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Old 09-10-2006, 12:36 PM   #1
Doug and Anita
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carpet

Am I the only one or is everybody else have trouble keeping the carpet clean. Why are vinyl or hardwood floors not an option in the Montana. It would be much simpler to keep hardwood floors clean. What am I missing here?
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Old 09-10-2006, 12:41 PM   #2
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We take our shoes off at door. Also have throw rugs.
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Old 09-10-2006, 12:47 PM   #3
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We find the rugs no harder to keep clean than the ones in our stick house.


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Old 09-10-2006, 12:53 PM   #4
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Campers are usually parked in areas were you can track in grass, dirt, etc. and there is less space to walk around in so your track area is smaller. We use throw rugs carpet runners, door mats outside, Don't really think they really get dirtier they just have more opportunity to collect dirt.It is one of those camper things...

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Old 09-10-2006, 12:56 PM   #5
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Our carpets are a fairly light color, and we do a lot of winter camping. With our 80lb dog it is hard to
keep our carpets clean. We take our shoes off and try to wipe the dog's feet, but you are right the carpets in this unit are harder to keep clean then our last trailer.

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Old 09-10-2006, 01:09 PM   #6
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Try these step mats from camping world.

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/p...ts/prodID=5152

I gave my other RV step mats away, these really clean your shoes before you enter. I have a larger one outside in front of the step. Works GREAT! did I say they work great? One of the best investments I've made. Actually, my carpet is light similar to what I had at a few of my stick homes, and you just have to take your shoes off and use a few rugs in the high traffic area like in front of your sink and front door or near the fridge.....or the carpet will get dirty. doesn't matter if it's an RV or Home. Dirt is dirt. I always had my carpet clean at my stick homes once a year if I figure they needed it or not. Carpet does helps hold in a little heat though.

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Old 09-10-2006, 01:51 PM   #7
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I think it's just that it is a high traffice area. Throw rugs do help, but pets and their body oils are hard on carpet. Having it professionally cleaned every so often will certainly help. I had ours cleaned before we left, still looks great. I treat it just like our home carpet.

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Old 09-10-2006, 01:57 PM   #8
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I'm with Allison, those step mats do help, more than I would have thought. We wipe as we go up, Al has already had to turn them around cause we wore the front of the step thin. Figure a couple of years per set??

Shoes off, rugs, all those tricks. Sweep frequently (sigh, cannot get away from housework) and clean the carpet. We clean at least 2 times a year.

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Old 09-10-2006, 02:45 PM   #9
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Dirty carpets ares just the price you pay to be a hard core, back woods camper!

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Throw rugs, shoes off, and an occasional carpet shampooing.

You oughta see ours, it looks brand new.

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We had ours professionally cleaned, vacuumed daily, mats on the steps and front area. Finally got tired of them still looking dirty. Pulled up the entire livingroom/kitchen to include vinyl and replaced it with laminate flooring. Sooooo much nicer. Run a Swiffer across the floor daily and sponge mop weekly. No fuss/no muss/no bother.

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Old 09-12-2006, 09:01 AM   #12
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We use a vinyl runner across the "main traffic carpeted area", when we are somewhere that dirt tends to track onto the carpet. Also, I purchased and cut to fit 3 vinyl stair protectors for the stairs up to the bedroom, we leave those on all the time, it also helps with the wear and tear of the carpet on the steps. Other than that, it is not much different than our old stick house to keep clean.

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Old 09-12-2006, 06:38 PM   #13
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Joy that is what we did with our steps up into the bedroom...I think this helps a whole lot.

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Old 09-13-2006, 08:13 AM   #14
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Bob & Kathy,

I agree! I especially like the fact that the protector on the top stair goes over the sides of the lift hatch in the floor. It's a lot less likely to wear out or crush down the carpet there. Plus, we have a small throw rug we place at the end of the vinyl that goes across the carpet in front of the bathroom and washer closet. At least the stairs and upstairs are taken care of for heavy traffic wear.

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