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Old 06-23-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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Shoes - what do you do with them?

Does anyone have any nifty tricks tips routines or ideas for shoes in the RV?

I want outdoor shoes to not come inside but what do you do with them? I had a plastic bin at the door but 5 pair of shoes don't really fit (even though 3 pair are children's.)

I'm thinking of stitching a shoe bag to hang off the back of the dinette (which is next to the door). Before I re-invent the wheel I thought someone else might have a great solution.
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:17 AM   #2
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I guess it depends on how much room you have for storage and what kind of rig you have. We have a compartment just outside the entry door and we just keep our shoes in there. If we do wear them inside they stay on the linoleum or get put on a small drop rug we keep near the entry door. We rarely wear the shoes on the carpet but even so we found a throw rug that is almost as big as our living room and it only cost $40 so if it gets messed up we will just buy another one.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:20 AM   #3
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no outside shoes come inside in my RV. we have a shoe rack outside by the door. My wife and I have fleece lined crocs that we wear only inside the RV.

If the shoes have to come in if it is raining, we have a small plastic container to put the shoes in. We leave it by the door.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:32 AM   #4
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Justinph, we put all of our shoes in the compartment next to the door where the shelves are. This is a real simple solution and the shoes are handy for when you need them. I think you have a 390bh also, so that compartment is pretty handy and then we leave our "inside" shoes on the steps to one side for easy slip on and into the coach.
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:40 AM   #5
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shoes - what do you do with them?

I think part of my confusion is our three little ones (ages 4, 6, 6,) and where do they sit to take off their shoes. On the steps is a one child at a time (perhaps 2) strategy. Coming inside to take off shoes just drags the mud in. Taking them off outside means they step on the dirt with their socks. It's a too slow process right now. If it's not raining I think we need an outdoor shoe bin or rack, but then they'd need help to retrieve the shoes to put them back on again so as not to get their socks dirty. It's like herding cats...
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:58 AM   #6
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Susan,

I agree with you. The problem is entirely different with kids. We have 2 boys, 6 and 11, and its a mess if the ground is wet. However, we don't have a patio mat yet which I think will help a lot, but there still needs to be somewhere to dump the shoes when you are coming in where you can get to them easily going out. Keeping them just inside the door doesn't work for us; we still have mud inside at that point. We try to use crocs or slip-on sandals but its not perfect.

We have thought about some kind of foot scraper beside the steps that lets the dirt fall under it but its still not great for mud.

I'll stay tuned...

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We installed a Clean Machine step mat on our lower step. Has helped out tremendously with keeping the dirt down when we can't take the shoes off outside. We also use the Step Hugger carpets on the steps inside the motorhome.
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wyntaxman, that first bay is full of lots of stuff (bug spray, bike helmets, etc) so we cant use it for this. I have a 6 & 7 yr old and I dont see them open / closing this over and over. My wife and I do store our outdoor crocs here when we travel.

susan, we put an outdoor rug right at the door and keep it swept off. You can transition between indoor and outdoor shoes easily here and not have to get socks dirty.
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I bought a piece of super cheap outdoor carpeting from Home Depot. It measures 9'x12' and got it for like $30.00. Though we don't have kids with us, it works great, just drag your feet a little when walking to the step, take your shoes off and place them either under the trailer or carry them inside and place them on a throw rug by the door. Besides, kids are supposed to make a mess when they are young, it's in their job description.
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We have a 5x7 mat outside the camper. Shoes go on this, (We always have our awning up so they do not get wet), and if we have to go in and out, I tend to throw an old towl down at the door, so it is there for quick wipes. We used to use a rubbermaid bin when my kids were small, if you use that I sudgest keeping a folding step stool in it so there is an extra seat.
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