A comfortable camper bed is a necessity, but unfortunately, built-in ones are usually hard and uncomfy. In this RV camping resource, we help you find the best RV mattress that can fit any camper size and style.
While sleeping in your RV camper is generally considered more comfortable than sleeping in a tent, nothing could be further from the truth if you have an uncomfortable RV mattress.
This guide will help you navigate the world of RV mattresses, showcasing some of the best options available in the market.
We’ll cover various types, sizes, and features to consider while making your choice, ensuring you make an informed decision and find the best RV mattress that suits your needs and preferences.
Are RV Mattresses Different From Regular Mattresses?
You might be wondering if you can use the same mattress you use at home for your RV, however, there are several differences between an RV mattress and the standard mattress you use at home.
RV Mattresses Are Lighter
Everything you put inside your RV affects the overall weight. It’s important to know your trailer’s GTWR (gross trailer weight rating), which is the total mass of your road trailer when it is fully loaded. RV mattresses are lighter, which keeps their effect on GTWR to a minimum.
RV Mattresses are shorter and thinner in size than their household counterpart.
RV mattresses are designed to allow them to fit on the tiny bed spaces inside your campers. The sizes of RV mattresses are designed to be smaller compared to their household counterparts. Some RVs may have a “queen” bed but expect it to be a few inches smaller than the standard sizes you see on household mattresses.
RV Mattresses are more flexible to fit into such a tiny space
RV mattresses are designed to fit into tiny spaces and are flexible enough to be bent when necessary.
Can I Put A Regular Mattress In My RV?
Yes, but it would depend on your RV size and layout. It would be pointless to put a mattress that doesn’t conform or is not fitting with the space that you have in your campers. If it fits, it fits, right?
It would also depend on how many sleepers are there in your campers. What’s important is as long as it is fit the space that you have and you know that it’s comfortable, you can always place a regular household mattress in a camper.
What Is A Good RV Mattress?
When choosing a mattress for your campers you should always consider the following factors, so you’ll know that you’re getting the best mattresses for your family.
- Type of RV– The size of your camper will tell you how large or how heavy the cushion you will be needing. Choose a mattress that won’t take up the load and won’t be a heavy burden for your trailer.
- Size– To choose a mattress that best suits your sleeping quarters, make sure you’re basing your purchase on the size of your bed space.
- Durability– In to use your mattresses for a long time, choose something that is made of durable and high-quality materials.
- Easy to clean– To keep your mattresses free from dirt and smelling fresh, you must wash and clean them. Make sure you are choosing something convenient, and you won’t have a hard time cleaning it.
- Firmness– The firmness of the mattress is very important, especially for back sleepers that especially need extra support from mattresses.
- Noise– For those who tend to toss and turn during sleeping, an RV mattress that can hold weight pretty well without much sound is ideal, especially when the bed is for sharing.
- Price– It’s always a good idea to set aside a budget when buying an RV mattress, this will help narrow down your choices for the best-fitting mattress for your RVs.
- Temperature Regulation– For warmer months, breathable and temperature-regulating mattresses are ideal for keeping campers more comfortable even in hot weather. Foams incorporated with gel or phase-change materials are excellent in regulating temperature.
What Size Are RV Mattresses?
RV mattresses come in different shapes and sizes designed to fit just about any RV style and size. Mattress sizes can differ from one manufacturer to another, but here are the most common sizes that you can see on the market.
Bunk Mattress– These mattresses are fit for a camping family with enough space to keep you and the kids sleeping comfortably. There are a variety of sizes or dimensions for bunk mattresses for a custom fit.
- 28” x 75”
- 30” x 75”
- 30” x 80”
- 34” x 75”
- 35” x 79”
RV Twin Mattress– It is usually narrower in size and is designed to fit most smaller RVs where sleeping space is very limited. You can place it side by side as well, and can work as a bunk bed if the space inside your RVs is enough for this kind of setup. They usually come in two sizes.
- 28” x 75”
- 28” x 80”
Truck Size Mattress– These mattresses are most commonly used in the cabs of semi-trucks, hence the name. These can serve as an RV mattress as well, especially for tall sleepers adding some extra length to the mattress. They are available in two sizes;
- 35’’ x 79”
- 42” x 80”
RV Full- Also known as Double Mattress, this RV mattress is an inch smaller than the regular full-size mattress. Brand new RVs usually come with mattresses in this size, which is perfect for one adult sleeper.
- 53” x 75”
- 54” x 75”
- 55” x 75
Three-Quarter Mattress-Smaller than the standard full-size mattress but a few inches bigger than twin and bunk RV mattresses. Three-quarter-size mattresses may accommodate two kids or one adult sleeper, depending on their age and size. These mattresses are great for smaller RVs that can’t accommodate a full-size bed.
- 48” x 75”
- 48” x 80”
Short Queen Mattress-These mattresses are a few inches shorter than the household queen-size mattress. It can accommodate two adult sleepers comfortably without occupying too much space in your RVs. Its shorter length allows it to be squeezed into tight spaces.
- 60” x 74”
- 60” x 75”
Queen Mattress-Although not as common as the short queen size, there are still camper models that are built and able to accommodate queen-size mattresses. This is a standard queen-size mattress that you use in your household. If your rigs have a large enough supporting platform, you can use these mattresses for your campers.
- 60” x 80”
RV King Mattress-They are large enough to accommodate a couple and a child, or four children. These are perfect for large RVs, large families, and tall sleepers. Some pop-up campers are wide enough to accommodate two kings on either side of it.
- 72″ X 75″
- 72” x 80”
Types of RV Mattress
RV mattresses have different types of materials, each with a unique feature that stands out from the rest. Most mattresses are hybrid and can be a combination of different types.
- Latex– Latex foam comes in natural, synthetic, and blended varieties. There are multiple ways to manufacture latex foam, but the most common types are Dunlop and Talalay processes. Latex foams have less heat retention but are better at cooling. They are also great in pain-relieving, hypoallergenic, breathable, and durable compared to most foams out there.
- Polyurethane foam– They are the cheapest and lowest quality foam used for mattresses and mattress toppers. Polyurethane foam primarily comprises compounds derived from petrochemicals(extracted from petroleum). Many manufacturers use this foam as the top layer of spring mattresses not because it has high quality but mainly because it is inexpensive. Polyurethane foam can be compressed very easily due because of its low-density quality. These foams can add support and softness but are not as great as memory or latex foam.
- Memory foam– Memory foam is a combination of polyurethane foam and chemicals that allows it to have a different feel and “slow-moving” quality than plain polyurethane foams. They are denser and more expensive than regular polyurethane foam. Memory foam is heat reactive, it absorbs heat and softens as it gets warmer. High-quality memory foams are more durable and last longer than low-quality foams that start to degrade after a few months after purchase.
- Innerspring– These mattresses are built with steel coil springs as a base and different types of toppers. Sleep disturbances often occur, especially when you’re sharing the bed with someone who tends to move quite often. Recently, manufacturers started adding “pocket coils” each spring to solve this problem.
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