My family and I love to camp and we spend a lot of time doing it, especially during the summer time. The only thing that my family wasn’t fond of when it was time for us to hit the sack, was their mattress. Camper mattresses tend to be ridiculously hard and uncomfortable, which makes for sleepless nights and stiff necks & backs. So what did we do to solve our dilemma? We decided to find the best mattress for an RV possible.
Sleep Master Ultima Comfort
10-year limited warranty
DynastyMattress New RV Cool Breeze
30-year limited warranty
4” Firm Conventional Polyurethane Foam RV Mattress
3 year manufacturer limited warranty
Before we get deep into this discussion, you need to know that RV mattresses and regular mattresses for the home are usually different. By different, I mean 6 inches shorter. Motorhomes especially, need shorter mattresses because of their shorter frames. Some RV’s also have curved bed frames or corners that have been snipped off in order to access storage areas or bathrooms.
If your RV has a snipped bed frame, then the mattress has to be shaped to fit. Since these dimensions are so unusual, they are usually harder to find and cost more than others.
So, if you are planning on buying a new mattress, which I assume you are or you wouldn’t be reading this, you have to make sure that the best rv mattress you choose is going to fit properly, will work with your specific camper, and you can afford it.
The type of mattress you need depends on what was mentioned above and what you are looking for in terms of comfort. When I sleep in my camper, I need to be on something that is similar to the bed I have at home, but not as expensive. I love to sleep on memory foam, which sometimes can cost way more than regular mattresses. So, should you go with a topper, eggshell, innerspring, or memory foam traditional mattress? Let’s check out some mattress options, shall we?
Memory foam mattresses have become increasingly popular over the years. A lot of people look to the memory foam toppers for a cheap alternative to buying a whole new mattress. The mattresses that come in most campers are hard and uncomfortable, unless you’re fortunate enough to be blessed with an travel trailer that comes with a comfortable one.
If you use a pull out bed in your RV, you will need to ensure that the mattress is going to fold up with the frame, so a topper would be an ideal choice for this situation. If the topper is too thick, the bed isn’t going to fold in the right way and that could cause damage to the frame itself.
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend placing the topper on the pull out ouch when it needs to be folded in. I feel it would compromise the integrity of the foam and create divots within it. Your best bet is to do what I use to do and take the topper off and place it on top of the master bed or on another flat surface where it won’t be in the way when it’s time to pack up.
Before you go looking for that perfect memory foam mattress, you should first consider how often you are going to use the bed. The more time you spend in your RV, the more you are going to want to spend on a mattress. Some RV’s and camper trailers can’t fit regular mattresses, such as pop-up campers. This is where you would want to use a topper instead of a regular mattress.
I have a 4” topper on my mattress in my pop-up camper and it provides just enough comfort for me to sleep. Unfortunately, when we slide the beds in, we have to take the topper off and place it on the area where the couch turns into a bed because the camper won’t close properly.
For pop-up campers, I recommend a smaller topper rather than an overly thick one or you may not have enough room when it comes time to close it up. If you aren’t a fan of the way memory foam toppers feel, there is always the eggshell topper option. Not quite as comfortable, but generally more affordable and can be stored easier than a 4” topper.
In the case of the luxurious motorhome, here is where a nice memory foam bed could come in handy. I have slept on many motorhome mattresses and they weren’t comfortable, but not as uncomfortable as pop-up’s and traditional campers. Depending on the size of your motorhome bed, you could get away with replacing the mattress completely with something thicker and more comfortable.
If your motorhome has a bed that is built right into the frames, which I have seen before, you may have to opt for the topper instead of replacing the bed completely since it won’t come out anyway, at least not without the help of some power tools.
So what kind of comfort level are you on? Do you prefer firm or softer mattresses? If i’m sleeping out in the wilderness and have been on my feet all day hiking, I don’t want to come back to a hard mattress, which is why I prefer the memory foam ones, as I mentioned above. But, not everyone is like me and they prefer the firmer mattresses. Here are your options for types of mattresses you could possibly have in your RV.
Memory foam mattresses are the traditional choice for RV’s. They usually have a urethane base like the traditional mattresses do, but they are then topped with memory foam that conform to the shape of your body. This tends to reduce tossing and turning while you are sleeping, or trying to sleep for that matter.
Memory foam also has the ability to cool you down as you sleep, reduce back pain, neck pain, and other types of pain you may have after a long day. Although memory foam usually has a reputation for making people overheat and sweat, the ones that are made today have seen a decrease in these complaints thanks to newer cooling technology such as open cell or gel.?
Yes, you read that right, an air mattress for an RV. These are different than traditional air mattresses because they are built with a soft foam top layer that is meant for everyday use. Unfortunately, this is one of the more expensive options.
Some of the RV air beds on the market can be adjusted on each side. That means that if I like my side soft and my husband likes his side firm, he we can adjust each side so that we aren’t constantly arguing over the firmness level.
These types of beds are also very easy to move and store because they deflate and roll up. This is an optimal choice for those beds that are used as storage and guest beds. If you have a guest over, all you need to do is inflate the mattress and when they are done, deflate and get your storage area back.?
If you have been considering one of these for your RV because it feels just like the one you have at home, you should consider these few things first. These types of beds like to collect condensation when the temperature changes. Since most RV’s have platform beds, there is a good possibility that mold can accumulate on the underside of your mattress. This could lead to all kinds of health problems since mold can be dangerous to us.
On the plus side, if your RV is able to accommodate a spring mattress, you want to ensure that you find a durable one. They tend to lost their bounce over time and become increasingly uncomfortable. You can also opt for the pillow top spring bed. These mattresses come with an extra layer of cushioning.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best RV mattress reviews I could get my hands on.?
The Sleep Master Ultima is one of the more luxurious memory foam RV mattresses on the market. The reason for this is because it has multiple layers which includes 3 inches of memory foam, 2 inches of comfort foam meant for pressure relief, and 5 inches of a high-density base support foam. All of these layers put together have the ability to give you an amazing night of sleep while relieving those painful pressure points.
The Sleep Master is also made from Certi-PUR US certified foams. This means that it is certified for performance, content, and durability. It’s also made with bio-foam, which replaces the more traditional petroleum with plant oils to keep your mattress in a fresh state.
If your mattress is smaller or larger than a queen, there is no need to worry. You have many size options which currently includes twin, full, queen, and king. Also, if 8” just seems a little too small for you, you have the 10” option as well.
I would recommend this to any individual looking for an affordable and healthy mattress for an RV or motorhome.
The DynastyMattress is an ideal option for any individual that needs to sleep on a cooling surface. I am a warm sleeper and overheat very quickly, which is why I always need some kind of cooling technology with my mattresses or toppers. This RV mattress is equipped with 3” of gel foam sleep cool technology. It also has dual 2” of state of the art cool airflow foam. These two layers combined make for an extremely cool sleeping surface.
The foam itself is made with a high quality 4 layer construction that’s also Certi-PUR US certified, which means that it’s safe to sleep on. The 5” support base keeps you comfortable throughout the night and keeps you from waking up sore and stiff. It provides you with pressure relief, comfort, and optimal airflow.
The other pretty great things about this mattress is that is comes with attractive brown suede corners, a fire barrier, and a washable cover. The washable cover is definitely a highlight of this mattress because you can control how clean you keep it. If you spill something on it while your driver is maneuvering throughout the mountains (only in a motorhome that’s legal to be in while moving), you can toss it in the nearest washer and dryer.?
This mattress is recommended for individuals who sleep warm and who are looking for something that can be washed with a solid warranty.
For those who prefer the more traditional spring mattresses over memory foam, the LinenSpa Innerspring mattress is what you may be looking for. Innerspring mattresses are commonly found in most homes across the world. They are also now replacing uncomfortable memory foam beds that just aren’t making the cut.
This particular mattress has heavy gauge tempered steel coils that give you the support and durability that you would need if you are using your RV a lot. The fire resistant barrier that comes with it meets all flammability standards to ensure the safety of your loved ones.
The foam layer above the coils gives you a cushioned layer for even more comfort while being topped with a quilted fabric cover. This cover is soft and built to last and the mattress itself does contain latex and can be flipped for even wear. You can also be rest assured when it comes to your warranty. Once you purchase the mattress, you are backed by a generous 10-year warranty.
This mattresses is recommended for RV pull out sofa beds or guest beds that are rarely slept on.
The 4” Conventional foam mattress is the ideal solution if you are looking for just a little bit more cushion or need to make your mattress a little more firm. I use one of these in my pop-up and it definitely does add comfort to it. Not to mention, it’s easy to move around, but may not be easy to store if you have a pop-up.
If you have an RV and need the extra firmness, this is what you may need. The 4” block of foam offers firm support for spinal alignment and transitional support. The foam has a 33lb compression and it also reduces pressure points. The foam also has the ability to reduce sagging and soft spots within the sleeping area.
The other great thing about this topper is that it provides additional support to the contours of your body and they use environmentally friendly processes to make their foam. So just because it says “polyurethane” doesn’t mean that it’s dangerous. Their foam earned a PURGreen certification which means that they are safe and free from harmful chemicals. It does not contain ozone-depleting CFC’s, lead, mercury, PBDE fire retardants, or any other harmful materials.
This mattress is recommended only for RV’s, not motorhomes. It is also recommended for those who are looking to add a little more cushion to uncomfortable beds instead of replacing the entire mattress.
Here, we have another memory foam mattress, which is no surprise since they are so popular. This one is made from body-conforming memory foam that may make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud, or just really comfortable. With this foam, you may have a much better and deeper sleep than that uncomfortable plain foam mattress that came with your RV.
This mattress is CertiPUR-US certified which means that it is safe to sleep on and uses no harmful chemicals in its foam. The bed is made up from 3 layers combined to create one comfortable bed. The first layer is 1” memory foam, the next is 2” of super soft foam, and the third layer has 3” of supportive base to keep your spine aligned.
The mattress begins to conform to your body once you lay on it and warm it up. When the temperature of it is normal, it feels firm, but once you lay on it, it adjusts to the temperature of your body and starts to mold itself to the shape of your body. Your weight will also be evenly distributed to help relieve those pressure points and help you sleep better without tossing and turning.
This mattress is recommended for those looking for a body conforming memory foam mattress as a replacement for their hard RV mattress.
I understand how important it is to have a comfortable bed to sleep on while you are camping with your family. This is why, after carefully researching all of the above mattresses, I would have to recommend the DynastyMattress New RV Cool Breeze 12” Gel Memory Foam Mattress. I know, it’s the most expensive one on the list, but if you are an avid camper or you happen to live in a camper, which I have done, this is the best camper mattress for an RV.
The main selling point for me here is that it’s washable. When you come back from an adventure and lay on your bed, you never know what you’re transferring onto it. At any point, you can take off the cover and wash it so it’s fresh again. So, if you want something that’s washable, comfortable, has a great warranty, and is safe to sleep on, this mattress is it.?
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