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JRS & B

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Posted: 09/19/13 08:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used an old 9 x 12 plastic woven mat to protect the floor of my tent, which was showing some serious wear in the middle. It worked better than expected. It protected the floor, kept the cold from coming through, and all of the sand sifted through the mat so the mat stayed clean on top.

I just used this approach for 15 days straight in Michigan's U. P..

I realize this has limited appeal unless a person packs heavy, but if you tent camp for a week or more it is a consideration.

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sounds good...
I always put a foot print, or at least a tarp under our tents


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I have used straw with tarps and just plain tarps. worked for me during many elk hunting trips.

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All of my tents have footprints. It' the only way to extend a tents life! They're all lightweight custom jobs so they all pack ultra light!

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Posted: 09/19/13 10:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always put a tarp on the ground first and then the tent with built-in floor on top of that. I would fold in the ends so they would not catch run off water from the tent. We also always had a full rug inside our tent. The beds were the raised type that fold out with a pocket for air mattress. very comfortable sleeping back in those days...

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I also have a foot print under the tent.

It is just that the area where I camp/fish is all sandy soil. Eventually sand gets dragged into the tent and the abrasiveness of the sand wears the finish off the tent floor.

I did do the rug approach one year when we got new carpeting for our house. I used 4 x 6 foot sections of our old carpet. It was great, but the carpet pieces were not so white after 3 weeks, and they ended up in the dumpster.

With the plastic weave mat I can just hose it off in the driveway and set it out to dry for next time.

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Posted: 09/22/13 11:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Inside the tent I use a flat sheet across the front door side .
After a few days it is easy to remove and shake out .
When I get home I wash it in the washer .
Under the tent I now use an old blue plastic tarp and fold it over double .
I have a fitted bluebrint but I find the double thickness tarp to mask the Boulders under the tent site seem smaller .
I use a couple of old door mats in front of the tent door .
All of these items fit into the duffel bag with the tent .

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Posted: 02/26/14 06:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Using the foam rubber puzzle mats from home depot (now Colemen is making after my suggestions)Placed under the tents footprint which lifts the center of the tent up off the ground.

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I use a closer weave under-awning plastic mat that matches our blankets in our trailer tent. The sand stays on top, so I just roll it up and dump it outside. A few shakes and it is like new again.

When I tent camp, I use a tarp inside and fold up the corners and clip them with clothes pins or metal office binders to make a tray. This keeps things inside the tray dry and when we break camp, I just roll the tarp up and shake it outside.

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