Floor for outside of camper trailer.

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Hi. I am going to put a floor covering outside the door of my camper trailer, (under its awning). Was thinking of pegging down either shade mesh or marine carpet but am unsure what would be best. Can anyone advise what they use and how well it works.
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 17:59

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 17:59
I peg down shade cloth with my KK. Great in sand & dirt country because the sand & dirt falls through. Great in grassy areas because the sand (eg beach) falls through and the grass etc stuck to your feet or boots scuffs off easily. Bit bulky when its folded but very light and, in any event, considerably less bulky than carpet and heaps lighter too. Shade cloth's the go!
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Reply By: Willb - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:10

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:10
I think that most caravan parks etc. would not like the carpet because the grass would die off.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:25

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:25
Shadecloth's got my vote - we use it, don't need to peg ours down, if you get the right size will be held down by awning poles. Sweeps off easily.

If you''ve got a soft floor camper trailer, consider getting one big enough to go under the size of the floor as well - protects from grass, dirt, sand etc getting stuck and having to scrape off, and affords a little protection from sharp gumnuts/rocks etc. Just whack it down, set up the trailer and you've got your awning floor as well. If you don't put the awning up, it don't matter, the shadecloth still keeps your feet reasonably clean when entering the tent.

Hope this helps

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Reply By: Fusion - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:34

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:34
G'day wal30,

We bought some 2.5m wide green rubbery stuff from bunnings for our Adventure Camper. It's not solid so sand etc will fall through it, but it's reasonably heavy so I've not seen the wind pick it up yet.

We bought enough to go under our tent area (to protect the seemless floor, and make cleaning the outside tent floor unecessary when packing up) and our awning area. Not cheap at about $40 metre, but looks like it will last forever and is comfortable to walk on, grippy etc etc.

If we're in a caravan park and have a powered site, we put this stuff down over the concrete slab, makes it much more confortable to walk on.

You can get the same sort of stuff from many camping stores too.



Just thought of another use for it... in a pinch you could probably cut a strip off and use it to give you some traction in sand, mud etc. ie feed it under the front wheels to drive over.
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Reply By: gforse - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:51

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 18:51
hi wal we use shde cloth mesh on ground to walk on it works great as any dirt or sand just drops through if you take time to fold up neatly it fits in with camp gear ok get it pretty cheap at disc stores ie crazy clarkes karen and garry
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:05

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:05

We also use shadecloth. I have a large piece which goes under the soft floor of the camper plus the floor area under the annexe roof.

It helps keep a lot of rubbish out of the camper and sweeps off easily and is pretty cost effective.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:33

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:33
yep shadecloth, double layered, sand and dirt falls through,
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:44

Friday, Jun 24, 2005 at 19:44

It's cheap, light to carry, easy to shake clean and fold up.

Stops the dirt and crap from your feet being carried into the camper.

Lets rain through so you are not walking through puddles.

Stops the grass being mulched by your feet.

It's brilliant under the awning of our camper.


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Reply By: Member - Karl - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 13:35

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 13:35
Shade cloth gets my vote as well. We use it all the time when camping. Most caravan parks in WA wont allow any thing else other than shade cloth to be put on their lawns etc.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 13:38

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 13:38
Shade cloth is the go

I got mine for free from my sister when she replaced some on the pagola. Makes mine even better.

I don't even peg it down just put a couple of gear boxes and about 14 million pairs of shoes on it.

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 14:10

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 14:10
Yep. Shade cloth is the go. Apart from all the practical reasons given before, it is friendly to the environment. Grass can still breath, so it survives, even if you stay for ages.
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Reply By: Gully - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 16:20

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 16:20
Shadecloth is the only way to go. One other advantage that hasn't been mentioned is that it dries out very quickly also. Any mud that may be on it will also break up and can be shaken off after its dry. I have two pieces one for under the soft floor of our camper, the other for under the awning. Had both edged by an upholster and with brass eyes to peg it down. Looks very proffesional and is the "ducks guts".
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Follow Up By: Peter W - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 20:10

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 20:10
Again I am one who endorses shade cloth as the only way to go for price, weight and environment friendly. And on a hot, sunny day you can use it as ............shade cloth.
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Reply By: Member - Poppy (QLD) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 11:54

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 11:54
Mate, Fusion is right on the money with his reply about using the rubbery one from bunnings.
I also have used shadecloth mainly because of cost, however it can be extremely slippery and after seeing a friend (elderly) having to have a hip replacement because of a slip on shadecloth when stepping out of a van, I decided to go for the other option and have not regretted it.
Although not cheap at $40 per metre it has all the other self cleaning properties of shadecloth without the risk of going "A over T"
Cheers Poppy
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Follow Up By: flappa - Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 09:47

Monday, Jun 27, 2005 at 09:47
We also used shadecloth , but you are correct. It can be very slippery and at times down right dangerous.

Proper Caravan Annex matting is FAR better but $$$$$.

You can buy shadecloth with eyelets sewn in from camping places. Oztrail I think make them.

Worth considering.
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