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Old 02-02-2014, 12:09 PM   #1
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May not be the correct sub-section to post but, here's DW's question.

Looking for new patio mats to go with our new 5er. What type and/or style of patio mats does everyone suggest, use and why. (ie; woven style or the indoor/outdoor (fake grass) style) We've had only the woven style in the past but, like the look of the fake grass style. Pros/Cons?
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #2
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I think a lot depends on how/where you store the mat. I prefer the woven kind because it seems that without fail, it rains whenever I am breaking camp. The woven mats can be more easily rinsed, rolled up, then stowed in a tube mounted to the underside of the camper.
Indoor/outdoor carpet - well, I really can't think of any compelling reason to use them, myself. They're certainly heavier, probably harder to clean. Perhaps they are more durable and less likely to allow sand to travel "up" through the weave in use.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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IMO:

Fake Grass retains more water, is therefore heavy and smells when put away wet and is hard to keep clean.

Woven plastic is easy to clean, does not retain water, dries almost immediately, and is very lightweight.

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Old 02-02-2014, 12:23 PM   #4
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I just never liked the look of the fake grass mats, but that's just me. Here's a picture of our favorite mat, a Forest River mat.

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Old 02-02-2014, 12:31 PM   #5
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IMO:

Fake Grass retains more water, is therefore heavy and smells when put away wet and is hard to keep clean.

Woven plastic is easy to clean, does not retain water, dries almost immediately, and is very lightweight.

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Thought so too (heavy when wet) but, DW wanted me to ask. Didn't think about smells. Thought they (plastic grass) wouldn't be too hard to clean. Also, didn't know if there were any new "breathable" backing grass styles out there yet (we haven't been in the market for new mats for 4 years).

Thanks Herk & wrvond for the info.
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I have had both and see no advantage to having the outdoor grass carpet. The woven is easier to setup, clean, and store. IMO, there are way to many disadvantages to having the grass carpet.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:39 PM   #7
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I have had both and see no advantage to having the outdoor grass carpet. The woven is easier to setup, clean, and store. IMO, there are way to many disadvantages to having the grass carpet.
X2 or is x3 now... Our favorite cg dont allow mats larger then 3x3.
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Old 02-02-2014, 12:41 PM   #8
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Oakman, like your small door mat. We also were toying with the idea of seeing if we could get our large mat "personalized", especially if it is the style with a large open plain section in the middle.
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X2 or is x3 now... Our favorite cg dont allow mats larger then 3x3.
Are the sites all grassy. I can see that then. But, if gravel or slab, why can't you use larger?
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I was in costco the other day and they had a new turf looking woven mat...made of recycled plastic bottles...it was pretty light and the backing looked much more breathable than reg outdoor carpet....

In any case I vote for woven mats in any case...way easier to clean, store, and carry!

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