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Old 08-23-2006, 05:08 PM   #15
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Sometimes peoples feet are dirtier and smellier than my floors would ever be - so leave the shoes on unless you have a big honkin piece of yuk on the bottom of them. More scally skin and nasties can come off peoples feet than on the bottom of a shoe when the shoe has been carefully wiped.

I invest in good door matts - cause for the life of me I can not get the dogs to take their shoes off!!!

Shoes on folks - unless your shoes are dirty - then just chop your leg off and bum around for a while

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Old 08-23-2006, 05:13 PM   #16
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Smile I take my shoes off

Nice poll. I take my shoes off before entering mine or anyone elses trailer. I don't feel right asking others to do the same (unless its my child), so I usually have a bunch of rag rugs over the carpet--cause I'd rather camp than chase dirt. I am positively longing for the day I can remove the carpet and have linoleum. Hopefully this winter that project will come just before the dinette!!

It is very hard to use a trailer and camp and keep it looking clean with a carpet at the entry.

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Old 08-23-2006, 06:26 PM   #17
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We have 3 children. It really doesn't matter what we do. Clean is what we do from sun up to sun down. Shoes/No shoes, clean is just another 5 letter word. I think the floors would get dirty if we stripped them down to their skivvies before they came in. Kids and camping ya gotta love it. I hope Santa brings us the wood floors this year
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Old 08-23-2006, 06:37 PM   #18
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to shoe or not to shoe?

that is the question...We have the industrial vinyl fake wood looking floors in our new AS... Shoes usually come off at the door so we don't get those little annoying rocks that get stuck in your shoes on the floor...(they really hurt when you step on them while walking to the John in the dark of night).. but no rule is enforced in our AS because everything mops up so nice so it's not a big deal...One of the best things we've purchased are two large pieces of outdoor carpet we roll out at camp. This really helps eliminate tracking dirt and rocks into the AS while in camp and it makes it feel real homey when the awning is out. Before we decided on our floor plan, I looked at several late model previously loved Classics I was really surprised how many 2-5 year old Airstreams had carpet that looked like it was 15 years old. IMO I'm surprised Airstream still uses carpet in the Classic line, instead of some kind of hard wood that a lot of owners end up using as a replacement. So I've got a question in Japan do they make special Airstream only slippers that a family would keep by the door just like their home? Maybe with a little airstream logo on them? NOTE to marketing department...research.. Silver slippers for the ladies and Black slippers for the men maybe…food for thought.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:20 PM   #19
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I ask when entering another, but with my trashed 67 carpet (most of it is the bare backing now) it really does not matter. My oldest and I usually take off our shoes anyway for the comfort factor. I plan on going with viny like the CCD's have and then it will be what ever!!!!
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:24 PM   #20
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With two boyz and a dog, I ripped up the carpet and put down laminate flooring before the first trip out. A couple throw rugs that shake out and the floor is easy to sweep or vacuum with a small unit. Come on in, the door's always open unless the dog hits the lock while we're out and the keys are inside - that's another story.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:47 PM   #21
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With 2 cats and a dog. Shoes, no shoes, doesn't matter. When visiting we normally wear flip flops, so we can go either way. Now about the cat and the keys locked inside.
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Old 08-23-2006, 07:49 PM   #22
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I agree 100% Sharon!

Originally Posted by GT6921
Sometimes peoples feet are dirtier and smellier than my floors would ever be - so leave the shoes on unless you have a big honkin piece of yuk on the bottom of them. More scally skin and nasties can come off peoples feet than on the bottom of a shoe when the shoe has been carefully wiped.
I'd rather have someone's shoes on my floors than someone's icky feet or sweatie socks anyday! Even if they have a little dirt tracked in...that's why I have a shakeable throw rug at the door.

I have linoleum floors (in our trailer) to keep everything clean and seen...I'd rather know it's dirty than not know. There are always unseen growies in carpet...yuck! Especially with the smaller vacuums that would be used in a trailer/MH.

Same way at home...80% of my home is hardwood floor.

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Old 08-23-2006, 07:56 PM   #23
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With two small dogs and a vinyl floor we haven't found a reason to take our shoes off. We have learned to clean often
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:04 PM   #24
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Feet get icky from wearing SHUZ.

Bare feet wipe as well as SHUZ.

Feet that leak icky, smelly skin are diseased.

These folks should try leaving off the SHUZ to let their feet dry out and become healthy.

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Old 08-27-2006, 12:31 AM   #25
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We leave our shoes on. In and out, in and out, in and out... if we took our shoes off and on each time we wouldn't get anything else done. Comfort for our feet is more important than the floor. Besides my little tootsies get cold very easily! We want to "use" our Airstream. Naturally, if shoes are really muddy or something else we do our best... we have vinyl and throw rugs that can be tossed in the washer. Our feet wash easily too....

Naturally, if we go into someone else's home, Airstream, etc. and they ask us to remove our shoes we comply happily.

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Old 08-27-2006, 02:57 AM   #26
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It’s a crap shoot either way. Some one steps on a fresh logy spit out by some one with a lung disease or worse and tracks it into the Airstream or your home. Than you have foot diseases or people don’t wash their feet for a few days or change their socks. For us we take our shoes off because there are things on a Wal Mart parking lot picked up on the bottom of your shoes that are lots worse than someone’s bad feet. Take your shoe’s off. It’s the polite thing to do.
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Old 08-27-2006, 06:42 AM   #27
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shoes off,, for myself,,, do not ask others to remove theirs,,,, some take the hint by seeing mine at the step,,, hate the little stones,,, at the International,, bits of newly mown grass was the problem,,,, love my streams,,, donna
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Old 08-27-2006, 09:05 AM   #28
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Glad to have eliminated all the carpeting except for the bed area, would have foregone that too if it already hadn't been there. Now the boys ("The Filthy Beasts"---man and dogs) can tromp right in to their hearts' content. I apply a Swifter to the floor periodically throughout the day and it works like a charm. No more policing the floors or disharmony.
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