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Old 08-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Outdoor Carpet

I have been going back and forth on getting an outdoor carpet. I know it will help keep the floor clean inside the camper, but have concerns about cleaning and storing the carpet. Do you put out a carpet for your patio area and if so, how do you clean the dirt/dust off of it prior to packing up? Or what do you do if it is wet and you are packing up? Where do you store it while traveling?

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Very interested in this question myself!
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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Get the kind that doesn't kill grass. Pleeeeeze!

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #4
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Look at the polypropylene mats from many sources. Camping World, PPL, etc.

We found one on eBay.

Search for RV patio mat.

They do not hold water, can be put up damp, and can be cleaned with a garden hose on a hard surface.

They help a lot with dirt in the trailer, and make a nice glamping atmosphere.

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Old 08-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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We have a larger Polypropylene one that lets water through and use it if we are staying in one area for awhile. We do not use it on the road and do not take it up after a rain. It goes in the back of the truck, equipped with kick up cap, with the bikes when we move. They only last about 3 seasons in the Florida sun.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #6
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what size do folks think you would want...our trailer will be 30'...but not sure of all considerations on size...
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:39 PM   #7
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i shake mine out and roll it up in a plastic drop cloth.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:04 PM   #8
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You might have to wait until the dew dries to roll it up. Then just shake the sand out, roll it up, and through it in the trailer.
If you have to break camp while the rug is still wet just roll it up and throw it in the pickup bed.
Seems like the Airstream collects more sand, dirt, and debris than our previous sob trailer. I think because the other trailer had 3 steps instead of 2 and the steps had more raised ridges- more opportunity to get the sand off my shoes.
Maybe I just notice dirt in this trailer more because it was more expensive...
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We put ours out as soon as we get leveled. We secure inside then go out and pick up the mat and partially roll up. It is stiff enough to stand on its own. It dries while we hitch and secure outside then we bounce it causing most debris to fall away then roll tighter and secure with Bungie cord or nylon strap if I can find it . Then toss into truck bed.

It keeps a lot of junk out of AS. You are not imagining its effectiveness.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:15 PM   #10
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I think ours may be 6' x8'. The size of the trailer doesn't matter. Everyone's outdoor mat is about the same size. They really only have a couple of sizes- big and a little bigger.
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We found it best to get one that extends out past the awning so the rain water does not splash, and is longer than the awning. Best if possible to carry it out onto the pavement if there is any, sweep it off and roll it up the evening before leaving. It is then put into it's own holder and stored in the shower area.
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:36 AM   #12
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We got the cheapo one that is at Lowe's or Home Depot. You find them rolled up in a separate display box in the carpet are. Inexpensive and folds up to put in the back cubby. Light enuff to shake off. It is on it's 3rd year. Here in Nevada and thereabouts, haven't had to worry about damp and wet.
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I don't like the RV outdoor carpets. Most of them are heavy and ugly. Why do so many have horseshoes and cacti or some kind of motorcross design on them (in blah washed-out colours)?

Like Bessie, I went to Home Depot and found a piece of verdant artificial grass carpet in the left-overs bin. Very inexpensive. It is lightweight. I just shake it out, roll it up, fold over, and throw it into the crew cab. Many campsites are rocky; a carpet is easier on the people/dog feet.

My piece does not extend the full length of the trailer. Is big enough for some chairs and a picnic table on top (if I want).

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ZipDee makes a nice one. Only available in one size and only in blue. As eubank mentioned, it doesn't kill the grass.

The issue of it being wet and dirty... We flip the cloth over first, then fold in the dirty side. It goes in the bed of the truck, not in the airstream.
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