Choosing Motorhome Accessories: RV Mattresses

When you are preparing for a long road trip, there’s a chance that the farthest thing from your mind is the bedding that you’ll be sleeping on in your RV. One of the main reasons you purchased a motorhome, though, is for the convenience and comfort. If your current RV bedding is old or just not appropriate for your needs, consider looking into purchasing a new mattress. Investing in a good quality bed will likely pay for itself by providing you comfort and support for many long nights on the road. First of all, do you even need a new RV mattress? While most motorhomes come with decent bedding accommodations, you’ll probably discover that an upgrade will do you well. If your mattress is used, check it for any signs of sagging, creaking, or coil breakdown, causing flatness. Badly soiled mattresses should be tossed, too, to make room for a new set. Other signals that your mattress isn’t doing its job properly:

  • You wake up stiff and sore
  • You don’t feel well rested upon waking up
  • You develop back pain

As with anything, quality is important when you’re searching for a comfortable RV mattress. Currently, there are three mattress types to investigate that would work well for your purposes:

  • Innerspring mattress. Since this is the most common type of mattress available, innerspring mattresses are easy to find at a discounted price. The coil spring technology used in this type of mattress hasn’t changed much since its invention over 100 years ago. However, while popular, coil springs only cushion a downward force, which may not provide your body with enough support.
  • Memory foam. This kind of material is terrific for molding against your body and providing ample support. Memory foam should always be viscoelastic, meaning that it will return to its original shape after you’ve gotten up. Also consider the various weights and ILD (indentation load deflection) figures to determine the best firmness for your needs.
  • Air bed. Popularity for this kind of mattress is increasing, as they’re convenient to move and set up. As technology has improved in the air bed industry, you’ll find them to be more comfortable, too, making them a potential alternative for a new mattress.

When purchasing a new mattress, look for a minimum thickness of 6 inches for best comfort and support. Memory foam mattress toppers are also an option. At 2 inches thick, toppers are a great way to give new life to an old mattress. It’s also important to find a mattress that meets all standard safety guidelines, too, so make that a priority. Since RV mattresses come in a variety of sizes, it’s always best to measure once…then measure again, to make sure you have the proper measurements with you when you’re shopping for your new bed. Take a few test drives to find the right bedding set for you. Don’t be rushed into purchasing a mattress, as a quality, durable product should last you for years to come. Experts say you should lay on a mattress for 15 minutes before deciding it’s right for you. That’s a small amount of time to ensure you have a good night’s rest on your trip, so you’ll be ready to face the day and make the most out of your vacation.

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