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Old 11-09-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Outdoor mats

Newbie here looking to start outfitting a Bounder 33C. Any suggestions on the best type of outdoor mat, stair rugs, etc. Our awning width is 17 ft. I see a lot of 20 ft mats and very few 15 ft. Am I better off going to HD and cutting and laying the green indoor/outdoor carpet? Concerned about weight of mat as well in the basement.

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Old 11-09-2015, 03:20 PM   #2
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We use a straw type mat. I think 9x12. Got it at wally world. rain goes thru it and is durable. Maybe HD or Lowes. Lightweight also. Had ours 3 yrs and still holding up. CW carries also
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:59 PM   #3
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We have similar type mat as Fletch460
Available in lots of spots - including ebay and amazon.
Just want to mention that the green outdoor carpet is often banned at campgrounds as it kills the grass trying to grow underneath. No air flow. Kind of why the straw mats are popular.

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Old 11-09-2015, 04:15 PM   #4
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I've had my Rv mat 7 years with no tears, water and sand goes thru. Grass carpet will hold sand,dirt,water and the edges will come apart.
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I have a mat that I only unroll when staying for an extended period somewhere. It is a pain to store and nail down so no one trips at the edge. It is a poly mat and it takes awhile to lay flat after unrolling. If I could always find a spot with a nice concrete pad for the patio area, I would get rid of it. Which is to say, I'm not sure it is worth carrying around all the time considering the space it takes up. Just a thought...
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We have a poly mat also, got it at a good price from Wally World. We like the mat a lot and use it a lot. We feel it prevents a lot of dirt from getting tracked inside our mh. Ours is about a 9'x12' mat that's big enough for 4 chairs easily and 6 in a pinch.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:29 PM   #7
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Agree wholeheartedly with those advocating the poly mats. We bought 2 from WM and will put out one or both depending upon where we have landed. Light weight and both will store in a single large black trash bag which keeps things a bit cleaner.
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We have a poly mat also, got it at a good price from Wally World. We like the mat a lot and use it a lot. We feel it prevents a lot of dirt from getting tracked inside our mh. Ours is about a 9'x12' mat that's big enough for 4 chairs easily and 6 in a pinch.
Us too---- we had a Home Depot green indoor/outdoor carpet--- man was that heavy and bulky , especially when wet.
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Just purchased a new poly mat yesterday at CW, on sale for $49.99. Same price as Wal Mart. 9' x 12' in size. I would like to find some sort of storage bag I could keep it in. Any suggestion?
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Don't waste your money on the green indoor/outdoor carpet. It will not last over a year at the most. Get the poly mats as mentioned above.
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If your entry is in front of passanger seat the extra length may be good. Wally world (Walmart) has a good inexpensive and light weight rug and step covers worth looking at.
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Check out J & J Sunshades Lake Whales Fl, I have 4 mats and a sun shade from them. I usually put down at least 2 of them 9 x20 whenever I stay for more than a few days. I stay in Fl Dec - April mine are 10 years old and still look new. I tried the plastic poly mats but they come apart in the sun in a year or two.
Also check out Beasly Manufacturing, Center Hill Fl you can buy the sunscreen material off rolls by the yard they have hundreds of patterns.
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We have an A&E Patty-O-Mat for our coach. It is about 15 years old and is still like new. They cost a little more, but are well worth the cost.
Our is used about three months a year or more.
When we are moving, and the mat is wet, we fold it and lay it on the picnic bench for a few minutes, while we get everything else ready to go. By that time it is usually dry enough to put it in the storage area. If not, it goes in a plastic bag untill it can be dried.
We bought a small woven mat for the area around the steps. It was placed in the trash after it started coming apart.
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Just purchased a new poly mat yesterday at CW, on sale for $49.99. Same price as Wal Mart. 9' x 12' in size. I would like to find some sort of storage bag I could keep it in. Any suggestion?
We bought one at Walmart, about that size. Once folded back like it was when purchased it slips nicely into a black trash bag.

Nice thing about poly mats is they are lightweight, can be rinsed off with a hose and dry quickly. Green outdoor carpet, heavy, hold sand and dirt that you can never get out. If they get wet they're twice as heavy and take a long time to dry.
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