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Old 03-06-2015, 10:22 AM   #11
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Thanks to everyone who posted. It is always interesting to get opinions, read about what others find helpful.

We decided to pass on buying a carry bag after thinking about stowing the mat away wet and thinking about how wet it is here in BC. I'll find a spot for it in the truck bed, maybe just use a tarp or something to keep it from getting other stuff wet/muddy

Liz just ordered the Fireside mat off Amazon. We were Tempted to go with the Dometic that Jim likes but Bob (Padlin) seems happy with his Fireside mat. We figure with mostly just the two of us it should be fine.

Thanks again. Larry
When we picked up our trailer we bought the small mat at the factory and there was a bag inside for mat .
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:38 AM   #12
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I think as long as the bag breathes, all should be fine.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:27 PM   #13
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I bought an inexpensive, woven plastic 6' X9' mat at Quartzite last year. (No bag; $19.99). Other than the cloth stake eyes which have broken, it has held up well.

Here is what a 6' X9' mat looks like with a 17:
We use a mat that is (I believe) similar to what Vermilye is using. It is made of woven plastic, (similar to the plastic coffee stir sticks are made from). In fact I saw some in Oregon and was told that they are made form recycled stir sticks. In that particular shop some of the proceeds from the sale of the mats went to charity to help the people who made the mats. These style of mats are very common and the beauty of them is that both sand and water go right through them and they dry very quickly. They come in many sizes and colours and are reversible. We use a bag that we got at Camper World, for the reasons already mentioned.
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Old 03-06-2015, 01:02 PM   #14
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We always use the stake grommets if possible when using our mat, to keep it mice and taut. I actually use a couple galvanised spikes, of which I always carry 6 of, as they last forever without bending. Even the 10+ year old Dometic mat that I gave my brother, still has the grommets intact.

I have seen friends go through a couple cheaper mats in the 6 years we have had our current one, and it is just as good as new. Gets used all the time too.
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Old 03-06-2015, 02:31 PM   #15
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We always use the stake grommets if possible when using our mat, to keep it mice and taut. I actually use a couple galvanised spikes, of which I always carry 6 of, as they last forever without bending. Even the 10+ year old Dometic mat that I gave my brother, still has the grommets intact...
I had not thought of staking down my mat to keep it from blowing away. The reason we had four kids was so that we could place one on each corner of the mat in those windy situations. I guess now that they are all getting older and we are travelling more and more without them, we may have to resort to stakes and grommets.

We did buy a large plastic mat from Costco a couple years back. Excellent price, but I think is no longer available there now. It came with its own bag to store it in and fits easily in the rear storage compartment with our folding chairs, table, and other stuff. It can be stored even if it is wet, and will not rot. If I do have to put it away wet, I will try to open it up to dry out shortly thereafter if possible.
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The reason we had four kids was so that we could place one on each corner of the mat in those windy situations.
Now THAT is a good use for the kids.
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I got this one from the Home Hardware in Osoyoos. No clue if it had a name on the package. Rain and dirt go through it ( no rubber backing ). Dirt brown so it doesn't need to be swept twice a day. I had to dig it out because of the concerns about mold from keeping it in a plastic bag. Must have put it away dry.
A buddy gave me a similar size indoor/outdoor carpet with rubber backing ( he bought two ). He had his out during a sudden rain storm. Took two of us to lift it up onto the picnic table to dry. Must have weighed close to a hundred pounds wet.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:47 PM   #18
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I picked up a 7' x 9' woven polypropylene mat from Canadian Tire on clearance for $40.00. Sand and dirt fall thru it, it dries quickly, fits well under the awing on the 17B, does not retain moisture so even if I have to roll it up wet or damp, its still pretty light. It has a nice design and really helps to keep the trailer floor clean.
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