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Awning carpets - Ideal floor underlay for your awning

There are many qualities and designs of awning carpets. Why do you actually need an awning carpet? Many campers also use a simple tarpaulin! In the following article we try to give you a comprehensive overview of the use of a suitable floor underlay for your awning. Here you can find out:

  • Why do you need an awning carpet?
  • How can I recognise a good tent carpet?
  • Can I shorten or cut a camping carpet?
  • The ideal awning carpet, summary

Awning carpets on camping sites - why it's worth to use them!

Each campsite has different floors. Depending on the location and geological features, the following subsoils can be found: Grass, sand, gravel, even pavement or asphalt. Now you could simply place a tarpaulin in the awning. But beware, many camping sites only allow a breathable, open floor. Because a tarpaulin would destroy the entire subsoil after a long time, it neither lets moisture nor air through... The grass and all life would die. No campsite wants that and as a camper who likes to be in the open nature, you should pay attention to it. By the way, no water protection tarpaulin may be used here.

This does not happen with a Starlon tent carpet. It lets the ground breathe. A good awning carpet is also worth its weight in gold if the ground is sandy, gravel or stones. Here one cannot do without a professional floor underlay. The sand and dirt stays where it belongs and is not carried into the motorhome or caravan. The chairs and camping furniture are fixed and safe and what could be nicer than walking barefoot in the awning? With a cheap tarpaulin, water collects during heavy rain and even barefoot running on the plastic tarpaulin is not pleasant for me. Apart from an unpleasant plastic smell that accumulates in the awning and cannot only cause headaches. If you have a nice pitch with a well-kept lawn you can argue about the use of an awning carpet. And many campers are also generally against it.  But if it rains a bit more it looks quite different again. Who would like to lay a carpet on a lawn, should pay attention that he buys an air-permeable and lawn-protecting awning carpet, which are a little more expensive in the acquisition are worthwhile itself in any case.

How do you recognise a quality awning carpet?

Most people interested in camping are the first to inform themselves on the Internet about a suitable floor underlay in an awning. Whether via Google, on Amazon or in numerous online shops as well as in our VORZELTE PROFIS shop. However you will recognize fast that there is a gigantic selection of tent carpets online. Many things look the same and most offers also sound good at first sight. But already the material offers big differences. Polypropylene, plastic fibre or 75% PVC +25% polyester. Also one finds many differences in the weight and in the qualities from 200g/m² to 550g/m². There are umpteen dimensions which partly orient themselves at the depths of the awnings. The awning carpet should allow moisture to pass from top to bottom as well as vice versa. The nature under the awning carpet is thus spared but rain and moisture are also released downwards. The floor underlay for camping should also not be too heavy, because you have a maximum payload. You can save weight if you buy an inflatable air awning . Here the heavy linkage is omitted. However, if you are permanent campers, have a season pitch and a winter awning weight is not decisive here. You can buy woven or foamed tent carpets online. There is also a wide range of colours to choose from. Most awning manufacturers such as Dorema or Kampa adapt the colours to the colours of the awnings. The most popular colours are clearly grey tones, which is clearly shown by the sales figures of the practical floor underlay. There are many requests for waterproof tent carpets. Here however 2 points are to be considered. Many campsites do not allow this, because the grass or the biological life under such a camping quilt would be destroyed. Here only breathable underlays are allowed. Like e.g. the Dorema Starlon tent carpet. This is water and air permeable. This also prevents unpleasant odours from developing in the awning. However, this is different if they stand on sandy ground or gravel. A water protection tarpaulin from Miru-Tec is recommended here. First lay down a pond fleece which can be bought for a few euros in DIY stores. Then you lay your water protection tarpaulin on the tile. At the end you lay your tent carpet over the water protection lane. This protects them from mud and dirt. Here the ground does not have to breathe as there are no plants and living beings underneath. 

How can I cut or shorten a tent carpet to size?

2 possibilities are available here. You cut the carpet with a hot cutter, which you can get online or in any DIY store for less than 100 €, or you take a pair of scissors or a sharp knife. If you cut the carpet "cold" you have to seal the ends again. This way a longer durability is guaranteed and fraying minimalized.

What to look out for if you want to buy an awning carpet online. Or in a classic camping shop?

  • Easy to clean  
  • Easy to fold
  • Strong & Durable
  • UV-stable
  • Adjustable to awning size (shorten or fold)
  • Available in your awning depth e.g. 250cm, 280 cm, 300 cm & 350 cm

Anyone looking for a good awning carpet should not always buy the cheapest. Because many carpets will only be opened at the camping grounds, you might have problems or unpleasant evaporation in the tent. Of course you can order a new tent carpet online at VORZELTE-PROFIS. Incidentally, folds in an awning carpet smooth out faster or slower after a while, depending on the temperature. Woven carpets, but also due to the woven structure, can occasionally slide apart when pointy objects are placed on the awning underlay. But this is basically no problem, you can restore the woven structure by pushing the loops together again. With foamed carpets, however, you have a hole.