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Old 06-15-2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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Outdoor mat?

On our first trip we noticed that many people use outdoor mats. This whole rv thing is new to us but we have tented for over 30 years. We have a mat but never used it. My question is simple.......do you use a mat and why?
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:19 PM   #2
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Yes. It keeps out a lot of the stuff that would have been tracked in. Bits of grass and weeds, small pebbles, etc. if we have a concrete patio I don't usually put it out
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:30 PM   #3
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Yes. It keeps out a lot of the stuff that would have been tracked in. Bits of grass and weeds, small pebbles, etc. if we have a concrete patio I don't usually put it out
Us, too. But check with your campground owners. Some don't allow mats, saying they kill grass.
But it does keep the extra junk out of the rig.
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We have two. A small one, about 3x5 that we use all the time and a larger "patio sized" that we set out if we plan to stay a few days. Either really saves on the amount of dirt and stuff coming into the TT.
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:59 PM   #5
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Hmm. I like the idea of a second small one. I bought a 8x20 at that's about the size of our awning, but a small one would work in many cases, especially those one of two night stops.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:05 AM   #6
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We've used a patio mat for years to keep down the dirt/little rocks/grass from being tracked inside the trailer. Also is nice to walk on as most of the places we camp have camping pads with 'little pebble-like stuff' on the pad and that doesn't feel too good on bare feet.
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Old 06-16-2015, 01:29 AM   #7
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Been using a patio sized mat for years. Never seemed to hurt the grass. Besides keeping dirt out of the RV, also sheds water after a rain storm. Lastly, helps define the patio area under the awning. Ours has lasted since 2008 and still looks good despite heavy use.
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Costco always carries them early spring/summer for a good price.Some parks do frown upon them as they kill vegetation .But most parks i stay in have alot of dirt and sand .And the mats keep all of that out of the Trailer.plus they look nice and define the area under the awning.
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Old 06-16-2015, 09:43 AM   #9
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We also have two; a really small one like you would see for the back screen door in the sixties; bought it at an old hardware store. This is an X pattern expanded type that rolls up and will allow debris such as dirt and small stones to fall thru.


The other is the standard size mat.


At every campground we have been at the campground host provides a list of rules and they usually state if a mat can be used or not, if in doubt ask.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:22 AM   #10
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I've got an 8x12 mat that we have used 1 time! All the other times we use 2 nice door mats that we scrub our shoes/feet on before climbing the steps that also have the wrap around rugs on the steps. We take our shoes off either outside or just in the door to keep all the dirt/sand out of the TT.

When we take a trip, we rv instead of camp. We don't get off very often(yet!) and we tend to stay on the go a lot. Now if we were to ever just stay around the TT on a trip, I would make the effort to put the mat out and make it a little more comfy.

Here is a pic of the 1 and only time we used the mat. And it was on a concrete patio part of the pad. Like others have said, most parks say NO MATS. They don't say anything about out rugs though. I just throw them in the back of the truck under the toolbox so they won't fly out while traveling.
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