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Old 07-26-2016, 08:23 AM   #1
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Outside carpet / mat best option?

What would you folks recommend to be placed under the awning as an outside flooring / carpeting instead of the bare ground? Secondly, what do you recommend to hold it in place?


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Old 07-26-2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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Many lightweight folding RV mats available with hold down loops on the corners , water flows right through the woven material , and dirt can be shaken/swept off before storing . I use a 6" spike and washer in each corner, strong winds can be an issue if there is no furniture on the mat.

I'll see if I can post a link to the type I use.

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Old 07-26-2016, 09:38 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Here is a link to Amazon.


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.
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Old 07-26-2016, 09:45 AM   #4
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We use this:

It has metal stakes to hold it down, but we haven't used them. It's easy to hose off and dries very quickly.
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Originally we had one of the large heavy outdoor carpets from Campingworld. Was heavy, hard to fold and handle, and a mess if wet. Then bought via QVC a lightweight outdoor mat about 5x7 in size for a bout $30. Easy handle, just roll it up. Big enough area-wise by placing chairs so just the front legs are on the mat - the chaos also hold it in place. We also have a large, heavy duty, half-round door entry mat - placed overlapping one corner of the mat and makes for a good place to knock off the dirt from ones shoes. Both mats easy to deploy and put away.
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We too, had one of the large woven mats with the gromets & stakes. It was heavy, bulky & a mess to get cleaned off/folded/stored when wet/muddy. Got rid of it & got 2 smaller ones that when put together are nearly the same size as the large one was. Much easier to wrangle, plus if it's just the 2 of us, I'll only put out the one. Ours are Patty O'Mat brand but I don't think those are made anymore.

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Our TT is small, so we bought a small fold up mt from CW on sale, it has the grommets in 4 corners which e have not needed to use yet. This one folds flat accordion style and stores in a closet with the table, (when dried) easy to clean and easy to use.
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We don't stake ours down. At night I just fold the chairs up and lay them on top of the mat. With really strong winds we put it away.
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When we camp long term (1 month or longer) I find a Home Depot Or Lowes and buy 10 to 15 ft of fake grass. When we leave just dump it in the dumpster. Pretty inexpensive and minimal mess.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:01 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by PreachWord View Post
What would you folks recommend to be placed under the awning as an outside flooring / carpeting instead of the bare ground? Secondly, what do you recommend to hold it in place?

Once we got this mat our first one never gets used.

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It is 8' X 20'. Some reviewers when i was first looking at it thought it was to big and hard to handle and store, not my experience. While we do allot of camping in the Keys and other beach areas as well as state parks in the woods which always has the potential to bring much sand and debri into the coach. This mat is awesome as it captures most all and our coach stays much cleaner. When we break camp I give it a quick sweep and foald it up to approx. 10"h X18"w X 30"L and in a basement compartment it goes. Once home usually the day after unloading i roll it out on the driveway and vacuum it. Over the 3 yeras of using it only took the hose to it once. This is what i consider one of the must haves and best purchase for the Rv i have made.
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I get a woven plastic matt at dog shows. Tough, washable, last for a few years. A 9x12 is about 50$.
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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.
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Interlocking Floor Mats | Indoor/Outdoor Floors | Flooring Tiles

I know these are completely different than the norm, but I really like these tiles. After a rain they dry in no time, I can change the size and shape on a whim, and there easy to pack. Only down side is you do have to snap them together.
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:56 PM   #14
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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.

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