The Best RV Mattresses For You And Your Family

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.

Top 5 RV Mattresses Comparisons

Product

Dimensions

Warranty

Our Ratings

Sleep Master Ultima Comfort

74x60x10

10-year limited warranty

DynastyMattress New RV Cool Breeze

75x60x12

30-year limited warranty

4” Firm Conventional Polyurethane Foam RV Mattress

78x58x4

3 year manufacturer limited warranty

The Low-Down On RV Mattresses

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.

What Do You Need?

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?

Topper Or Mattress?


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.

With Sofa Beds


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.

With Regular Beds


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.

For Pop-Up’s


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.

For Motorhomes


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.

Types Of Mattresses

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
  • Air Mattress
  • Spring coil mattress

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.?

RV Mattress Reviews

Sleep Master Ultima Comfort Memory Foam 10 Inch Mattress-Short Queen


Overview

  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Certi-PUR US certified
  • Memory foam
  • 59.4 pounds
  • 74x60x10

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.

Pros

  • It is made with bio-foam
  • Affordable
  • No chemical odor
  • Very comfortable
  • Soft & cuddly
  • Expands quickly

Cons

  • Questionable fabric quality
  • May be too firm for some
  • May be tough for larger individuals to change positions

I would recommend this to any individual looking for an affordable and healthy mattress for an RV or motorhome.

DynastyMattress New RV Cool Breeze 12” Gel Memory Foam Mattress-Short Queen


Overview

  • 30-year limited warranty
  • 120 night sleep trial
  • Certi-PUR US Certified
  • Memory foam
  • 75 pounds
  • 75x60x12

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.?

Pros

  • It has a solid warranty
  • It can be washed
  • It’s Certi-PUR US Certified
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Reports of reduced back pain
  • Has a cooling factor

Cons

  • Questionable stitching on the cover
  • May be too firm for some

This mattress is recommended for individuals who sleep warm and who are looking for something that can be washed with a solid warranty.

LinenSpa 6” Innerspring Mattress-Queen


Overview

  • 10-year warranty
  • Innerspring
  • 45.6 pounds
  • 80x60x6

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.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Good quality fabric
  • Offers great support and comfort
  • Good value

Cons

  • Complaints about the measurements being wrong
  • May be too firm
  • Complaints of it being too uncomfortable

This mattresses is recommended for RV pull out sofa beds or guest beds that are rarely slept on.

4” Firm Conventional Polyurethane Foam RV Mattress Bed Cushion


Overview

  • 3 year manufacturer limited warranty
  • 30 night sleep trial
  • Polyurethane Foam
  • PURGreen certified
  • 78x58x4

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.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Made in the USA
  • Cut down on back pain
  • Can be cut to fit smaller beds if needed
  • Easily Stored

Cons

  • Has a slight odor
  • Complaints about false measurements
  • May be too firm

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.

Best Price Mattress 6” Memory Foam Mattress-Queen


Overview

  • 10 year warranty
  • Memory Foam
  • CertiPUR-US Certified
  • 35 pounds
  • 80x60x6

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.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Feels cooler than other mattresses
  • Affordable for a mattress this size
  • Soft
  • Good quality
  • Great value
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • May not be suitable for heavier individuals
  • Complaints of it being too soft
  • May not hold shape well

This mattress is recommended for those looking for a body conforming memory foam mattress as a replacement for their hard RV mattress.

Conclusion

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.?

Leave a Comment:

5 comments
Maureen says March 4, 2017

Do you have any input regarding SAMs 10 inch memory foam queen size rv matress?

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    Brenda Bostwick says March 5, 2017

    It’s from Zinus, so it should be fine. The more expensive the mattress, the more quality foam is used (aside from some major manufacturers) and the longer it will last.

    If you’re not on it every night, this will work just fine.

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Rick says March 9, 2017

As I look through the ratings on amazon related to the DynastyMattress New RV Cool Breeze 12” Gel Memory Foam Mattress, it seems that most of the 1 star reviews indicate the bed breaking down after a few months of use.

Do you have personal experience sleeping on this mattress over time?

I would be sleeping on it nightly in my rv.

Thanks

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    Brenda Bostwick says March 15, 2017

    For the price the Dynasty mattress has a very good density for the foam layers. The higher the density of the foam the more it will withstand use and avoid indentations. The heavier you are the higher the density you need. If you’re over 250lbs and use this mattress everyday, you may want to look at something a little more expensive like Dreamfoam’s latex RV mattress. We’re reviewing that one soon. However, if you are under 250 or so, this should be a fine investment. Let us know what you go with.

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De Funaro says August 23, 2017

Our motorhome has twin mattresses and a center insert when we want to convert the twins into a king size. However the mattresses are very hard and uncomfortable. The other problem is that the mattresses are about 5″ thick because they are on a very raised platform that one has to go up steps to get onto. Therefore anything thicker than that would make the bed way too tall and difficult to get into. Another issue is that one twin is about an inch shorter than the other and it has a notched corner. What do you recommend?

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