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Old 04-11-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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Outdoor carpet storage

I have a 9x12 outdoor carpet for the campsite, any tips on storage for this when not in use.
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Old 04-12-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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I fold up our outdoor carpet and store it in a Sterlite storage container.
If it's wet or dirty it's not so messy to handle like this. If needed when we get home, I hang the carpet on the deck rail to pressure wash and dry. After it dries, fold it up, wipe out the container and store it until next time.

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Re: Outdoor carpet storage

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I have a 9x12 outdoor carpet for the campsite, any tips on storage for this when not in use.
We also store the rugs in totes, but discovered the Action Packer brand from Rubbermaid. They're strong enough to sit or stand on, and the clips that hold the lid on are positive enough to put in the open bed of the truck and not worry that they'll blow open. Most regular totes will pop open in the truck and the lid will blow away. On campsite, we use them for storing split firewood to keep it dry.

Here's two Action Packers on either side of our generator which is stored under an inverted Rough Tote, also from Rubbermaid. All three fit neatly between the wheel wells of the truck bed (49" side to side):
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:12 PM   #4
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Thanks, I was thinking it would be nice to have a storage box on the back of the camper for stuff like this & other outside things.
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We have a simular size carpet for outside but it has a stiff backing to it. I roll it up and secure it with velcro strapping at each end. The rug can fit in the cross through storage or I just place it in the bed of the pickup.

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My mother-in-law is a seamstress so she put together a custom sized draw-string bag using heavy material. We just fold up the awning mat and place it in the bag. If it's dry it goes under the bed, wet goes either in the shower or in the pick-up bed. Takes up much less room than a big plastic bin. That's how we dealt with the situation but we have a smaller house than most of you so we have to watch our space.............Marshall
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I just roll mine up and put it in a clear trash bag and tie it up. It then stores inside the back door on the floor, in front of the bed. When I get home, it comes out to hang up on the fence and to be cleaned if necessary. Then, back inside the coach.

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Old 04-12-2008, 08:26 PM   #8
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Thanks for the ideas, I also have limited space with my TT & a carpet with a firm backing, it will fold in half when rolled up, I found this Pic. in the (Tech. Forum Modifications by member JohnB) looks like a great Idea
but I hate to give up my spare tire holder & bike carrier


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Marky,

I fold our carpet up and stuff it between the spare tire and trailer back.




I use bungee cords wrapped around the carpet and bumper to help hold it in place. It's quick and easy and it doesn't take up any storage space in the trailer or truck.


You’re right, that rear box mod that JohnB did sure is nice.

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We also just roll up the carpet (wet or dry) and bungee cord it to the back bumper. It has never come off or gotten moldy.

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Thanks for the ideas, looks like that back bumper will come in real handy for stuff. Hutch how did you mount those rear wheels under the TT

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Hutch how did you mount those rear wheels under the TT
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I bolted them onto the frame.
Check this Skid Wheels to help with Dragging for more information and pictures on how I mounted them on our current Sunline.

I've installed these on our previous Sunline and our current one and have been very happy with them.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the ideas, I also have limited space with my TT & a carpet with a firm backing, it will fold in half when rolled up, I found this Pic. in the (Tech. Forum Modifications by member JohnB) looks like a great Idea
but I hate to give up my spare tire holder & bike carrier


Marky

Thanks for the good words on my rear boxes. I have been traveling for work and just getting to this.

Being a friendly camper, I do want to express caution on adding rear boxes so you do not make an accidental mistake can casue you issues. What looks to be a neat thing to do, can have a very negative effect if all things are not considered. And what works on my camper, may not work on others.

In my case I happen to have rear living room area campers. This floor plan is prone to have a lot of the cargo space on or forward of the TT axles. And as such tongue weight can rise quickly pending how much “stuff” one loads into a camper. In my case this was a problem for me. I had a ¾ ton Suburban on my T2499 and the way my gear loaded it went up to 20% tongue weight or 1400# with fresh water. This actually was too much for my truck. And again in my case I would have to totally unload the front pass thru cargo hole, leave that gear at home, to get the tongue weight down to 1200# where my truck could handle it. Not great when I still had over 900# of TT cargo capacity before reaching the TT GVWR

Sunline was still in business at the time and I exchanged several letters with them about this and an approach I had to balance the TT the way we camp with it and still have 14.5% tongue weight no fresh water and 16% with fresh and stay in the 1200# tongue range. In my case after they saw the calculations I did, they approved my modification. And I still only could add 250# to the back of the camper. The rear tire is about 45# all on it’s own, so it was only ~ 200# limit for, gear, frame, boxes and gear moved in the TT to that area. And I only moved 150#

My solution was not to carry more gear, but to move the gear I already had in different places, thus the rear boxes where born. The rear living area camper has a lot of rug on the back wall. And rug does not weight much….. to offset a heavy TT tongue layout. See here on my T310SR, also a rear living area camper. A beautiful big picture rear windows that we really like. But it comes with a price, tongue weight.





This type of floor plan has chance of being able to move weight in the rear area of the camper and not create a too light tongue weight issue or put heavy stress on the back of the camper as there is not much weight already back there.

A camper with say a rear kitchen, this could be extremely negative to TT balance as it will unload tongue weight thagt allready mya be an issue.

A rear bath camper, pending what is back there, it too may not be able to have this feature as there is already considerable weight at the back of the camper and frame flexure is something to consider.

If we look at front kitchen campers, again heavy tongue weight campers, they have a rear bed room and in the back is a monster size cargo hole under the bed. This helps relieve the tongue to be manageable.

The friendly heads up is, it will take a review of weights and balance and what other weight is already in the back of the camper from floor plan to not accidentally create a very negative effect on TT stability.

Good luck on your gear storage situation as we all have our “stuff” and where to put it. My T2499 had a side full length outdoor peg board cabinet. My new T310SR does not and I’m still trying to figure out what to do with all the cords and hoses I use to have in that peg board closet…..

Happy Camping

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