Annexe - Walls & Matting
What types of annexe matting are
there? Which material is best for non-slip?
Compare the different types here.
pull up your RV and decide to stay awhile or you simply want
to set your annexe up for extra space or privacy and you want
something to cover the concrete slab or cover the ground
outside your awning.
is a trend away from using a vinyl, polyethylene or canvas
tarpaulin (‘tarp’) as a groundcover for camping as it kills
the grass beneath leaving bare dirt after your departure.
This makes the site unattractive for the next camper. Some
caravan and camping parks will not permit the use of the
plastic tarp under a tent or for use outside your RV.
other disadvantages of using a poly tarp is that dirt
accumulating on the floor does not fall through and requires
sweeping. Any liquids spilt on the tarp will also need to
be wiped or sponged up. When packing up, the tarp is often
wet from condensation underneath and the grass and dirt
stuck to it requires time spent cleaning.
mainly two types of caravan annex matting, synthetic meshing
or PVC foam. Synthetic meshing matting comprise layers of
weaving that make them durable and allows liquids and dirt
to fall through. As they can bunch up they usually have
eyelets so they can be pegged down when in use. The PVC or
rubber foam matting certainly gives a softer feel under your
feet than mesh matting and can be easily swept but liquids,
sand and dirt cannot always fall through the foam.
those of you with caravans, fifth wheelers, motorhomes and camper trailers, the size of the flooring you
require will no doubt need to at least match the area of the
size of your awning.
What types of annexe
matting are there?
Shade or mesh sunshade cloth
can purchase mesh shade cloth, which may vary in density,
from any hardware store but you will likely need to sew it
to edge the sides and insert grommets or eyelets if you want
to peg it down. At some stores you may be able to purchase
shade cloth in precut shapes and sizes.
be careful with your selection as some shade cloth can be
slippery particularly when wet. Bunnings Warehouse stores
carry shade cloth and a rubber type flooring that has holes
or spaces to let dirt and moisture through.
fold up the shade cloth or rubber matting into an old large
pillowcase which will make a good place to store it. Perhaps
have made up a smaller piece, say 2 metres square to put
outside your door for short overnight stops when you aren't
bothering to set up the annexe.
Commercial matting products
This is a Polyester coated mesh fibre matting that
allows small particles of dirt to fall through and
the grass to grow through the fabric. The
manufacturer claims the matting is UV protected,
eyeleted and edged for securing to the ground. It
is lightweight and strong with a smooth surface to
walk on and you simply give it a good shake or hose
it down before storing. Packing up wet is not a
problem as it is mildew resistant.
Camec ‘Annex Floor
Camec multi-layered floor matting, available in various
sizes and widths, is edged with eyelets to enable pegging
down and is designed for dirt and sand to fall through the
mesh. They state it will not kill the grass.
The CGear Multimat looks like a shadecloth matting but the
manufacturer states it is constructed from a multi-layered
knitted patented technology. It is ideal for those sandy campsites
as it allows sand and dirt to fall readily through the mat.
Liquid spill will also fall though and it can easily be
wiped clean. The manufacturer states ‘The
Multimat can be used as a shade mat (Providing 90%+ UV
Protection) and as windbreak break mat for screening’.
Multimat has reinforced edges with brass eyelets and won’t
fray or tear. Annex matting sizes range from 1.8m x 2.4m
(6ft x 8 ft) up to 3.05m x 3.05m (10ft x 10ft).
E.M.P. Industrial Australasia Pty Ltd
This company supplies caravan and camping mat that
is breathable and water permeable. Their
robust, rot, mildew and mould resistant PLUS annex
matting is made in Germany.
The matting has holes which would allow the
grass to grow and let some dirt through. The
product comes in rolls but may be heat welded for
extra width. Fastening
clips are also available.
following flooring is also available but may not be suitable
due to the space required for stacking them for
Caravan Rubber Matting
Blue, green and grey coloured foam
rubber caravan matting in various sizes is available from Caravans
Plus and Caravan Pro online stores.
Mat Flooring Systems
mats are made from foam and are tile like pieces that
interlock with puzzle-like edges. They would be best suited
for cement slab annex area as they do not have holes for
dirt or liquids to pass through.
of annex floor matting is available from caravan and camping
stores. Clark Rubber stocks EVA flooring mats similar to
this style of flooring mat with and without holes. P J
Bowers Pty Ltd manufacture durable jigsaw mats, EVA 75 & EVA
45 foam, made for a solid surface.
Annex Walls / Privacy Screens
walls can be made of canvas, a heavy duty premium fabric
(100% polyester) or vinyl. They feature screened windows and
doors, a mud skirt on the bottom to keep fabric off the
ground and a skirt to go over the RV wheels to keep out the
draught. Annex kits are available providing sail rails for
the side of the RV as well as anti-flap rail kit into which
the annex walls attach.
walls have the rope sewn into the edge of the material which
slides into the track and others have a velcro piece, that
slides into the track, and velcro section on the walls to
which it attaches.
diameter of the groove in the rollout awning and the Fiamma
box style awning are different so ensure you get the correct
one to suit.
brand names include - Aussie Traveller, Kakadu Annexes,
Australiawide Annexes and Coast to Coast.
you choose not to have a full waterproof annex but seek to
add to your comfort, privacy screens for the long and short
walls of your awning, made of shade cloth are also
available. Shade cloth walls can be used to create another
room, screen the neighbouring site or keep out the afternoon
shadecloth screens are available from Camp Shades (Julie
Dunkley), Caravans Plus and SunBuster.