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    Default Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    There is no denying that a groundsheet makes the camp neater, but do you always put one down, and if you don't what makes you decide not to?

    I had my trailer now a year, and have used it in camping at least 9 times over the last year.
    Mostly we have stayed for a weekend, but there have been some 4 nighters...

    I have only deployed the ground sheet once.

    With the Commander I used it more often, maybe because it was smaller, and not such a schlep (in my mind at least)
    Maybe it is because the trailer has a batwing awning.. and the fact that it is so much quicker to put the awning up...

    I'm trying to determine if it is frowned on if you decide not to use a groundsheet.
    If you guys say I MUST use one, why?
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    I use one when I camp for 2 or more in one place, it feels neater and cleaner, also nice for young kids but really don't enjoy packing it up from a dirty dusty ground and putting it in the trailer. If I overland I leave it at home, it takes extra space and is an extra schlep like you said.

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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    We use ours most days.
    But with solid ground, lawn, paving we may not.
    It is a location decision
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    It depends on where we stand. The groundsheet comes out when the surface is sandy and only if we are staying too longer then 2 nights. Otherwise we put out those interlocking rubber mats at the door .
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    Quote Originally Posted by SAJeep View Post
    It depends on where we stand. The groundsheet comes out when the surface is sandy and only if we are staying too longer then 2 nights. Otherwise we put out those interlocking rubber mats at the door .
    I grab one of the Cruisers rubber mats and put it at the door. Bang it out against the wheel next morning and it goes back into the Cruiser.

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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    We basically use 2 separate grondsheets: a large one which is a bit longer than the caravan and goes in front of the kitchen area and a small 1,5 x 1,5m one at the back door. The one at the back door almost always get put down except for camping on really nice grass or paving.

    The big one: camping on grass or paving, no never.

    Sand yes, for a long stay.

    Hard packed ground or dusty campsites, yes. I feel it traps a lot of dust and keeps it out of the kitchen.

    If the weather is really windy, cold or rainy, we add the sides of the wing. My OCD cannot cope with the sides hanging in the mud or dust, so groundsheets it is, but with a large one at the back door.

    Generally for one night stop overs we don't open the wing nor put down a groundsheet.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    There is no denying that a groundsheet makes the camp neater, but do you always put one down, and if you don't what makes you decide not to?

    I had my trailer now a year, and have used it in camping at least 9 times over the last year.
    Mostly we have stayed for a weekend, but there have been some 4 nighters...

    I have only deployed the ground sheet once.

    With the Commander I used it more often, maybe because it was smaller, and not such a schlep (in my mind at least)
    Maybe it is because the trailer has a batwing awning.. and the fact that it is so much quicker to put the awning up...

    I'm trying to determine if it is frowned on if you decide not to use a groundsheet.
    If you guys say I MUST use one, why?
    We always use our Groundsheet and that the first thing that we put down and stretch out and then yes we drive on it so the whole Trailer is on the Sheet >> making sure we ar far enough to the side to deploy the Awning and the Poles also rest on the Sheet. We use Blocks of Wood to protect the Material of the G Sheet as well on the 2 x back stays. Wife likes to be neat and clean as possible in the bush. Stuff slides in and out far easier too from under the trailer Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Betts View Post
    We always use our Groundsheet and that the first thing that we put down and stretch out and then yes we drive on it so the whole Trailer is on the Sheet >> making sure we ar far enough to the side to deploy the Awning and the Poles also rest on the Sheet. We use Blocks of Wood to protect the Material of the G Sheet as well on the 2 x back stays. Wife likes to be neat and clean as possible in the bush. Stuff slides in and out far easier too from under the trailer Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    Only when standing on dirty sand. However use 2x2 plastic grass inside trailer top tent.

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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    We do use a groundsheet when camping on sand. But never when overlanding when it is not packed and also not used if staying less than 2 nights.

    I was horrified to see some campers in Kruger carrying and using garden rakes on their campsites. Is this not taking the obsession with tidiness beyond the pale? I had seen rakes used in the past in unfenced campsites and presumed this was so that any animal tracks overnight could be examined, perhaps not.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    We always use groundsheets under the trailer tent built in groundsheet and dome tent. Protects the built in groundsheets from being damaged due to stones or thorns.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    I have seen camping sites stipulate that ground sheets must be placed under tents to protect grass. I would also say ground sheets help prevent thorns puncturing tent floors and feet.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    If we use the ground tent we use shadenet under the tent to keep it clean, but not as a mat as it is slippery.

    We have been known to rake our campsite. This is to remove thorns or stones that could damage the ground tent.

    When using the RTT we use a camping mat that we put our table and chairs on, even when overlanding, it keeps everything nice and clean.
    It folds up nicely and stores in a bag.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    How does a ground sheet, under your tent save the lawn?
    I can understand a groundsheet in the area that you cook and walk, but not the area under your tent.

    My groundsheet is pretty full of holes, so I doubt it would protect your tent from thorns..
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    I try to avoid using one in the Senior Gazebo but depends on location.
    Always feel it is a magnet for scorpions and snakes
    who want to keep warm.

    Have a rubber mat at the base of the RTT ladder.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    How does a ground sheet, under your tent save the lawn?
    I can understand a groundsheet in the area that you cook and walk, but not the area under your tent.
    Exactly what I also wanted to know.

    As far as I understand, some camping sites prohibit the use of solid ground sheets in order to protect the grass.

    But. Almost all tents these days has solid build in ground sheets and will kill the grass, if pitched for too long on the same spot. No matter if there is a ground net underneath.

    But yes. I always use my ground nets when camping with a ground tent. One under the tent which is larger then the tent. And one under the Gazebo which is exactly the same size as the gazebo.

    I only use the dome tent for two nights or more. When overland alone (without wife) I sleep in the back of the bakkie and then never use a ground net or sheet.

    I also use one of the rubber mats from the car to put on the ground net in front of the tent entrance, when in camp.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    The ground sheets I have seen have fairly largish holes to allow grass under tent to grow through and not get flattened.... But again the question," what happens when it reaches the tent built in floor and having no sunlight, grass goes white".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    How does a ground sheet, under your tent save the lawn?
    I can understand a groundsheet in the area that you cook and walk, but not the area under your tent.

    My groundsheet is pretty full of holes, so I doubt it would protect your tent from thorns..
    You may need a new groundsheet.

    I guess it depends on your definition of a ground sheet. Some have a solid plastic ground sheet which essentially excludes any air from the lawn. Others use a ground on grass net which creates air space between the tent and lawn trapping less condensation.
    My ground sheet is quite thick shadenet.

    I like it because it keeps the tent underside clean, though even camping on lawn you may still get patches of dirt so it saves having to wipe down the tent when packing up.

    We always tuck the ground sheet about 6" under the tent. If you get a sudden downpour it will not draw water from the sides under the tent.
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    Default Re: Ground Sheets - Do you or Don't you?

    On our new trailer which has to last the next 15 yrs til I am about 85 we have the Groundsheet under the Built in Tent Groundsheet and I have bought a cut to measure OZITE industrial carpet to go on top of the Groundsheet in the tent = triple protection for the Tent groundsheet underneath and on top

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Betts View Post
    On our new trailer which has to last the next 15 yrs til I am about 85 we have the Groundsheet under the Built in Tent Groundsheet and I have bought a cut to measure OZITE industrial carpet to go on top of the Groundsheet in the tent = triple protection for the Tent groundsheet underneath and on top
    We do something similar in the tent with large padded beach mats. An added benefit it keeps tent floor clean, just lift and shake it out when packing up, works great.
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