Best Lightweight Dinette Table Top Replacement For Your RV or Camper
The best lightweight dinette table top replacement for your RV or Camper is a great product called LamaLight. It is up to 40% lighter than standard laminate dining table tops that are made with heavy particleboard. And LamaLight is a great lightweight substitute to standard heavyweight laminated dining tops found in most RVs, Campers, and Trailers. It is made with a 9/16″ total thickness, a 1/16″ laminated surface, and a 1/2″high-density core with a protective backing for a total thickness of 1 1/8″.
Most standard laminate dining table tops in an RV, camper, trailer, or boat are made from particleboard, plywood, MDF, or other heavy hardwoods and then covered with laminate. Therefore, these dining table tops are incredibly heavy and add to the overall weight of your RV. And if your dinette doubles as a bed then lifting the heavy laminate top can put a real strain on your back. For this reason, many people, myself included, have looked for a light, strong and durable alternative to the old heavy laminate dinette or dining tabletop.
What’s The Difference Between a Dinette Table Top and a Countertop?
The biggest difference between a dinette or dining tabletop or a countertop is that your dinette can double as a bed and it needs to be able to hold the weight of one or two people. A countertop doesn’t need to hold nearly as much weight. So, a countertop doesn’t need to be as strong as an RV, camper or trailer dining or dinette top. The most important features you should look for in a replacement dinette tabletop for your RV, camper, or trailer are weight and strength.
What Are My Replacement Dinette Top Options?
We have created a list below with many of the options you can use for RV, camper or trailer countertops. We considered the three major factors you would most likely use to decide if a countertop material would be suitable for a replacement dinette or dining table in your RV if it converts into a bed. The Factors we used a Price per square foot, Weight per square foot, and Strength.
As we have noted below in green highlight the LamaLight dinette tabletop only weighs 1.5 lbs s/f. It is incredibly light making it a great choice for your RV, Camper, or Trailer. Additionally, it is also a cheap alternative when compared to the cost of other products.
|Product||Min Price s/f||Max Price s/f||Weight s/f||Bed Strength|
|Ceramic Tile||$4 s/f||$8 s/f||10 lbs s/f||NO|
|Acrylic||$12 s/f||$23 s/f||8.1 lbs s/f||NO|
|Laminate||$15 s/f||$25 s/f||2.5 lbs s/f||YES|
|LamaLight||$10 s/f||$20 s/f||1.5 lbs s/f||YES|
|Bamboo||$30 s/f||$80 s/f||14.5 lbs s/f||YES|
|Granite||$34 s/f||$75 s/f||20 lbs s/f||NO|
|Soapstone||$36 s/f||$100 s/f||20 lbs s/f||NO|
|Corian||$41 s/f||$65 s/f||4.25 lbs s/f||NO|
|Silestone||$50 s/f||$100 s/f||5.6 lbs s/f||NO|
|Quartz||$60 s/f||$115 s/f||19 lbs s/f||NO|
So Why Choose LamaLight?
The main reasons to choose LamaLight over laminate when replacing your RV dining table top are strength, durability, and lightweight. And there are many other reasons too, as listed below. LamaLight has the following features:
- Water and mold resistant
- Easy to Clean
- Not made of wood so it won’t rot
- No particle board swelling if the top gets wet
- Many colors and designs are available
Above all, when it comes to reducing the weight of your RV, camper or trailer and still maintaining strength we know of no other dining table top replacement that is this lightweight or durable.
How Much Does A LamaLight Replacement Table Weigh?
LamaLight weighs about 1.5 lbs per square foot at 3/4″ thick. It is 40% lighter than common laminate tops and 64% lighter than Corian©!
Check out this comparison? The following shows the weight of 3/4″ thickness LamaLight vs. other popular dinette tabletop options in a 12″ x 12″ piece of material.
- LamaLight – 1.5 lbs per sq ft
- Standard Laminate – 2.5 lbs per sq ft
- Corian© – 4.25 lbs per sq ft
So if you have 20 square feet of tabletop space, your total dinette tabletop weight would be:
- LamaLight – 30 lbs
- Laminated hardwood – 50 lbs
- Corian© – 85 lbs
Let’s compare weights of typical materials used for dinette tabletops in an RV, Camper or Trailer.
|Product Type||36′ x 72″||36″ x 96″||48′ x 72″||48″ x 96″|
|LamaLight||27 lbs||36 lbs||36 lbs||48 lbs|
|Standard Laminate||45 lbs||60 lbs||60 lbs||80 lbs|
|Corian©||81 lbs||108 lbs||108 lbs||144 lbs|
* Weights are based on industry standards and may vary
How Much Does A Replacement Lama-Light Dining Table Cost?
The cost of LamaLight RV dining tables will vary depending on color, shape and edge detail. It is surprisingly affordable when compared to laminate and Corian© RV and Camper replacement dinette table tops. LamaLight dinette table tops offer an inexpensive lightweight value although laminate dinette table tops are the least expensive.
|LamaLight||$15 – $25 s/f|
|Laminate||$10 – $20 s/f|
|Corian©||$41 – $65 s/f|
Whether it’s your RV, Camper, Trailer, or Boat, or other areas that need new table tops with reduced weight, we think you’ll agree that LamaLight is the perfect choice for your dinette or dining top replacement. Especially if it doubles as a bed.
LamaLight dining table top replacements are the perfect combination of strength, durability, and usability without the weight of your old laminate tabletop. And they are waterproof, making them ideal for an RV outdoor kitchen table.
LamaLight is produced by American Stonecast Products, Inc. It is also used to make RV tables, countertops, sink covers and more. We installed a Lamalight dinette top in our RV. Check out the video below!
Do you have a comment or suggestion about the best material to use for a replacement dining top table in your RV or Camper? Please leave a comment below if you do!
RELATED READING: Check out our article 18 Best Decorating Ideas for Your Travel Trailer or RV. After we replaced the dinette top Susan decided we should do some decorating too!
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