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Old 08-10-2015, 05:27 AM   #1
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Can you use a REAL mattress?

Why don't people get real mattresses for these things? Is there any reason I cannot use a regular queen mattress like a posturepoedic inner spring type? I have a a 29fkbs travel trailer with a queen mattress which is about 8" short of being full size, so I'll deal with the overhang. Any thoughts? or experiences with real mattresses by someone here? I hate memory foam.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:21 AM   #2
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If it will fit and the slides will still clear and you support the Over hang,Go for It! Weight might be a issue? Your call! Youroo!!
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:35 AM   #3
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we have one in our TT. with a 4 inch memory foam topper as well.
DW has to run and do the high jump to get into bed but ... what the heck its worth the price of admission.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:37 AM   #4
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X2. If you can get it to where you are satisfied with the fit then go for it.

No reason at all other than they make them small to give the appearance of a larger room.

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Old 08-10-2015, 07:41 AM   #5
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We had one made for our 5er. It was made to our measurements and is the same model as the queen size one we have in the spare bedroom. Costly, yes but much much better than the junk we had before.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:58 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. Appreciate the feedback. Tt is stationary, large slide out room supported, so should have plenty of room. Thanks
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O.k., this is related. I am sleeping fine on the mattress in the bedroom of my 262BHXL, but the dinette and especially the bunks could use some extra padding. What are people doing to alleviate the pain? We will often have 8 people or more in the camper and I want them to be comfortable.

I guess I could buy some foam and cut off the corners for the bunks. And I was thinking of an air mattress for the dinette bed (I don't know if it will fit). If you are using an air mattress, what size is best?

What does the wisdom of the forum say?
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If it will fit and the slides will still clear and you support the Over hang,Go for It! Weight might be a issue? Your call! Youroo!!
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Thanks everyone. Appreciate the feedback. Tt is stationary, large slide out room supported, so should have plenty of room. Thanks
I think one point youroo is making- make sure that the mattress will still fit with the slides closed. While it's stationary now, you may have a need to put slides in and move it. Watch clearances or have a plan. For instance, my bed comes within an inch of our dresser with the slide in- if I bought a long mattress, I could possibly lift it onto the dresser to put the slide in. (But, I'm mobile and would never do that to myself. )

As for the slide supported... that's a whole can of worms but not what you asked about. Longest story shortest, most manufacturers don't recommend supporting the slide itself.

I think what youroo meant for weight is the overall camper's weight. Other than penny pinching, I would expect that most manufacturers claim they use the mattresses that they do in order to save weight.
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I've had several RVs. Had to replace the mattresses in about half. Currently have a "Ultimate Dream Latex Mattress" in our "C". Can be ordered via Amazon in several different levels of firmness, toppers, etc. Our "5r" is a Montana, and factory mattress is great. For grandkids, we put air mattresses on floor, on foldout couch (original failed) and over the dinette cushions (not even they could handle the thin cushion comfort). So far we've had good luck with the Intex Comfort series, available from Amazon or Walmart. Just don't buy the really cheap ones as they give up quickly.
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We put a full size queen mattress in place of a smaller mattress. I used ABS plywood and made a new mattress platform on top of the old one. I also hinged the new platform so it could be raised and locked in place so when the slide out was retracted the mattress and frame would not hit the dresser. It sounds weired but it work great. I am 6'5" and now sleep comfortably
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