Groundsheet, Carpet, or What?

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  1. Mr Mike

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    Hi All, we have not taken delivery of our first motorhome yet (1st April !!), we are at the serious shopping stage. What do you recommend for putting on the grass / hardstanding to step on and off when entering your MH?
     
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    We have a doormat its plastic and has a stiff bristles works well but best solution is to take shoes off before entering van keep crocs by hab door leave shoes under van in box everybody happy :)
     
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  3. Robert Clark

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    image.jpg We have an AstroTurf step cover which has been very effective

    And also an AstroTurf mat
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    We also have a strict policy of removing outdoor shoes when entering the van - we have crocs for inside, even when driving

    Keeps the van much cleaner for longer
     
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    @Robert Clark and @mike mcglynn I follow the croc philosophy approach too (and love them!) but my 2 daughters loathe them ! And always make derisory comments when I wear them!! Useful bit of kit for the van! And flip-flops for campsites showers!!
    Use a small rubber backed door mat that can be washed ,on the ground . Have seen many left at sites and aires ! Although not supposed to be used on aires some are so muddy /dusty we have used ours!:sneaky:
     
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    Yes, us too - shoes off before entering the MH :)
     
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    We have left them out overnight many times! And surprisingly never been stolen!:LOL:;)
     
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    Buying all the stuff you'll never use - we've all been there (y)
    Only a third of what we took out of our last MH went into the new one. I took the executive decision that we didn't really need 16 dinner plates, 14 cups and 14 side plates - the wife disagreed, so a lot of the damn stuff is still in the garage. o_O
    So top tip - wait till you've been out in your MH a few times before committing to filling it full of "essentials" ;)

    We have dogs, so our floors / carpets are covered in "vet bed". Looks like rug, but is very hardy and can just be chucked in the washing machine - and it's cheap
     
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    We have AstroTurf steps too (attached to the electric steps) but after only a few trips in the moho (bought a month ago) there are already chunks missing. Wondering if we are being too hard on them? We are only wiping our shoes as you would on a doormat.
     
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  9. Robert Clark

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    Have you ever considered that your choice of shoes may not be the same as other people's ?

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    You ve stolen them from me!!



    I forgot we have a breathable ground sheet we put down on grass or sand on campsites which is useful if staying more than 2 nights it can be swept and keeps some sand out of the van!!
     
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    My wife has a plastic doormat she puts down as we're hardly ever more than one night in any spot. However, in caravan parks where you might be there a few days and the ground is soil or grass, it is common practice to use a strong groundsheet outside. As always, what you need to carry is dictated by the camping practices you intend to embrace, and the storage capabilities of your motorhome.
     
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    We use a breathable groundsheet.
     
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    Thanks for some good tips guys, We had thought about a breathable groundsheet - I think at some point we will get a drive away awning so it would be dual purpose. The astro turf is worth looking at too and crocks are a definite. Thanks Gizmouk, we will not go too mad, we are conscious that we have to stay within the payload - both a bit overweight, I remarked today that the less lard we carry ourselves the more we can put in the fridge (or wine for that matter) :LOL:
     
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    Does this not allow mud through from underneath?
     
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    Ditto.!!
     
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    We have a mat but if it's nice and dry and the awnings not up we put a morrocan mat down.
    Same here no shoes but I hate crocs
     
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    Nothing. Took carpets up from new. Vinyl floor. Live with a bit of grubbiness.
     
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    We have a 5 foot by 4 foot piece of Astro turf which is quite useful for leaving shoes on and an old towel on the step dries you feet to go inside, but you have to remember that whatever you put on the ground will get wet when it rains so you need a plan for that, we roll up the Astro turf and stand in in a small bucket in the garage and tie it back to the wall so if it is wet the bucket catches it all and the worms!

    Martin
     
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    How do you attach the mat to the step? plus where did you get the mat?

    Thanks

    Dave
     
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