RV Mats – Read This Before Buying an RV Patio Mat

Last updated on September 21st, 2021 at 12:01 am. Originally published on May 4th, 2015

RV mats are those cool colorful mats you’ve seen on other RVers campsites. These mats not only enhance the curb appeal of your camp, but also serve a purpose.

Rv Awning mat

Outdoor RV mats help to hold some of the debris that people carry on their shoes, as they move in and out of the vehicle and around the campground. The mats also act as a barrier between you and the mud, especially after it has rained.

An RV patio mat makes a campsite look much tidier. It provides a decent surface for placing seats and tables, and if you have small children, it makes a better crawling surface than grass.

RV Patio Mats
These mats are also made of campground-friendly material which does not kill the grass. This means that while the grass will be flattened under your mat, you will not be leaving 9-ft yellow patches of dead grass everywhere you go camping.

Sure, you can buy a cheap outdoor rug for your RV, but understand that this is not the same as an outdoor RV mat. The rug will get and stay wet the longer you keep it outside. RV awning patio mats do not absorb water, as a regular mat would. It is also easier to sweep. Remember that water-resistant does not mean waterproof, so water can, and will, seep up through the mat.

Colorful Rv patio mat

Securing your outdoor RV Mat

To ensure that you don’t have to carry a dirty heavily-soaked mat back into your RV for storage, because the wind started blowing and it rained, insert a few tent stakes into the mat. Some mats have grommets for this purpose.

outdoor RV mat brass loop

The grommets can be made from either brass or plastic. Brass will rust inevitably, and this rust will eat not only into the mat, but also into the grommet. Nylon loops at the corner of the mat are the best way to secure your mat. Nylon does not rust.

RV mats for outside are available in all RV accessories supply stores.

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