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Old 10-26-2016, 12:04 PM   #1
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Best outdoor carpet for rain

We're planning a trip to the Pacific Northwest and it's going to rain. Has anyone found a rug that works well outside in those conditions? Trying to keep out the mud! Thanks!
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Old 10-26-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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I have a 9'x12' patio mat I bought at Walmart. Typically when it rains I only unfold 2/3 of it and it easily cleans off with a hose when at home.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-Out...ental/21907585


Before stepping inside the trailer, I have a "scratchy" door mat to wipe the pine needles, etc. off the soles of my shoes.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/AstroTurf...Cocoa/44186649




Just inside, I use a rubber-backed welcome mat to dry my shoes. When it's raining, I want to keep as much moisture off the floor/carpet as I possible can.


This works for me!
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:03 PM   #3
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Thank you - this looks great!
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I use the same type of mat Donna suggested. You can get them on sale at Camping World but Walmart often has them much cheaper in the summer months. With the woven design it lets dirt and water drain through it. Because its plastic it drys fast.

I made a bag out of water resistant nylon to roll mine up and put into if I need to pack it up wet or dirty. That way I can still carry it in the trailer without getting the inside of the trailer dirty. Just spray it off with the garden hose to clean.
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we have bought two patio mats on ebay. One is 9 X 12, the other is 6 X 8. I believe they are a polypropylene material. Hose off good and dry quick if you can hang it over something. They both came with a carry bag, fold up accordion style, and were free shipping. You can sorta see one in this picture.
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We also have the woven polypropylene carpet/mat and it keeps lots of dirt out of the trailer. I find myself sweeping the mat once a day or so.
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We also use a polypropylene foldable mat (our is 6 x 8) that was purchased on sale at Camping World almost 10 years ago. It has loops in each corner that we slip a large spike into (we have a washer added just under the head) and these keep the mat from moving anywhere. And we also use a bag to hold it so that no sand or dirt is left in the trailer or car between uses.

We have a snap-in carpet in the Outback and therefore cannot place a small mat in the entrance way---we'd be unable to open the screen door if we did----so we always remove our shoes and place them on the outdoor mat beside our box step. With the awning out, they are protected...and the trailer stays cleaner.

One thing---I have friends who purchased the mat from Walmart and it didn't stand up well to the sunshine. The plastic filaments cracked and broke from the UV rays. From what I read online, the ones to purchase are UV resistant.

Just a thought....
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Some campgrounds do not let you use them because they say it kills the grass.
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Good point Darwin, and if you look at our photo we have ours partially on the grass so we are in error. Fortunately we were only on that site 2 days, but next trip we kept it entirely on the gravel surface as that campground now specifies. The mats are great for dirt or sandy sites.
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Some campgrounds do not let you use them because they say it kills the grass.
Very true but I have normally only seen that a private campgrounds that are set up for big rigs.

The majority of state parks type campgrounds usually have a large enough gravel or paved parking spot for the trailers that with the small trailers there is usually room for the use of a mat without needing it to be on grass.
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Very true but I have normally only seen that a private campgrounds that are set up for big rigs.

The majority of state parks type campgrounds usually have a large enough gravel or paved parking spot for the trailers that with the small trailers there is usually room for the use of a mat without needing it to be on grass.
If they are in the shade they don't kill grass whereas a tarp would. They are used all the time by dog show people on nice grassy areas. I have not run into any parks that didn't allow them on grass (but I haven't stayed in RV parks.) But I think out in the hot sun anything plastic would cause the grass to burn.
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I made a bag out of water resistant nylon to roll mine up and put into if I need to pack it up wet or dirty. That way I can still carry it in the trailer without getting the inside of the trailer dirty. Just spray it off with the garden hose to clean.
This is a great idea. Thanks everyone!
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Easier yet, buy one that comes with a carry bag, both of ours did
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Patio Mats, where they are supposed to be placed.

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we have bought two patio mats on ebay. One is 9 X 12, the other is 6 X 8. I believe they are a polypropylene material. Hose off good and dry quick if you can hang it over something. They both came with a carry bag, fold up accordion style, and were free shipping. You can sorta see one in this picture.
verytime we pull into a Campground we are told not to put mats on the grass as it kills the grass and it takes time to get it to grow again. Only supposed to be put on the gravel areas of your site.
You can also get these mats in 6'X9' and I have also seen one or two 4'x8' sure would like to know where those were bought.
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I have also seen one or two 4'x8' sure would like to know where those were bought.
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4 X 6 and 5 X 8 are available, at both Camping World and ebay. I want a 12 X 12 to put in our screen room, can't find that size, so have to use a 9 X 12
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Public campgrounds in the West, most often, have trailer/parking pads only the width of the trailer/auto and have no room for a large outdoor carpet. Therefore, we only use doormats outside and inside our trailer. We have found this "Clean Step Mat", "As Seen on TV", to fit the bill. It is more like carpet yet is machine washable. Because it has a low pile we can use in inside our door and the screen doors glides over it. I, typically, cut one mat in half and put one outdoors and one indoors. As to rain, there's really not much you can do to prevent wetness coming into the trailer or the auto. Clean Step Mat | Front Door Mat | As Seen ON TV.com Shop

STD SIZE 18"x28" $19.99 + $7.99 S&H qty doubled, 2 for $19.99, just double the S&H
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Gilda, I haven't camped nearly as many places as you, but I have found everywhere we've been has enough room for one of the smaller rugs. The pads are designed to accommodate full 8' wide RVs with some space to spare- 10' wide, maybe? Our Scamps are pretty small, so you can park to one side or at an angle. Turned 90 degrees by hand, you can use even the largest rugs.

Bob, I did not know there was a 4x6 size. That is exactly what I have been wanting. We just need a clean space by the door to remove shoes. I found one on Amazon as well. Thanks for the information!
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We have sometimes just left ours folded in half. It doesn't seem to be unusually slippery or anything else like that.
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You can also find the plastic mats at dog shows. Or, search the internet for woven polypropylene mats.

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You can also find the plastic mats at dog shows. Or, search the internet for woven polypropylene mats.

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