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Old 09-05-2016, 06:28 PM   #15
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We have been using one of the $45-50.00 plastic woven matts from Wallmart for 4 seasons and it's still in great shape. Wouldn't have anything else. We don't use anything to hold it down except the lawn chairs that we sit in. Never had one blowup on us yet.
I use the same thing outside our travel trailer - got it in 2012 thinking it would last a year, and it is going strong. I even set it on fire when cooking too close to the rug - I can attest that they are flammable. Luckily, I always have water and sand handy for the campfire. It burned a hole the size of my hand. I turn that section under so now it is about 8" wide.

I did buy the foldup Camco mats for $11 that are meant for using on the beach, too. It has handles when it is folded up. I use two when I tent camp with one outside the tent and one inside to protect the bathtub tarp type material.

If it is really muddy, I just make a walkway of Lynx Levelers and put one of the small Camco mats under the travel trailer steps.
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We have been to a couple campgrounds where they would not let you put a solid rug or mat on the grass.

Where we are now it is all sand so no restrictions.
The new, I believe polypropylene, mats are said to not kill the grass. We have one and while the grass is flattened when we leave it is still alive. We have an 18x8 which is the size of our awning. Like $70 on sale. It is light, less than 5 pounds, and with a little practice can be deployed and folded by one person, although two is always better.
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We picked up a green outdoor remnant at a carpet store. It looks like plastic grass. It is cheap, does the job and gets thrown over the clothes line at home and hosed down.
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We picked up a green outdoor remnant at a carpet store. It looks like plastic grass. It is cheap, does the job and gets thrown over the clothes line at home and hosed down.
It is great in the desert but will kill grass dead.
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Welcome to the forum. Here is a link to Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&ke...sl_ucn3385um_b

Not to try to chase you off but it takes folks some time to learn to use the search function. Waiting for answers is fine but sometimes I like to find things more quickly.

Above there are two places to search. The one in the row along with New post, Quick links etc, is not a good search tool.

Just above that is a small Google box. Type your search into that such as RV mats. That is how I came up with the Amazon link.

If you do that search you will find dozens of answers already. Again, I am not trying to discourage you from asking questions. Often folks that have answered the question dozens of times will skip posting.

If you cannot find the answer to a question on this forum, there probably is not an answer,. I believe there are over 70K users here. Lots of talent.
I had already been looking at Amazon and checking out the negative reviews quite a few looked as if they didn't hold up. Used the iRV2 search and got lots of posts and ultimately got here, which started with what I wanted to post.

I don't particularly like the idea of short term & throwing it out if I can keep things out of the landfills.

At this point, it looks as if the options are big, bulky, hard-to-clean, carpet type vs. cheap, plastic, easy-to-clean, basically disposable.

Wondering if there anyone has found a way to split the difference?
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Got ours from Ebay seller was Mantelli RV in NY. Cost was under $90 when we got it in 2007 for a 9x18. Still using it even tho now there is one small hole. The grass when we leave after a week or two is still alive even though it might be a little yellow.

Water and dirt go right though and never seems to stay on top. We plan to replace it with another when this wears out but I think that might be another 9 years or so. Carry bag with pouch works well to store hold downs, carpet nails, and ropes. Heaviest thing in there is the hammer for the nails.

Don't think this is one of the 'disposable ones' like the outdoor grass ones.

To wash it I lay it on the driveway and sweep or hose it off. Have had grease on from a grill and used dish soap to clean with a broom. Drys quickly so one person can put it away.

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The new, I believe polypropylene, mats are said to not kill the grass. We have one and while the grass is flattened when we leave it is still alive. We have an 18x8 which is the size of our awning. Like $70 on sale. It is light, less than 5 pounds, and with a little practice can be deployed and folded by one person, although two is always better.
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Agreed. We love ours and it does a great job.

We got almost 10 years out of our old plastic woven one...Depends on use and care I guess. We are out 30-40 nights each year so maybe for full-time or seasonal stays, you wouldn't get near that long.
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I like the small mats that allow water to run through. Cheap, easy to stake down.
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I like the small mats that allow water to run through. Cheap, easy to stake down.
When you say small, what dimensions?
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Got ours from Ebay seller was Mantelli RV in NY. Cost was under $90 when we got it in 2007 for a 9x18. Still using it even tho now there is one small hole. The grass when we leave after a week or two is still alive even though it might be a little yellow.

Water and dirt go right though and never seems to stay on top. We plan to replace it with another when this wears out but I think that might be another 9 years or so. Carry bag with pouch works well to store hold downs, carpet nails, and ropes. Heaviest thing in there is the hammer for the nails.

Don't think this is one of the 'disposable ones' like the outdoor grass ones.

To wash it I lay it on the driveway and sweep or hose it off. Have had grease on from a grill and used dish soap to clean with a broom. Drys quickly so one person can put it away.

Good luck in your search.
Thanks. This sounds like a good option. I tried looking at the Mantelli RV site but didn't look like they sell directly. (Not quite sure how to go through eBay.)
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Agreed. We love ours and it does a great job.

We got almost 10 years out of our old plastic woven one...Depends on use and care I guess. We are out 30-40 nights each year so maybe for full-time or seasonal stays, you wouldn't get near that long.
Thanks. Good to know. I'd been seeing the polypropylene but it seemed as if people were saying they ripped or shredded easily. Maybe just wearing them too hard?
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I bought a nice mat from Walmart back in '09 and it still like brand new......held up great. They drain water very well, and dry out fast. Type "RV Mat" on Walmart.....and take a look a their selection.......

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I bought a nice mat from Walmart back in '09 and it still like brand new......held up great. They drain water very well, and dry out fast. Type "RV Mat" on Walmart.....and take a look a their selection.......

Thank you. The picture looks great. What size is yours?
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Thank you. The picture looks great. What size is yours?
The photo is off Walmarts site for that mat.........
9x12'..........They wash/power wash really good,dry fast.
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