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Old 11-13-2014, 07:42 PM   #1
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Outdoor rugs below doorway?

I sometimes see folks with a rug, a carpet, fake grass, or whatnot on the ground in front of their door, to keep dirt from tracking into the trailer.

If you use one, what kind is it? How do you handle it after use; wouldn't it be a dirty, messy thing to stow away? What do you use to keep it from blowing around when it's out on the ground? Do you tend to stay in the same place for several days (or weeks?), or do you put something out even if you drive to a different CG nearly every day?

I can see some benefit to having one, but with a small trailer I'm wondering about storage and all the other stuff. Just wondering about the good and bad points of these, and what kind works best.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:17 PM   #2
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polypropylene rugs like the one below work great. they can not really get wet and they "Breathe" giving you the equivalent of a dry surface which can be hosed off or swept clean.
Ours is a "Patio Mat" brand. We bought a 9X12 then cut it in half, but after ten years of no wear we see that we will likely never need the second half.
The one below is 6X9 which would work for most fiberglass rvs.
We have a flat bag to carry it in which is good for breaking camp in sandy, wet or dirty conditions. we can then just sweep it off later when conditions allow.
the one below is offered in several colors.

RV Trailer Patio Beach Camping Reversible Outdoor Mat 6x9 camper Rug Grass New | eBay
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:30 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=Mike Magee;491962]I sometimes see folks with a rug, a carpet, fake grass, or whatnot on the ground in front of their door, to keep dirt from tracking into the trailer.

I use a 6' x 12' piece of indoor/outdoor carpet. I have grommets around the edges and use large 10" nails with fender washers to hold it down. I roll it up and it goes in the back of the truck. A tube mounted under the trailer would be better. I also use an eggcrate type of fiberglass grate with 1" square spacing, 3' x4' x 1 1/2" over all that works better for desert trips.
It depends where I'm going for which one I take and a few times neither go.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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We have the same as Floyd, different color. Use it when we are set up for at least 3 days with whatever camper we are using at the time, teardrop, popup, Uhaul, or Casita. We usually also put another doormat on it, either fake grass type or we have one made from old poly rope that fishermen used and is now outlawed. We have another of the patio mats, 9 X 12, that we use as the floor in our screen room. They fold up accordion style to fit in the bag that comes with them. If they are dirty we will hang them over the fence at home and hose them off at let them stay there until dry. ebay seemed to have the best price.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:58 PM   #5
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I'm like Floyd too! 9x12 size. A couple of features because it's like an accordion, I can fold 1/3 under to make it 6x12. And it's heavy enough I've never had to stake it down. I purchased a canvas artifical christmas tree bag at the end of the last season for $4.99 and it fits great. I usually only use it when camped in one spot for 3 days or longer, but one thing I'm never without is a "scratchy" phony grass welcome mat. THAT really keeps the dirt, sticks and crud out of Ten Forward (along with a scratchy carpet wrapped around the step).
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #6
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Mike,

I built a step that sits below the entry door. It has a top that is hinged so I can put my fake grass 6 x 9 in it. I also store the hold down nails, a hammer, kneeling pad and other misc. little items.

The fake grass works fine for me. If it gets wet it still folds easily and air dry's quickly. I have a couple of other smaller fake grasses that I use for over nighting.

I do have a maybe 18" x 24" non-porius door mat that I often put on top of the fake grass in front of the step.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:10 PM   #7
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I use one much the same as what Floyd has linked to. I only put it out if I am staying in a place for more than a night. Have had if for about 5 years and no signs or wear. Picked it up at Walmart for about $30.

I like to use it when camping in a spot with lots of dirt and the weather is poor. Helps a lot in keeping the dirt/mud from being tracked into the trailer. Also keeps sand out of the trailer when camping in the desert. As its plastic it doesnt hold water and if the underside gets really dirty I just brush the worst of it off with a broom before rolling it up. I made a bag for mine out of cheap rip stop nylon that I roll it up and store it in the trailer on floor under the kitchen cabinet overhang in my Scamp. That way if it is dirty or wet when put away it doesnt get the floor of the trailer dirty. You can't even see it there. If its gotten really dirty I just take the hose to it. Drys real fast. Find though that the dirt doesnt really stick to it and once dry it just falls off so I actually don't need to take the hose to it all that often. Usually do give it a good cleaning in the driveway before putting it away for the winter though.

If its windy I just find a few rocks to put down on the edges.
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Clever idea on the step Joy. I made one about that size but notched sides so it sets better on the ground. When traveling it sets just inside the door, upside down, and holds a couple stabilizer screw type jacks, wheel chocks, fire extinguisher, boards, stabilizer handle and my knee pad that is just like yours. My old knees don't like hard ground while I'm leveling the trailer.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:24 PM   #9
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Like Floyd we use the same 9x12 version with our Casita and a smaller 6x9 version with the Boler. These sweep off easily, don't hold water and dry quickly.
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Old 11-13-2014, 10:27 PM   #10
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We have one of those folding mats too but most of the time we don't put it out...especially if only staying for a day or two. But we had 4 extra Dri-deck tiles so we made a 2' x 2' mat and ALWAYS put it out. We just toss it in the trailer when traveling. It really helps keep some of the shoe debri out of the trailer. We even put it out after we get home and park the trailer so that our coming and going while we pack and unpack won't track pebbles and gravel in.
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Since my original experience was putting a mat down for a one-day agility trial, it doesn't bother me at all to put it out for just an overnight. It keeps the dogs from lying in the dirt (or digging) and helps keep dirt out of the trailer. If it gets dirty I'm pretty lazy so I lay it out at home in the rain and let it get clean (tends to get dirty only in muddy weather, though, otherwise it shakes out pretty well.) I have two- one 9 x 6 and one about 9 x 12, but usually take the larger one.

I have friends who routinely use one as an outdoor carpet on their deck. They replace it every few years as it will start to shred after too much UV exposure.
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Joy, I really like the 'compartment' step !! We need to build a new one and am going to incorporate that idea !!
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We purchased one of the 6 x 9 mats at camping world almost 8 years ago for $19. it was an end-of-season special in-store and we were quick to snap it up. it has been fabulous. each corner has a loop to use to secure it--we use 8' spikes with washers....they work very well. like the others have said, these mats clean readily, fold quickly and we store ours in a fabric bag.
it's amazing how much dirt and sand it keeps from entering our trailer. plus, it's just
great to have a spot to leave our shoes on it under our awning.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:36 PM   #14
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Some interesting ideas here, thanks. The mat on ebay does look nice.

Having some scratchy carpet or fake grass on the step seems like a no-brainer... every RV should come with this!
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