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Old 11-04-2015, 07:54 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by advenas View Post
...Anything IN the trailer and on the floor would have to be durable and cleanable due to traveling with a dog. He hasn't quite caught on to wiping his paws before coming inside...

A little more training and your dog could also learn to wipe his feet when entering your Escape.

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Old 11-04-2015, 08:26 AM   #12
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That's the beauty of a rug: easy to do, cheap, easy to clean or replace. Plus, you don't have to get under the trailer and work upside down on your back. I'd also put a cork on it.

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Old 11-04-2015, 10:12 AM   #13
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Any surface finished with a good urethane will handle dogs. Our dog had zero effect on the finish of our cork in 3 years. We never removed our footwear coming inside, unless it was very dirty, instead opting to just do a 60 second sweep once a day, or as needed.

I am still undecided as to the actual benefits of the foam, for the cost. Unless I really wanted to do winter camping, I don't see great benefit in it. Lots of ways to keep the floors cozy, and I doubt I would ever save enough energy to pay for it.

We do lots of bump-outs and cantilevers on homes, and even though the floors are well sealed and insulated, they always feel colder than the rest of the house. This is due to the fact that there is nothing warming them up, like having a heated space below would do. The floor won't really absorb much heat from the air. This is why having a good insulation layer directly under your feet is the best for comfort, something like cork or a fabric mat would provide.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:49 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by memobug View Post
How about using some interlocking polyurethane floor tiles inside the trailer with a carpet cut to fit for the wintertime? Then when summer rolls around you can pull it out and stow it.

Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set 4 Pc

This scheme gets used on boats sometimes by people who live aboard boats during the winter.


This is actually what I'm doing here in Bozeman, Montana. I'm stationary for the winter up into the southern foothills. I'm doing a combo of Reflectix laid down on the floor / bottom of cabinets, and then cut-to-fit portions of the interlocking foam mats, which can be had pretty cheap from places like HFT (as Matt linked) and sometimes at Costco (bigger pack, a bit cheaper per sq. ft. for the same mats). Run some duct tape over the interlock areas, and then put down rugs over all of that.

Even with just with partial coverage with foam mats and rugs, it's comfortable to walk on barefoot with temps in the high 20s outside. We'll see how things go as I get deeper into winter...

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