|It's so danged pretty, I have to show it twice!!|
|EVERY mat-like raw material that I found came in widths of four feet only, whether it was on the internet or in brick-and-mortar stores.|
Sprinter Parts Depot didn't think that such a one-piece mat would fit right either, due to the fact that carpeting had already been installed. In view of these factors, I completed an exhaustive search for some alternative material that might be adaptable to this application.
|For crying out loud, I even ordered samples of dance flooring to see if that might fulfill the need. Wonderful stuff, but too thin.|
|Like this. It was a bit tedious, but it had to be done.|
(1) I have a dog with frequently muddy feet, plus two humans with muddy feet. Furthermore, it's not ordinary mud we're talking about - some of our intended destinations have deep black tannin-rich organic mud, the kind that can ruin a carpet in a single day. Therefore, the entire cab aisle needed to be covered if possible. No side or end gaps.
|Fresh, fresh bear tracks, my foot at bottom for scale. That's the kind of mud I'm talking about. Even if I don't invite this bear into our Interstate for a snack, I still get the mud all over my own feet.|
This is what my template ended up looking like.
|Well, shoot, not surprisingly, it looks pretty much identical to the commercial templates for T1N Sprinters, except it's a foot longer, duh.|
So I capitulated, tossed that idea (and my prototype) out the cab window, and went with individual 2006 T1N Sprinter stock mats from AutoAnything. They are made out of Lloyd's Rubbertite product, which I have in my daily driver and really like.
|Driver's side. The coverage area is limited but the fit is pretty good.|
|Passenger's side. Not going to win any awards, but not offensive either.|
As for those really dirty hiking days and the potential for the aisle carpeting to get soiled, I'll just have to cross that bear-ridden bridge when I come to it.