Stepping out........

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  1. suntorfan

    suntorfan Read Only Funster

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    Hope this is the right forum area? A simple question hopefully..........we are fairly new to motorhoming having bought our outfit last March and gone abroad 3 times last year, and had a fab time, loving every minute of being away. We need to build up our extras, i.e. awning etc. but having to tread cautiously owing to money. Have decided we need a mat/carpet to step out on to from the van - realise this probably needs to be eco-friendly but if anyone can recommend something? :Smile:
     
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    Well I have a Morrocan Mat, bought at one of the shows. They are lightweight and colourful, made from plastic weave. Look great and are easy to clean.

    Lesley
     
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    Whereas the Morrocan Mats that Leslie's talking about look great I don't know if they're breathable, and some sites gets excited if you use a non-breathable.
    We use a breathable groundsheet most of the time about 10 ft long and 6 feet wide, just right for under the wind-out, and we peg down through it at the corners. We have a much bigger one that we can use if we put up the stand-alone awning.
    Since I'm barefoot most of the time you can understand why I even lay it out on a hardstanding, but I find it helps reduce the amount of grass and small stones that get trailed into the van

    This is the sort of thing we use
    http://www.breathablegroundsheet.co.uk/

    http://www.busyoutdoors.com/shop/awnings-tents/groundsheets/comfimat-groundsheet/prod_29.html
    for example.


    John
     
  4. Carol

    Carol Funster Life Member

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    Like Lesleyjean we have the Morocco mat bought at one of the shows, we had previously had the breathable mat as Jaydee has, we find the Morocco mat easier just to roll up and carry across the back of the bike rack held with a bungee.
    They are just as breathable as the matting any rain goes right through them, we have had ours down for a week or more with no damage to the grass, they are also very light to roll up and handle.
     
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    That's interesting to know. I get the impression that they are more sturdy than the breathables like mine, which can tear when they pull against the pegs.
    Thanks


    John
     
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    Try geomatting from your local builders merchants or landscape garden suppliers.
    Don't leave it down too long - it is made to grow grass through:Eeek:
    Patrick
     
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    i'll go with the moroccan mat....2mtr X 5mtrs...long plastic 'straws' stitched together.

    hard wearing and good to look at.....£50 from malvern show.:thumb:
     
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    We bought a Moroccan mat in Morocco, cheap as chips, great when it's on a dry grassy field..
    but on one site it got really muddy, trying to clean it was nigh impossible and it started to come apart, it subsequently ended up in the bin ..
    Much prefer our breathable groundsheet which we have had for years, when it gets dirty it can be jet washed .. it also folds up and fits in a locker.
     
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    We just use a holey rubber door mat (about a pound from a discount store) and store it in the gas locker when we are travelling. We have 2 with us and have used them to get off soft ground many times and they worked well even in thick mud (they wash off in minutes under a tap0, I'm afraid our budget doesn't run to £50 for a door mat:Laughing:
    We have also wrapped the step with part of a cheap green spikey mat (again £1) cut to size and secured with cable ties underneath
    Wish I was rich!!!!
     
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    Morrocan mat every time... had one for years.... great for stopping sand walking in, good in mud... although nothing seems to stop deep stuff.. hoses down for moving on.... dries quickly... not slippy in frost..... I have found it unbeatable after having tried most other things. Doesn't curl up like the groundsheets, which I found a trip hazard.

    Nice to sit out in with the table and chairs, although not this year in Spain or Portugal.
     

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