We bought a 2007 Travel Trailer in pretty good shape and for a pretty good price. All appliances work well, and above all – no leaks in the roof. We were so lucky we did not had to fix anything. We bought this TT pretty blue eyes and didn’t really know what to look for. If you are in the process of buying one, here is a step by step guide for buying a Camper.
Of course the interior of our Camper was hideous – brown, beige – like every Travel Trailer we looked at. But that didn’t really bother us too much, because I LOVE to paint and make things pretty.
But what I can’t stand and couldn’t imagine keeping, are old cushions, an old mattress and old carpet. That has to go. IMMEDIATELY.
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Where do you get the best furniture for your RV?
If you are thinking of updating the dated sofa, or you want to update the dinette, here are some links to check out. Just consider that the weight you take out of your Camper should be around the same weight (or of course less) than you put inside. Don’t overload the RV.
This is why you get the best furniture options for your RV with weight indicator here:
The most important piece to update in your RV is the mattress!
A good night sleep is everything. Especially if you are thinking of using your RV for longer periods of time you need a good sleep at night. If you have slept on a RV mattress before, you know that it is not comfortable.
Whatever mattress you get, make sure it is the right fit for you and your sleeping habit. You definitely don’t want to wake up with a back ache during the best time of the year.
I have been sleeping on Latex mattresses for a long time now because I have back pain and sleeping issues since I entered my fifties and was involved in some car accidents. This is why I recommend Latex mattresses.
But here are some FAQ answered before we start:
FAQ answered before we start diving into mattresses:
What is the difference of an RV mattress to a regular mattress?
It normally is the thickness and the size of the mattress. RV mattresses are very thin, uncomfortable and also reduced in weight which of course is important when furnishing an RV.
Can you put a regular mattress in an RV?
Sure, if the mattress fits on the platform. It is important to measure the bed space correct as some RV bed sizes are around 1″ to 5 ” smaller.
What size is a RV queen mattress?
A regular Queen mattress is 60″ x 80″, an RV Queen could be a bit shorter which is around 60″ x 75″. If you have the space, you can lengthen the bed platform easily to fit a regular queen size mattress.
What is the best mattress thickness to get?
For people weighing below 250 pounds a 10 inch mattress is very comfortable. People weighing more than 250 pounds may want to consider a 12 inch mattress for more comfort.
What are the best mattresses to get for an RV?
Well, this depends mainly on you what you consider the best mattress. If you sleep on a Latex mattress at home and you love it, I would use the same or similar in your RV. Just consider the different dimensions and don’t forget to check the weight.
Where do I get a good mattress for my RV?
But where do you get an RV mattress? If you measure the size you need and it is a regular Queen size, you can get them everywhere. Walmart, Amazon, Ikea, Target, Wayfair, … It starts getting a little tricky if you can’t use a regular size mattress.
If you are using your Camper not only on weekends and want to sleep well while you are traveling all over the country, decide on a good mattress. You won’t regret it.
Being over 50 with some aches here and there and getting occasional heat attacks once in a while, I need something comfortable to sleep on.
You can choose from many different mattresses and it is not an easy decision to make. This is why I am giving you my top choices, which vary in prices.
Here is my option 1:
If you are not sure what is the best firmness, a soft, a firm mattress or a medium one, this might be the right mattress for you:
This mattress is made out of 6 layers of dunlop Latex (1 layer of medium and one layer of firm Latex), organic cotton and a layer of wool fire barrier.
You just turn it around if the firm side is too firm for you. You have a softer (medium) side on the other side. See picture layer 3 and 4
Two Levels of Comfort, One Perfect Latex Mattress from Latex for Less
“By using two layers of our all-natural, single-origin latex with different firmness levels, we’ve created a reversible mattress that caters to the desired comfort of every sleeper”.
Replacing your RV mattress is a great solution to a good night’s sleep. Just be sure to measure the exact dimensions of your RV mattress or the space where you want the mattress to put on before purchasing anything since almost every RV bed is different.
This Latex mattress comes in different sizes:
You can choose from 7″ or 9″ height in the following mattress dimensions:
- 38 x 75
- 38 x 80
- 54 x 75
- 60 x 80
- 76 x 80
- 72 x 84
And this mattress is shipped in a box.
My option 2 is:
This mattress also consists of 6 layers with a 3″ Copper Gel Memory Foam which provides rapid cooling and body heat transfer which is a good thing when you are sweating at night.
Here are the available sizes:
Individual dimensions of each size Layla Mattress:
- Twin 38” x 74” x 10”
- Twin XL 38” x 80” x 10”
- Full 54” x 74” x 10”
- Queen 60” x 80” x 10”
- King 76” x 80” x 10”
- Cal King 72” x 84” x 10”
Weight of each size Layla Mattress:
Twin: 50 lbs Twin XL: 55 lbs Full: 70 lbs Queen: 80 lbs
King: 90 lbs Cal King: 90 lbs
My option 3 is:
Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam Mattress Short Queen size
This mattress has the size short Queen and is around 5 inches shorter than a regular Queen size mattress.
This mattress is 74 x 60 x 10 inches and weights 57.5 pounds. A good choice if you are looking for adding less weight into your RV.
- Conforming memory foam comfort and support
- Mattress layers include: 3 inches Memory Foam, 2 inches Pressure Relieving Comfort Foam, and 5 inches High-density Base Support Foam
- Only the Highest Quality of Foam-Foam is CertiPUR – US Certified for durability, performance, and content
- The latest evolution of memory foam, Bio Foam.
- ships in a box
6 inches is about the limit of the thickness of a mattress and is fine for more light weighted people. Normally the thickness of a mattress is between 7″ and 12″.
If you are looking for adding less weight, this is a good choice mattress:
Dimensions are 80 x 60 x 6 and weights 32.7 pounds.
- Green Tea-infused Memory Foam With a Soft, Poly Jacquard Cover
- Pressure relieving memory foam which supports your body
- Moisture absorbing active charcoal
- ships in a box
The cheapest version is a:
If you just bought a brand new RV with a brand new mattress you probably don’t want to exchange the mattress right away. Try it out and if the mattress is not good for you, you might want to think about adding a mattress topper for more comfort.
This is a 4 inch Memory Foam Mattress Topper which adds comfort to a pretty thin and uncomfortable mattress.
Dimensions of this Mattress topper is 79 x 59 x 4 inches and weights 21.8 pounds.
This is an amazing topper, if you need a cool mattress because you are sweating at night. Not as expensive as a mattress, comfortable to sleep on especially when you are camping in hot areas (or have hot flushes at night like I have).
And it only weights 15 pounds (Queen size), so not too much weight you are adding to your Camper.
Check it out, definitely something to look at:
If you want to get an overview of the 6 best camper mattress here is a good list to look thru: https://www.thewanderingrv.com/rv-mattresses/
Are you searching for bunk house mattresses?
If you have an RV with bunkhouse for two or four children you might want to consider to customize these bunks. It is very rare that you find a mattress exactly the size you need if it is an awkward size.
Therefore get reupholster foam and cut it the way you need it. The best thing to do is to make a template out of some cardboard, lay the template on top of the foam and cut around the template with an electric knife.
Here are some reupholster foams in 4″ and 5″ thickness.
More questions answered:
Do you need an awkward size mattress?
Some RV mattresses may have rounded corners, or a corner is missing or the mattress is very narrow, then you need to get creative.
Get the 5″ reupholster foam, cut it the way you need it and add a mattress topper on top for more comfort. You can also decide to buy a 10″ foam mattress and cut it the way you need it. It depends on your comfort and what would be the easier and cheaper way to do.
What should you do with your mattress in high humidity areas to prevent from molding?
Air circulation is the best you can do when you are staying in high humidity areas. That means adding a moisture protection under your bed and lifting the mattress up every other day to get some air underneath. Running a dehumidifier also helps.
Or add a slatted frame if you have the space. You can get them cheap at Ikea.
Where to get the right sheets for your RV mattress?
You don’t get sheets for a short Queen mattress everywhere. You will find them in Camping Supply stores like Camping World.
If you decide you want to use the correct sheets for a short Queen mattress here is a link:
I use my regular Queen size sheets and just fold them under the mattress. It doesn’t look perfect but well, that is the way it is.
If you look for perfection, I would customize regular Queen size sheets. This is probably the cheapest and easiest way to do.
What can I do to make the RV mattress more comfortable?
The easiest way is to put a mattress topper (at least 3 inches thick) on top of the existing mattress. Add plenty of comfortable pillows and a warm comforter and it will be so much better than before
How do I make the bed in an RV easier
O.k. to make a bed in an RV is more like trying to practice gymnastics. I normally sweat and need to lay down after making my bed.
But there are some ways to make it a little bit easier if you use the following:
- a fitted sheet
- 2 pillows
- a comforter
You get the fitted sheet straight by lifting the mattress up and stuffing the fitted sheet underneath. This works fine if you can walk around your bed. If your bed is like mine, you have to lay on top of the bed to get the sheet straight.
If you get a comforter for each person you just need to fold it in half and lay it on top of your bed. This is so much easier than trying to get sheets and blankets straight.
If you click on the image you are directed to Amazon:
Add some pillows and the bed looks pretty decent.
Summary of “Where to get the best RV Mattresses:
If you know what mattress is good for you, then I would not experiment with other types. If you have no problem with sleeping, then get the Zinus memory foam. Great mattress for the price you can hardly beat. You will also find some decent mattresses at Walmart. Just make sure they come in a box and you know how to get them inside your RV.
But no matter what type of mattress you are going to get, make sure you sleep comfortable to make your RV trips enjoyable.
See you on the road,
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