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Old 07-22-2014, 11:03 AM   #1
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Cool Has this happened to you!

Ok I know this will be hard to believe but.
It started this spring we had a RV mat out at a location that was 60's in the day.
And then it started our old used mat was out and life is good, and then we noticed our rv mat was showing signs of some sort of meltdown.
No kidding it looked as if some one had sprayed some sort of chemical on it and it was just dissolving before our eyes. Not sure who would have done this to our mat or why.
Not to dwell on it we purchased a new own for our summer travels.

And here we go again. A week into our trip and our mat is melting.

So to try to figure out what the heck is going on? We sprayed insect spry on it and nope that's not it. White gas, lighter fluid, nope.

And now on a sunny morning I steeped out of our 1962 Safari, and what do I see ?
The sun reflecting off the side of the polished skin and the pics tell the rest of the story.!l
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:12 AM   #2
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And now the rest of the story? I love a good mystery.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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Here is one of the pics

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Old 07-22-2014, 11:37 AM   #5
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Cool Meltdown

Ic two the broom stopped the meltdown where it was on the mat
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:42 AM   #6
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Kinda wild.

Might go to just a door mat.


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Old 07-22-2014, 11:58 AM   #8
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Are there any other chemicals in the compartment that you store the mat? Bug sprays will react with and melt plastics.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:22 PM   #9
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DEET in bug spray will eat plastics for lunch. Anyone who ever left a bottle of DEET in a backpack knows what I am talking about. It may not melt it right away but it will slowly dissolve plastics.

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It's just a normal shiny door within a door issue. They can actually start a fire.

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Our Bambi melted a pair of flip-flops on concrete, and it's not polished!
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Has this happened to you!

Ever take a magnifying vanity mirror out in the sun ???

Lol, they put shame to a magnifying glass with regard to starting fires,

The shiny camper is reflecting light focused from a relatively large area into a relatively small area..... And getting it very hot.

Normally this focusing would require a dish shaped reflective area like maybe a shallow dent or depression for it to be effective, but at a long focus distance the dishing could be very subtle.


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Better move the chairs away and no napping near there.
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This is the reason they put awnings on trailers! Keeps the side of the trailer shady so there's no reflection to melt plastic.
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