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Posted: 08/14/19 05:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use a mat all the time, goes a long way in keeping the interior of the camper clean. Only one campground I can remember we went that had a mat restriction... and all the campers were using mats.

Other campgrounds have pretty obvious spots to setup with room for a mat.

Local state park is all grass, is pretty much booked for the entire season, and there is little problem with mats killing grass. The only exception to this is when people stay for weeks at a time, but that is almost always in certain sections and is sort of the long term stay area anyways.

I do agree that if someone is going to stay long term, thought should be given to how they affect the campsite. Most campgrounds around me have seasonal areas, which usually have spots to park the camper and/or mats.


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Lantley wrote:

My question is: Are we referring to breathable RV mats? Or is the problem caused by cheaper generic indoor outdoor carpet being used as an RV mat?
There is a difference between the two.


From the problem,s we are hearing about (dead grass) it's the indoor outdoor carpet that people call a mat. As you and I know, the breathable RV mats don't kill the grass.


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I have a large rubber pad I use as a mat. The only time I use it is when I am at a dirt site and it's raining. Otherwise it stays rolled up and get thrown under the TT.

Someone talked about the grass dying under the RV. The only spots I stay at due indeed have dead grass or, gravel, under the RV. Since that is the spot where you are suppose to park it is going to be like that and it doesn't hurt anything because it's under the RV and everyone parks in the same spot.

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down home wrote:

Grass was dead and gone on that site right at where everyone's awning is door to the coach or other RV and in an almost uniform pattern as if everyone used the same size mat...Grass has been gone in a rather uniform patch there too for some time.
Or maybe the grass is dead in a uniform pattern/patch since that's where everyone walks, cooks, gathers, sits, etc., and has nothing to do with the use of a mat or not.[emoticon]


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Posted: 08/15/19 01:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some of us put out mats because the spots where we like to camp are in the dirt, gravel, rocks, etc. - a long way from lawn grass and the people that plant it and take care of it.

The less dirt and other shoe-debris stuff on the inside floor, the better, even when camping way out in the boondocks! [emoticon]


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4x4van wrote:

down home wrote:

Grass was dead and gone on that site right at where everyone's awning is door to the coach or other RV and in an almost uniform pattern as if everyone used the same size mat...Grass has been gone in a rather uniform patch there too for some time.
Or maybe the grass is dead in a uniform pattern/patch since that's where everyone walks, cooks, gathers, sits, etc., and has nothing to do with the use of a mat or not.[emoticon]


Not unless they wear square shoes and walk in square patterns.
Usually they put their grills out in the grass, as I observed. A couple of chairs or maybe four, if company, under the awning. usually they are gone as we are, fishing, antiquing, visiting her relative, at that one campground. We sit out in the grass watching the ducks and fishermen or around a campfire, in a ring. Have no desire to sit on the dirt or in the mud that is under the awning area. If we make friends and they come over usually it is toward dark and we eat inside and play cards or talk,because of the mud and the dirt and skeeters, even though there is an outside TV.

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down home wrote:

4x4van wrote:

down home wrote:

Grass was dead and gone on that site right at where everyone's awning is door to the coach or other RV and in an almost uniform pattern as if everyone used the same size mat...Grass has been gone in a rather uniform patch there too for some time.
Or maybe the grass is dead in a uniform pattern/patch since that's where everyone walks, cooks, gathers, sits, etc., and has nothing to do with the use of a mat or not.[emoticon]


Not unless they wear square shoes and walk in square patterns.
Usually they put their grills out in the grass, as I observed. A couple of chairs or maybe four, if company, under the awning. usually they are gone as we are, fishing, antiquing, visiting her relative, at that one campground. We sit out in the grass watching the ducks and fishermen or around a campfire, in a ring. Have no desire to sit on the dirt or in the mud that is under the awning area. If we make friends and they come over usually it is toward dark and we eat inside and play cards or talk,because of the mud and the dirt and skeeters, even though there is an outside TV.
So you're saying that everyone uses the exact same size/shape mat? Hmmmm...OK. Can't say that I've ever noticed a "pattern" of dead (or no) grass directly next to RVs in the campgrounds, but then again, most places I camp don't have grass "in the RV space" anyway. Personally, I use an 8'x20' mat pretty much every time. I spend a significant amount of time under my awing cooking, and my outdoor sink table, prep table, and grille/griddle go on that mat, along with my ice chest.

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I will have to take measurements, soil samples format contamination make up brand and price and get back to you sometime a long long time from now.

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Posted: 08/18/19 09:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

22 foot class B+/C- so no room for a mat.
Made a small rug for the step.





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Posted: 08/18/19 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

5 pages later, if you're ranting about mat use or justifying it, it proof you has too much time on your hands.....and no real issues to occupy your time with!


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