Originally Posted by Mobey
The owners manual says do not put rugs with rubber backing on the floor as it will harm the floor. Is this true? What happens? Thanks.
MOBEY - depends on what AS or you define as "harm the floor". Case in point - place any rubber backed mat on a fiberglass or cultured marble shower floor or seating surface - over time, dependent on uv exposure, temperature, humidity, acidity, and alkalinity of the toiletries you use, the fiberglass or marble could stain permanently or could stain or fade at a different rate than the exposed surface. It is more problematic on lighter surface. But having said that, like JOHN said/does, I place rubber-backed mat on certain areas of the van floor because the protection far outweighs the risk of discoloration/staining. And because I have the dark floor, it does not concern me much. BUT if you have a light Tommy Bahama floor, I would be careful & test first.
Still, fair warning from AS - having rubber backed mats can trap moisture from spills if not properly cleaned/dried. So I always remove mat if water spills, dry the floor, and dry the mat outside in full sun. Lastly, contrary to general belief, rubber is not waterproof. Rubber does absorb water. I am sure this is what prompts AS to issue such warnings.