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Old 09-04-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Carpet Runners

We're about to start using our 1987 345 and we want to protect the carpeting as long as possible. Where have you been able to purchase hall runners?
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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You can buy a heavy duty saran wrap type of protection - used primarily by realty people when showing a house. It sticks to the carpet - kinda like a post-it pad, and can be replaced about once every week or two.

There is also a more permanent runner that you can get at Home Depot or any other big box hardware store - it's thickish clear plastic with little grabbers on the bottom. Used in stairways, etc to protect the carpet.

One problem with layering carpet on top of carpet is that the friction between the top layer and bottom can mess up the fibers on the bottom permanently.

Of course if you use a throw rug at the door and take off your shoes most of the dirt won't track in. Crocs are popular because they are kick-offs.


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Old 09-05-2009, 06:03 AM   #3
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We are big proponents of kicking off shoes at the door, makes such a difference in what comes inside (dirt, pesticides, animal waste, bird droppings) that you really don't want to be barefoot in. We have been advised the same as Paula, in that you don't want anything on your carpet that moves as you walk on it, because it will permanently harm the underneath fibers. The cut-to-fit plastic runners with teeth on the bottom work very well on carpet, are heavy enough to be quite durable and wipe clean. You can also use those rubberish, mesh rug stabilizer mats under rugs and runners, available at WalMart, etc., which serve the same purpose and allow a more decorative runner.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:38 AM   #4
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We have dogs that we will be airstreaming with and I was just wanting to protect the carpet from them.
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Old 09-05-2009, 03:45 PM   #5
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I purchased some cheap 6+ feet long narrow runners at Wallmart. They are black and I love them. I have them over my tile floor. Easy to clean, take outside and scrub with soap and water and let dry in the sun. Also used such in my former Class A.
You may now want black with pet - I think they have other colors. They are rolled up in the store.
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I use them in our Argosy. I picked ours up at Lowes, they had a really good selection.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:59 AM   #7
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Looks like a trip to walmart is in order. Thanks all.
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Floor rant warning

I guess we have a different take on what carpet is for—it's to walk on. Would you take out the carpet and put down a plastic floor? Vaccum frequently and the carpet should last longer and if the carpet is any good, it should last a long time. It's there to enjoy, not cover with a cheap runner.

We don't take our shoes off either—it's to live in, the outside world is dirty and some of it is coming inside. Of course, we have vinyl through most of the trailer (a plastic floor, but not as ugly as those plastic runners), so it's easier to keep clean, but it's not as nice as carpet or what we have in most of our house—tile.

It's camping after all.

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Old 09-07-2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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Wow! Walmart has a great selection in store. There is an IKEA about 30 miles away and I saw on their website that they have runners too, but Walmart is so much closer. Thanks for the tip.
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We use 2'x2' carpet tiles. I got mine free from a carpet vender that was going to throw away a box of samples. They sit on top of my marmolum floor. They are great because you can piece them together however you want, and they cover the main path through the a/s. Aso, if one is dirty you just pick it up and take it out side to beat against a tree, or toss if stained...
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:13 PM   #11
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I purchased some cheap 6+ feet long narrow runners at Wallmart. They are black and I love them. I have them over my tile floor. Easy to clean, take outside and scrub with soap and water and let dry in the sun. Also used such in my former Class A.
You may now want black with pet - I think they have other colors. They are rolled up in the store.
Hi Judy,
I found a nice pattern at walmart and purchased the non slip grids to put under them. It looks great. Photos up next week as I am almost done with cleaning the inside and the replacement curtains finally arrived from airstream.
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I just completed two trip swith our 28 foot Excella. i installed a plastic runner front to back and had to re adjust it every day. It was a nuisance. I am going to try the self adhesive clear covering for our next trip.
The carpets in our 98 model are in excellent condition and I trying to keep them that way.

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We got our heavy plastic runners (w/ points on the bottom) at Menards. They really work well and roll up in a breeze when not needed.....Tim
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Only problem with the sticky stuff is that over time the stickiness will transfer to your carpet, I use the harder plastic runner from Home Depot to protect the carpet, i find it works well, but does need adjustment from time to time. Also, we just take our shoes off at the door.
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