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Old 07-27-2021, 08:49 AM   #1
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Packing your patio "rug"?

This may be the most mundane post around, but here it is:

For folks that use those relatively cheap polyester weave patio rugs (9' x 12' ish), how do you store them (clean them?) when you pack up and head down the road?

We don't use them at each stop on a trip, but storing them is a bit of a hassle, and ironically in the spots that I like to use them (dirt/potentially no hook ups), cleaning them is sort of impossible.

I have just been folding them mostly dirty in to a back trash bag and periodically cleaning when I can, but there must be a more clever way. I may have an old canvass duffel I can bring in to service. Has that been tried before?

Is this a "me problem"?
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Old 07-27-2021, 09:17 AM   #2
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Sweep off the dirt, gravel, leaves and pine needles on top.
Fold it up the way it came.
Put it in the nylon bag that came with it and put it in it's compartment spot.
If it's especially grody, after the trip lay it out on the lawn at home, hose it off, let it dry and store back in the RV.

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^^^^ That is our procedure also.
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We get ours as clean as practical, then fold it back as it came. Our fresh water tank compartment has a space at the bottom that works for storing.
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Sweep off the dirt, gravel, leaves and pine needles on top.
Fold it up the way it came.
Put it in the nylon bag that came with it and put it in it's compartment spot.
If it's especially grody, after the trip lay it out on the lawn at home, hose it off, let it dry and store back in the RV.

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I do the same, if it is a little damp from dew or rain from the day before. I put it out on the asphalt pad I park on and let it dry for about a half hour or so. That way it doesnt smell moldy when its stored for a few weeks. Then it goes in the basement of the motorhome.
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We have two 9x12 mats and after five years we still have the plastic bag and nylon bag they came in. If we camp and there is no wet weather we simply use the leaf blower to blow of debris and fold them and put them back in the bags until the next trip. If they get wet or we camped in a sandy area we bag then then lay them out in our yard and hose both sides off. We store them either the rear storage compartment or in our Wrangler toad.
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We throw our over the clothes line in our back yard and wash it with a long handled brush and rinse it with a water hose. After it's dried it gets folded up, placed in a black garbage bag and stores under the dinette in the MH.
If the black bag gets too dirty we use it for (ready for this?) Garbage! Get out a clean bag and start the cycle all over again.
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Sweep the entire rug.
Fold 1/3 of the rug up onto what you just swept.
Sweep the 1/3 of the rug that you just exposed the bottom of.
Fold the other (outer edge) 1/3 onto what you've swept.
Sweep 1/3 of the rug that you just exposed the bottom of.
Fold this in half (along the short side).
Sweep the part of the rug you just exposed.
Fold it in half again.
Sweep what you just exposed.
Fold it in half, put it on something clean and sweep the last little bit.
Put your now fully clean on both sides rug into it's storage area.
While sweeping the rug it's easiest to keep it clean to only walk on the rug after you sweep it, not on the ground beside it, otherwise your feet track more stuff onto the rug. (I nearly always am camping in a sandy area, so I've gotten really good at this).

That sounds like lots of steps, but it's really not that hard, it takes me about 10 minutes to sweep and pack up my rug.
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Sweep off the dirt, gravel, leaves and pine needles on top.
Fold it up the way it came.
Put it in the nylon bag that came with it and put it in it's compartment spot.
If it's especially grody, after the trip lay it out on the lawn at home, hose it off, let it dry and store back in the RV.

Mark B.
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Same here!
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!0 minutes to clean your rug. Typing for a half hour telling us how you do it.
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!0 minutes to clean your rug. Typing for a half hour telling us how you do it.
I type for a living, it didn't take me any where near that long.
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Sweep off the dirt, gravel, leaves and pine needles on top.
Fold it up the way it came.
Put it in the nylon bag that came with it and put it in it's compartment spot.
If it's especially grody, after the trip lay it out on the lawn at home, hose it off, let it dry and store back in the RV.

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My procedure exactly!
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I'll spend time typing because I hated that rug. We had one for a few years and stored it in the inexpensive Camping World zippered bag. Everywhere we went, where it was dirty, my wife wanted it out. Perfect.....put it out where it was dirty and then spend time cleaning it. The last straw was putting it out at Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone, it rained and what a mess. When it was time to clean it and put it away.....she was nowhere to be found. I had to take it out in the road, rinse it and store it wet, as the sun never came out.

I know people like them and often use them for their pets. I like to keep things simple and not spend hours making or breaking camp. In our younger days we stayed at a spot for a week or two boating, setting up a large camp, but now we move every few days.

I still find that having a carpet, on a RARE occasion can be handy. Soooo.....to make the wife happy, I bought an 8' x 8' piece of indoor/outdoor carpet from Home Depot, the brown stuff. It's just big enough that two couples can sit around it if the area is dirt. Since it's NOT porous, it doesn't get that dirty. A quick shake and fold and it fits inside an old pillow case, making it easy to store in a small area, which is atop my generator.
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