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Camp Time Roll-A-Table Review

Best Buy Award
Price:  $94 List | $86.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Simple design, light weight, super portable.
Cons:  Bit flimsy, long-term durability concerns.
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Features:  Completely self-contained system.
Unfolded Dimensions (inches):  32.3 x 32.3 x 28 in
Folded Dimensions (inches):  32.3 x 6.5 x 4.5 in
Manufacturer:   Camp Time

Our Verdict

We've given our Best Buy award to the Camp Time Roll-A-Table for being the most versatile and portable option for those on a budget. It's easy to set up and is a great surface for your propane camping stove, a prep station for dutch oven cooking, or just a general place to come home to and set down all of your gear. If you're looking for a slightly larger surface area for cooking, our Editors' Choice winner, the Alps Mountaineering Dining Table Regular, is larger than this model. Or, if you want to bring your kitchen sink along with you when you camp, check out the Coleman Pack-Away Deluxe Kitchen, which is a fully featured option.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Gentrye Houghton

Last Updated:
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November 16, 2015

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The Camp Time Roll-A-Table is the most portable table we tested. It rolls into one self-contained bagless unit and is the lightest model we tested (10 pounds). Eleven wood slats are covered and individually sealed by vinyl to form one cohesive table top. The aluminum frame easily screws into the table top creating a dining top 28 inches tall, and rolls up to a highly portable component measuring 33 inches in length by about 4.5-6.4 inches in diameter depending on how tightly it's rolled. This table comes in blue or hunter green vinyl.

Performance Comparison


We enjoyed many a meal on the Roll-A-Table! Here  you can see the vinyl covering seals 11 wood slats to create a cohesive table top.
We enjoyed many a meal on the Roll-A-Table! Here, you can see the vinyl covering seals 11 wood slats to create a cohesive table top.

Stability


Although our reviewers love the simplicity of this design, they also felt its construction made it one of the most flimsy tables we've tested. The slats within the vinyl provide rigidness in one direction, while two aluminum bars are designed to keep the table from collapsing upon itself. The table legs use one little bolt through the crossbars to attach to the table top, and it can be wobbly even on level ground. Also, the table top is not a single solid surface as there are seams between each slat. This creates a slightly uneven table top, unlike the metal counterparts we tested on the Alps Mountaineering Dining Table or the Camp Chef Sherpa Table.

Portability


This was the most portable table we tested, earning a 10 out of 10 for Portability. It weighs just over 10 pounds, making it one of the lightest tables we tested, and it rolls up compactly. This table is easy to sling over your should while unloading all your gear from your car, and it is easily stored in small spaces.

This table is about the same size as our camp chair  which made packing and storing it a breeze.
This table is about the same size as our camp chair, which made packing and storing it a breeze.

Durability


Typically speaking, you often pay for what you get. This table is the greatest bargain table we tested, and due to its design, we could only award it an above average score in this category. Although our reviewers did not have any issues with durability for the duration of our testing, they did see some potential issues. They noted that it may only be a matter of time before the aluminum legs are bent, especially the bolts, and rendered unusable. Take care when placing heavy items, such as larger water containers, on this table. Also, our reviewers did express a concern with potential cuts and abrasions to the vinyl.

This table easily holds everything we needed while staying at the Avalance Creek campground near Carbondale  Colo. However  we were wary of setting heavy items on it  like larger water containers  for fear that we would bend the bolts on the leg attachments.
This table easily holds everything we needed while staying at the Avalance Creek campground near Carbondale, Colo. However, we were wary of setting heavy items on it, like larger water containers, for fear that we would bend the bolts on the leg attachments.

Ease of Set-up


This table took us about 55 seconds to set up, as well as tear down. While this table has a great simple design, you do have to screw the table legs on each time, which slows down the process a little. However, it is still simple to put together and deconstruct, as well as a light, compact table that is easy to move around once constructed. Therefore, we gave this table an eight out of 10 in this category.

An aluminum frame adds rigidity to this table  with each of the legs outfitted with bolts to screw into the table top.
This self contained setup stores all of the necessary pieces into a neatly attached mesh bag.
The Roll-A-Time table is one of the easiest tables we tested to setup. Simply unroll the table top  and attach the frame and legs.

Best Applications


This table is great for any level of weekend warrior or full-time camper, and you can't beat the price either. This is a great table to sit down next to the campfire for a quick meal and still has room for your camp stove. Although it has slightly less surface area than our Editors' Choice winner, the Alps Mountaineering Dining Table, we still felt this is a great buy with ample tabletop space to accommodate your needs.

Gentrye sits down with the Roll-A-Table and enjoys a delicious fajita burrito.
Gentrye sits down with the Roll-A-Table and enjoys a delicious fajita burrito.

Some of our reviewers complained that the table top height was too low for cooking, especially while using a cutting board. However, once a camp stove is placed on the table, we did not notice the height issue nearly as much.

Value


This table has exceptional value as one of the least expensive tables we've tested, while still scoring high in performance. Although we were concerned with a couple of potential durability issues, our reviewers felt this was still a great buy while balancing price and performance, earning it our Best Buy award.

Ryan relying on the this table's surface space while making pizza in the GSI Outdoor Bugaboo Camper skillet.
Ryan relying on the this table's surface space while making pizza in the GSI Outdoor Bugaboo Camper skillet.

Conclusion


This was the most portable, lightest, and most versatile tables we tested. It earns our Best Buy award, and we feel anyone can find a use for this table within their camping arsenal.

Other Versions


Camp Time Roll-A-Table with Adjustable Legs
Camp Time Roll-A-Table with Adjustable Legs
  • Cost - $106
  • Same great design with adjustable legs
  • 32" by 32" with 19" to 31" height

Camp Time also has several other rolling products: Roll-A-Cot, Roll-A-Stool, and Roll-A-Chair
Gentrye Houghton


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   Apr 27, 2016 - 12:58pm
LightRanger · Skier
Hey guys,

Just saw this review and thought I'd chime in.

On this…
"Although our reviewers did not have any issues with durability for the duration of our testing, they did see some potential issues. They noted that it may only be a matter of time before the aluminum legs are bent, especially the bolts, and rendered unusable. Take care when placing heavy items, such as larger water containers, on this table. Also, our reviewers did express a concern with potential cuts and abrasions to the vinyl."

I wouldn't have any concerns. My dad bought one of these 20ish years ago and took it on tons of family camping and scout trips. It held up pretty well. If you're *trying* to beat on it, sure, it might have issues. But I don't know many people who intentionally beat on car camping gear harder than Boy Scouts. Pretty sure my parents still have it.

Compact, easy setup, nice area. A bit wobbly, but manageable. I'll probably buy one for family camping myself.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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