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Old 04-20-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Patio Rug vs Mat

Okay, another newbie question. We're planning on getting a patio rug for under the awning of our MH. I'm favoring the Camco 42810 RV Awning Mat on Amazon because the reviews sound great, but the lightweight material is so different from the heavy bulky traditional rug I was imagining we'd buy that I wonder if anyone sees a down side to these.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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The RV rugs are polypropylene and do not absorb water. They rinse off well and are light. The first one we purchased was too large approx. 25 ft in length. We now have two smaller poly rugs, this allows us to use in specific areas. BTW,
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They work much better than the solid rug construction. They are easier to store, dry quickly, and do not hold dirt.
The only downside is that in general they may not last as long.

I had a solid type for five years that I got from Camping World and it just wouldn't wear out. I finally pitched it anyway because it was such a pain to store (especially when wet) and to clean it I had to take it to a car wash.
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We picked up some outdoor carpet from Lowe's. It's the fake grass type of rug. We just had them cut it to the size we wanted and it was less than the ones we saw for sale at CW.
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We have a 9 by 16 and a 8 by 10 poly mats. We use the smaller one the most and having them not absorb moisture is important. Be sure to get a storage bag
for the mat as it will keep your rig cleaner.
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Big chunks of carpet harm the grass for long periods of time. The RV Poly Mats are grass friendly
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The downside to poly mats is they tear easy. chair legs poke holes, if laid down over gravel, the rocks will tear holes, !! The downside to carpets is they stay dirty, hold water, making them a mess to store, and kill grass. So I guess you can make your decision based on what is best for you.
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The downside to poly mats is they tear easy. chair legs poke holes, if laid down over gravel, the rocks will tear holes, !! The downside to carpets is they stay dirty, hold water, making them a mess to store, and kill grass. So I guess you can make your decision based on what is best for you.
All good points. Actual after thinking it through I've decided on two smaller poly mats (astro turf style). I can use one as the entry way and position the other where I want our seats, staking them touching when possible.
. At $18 a piece replacement isn't an issue. I hate heavy, bulky items to store, and wet, moldy messes is a personal sore point.
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I have both. Mat to wipe shoes
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I've used those Camco mesh mats for years. My old one is still in great shape and I've never poked a hole in mine or had gravel poke through. They are easy to wash off and even if you put them up wet they dry quickly.
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All good points. Actual after thinking it through I've decided on two smaller poly mats (astro turf style). I can use one as the entry way and position the other where I want our seats, staking them touching when possible.
. At $18 a piece replacement isn't an issue. I hate heavy, bulky items to store, and wet, moldy messes is a personal sore point.
That's basicly what I do. And, I have some, cheap, easy to slip on, confortable shoes I leave by the door on the rug for running around the camp site.
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We use the Aero-Weave breathable mats. They don't kill the grass and the water will run right off or through. They dry fast in the sun and roll up nicely for storage. We used the first one for many years as they are very durable, and now use it under the ezup awning. Recently purchased a new one that is larger to cover all the awning area and color matched to MH paint tones.
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Just know that some parks won't let you put down a mat unless they are of the breathable variety.
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I work for a company that rents mats and uniforms, among other things. When a company we're renting logo mats to goes out of business, if it's not a trademarked logo we give the mats to employee's for use in their garage, patio etc. We've got quite a few logo mats from bars that have gone under, including the bar I owned many years ago that I sold to my partner. They provide great protection inside the moho. They look cool outside and do an awesome job capturing dirt and keeping it outside of the moho. Don't leave them out when it rains though, oh my gosh they get heavy. We use a couple of the 9x12 poly mats from Walmart to create a 12x18 area under the awning. Adds a touch of comfort.

We do not put them over nice looking grass. They're rubber backed and not grass friendly.
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