pull up your RV and decide to stay awhile or you simply want
to set your annex 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.
those of you with caravans, travel trailers, 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
flooring 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 fiber 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 Netting’
floor netting comes in various colours and sizes to suit
different awning lengths and depths. It is UV protected,
lightweight, permits dirt and liquids to fall through. It is
edged and comes with eyelets for pegging. Packs up well.
The CGear Multimate looks like a shadecloth matting but the
manufacturer states it is constructed from a multi-weave
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.
Sizes of CGear Multimat are:-
1.8m x 2.4m (6 x 8 ft)
2.4m x 4.3m (8 x 14 ft)
2.4m x 6.0m (8 x 20 ft)
3.6m x 4.6m (12 x 15 ft)
E.M.P. Industrial Australasia Pty Ltd
This company supplies caravan and camping mat that
is breathable and water permeable. Their ‘Plus’ and
‘Costa’ 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
following flooring is also available but may not be suitable
due to the space required for stacking them for
Safety Tred II Mats
These are free draining plastic squares that link
together and can come with beveled safety nosing to
prevent tripping. They can also be used for marine
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.
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