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Old 11-10-2014, 10:40 PM   #29
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Yeah, but sometimes ground sends you inside with free samples that you really don't want😝

True, we don't carry a mat either. I have a smallish rectangle of stiff packing foam to protect my knee when I'm servicing the trailer drains, etc. It's recycled from Ghod knows what, but it works. Garden kneeling pad is another item that could work. I wack it on a tire to shake dirt and gravel off it and store it on the back of the TV with the rest of the ground tackle when we hit the road. I have a folding crate back there for hoses, cables, hitch tools, etc that we store in the AS when it's not in use.


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Old 11-10-2014, 11:04 PM   #30
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Yeah, but sometimes ground sends you inside with free samples that you really don't want😝

True, we don't carry a mat either. I have a smallish rectangle of stiff packing foam to protect my knee when I'm servicing the trailer drains, etc. It's recycled from Ghod knows what, but it works. Garden kneeling pad is another item that could work. I wack it on a tire to shake dirt and gravel off it and store it on the back of the TV with the rest of the ground tackle when we hit the road. I have a folding crate back there for hoses, cables, hitch tools, etc that we store in the AS when it's not in use.



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My wife grew up in rural Iowa, therefore we are never allowed in the house or trailer with shoes on. When I need to kneel on the ground I have quite fashionable neon green "Croc" brand knee pads. If I tire of them, I also have a bright orange pair. I guess I should buy a scuffed up used skateboard and leave it by the door to complete my image.

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Old 11-10-2014, 11:58 PM   #31
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My wife grew up in rural Iowa, therefore we are never allowed in the house or trailer with shoes on. When I need to kneel on the ground I have quite fashionable neon green "Croc" brand knee pads. If I tire of them, I also have a bright orange pair. I guess I should buy a scuffed up used skateboard and leave it by the door to complete my image.

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Heh, my wife is Chinese--so wearing shoes into the house (or AS) will get you into a LOT of trouble around here. Dogs are not subject to this restriction, so I get to clean up after their muddy feet regularly. I've not managed to train them to wipe their feet either

A big mat is just not something I have room for with three people and 4 doggies aboard a 22 footer when we travel. So I keep the broom and dustpan handy. Clorox wipes are good for cleaning our vinyl floor, so that is what I use when it gets too dirty.
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I have used the Zip Dee mat for the last 5 years and have been very happy with it. Too bad it was discontinued. I don't think Zip Dee manufactured the mats, but imported them. Prior to the Zip Dee mat's used indoor/outdoor carpet from a big box store.
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:05 AM   #33
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What do you use for your patio mat/camp carpet?

I'm surprised that so few use a "proper" camping mat. We use something similar to FCloud9 explained....wouldn't leave home without it. It's a woven polypropylene material. They are inexpensive, very durable, dirt/sand falls right through, and they fold-up small.

http://m.costco.ca/World-Famousā%C2%...100037156.html
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:31 AM   #34
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We do not always use our large camp mat but minimally use a small "wipe your feet" mat at the steps. I think mat use is a carryover from our tenting days. Really keeps the indoor living area clean. Also, our 18 yr. old little poodle is blind and the 10 x 10 ft. mat seems to offer her a "safe zone" when we are living outdoors.
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Old 11-11-2014, 01:47 PM   #35
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One day. when we rolled up a mat, I discovered this stuff under it. I found out it is called ground. Ever since then we've used that. I've found it to require much less set-up.



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It doesn't really require a lot of time to throw out a limp rug.
It does require a little bit more planning when you break camp, though. You have to roll it up the day before you leave so you can put it up dry with no dew on it.
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I have used the Zip Dee mat for the last 5 years and have been very happy with it. Too bad it was discontinued. I don't think Zip Dee manufactured the mats, but imported them. Prior to the Zip Dee mat's used indoor/outdoor carpet from a big box store.

That may be correct, as the gentleman I spoke with said, "When we ran out we just didn't order anymore."
Where/who did they order them from? I should have asked. Maybe I should call back-
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The mat keeps the ground out of your trailer!
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These are great mats!
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We bought a "military grade" camp mat from Amazon this season- CGear mat 10'x10' in blue which reverses to spring green. We have found it stores nicely in its own bag, worked in rain, dirt, grass, gravel. sand and most recently wet leaves. Shakes out camp dirt easily & dries quickly.
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We use a nice mat we picked up at Camping World, very similar to this one:

http://m.campingworld.com/shopping/i...ee-brown/82058

It works nicely, is reversible, and cleans up easily. Loops and metal eyes for tent stakes to keep it down securely.


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Those look nice too. Does it easily fold up?
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We use a nice mat we picked up at Camping World, very similar to this one:

http://m.campingworld.com/shopping/i...ee-brown/82058

It works nicely, is reversible, and cleans up easily. Loops and metal eyes for tent stakes to keep it down securely.


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Those look nice too. Does it easily fold up?

Yes, it does, kind of like an accordion. Once folded, I wrap a couple of bungee cords around it to keep it folded. I usually toss it in the bed of the truck.

I guess the only thing that might make it "better" would be a carry bag. But, I like the idea of non-bag, since there's no telling what kind of crawly things might be in the mat from camping. For that reason, I would not want to store it in the trailer. (Another thing I like to do is bring a small tank sprayer with some bug killer in it to spray the campsite a bit. Nothing too toxic or smelly, though.)


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I love resurrected threads. I have a Dometic Patty O mat that I like a lot. One of the RV dealers had them on ebay for ages, always around $100. I kept waiting for a cheaper price but it never came along. The dealer was about 100 miles away so I figured I'd drop in and see what they had them for in the store. One day a friend of mine had business a couple of blocks away so I had him check them out. I think I paid $35. I do love a deal.

I still might give that sand free mat from CGear a try. One can never have too many mats.
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