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Old 06-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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What is it like packing up the patio mat during or after it rains when leaving camp? I'm interested in buying one but I don't have a great place to store a 9x12 mat that's wet and muddy when leaving camp. Do the storage bags accommodate this or should I just get something like a Rubbermaid bin to store it in the back of my Ford Explorer and then lay it out to clean and dry when I get home? Is it a lot to maintain one of these? Any recommendations? Again thanks in advance for your advice
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What is it like packing up the patio mat during or after it rains when leaving camp? I'm interested in buying one but I don't have a great place to store a 9x12 mat that's wet and muddy when leaving camp. Do the storage bags accommodate this or should I just get something like a Rubbermaid bin to store it in the back of my Ford Explorer and then lay it out to clean and dry when I get home? Is it a lot to maintain one of these? Any recommendations? Again thanks in advance for your advice
The RV Mats are awesome. If you can find one that has a bag get that one. We have had ours for over 6 years and it is still going strong. They did not have bags for them when we bought it, so we just fold it up and put it in one of the compartments or the back of the truck. Even when they get all muddy once it dries a little you can just sweep them off. Very good investment in my opinion.
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Mine is made of PVC I believe. It will pick up some dirt/mud but putting away wet shouldn't be a problem as long at you clean and dry it out before storing for an extended period. Having something to bag it with would probably be a good idea but I don't recall seeing a bag for these things. Mine folds up and fits in the storage bin.
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If ours it muddy or wet I just put it in a large garbage bag and dry it out at home. Usually all that's needed is to lay it over a picnic table to dry while packing up. They make life nice.
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We use a lawn and leaf bag and fold it up.
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Old 06-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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I have had several. They dry quick, hose off and help keep the trailer cleaner. They sell mesh bags for them. If dirty I would bungy cord it to the propane tank, kind of wedge it behind the tank.
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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...arry-bag/58063

I bought this and it works really well. There is plenty of room in the bag for many different sizes.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ond-mats/12100

That is the mat I have have, and it does a great job. It drys really fast, and is easy to sweep clean. Also its very thick. I can put it out on gravel, and still walk barefoot comfortably on it.
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We bought one with our trailer this year on a friends recomendation and we like it a lot. It came with a carry bag. When we are about to break camp I lean it up against something to drain off any rain water and it seems to work pretty well. It cleans up easy too. hth.
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Ive been carrying an 18v Ryobi Leaf blower lately. Makes for a pretty quick clean up of the pad and Mat, plus I use it to blow off the top of the slide before I close it. And its very quiet. Plus Im already carrying the 18v battery for the cordless drill to do my stabilizers.
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I have one of the mesh RV mats and storage bag. They are very easy to maintain with sweeping, hosing or beating. The dirt falls right out of them. One thing to consider is the color though. They are all mostly 2 sided so if it's black remember it will get hot in the sun.

The bags are vinyl lined so you could stuff it in there and pull it out later for cleaning should you need to. A quick hosing would do it. Worth every penny in my opinion.
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