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Old 08-18-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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I need an Awning Mat recommendation

Hi, I'm new to RVing. 10 years ago I had an old pop up and used a square of astroturf. I've been noticing the "new" method is a synthetic "straw" mat - and they are called awning mats. Am I right? I'd appreciate anyone's advice on what is a good (but not "designer" level) mat, and some internet stores you'd recommend. We camp about 6 days/month so it doesn't have to be the very best of quality. Any thoughts?
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Some Walmarts are now carrying them and at a good price.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:32 PM   #3
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We simply went to Home Depot and bought a piece of the outdoor "astroturf" which has a very stiff and durable backing. We have used it for years and it is much thicker and tougher than the ones they sell at Walmart or Camping World. Only issue is that you really have to roll it up as it wont fold well. We call it our "lawn"
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:57 AM   #4
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I like the one from walmart. It was half the price of any other one, and being synthetic straw it does not hold the water if wet. Just shake it out. Very light weight too if that is an issue.
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We simply went to Home Depot and bought a piece of the outdoor "astroturf" which has a very stiff and durable backing. We have used it for years and it is much thicker and tougher than the ones they sell at Walmart or Camping World. Only issue is that you really have to roll it up as it wont fold well. We call it our "lawn"
I have to jump right in here with NWJeeper and the Home Depot outdoor "astroturf" it is great and we have used it for years. It gets wet when it rains but dries out pretty fast and is cheap compared to other options.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:26 AM   #6
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We bought a piece of the astroturf at Home Debit last summer and
it was bad!! The black rubber backing was flaking off the 1st time
we used it. It gets all over anything it touches!
Must have either been a bad batch or old.....

I ordered new mats from an online RV parts seller and then saw
the very same ones at WalMart for much less ;-((
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looks like a trip to walmart is in order. thanks guys!
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We bought a piece of the astroturf at Home Debit last summer and
it was bad!! The black rubber backing was flaking off the 1st time
we used it. It gets all over anything it touches!
Must have either been a bad batch or old.....

I ordered new mats from an online RV parts seller and then saw
the very same ones at WalMart for much less ;-((
The one I have has NO BACKING. It is smooth on the back and grassy on the top. It is green and comes on a 1000 yard roll, about 12' wide, you buy as long a peice as you want. Ours is about 12 x 8 and fits under half the awing.
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ditto what JAXFL said. Ours has no backing it is more like carpet. In fact it was cut from one of those huge rolls they have on the racks. Thing is it has lasted for over 7 years now. It does become more pliable with time but the cheapo ones you get at Wallmart or CW and other vendors while much lighter will wear through very quickly and look horrible within a few good years of use.
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This is what I use. Love it and it stores in a small space. You can buy them many places.


http://www.rvawningmats.com/
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This is what I use. Love it and it stores in a small space. You can buy them many places.


http://www.rvawningmats.com/
Those are pretty but at $60 little costly. I paid like $20 for the one I bought at Home Depot. It looks like grass but is a plastic and folds up nicely for storage.
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This is what I use. Love it and it stores in a small space. You can buy them many places.


http://www.rvawningmats.com/
We bought the 9 x 18 for $99.00. Worth every penny, they do not retain any water, we have used it for 2 years and it still looks like new. Light weight and easy to fold up.

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This is what I use. Love it and it stores in a small space. You can buy them many places.


http://www.rvawningmats.com/

Those are pretty but at $60 little costly. I paid like $20 for the one I bought at Home Depot. It looks like grass but is a plastic and folds up nicely for storage.
I used this plastic grass for a very long time. It took alot of cleaning and drying after I got home. Then I had to store it and hope I had all of the dirt and moisture out of it or it was all mold and stunk when I was ready to use it again.
That all went away when I bought the higher price spread. I wish the woven mats would have been available 30 years ago. I would have saved alot of time, money and frustration.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE>......the RV AWNING MAT!
While I don't use it in front of my camper anymore (have a deck on a seasonal space now)...we still use it on the grass for picnics, at the beach, and in our yard.

SO MUCH BETTER than carpet or rugs....worth EVERY cent!
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