons:

  • The welding seems minimal and leaves me questioning how much use and abuse this product can take long-term.
  • The aluminum version should come with a black powder coat option as well…the silver powder coat on the aluminum version makes the product look/feel a little bit cheaper.

Final Thoughts

If you want a flat packing, lightweight table for solo trips, or a smaller supplementary table for your other camping table set up, this is a pretty great product!  I definitely recommend the Tailgater Tire Table and look forward to using this for years to come!

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Blake
Blake
6 months ago

It’s a great idea. Something we all could use but at that price, it’s a pass for me. Great review. But if it was around $50 I would take it.

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn
6 months ago

Granted never tried, but this seems like a product that doesn’t need to exist. Qualtiy folding tables exist – pop them up right beside the tire OR JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE because it has legs?

A premium price for a less versatile/useful table?

Steve Offutt
Steve Offutt
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaitlyn

Family of 5 and we do carry 2 of the Alps “dinner” tables along with this. We use this as our water/wash-up/soap table on family trips. On solo trips I don’t always want to carry a large roll up table. This takes up a lot less space than a foldable plastic table or my Alps ones. Do what works for you…to each their own. Happy camping.

Minhster
Minhster
6 months ago

It really shouldn’t be taking you more than a minute to setup. I have one and don’t see how it would take 5 minutes to set up unless you count the time it takes it dug it out from the rig… I have the steel version because I got mines before they made the aluminum version. Also wished the aluminum version came in black, that’s why I haven’t upgraded. I have the bag and the material is just OK. I agree that the bag (and the table for that matter) is a bit overpriced. Also the table is a big big to store (at least for me). If I could figure how to mount this under a front runner rack, that would be amazing!

Steve Offutt
Steve Offutt
6 months ago
Reply to  Minhster

thanks for the thoughts on the bag! Yes it’s a painless and fast set up!

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