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Message posted by Hencamp07/8/2009 at 3:48pm
Outfit:  Vango Colorado 600dlx(2009)     Location:  Liverpool
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Hi Guys,

don't post much, sure i will eventually tho!

I was wondering if anyone had used an actual carpet instead of a 'tent carpet'? I don't mean a Wilton or anything LOL, was thinking the cheap rubber backed stuff. I really just want to cover the main square so would be about 8ft x 8ft. Would that be stupidly huge folded do you think?? Wasn't in my head but written down it sounds it! Just didn't really want to pay out loads for a tent carpet and don't like picnic mats all over the place. Any other suggestions or should I stop being tight LOL!

Message posted by camperclan07/8/2009 at 4:05pm
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Even cheap foam backed carpet is very bulky folded. Tent carpet folds down just like a ground sheet, only slightly thicker so 8 x 8 wouldn't take up much room, and would be much easier to clean

Message posted by HEJC7207/8/2009 at 4:28pm
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My sister used a real carpet - bought an off cut and had it bound.
Fortunately they had a big car so just used to fold it in half and use it to line the boot.
I am considering doing the same for our tent (our car is even bigger so space not an issue) - should I get a nice shag pile so I can glamp in style??!!

Price up how much an off cut would be compared to an actual tent carpet. Then you will also need to allow extra space as a real carpet will be much bulkier.
If it all fits and it's cheaper, why not??



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Message posted by r+a_oxon07/8/2009 at 5:33pm
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We use 3 carpet runners in our Nevada 3. The fit nicely and roll up fairly small.

We already had them for when we go on narrowboat holiday so thought we would give them a try and thay work!


Message posted by diana2007/8/2009 at 6:03pm
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bought 6 good picnic rugs from home bargins,sewn them together,works great17

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Message posted by mummymurg08/8/2009 at 1:15am
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I wouldn't be without a tent carpet now. 

i don;t know how much stuff you take with you, but if you are anything like me, the extra space created by taking a tent specific carpet will be well worth paying the extra money.  i always thought that it would gradually decrease the more i went, but the opposite seems true for me!

having said that, if i did have room in the car, i would go for real carpet.  with 2 kids (DS - 5yrs and DD -18mths) my vango carpet has got a couple of pulls and doesn;t stay in place for more than a few minutes!  

either way, as far as i am concerned,  carpet is a must. 



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Message posted by mellymoo08/8/2009 at 9:22am
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We take 4 waterproof backed picnic blankets. Did consider sewing them together but actually find it easier to take them out and give them a shake or dry seperate. They dont take up any room really and were a bargain 1 each late last year. Very cosy and comfortable too

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Message posted by RESTLESS09/8/2009 at 8:20am
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how about foam mats, light, waterproof and pack away easily? We use these

www.smartoutdoors.biz

or Towsure do the same thing with holes in them if you want to be green - but beware, mud and grass do poke through them.

Good luck with finding the right thing


Message posted by sunvalleysue09/8/2009 at 8:51am
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Tent carpet........Wouldn't be without ours now.

Ordinary carpet...Too thick,heavy,bulky and would be a nightmare to clean.
Our Outwell tent carpet just has a good brush when we get home and it comes up like new.It folds up very small considering it is 4m x 2.6m

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Message posted by miclou09/8/2009 at 10:23pm
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I use a breathable groundsheet on top of the SIG in mine, warm underfoot but does not get mucky like a carpet would with the dog!

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Message posted by chocolate-chip10/8/2009 at 5:25pm
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i had been trying to find a cheaper alternative to the 'tent carpets' you can buy, i was thinking of buying a durable rug material off the roll and cutting and sewing to size perhaps with a non slip backing to make my own fitted carpet- thats no where near as bulky as real carpet. i found the amount i would need would cost around without any backing was 35 when an outwell one is only 45 without all the sewing work, it seemed better to buy one!

But...

still wanting to save money i had a look at ikea for cheap rugs and throws, and spent hours measuring, and cutting out graph paper to see what would work (dont laugh!)   -but for anything durable enough it still was adding up to over 25, then i suddenly remembered a throw i had from my student days- its massive and quite durable too- its amazing what old cr*p i have lying around that i forget about for years, so i am going to cut and sew it to size, its a little narrow but i think its fine to not have it by the door so it doesnt get wet muddy boots on it- i will stick my door mat there!

much cheaper than all my other ideas- if only i had thought of it first! doh!


Message posted by yobnhoj7210/8/2009 at 6:04pm
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We have a 12x12 foot deep pile carpet that fits perfectly between the bedrooms in our tent but we usually have the trailer on the back of the discovery anyway as we have a caravan cooker with oven and a three way fridge and an inflatable sofa etc. etc.the only thing we haven't taken with us is the bath but give her time.Although as we say just because we camp it doesn't mean we have to rough it!


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