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Old 03-30-2009, 04:00 AM   #1
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I have been searching online for a mat for outside the trailer. I have a 16' Scamp (I love it!), and was thinking a 12x9 mat would be good. My parents toted around a fake grass thing that was very heavy and cumbersom. I have also seen some out and about that tear easily where you stake them down. It's hard to tell quality when looking online, so I was wondering if any of you have a really good one, hopefully light weight with a carry bag, that you would recommend as I am new at this and you all seem to know everything I need to know

So, any suggestions and/or links would be appreciated!!
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:11 AM   #2
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So, any suggestions and/or links would be appreciated!!
I got one of these on a whim last summer for our Big Trip. Dont know what brand it was, but I picked it up on a pass through here. You might want to contact them and see what brand they sell.

I like it, but it's pretty big. I fold mine, and store it under the table. I also managed to poke a big hole in it when I skewered it with a tapered pole while tossing the pole (javelin style) out the door. Uh...can't really blame the mat. Glad I didn't hit a kid!
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Old 03-30-2009, 08:27 AM   #3
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Monica,

I use the fake grass. It's the light green and comes either precut and packaged or most hardware stores carry it on a roll 6' wide. You can have it cut to length. Mines 6'x9'. Recently my hardware store had some heavier fake grass, a pretty dark green with a blue hue. I bought some not realizing until I got home that it really wouldn't fold and compress as much as I'd like it to. I went back to my old fake grass that I've been using for 7 years. I noticed on my last trip that my grass is getting a little thin but looks OK. I thought about the different mats that are available and pretty but they take up too much space.

I made a step for my trailer, just a box with a hinged lid. I store the mat, stakes, a kneeling pad and a small hammer in it. I used 1x6 pine and 1/4 inch plywood. Just screwed it together. It's about 18" wide by 12" deep and of course 6" high. I bought a small throw rug, cut it and contact cemented it to the top. I put handles on the ends that match my cabinet handles. I just simply set it inside the doorway when traveling. First thing I do when I stop is set the step out and enter the trailer. Serves two purposes.


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Old 03-30-2009, 10:12 AM   #4
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I use one of those 6'x8' blue tarps for under $5, just stake it down with 4 long nails and washers. The tarp lasts nearly a year. If I'm on gravel, I don't bother putting it down. I also put an doormat in front of the door. The tarp takes up very little room when packed for the road.
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Monica,
I went to Lowe's and bought a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet (yep the green turf stuff) and trimmed it to the size I wanted. Then, I used a propane torch to singe the edges so it doesn't ravel. Finally, I installed some grommets every few feet and I can stake it down over and over with no wear and tear on the carpet. It may be heavier than the premade mats (I don't really know) but it folds into a fairly small bundle and stores in the back of my truck with all the other necessities!
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Monica, if I remember correctly you like the more rustic campgrounds which you will find that all the suggestions above will work great for. But I just wanted to throw in that when in a resort, rv park or established campground that your site is grass, you may not be allowed to use any of the options as it kills the grass within hours. Even those supposed rv rugs that are intended to be used over grass may not be allowed. But again that's only for those sites that have grass at your door. I am with Sebastian on the blue tarp, cheap, lighweight, and cleanable! I tried the grass stuff, I don't have the patience to get all the pine needles, tree sap etc off before rolling up for take off. (just me!) I also tried the woven square type rug that you get at Pier One, too heavy for moving around. It was fine when we were in one place for the winter but wouldn't recommend for travel. Robin
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Old 03-30-2009, 11:04 AM   #7
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I have an awning mat. I got mine from http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fuseacti...category_ID=199 but they are available in a lot of places. If you can buy locally you might save a lot on shipping. Mine are 8x6 and 9x9 and I usually only use the 8x6.
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[quote]I made a step for my trailer, just a box with a hinged lid. [...] I just simply set it inside the doorway when traveling. First thing I do when I stop is set the step out and enter the trailer. Serves two purposes.


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I love this!! But how do you keep it from slamming around during travel? Do you need to tie it down?
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:44 PM   #9
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Hi Monica,

We got one of the 6x9 sizes from here http://www.rvawningmats.com/ They come in many different sizes, colors and designs and we love ours.
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Old 03-30-2009, 01:39 PM   #10
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All great ideas, I am going to have to get more handy! Installing rivets? Making way cool little boxes? I knew I was going to learn a lot, but not A LOT!!

I never would have considered pine needles and sap, that is why this is so helpful for me. Sounds dumb, but I am just not out there yet. The tarp sounds like it would be a good idea, as you can find them almost anywhere and it cleans easy and stakes down easy, folds easy and is light weight.

I have a feeling I will be buying more tools as it seems that once I get out and about, the ideas and necessities are going to be abundant. Over time I will as good at this as all of you!!

Thanks, and I am still watching the thread!! Tons of great ideas!
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Monica, installing rivets is real easy. You can get a GROMMET KIT like this one at any fabric store. It is real easy to use.

I have been using a heaving rubber-backed outdoor carpet for years now. It is real tough, lays down good because of its weight, is super tough (it would take decades to wear out), and it looks real good. The downfall is its size stored, we roll it up and lay it on the floor of the trailer. It is really not to much in the way when just stopping for a short bit, and we always put it out when camped. The other drawback is that it does not breath so well.

As much as this carpet works great, we are going to look for one of the above mentioned light, breathable ones for our new trailer.
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I just had a thought. Somewhere I have one of THESE matts that was given to me when we bought a new awning for our 24' Terry. I need to dig it out and check it out, it may just work fine for us.
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I just had a thought. Somewhere I have one of THESE matts that was given to me when we bought a new awning for our 24' Terry. I need to dig it out and check it out, it may just work fine for us.
Wow! Those are really expensive, if you have one, for sure dig it up and use it!!
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Wow! Those are really expensive, if you have one, for sure dig it up and use it!!
I know, I was actually surprised at the cost. Probably because it is distributed by Dometic. I had just bought a new awning (arms and all) from a local dealer, and when I picked it up they just said "Here, we are giving these out with an awning purchase". I think it is our at some rec land of ours in our trailer. I will be heading out there at Easter to bring it back to sell, and will take a good look at it then.
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