Thursday, September 21, 2023


RV Mods: A place to carry your “grass carpet”

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Plenty of RVers carry a “grass carpet” with them to stick out under the awning. It’s great to simulate a little green when parked at some high-class RV park where your parking area is solid concrete and the nearest green is at the shuffleboard court. Problem is, how do you store your grass carpet?

6″ tube with end cap, carlos6913 on

For years we had to fold ours up, regardless of whether it was wet, dry, muddy or clean. We’d then stick the folded-up mess into a rectangular storage container and shove it away in the bowels of the rig someplace. Here’s another idea that might work a wee bit better.

Head on down to Home Depot or another similar retailer and look into a chunk of 6″ diameter PVC pipe. As to pipe length, much depends on your carpet size. If you’ve got the typical six-footer, than a few inches over six feet in length for the pipe is just about perfect. Pick up two end caps while you’re at it, and make sure you have some PVC cement.

pipe hanging tape:

On one end of the pipe, glue an end cap into place. Roll up the carpet and push it into the “tube” and push on the other end cap. That neatly secures the carpet and keeps it out of the way. Where to put the storage tube? For travel trailer folks, you’ll likely find that the tube could slide under your trailer very neatly, and can be suspended from a couple of loops of plumber’s pipe hanging tape. Form the loops and secure them to the frame using self-tapping screws. We suspect motorhomers may find a similar arrangement could work for them.

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Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.


  1. My Dad did the same thing only for his fishing rods. He was an avid fisherman and always had one at hand. I always thought that was pretty clever.

  2. Our 10′ x 12′ fiber mat came with its own duffle bag. Swept clean before storing, we fold twice into a 4′ x 10′ then role it up. This works because the role is compressible, not nearly as bulky as grass and affords us a much larger “porch” on which to set our 0-gravity chairs. Easy.

  3. a larger “rug” could present an issue trying to get it into a 6 inch tube, I will stick to folding and putting in a heavy garbage bag until returning home where I can clean it. Mine ends up in the storage area for transport

  4. If you used sewer pipe it would be lighter weight.
    You could use either one with or without the holes for draining.


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