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Old 06-27-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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My patio carpet idea

I wanted a patio rug to keep our 5th wheel clean inside and also to make the outdoor area cleaner and with fewer bugs. I wanted something that I could easily hose off (we hit the smaller, muddier campgrounds a lot), was lightweight and cheap. I had a huge tractor-trailer tarp already that is black and has some kind of fairly slick coating over an open-weave nylon. I think it's nylon. I first cut a piece 6' x 8' thinking it would be big enough, and also, I was worried it would be too slick to safely walk on. After using it a little, it became duller and isn't slick at all. Dirt and mulch don't cling to it easily and I can quickly hose it off. I now have a piece the full dimensions of the awning - 8' x 14'. One more point about this material - since it is black, it just blends in or pretty much disappears to the eye. I have seen these tarps in local hardware/home stores in a smaller size.
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Very clever. It almost looks like sun shade fabric... only heavier.

We bought a 10x20 Patio Mat from CW when we first bought our coach 5 years ago and love being able to throw in out to keep the mud and debris to a minimum... especially traveling with three dogs.

Thanks for sharing

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Old 06-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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It looks like trampoline fabric.

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What a great idea!
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I believe that a large portion of people that use a "mat" of some kind, use the synthetic grass looking stuff as it not only rolls up easy, it also provides a mental boost about having a front lawn like in a stick house.

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Those mats are not welcome in a lot of campgrounds. They kill the grass.

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Those mats are not welcome in a lot of campgrounds. They kill the grass.

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Very true and if we have grass we don't need the mat.

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I appreciate all the favorable comments

Also, when the tarp is wet but not too muddy, I find that I can just shake enough water off to be able to roll it up for storage as I am leaving camp. If it's pretty dirty I just put it in the back of the truck and hose it off at home.
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