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Old 05-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Step Covers and Tracking in Dirt!

Okay, I admit it! I try very hard not to track dirt into my 2014 Starcraft 294RESA Travel Star Galaxy. This is tricky. Wife and I been taking our shoes off outside and keeping the outside rug and steps clean for socks. Works great until the steps get wet, so we are looking to change it up by allowing shoes into the RV provided steps are covered. So, we are looking at radius-shaped step covers for all 3 steps and a rug system inside that we don't mind getting dirty. Taking off and putting on shoes outside is a hassle!

Does everyone here allow wet, dirty shoes into their trailers? How do u prevent dirt from getting all over inside? Do the step covers work?

Finally, anyone know the width of my foldout steps? Step covers come in 18 and 22" sizes. Trying to avoid driving to my storage place to measure. Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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I purchased astro turf from a Big Box store and wipe my shoes before entering - that helps a lot, but not 100% so I also have a boot tray that I use in wet or snowy weather just inside my RV by a seat (i.e. easy to put on or remove footwear).

Can't help on your other question.



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Old 05-12-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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I think it depend on where you live/travel ... as a Floridian, I usually wear flip-flops which are dropped outside on a doorway mat. When I wear shoes, I carry my sock/shoes to the outside bench/picnic table (while wearing my flip-flops) and switch. Same routine even if raining ... I no longer do "snow" routines

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Old 05-12-2014, 11:29 AM   #4
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We bought the 22" radius style, and really like them. They help some with the dirt, but mostly they help our little dog climb the metal steps. We have a large 8'x20' mat under our awning and we also have a rug right inside the door. But, even with all those working together we still track rocks and leaves inside. Last year (our first year) we did take off the shoes outside as much as possible. This year we've only been once so far and it was still in the 40's and 50's, so I don't think it even dawned on us to take off our shoes. It was cold! I'm sure my wife will be on shoe patrol as it warms up, and they will be outside under the trailer on the edge of our mat.
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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We have the rug outside, step covers and a rug inside the door. That covers 95% of the cases. For the really muddy/wet scenarios we drop a towel on the floor.to put all of our shoes on.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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Cool steps

I know that everyone is going to think this is a little on the redneck side but what I did was found a good red oak pallet and cut it in half from side to side. It is wide enough to place under the bottom step with extra space at the end to set a storage container that has a lid to store your shoes in. I treated the wood pallet with a stain, sealer / waterproof and covered the top of the slates with outdoor carpet to match the colors of the camper. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:56 PM   #7
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I have a 10x18 patio matt found at most RV stores under my awning, it is made of plastic woven material and makes a barrier area for the RV. An astro turf matt just off this, removes the leaves and big stuff. For wet muddy days, a boot scraper (wooden frame with fibers going up and inward from the sides that clean the soles and boot edges too) placed at the edge of the patio matt. Get a coconut fiber matt to go right in front of the steps on the patio matt. They clean your shoes wonderfully. I used to refinish hardwood floors and we recommended them at each entry. A woven carpet welcome matt helps dry the wetness and removes most everything else. Some dirt will always find its way inside. My trailer has roll type flooring and I have area rugs in the kitchen and LR. I sweep out anything I see ASAP to keep from damaging the floor. Sand is just loose grit - like walking on sandpaper.
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I went to a carpet cleaning & restoration place (Aladdin's) and the lady was nice enough to give me 5 pair of plastic booties. 4 months later, I've yet to wear a pair out. Hospital ones would probably work also. You can wear over shoes or not. Good Luck.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:19 PM   #9
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We also do not wear our shoes in the RV. In the summer I typically just kick-off my shoes outside. My husband however doesn't wear sandals or flip-flops so he now wears slip on shoes or outdoor moccasins and slips out of them outside (luckily they are in style right now and are very easy to find). In the colder weather we slip off our shoes upon entry and transfer to our slippers. We also have a mat the same size as our awning and I also carry welcome mat and if it rains or is muddy I place the welcome mat at the perimeter of the mat to wipe our feet on prior to stepping onto the awning mat. The dogs are anther story. If it's muddy or raining I keep a box of baby wipes at the door and we wipe their feet off before hitting the floor. I'm just a tad bit OCD!!!

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