Mat for outside camper

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I am not even sure what these things are called, but I have seen many campers and caravans with a sort of cloth pegged down outside the entrance under the awning. They seem to let sand fall through the mesh and they keep most of the dirt out of the camper.
Went into BCF today to try to buy one and they don't sell them.
Can anyone advise which is the best type and where to buy them?

Cheers, Peter H
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:49

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:49
The stuff you are probably looking for is called annexe matting. Clark Rubber stock it, and (according to Dr Google) so do BCF. There is also another product apparently designed to keep the dust down when helicopters land, but for the life of me I cannot remember what it is called.

Some people just use shade cloth and it seems to work fairly well. It is also quite a lot cheaper than annexe matting.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:54

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:54
I'll help your memory .... It's called CGear matting.
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Follow Up By: kevmac....(WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:54

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:54
we used 75% shade cloth(or there abouts) with our last van, but inherited a supposed proper mat with latest poptop. We also use ontop of that , in main traffic areas, the jigsaw rubber mats that majority of camping & multinational stores stock these days.
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Follow Up By: kevmac....(WA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:56

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:56
..... our mat is same width as annexe but extends roughly 4ft out the front, so most of the dirt etc doesnt make it into the annexe at all
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:57

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:57
Forgot to add it's expensive & very bulky, I bought one online & was shocked at the size of it, because of that I never used it, it's still sitting in the shed!

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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:53

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 17:53
Shade cloth works a treat. Probably for a lot less $.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 19:12

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 19:12
Second the shadecloth, particularly when it is doubled over.
Have been using it for many years.
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 20:54

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 20:54
Shade cloth can get very slippery when wet, so even though the Clark Rubber gear is bulky, I think it is a better option.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 22:36

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 22:36
We have found that shade cloth has a slippery side & a non slippery side!
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Reply By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:23

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:23
TJM stock it.
It's great gear and worth the money IMHO.
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Reply By: Member - john y - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:23

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:23
G'day Peter. We have C Gear matting and find it great. The only problem we have faced is when some bread crumbs or such had been dropped and had fallen through the top layer.Overnight some birds had damaged part of the top layer as they pecked to get to the crumbs Ants can also get between the two layers.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:35

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:35
Gday Peter. We use one of these as our awning is 5mx2.5m. It is about half the weight of shadecloth that we used previously and is much more practical. It is on page 20 of the Coast RV catalogue if it doesn't come out clear enough. Cheers, Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 09:32

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 09:32
Its on page 23
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Reply By: Pelikan - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 09:03

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 09:03
Thanks to all who replied. Very useful.

Cheers, Peter H
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Reply By: Member - garytee - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 21:42

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 21:42
Another vote for CGear.
We have just finished an 11,000 km trip through northern Australia where the only grassed site you get is if you have brought your own grass.

The CGear is outstanding. Placed over red sand and dust - it remains sand free.

It isn't cheap but ..... worth every cent.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 09:45

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 09:45
I bought one, but went to the shade cloth style because of the sheer bulk of the CGear matting.
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