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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's something we picked up to use outside the van, a Eureka polyethlene mat about 2mm thick and 11' x 11'. Should do fine under our awning or screen room. We found this at a local Gander Mountain store. Folded it is about a foot square and an inch thick so it should stow pretty easily.
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And this is what we have been using, my bride's humorous contribution to the Westyhold:
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a bicycle stationary trainer mat. There are several brands (CycleOps, Kinetic, etc.), but you can also find generic ones that are cheaper from Performance, Dicks and Amazon. They range from $25-$50. They are rubber, water-proof and durable. It washes and dries really easy. I roll it up and keep it under the bench seat.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always have 2 astroturf mats along with me. One has a heavy rubber backing that will not blow away in the wind, and the other is for just inside the sliding door. Between the two, they catch most of the dirt or sand and are very easy to shake out. I just put the outside one on top of the inside one before I close the door. We also have a 6 x 12 foot carpet we bought from Camper World for $50 bucks to go under the Fiama Awning on our Casita trailer, but we still use the Astroturf matts with it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We really like the mat we bought at Costco. It is a woven plastic mat used by RV people. It is large and sheds water and dirt really well.

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/ProductSet.aspx?Prodid...mp;topnav=


I think it was on sale cheaper last spring up here in Nova Scotia.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having tired of the soggy carpet from one too many rain storms, I have upgraded to a new carpet.
I found this at Ocean State Job Lot for $20, it is a 5X8 rug the will not absorb liquid and you can
easily pick it up and shake off any dirt. They also had a 6X9 for $30 but that seemed a little pricey!
I like the Black/Gray combination!
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the cheap green mat also. The backing has never fallen off for me. When traveling I put in on top of the stove. My dog loves it b/c now he sits up high, won't slip off and gets a nice breeze from either my window or the sliding window.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an outdoor welcome mat from Target that fits exactly in the floor space of Van Morrison. I think it's 3' X 5'.
When we make camp it goes out next to the sliding door.
The great thing about it is you can sweep it and wash it off with a hose.

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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Astroturf clone from Home Depot or Lowes. It is sold by the foot off a 6ft wide roll. Works good and is cheap enough. Also doubles as a mat for crawling under the van when emergency repairs are called for.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Indoor/outdoor carpet from Home Depot. Rolls up and fits under my rear bench seat.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We also use one of the recycled plastic mats from CostPlus/World Market. We got the 4x6 Kiwi Lotus Rio Mat ($19.99) and when its rolled up for driving mode, it fits perfectly above the back bench seat, tucked right in front of the upper bed. Its been up there for over two months now and hasnt fallen down once! If it ever does start falling down, I'll just rig up some snaps-n-straps as a retaining system.

http://www.worldmarket.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3590614
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought the recycled plastic mat from pier 1 or what ever it's called, couldn't be happier. Very easy to clean.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll toss my solution into the arena. I have a large (maybe 4x5), heavy, commercial rubber mat acquired from a Texaco station. I usually roll it into a tube and toss it into the pod when we go on campouts.
The thing is heavy so it stays in place, plus it built really well so you can hose it down if needed.
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we went with the "sand-free mat

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havent tested this out fully yet, and its superpowers are likely wasted here in the wet PNW, but where we are heading i'm hoping it keeps things nice and clean.

as hard as i try i just cant get that dog to wipe her feet off before stepping under the awning!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ended up buying a green 6x9 indoor/outdoor carpet from Costco under $30 made of recycled plastic bottles plus a smaller doormat
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use a piece of outdoor carpet that rolls up and fits inside
a PVC pipe that is on my rack next to my thule box. Has a
screw cap on back end. It gets filthy/wet so the tube is a perfect
place to store it. I took the time to paint the tube with black
texture paint so it don't look ghetto. Cheap and it works. Not that
it matters but rug is grey. I try to get all grey accessories to
match our van. It must be the Martha Stewart in me Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever the cheapest doormat is we can find when we need it, having forgotten to pick the last one up when we leave the campsite.

Number three in use at the moment is a hard plasticky open-hexagon sort of thing. Think of a cross between the grasscrete stuff they use on carparks and honeycomb.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joetiger wrote:
I like those Mad Mats. SoonerDave has one and I'm envious. Planning on ordering one before camping season gets underway.

Oddly enough, GoWesty has about the best price that I've found:

http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=4114&category_id=&category_parent_id=

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ETA: SpudlyHotPotato also uses them, as seen in this thread:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5677884&highlight=mad+mats#5677884


We were looking for something similar to this locally and found it at Cost Plus World Market. At least I think it's similar; it's basically a woven plastic mat. So if you have said store in your vicinity check it out. They are also available online here:

http://www.worldmarket.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3590614
It's the Rio mat.

I got the 4x6 and it was only $19.99; a 6x9 is available for $39.99. My criteria was it had to be lightweight and reasonably compact as well as machine washable or better yet, like this one, something I could just hose off. The larger mats and indoor/outdoor rugs are just too big and heavy and not so easy to clean.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joetiger wrote:
I like those Mad Mats. SoonerDave has one and I'm envious. Planning on ordering one before camping season gets underway.

Oddly enough, GoWesty has about the best price that I've found:

Damn, wish I had known before the leap day sale - and I had $5.42 of GoWesty bucks hanging around!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jerrydog411 wrote:
PDXWesty wrote:


Hmmmm...I didn't seem to have that problem. The stuff I found didn't have a thick rubber backing, just kind of a coating. It's worked great for me so far. I got mine in blue.

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WOW! Nice spot PDX ... where is that one?

John


Hmm, that'd be the . . . Silver Falls State Park (Orygun) group RV site B, at the 2011 Samba campout last May! It's a most sweet and secluded campground for a bunch of vans.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject: mad mats Reply with quote

I have one of the mad mats that go westy sells an dI absolutly love it. It is easy to clean and rolled up doesn;t take that much room.
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