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Old 04-13-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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Roo bunk end mattresses - comfortable?

We're new here, looking to get back into camping. We sold our 12' Coleman pop-up 5 years ago, after about 10 years of use. Not wanting to repeat the hassles of a pop-up but liking the open feel of the bunk ends, we're in the market for a hybrid. Personal preference, the kids being out of the house and TV capacity point us to the 18'-20' size range.

We just walked through a 2014 Roo 19' for the first time and were impressed in all respects except for the bunk end mattresses. We were surprised that Rockwood didn't design it better. There is an inch or more difference in level between the foldout bunk floor and the ~1' wide surface on the inside that the remainder of the mattress rested on. The mattress itself did not compensate for it. You can feel it clearly when lying on it. It would be very uncomfortable.

At another nearby dealer we saw a used Jayco. It was an older model but the design was better with respect to the bunk floor and mattress. The transition between the surfaces was smaller, the mattress was thicker, and the section of mattress that overlaid the inner part was undercut to compensate.

With the exception of the bed, we'd prefer the Roo. Among other things it had two vent fans which were a better design (large fan blades) than the cheesy little thing in the Jayco. Also, the Roo doesn't require purchase of an oven which we consider wasted space and weight.

If this is normal for Roos, are aftermarket mattresses available? I can't imagine sleeping on that for extended periods. Even one night would be unpleasant.

Thanks for sharing your experience and advice.

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Old 04-13-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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Most use a foam memory topper. I honestly do not feel it with 3 inch foam topper.

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I, too, am a fan of the foam toppers. Any preferences as to make or thickness of memory foam? There are so many varieties and prices, it is hard to choose ...
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:32 PM   #4
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My Surveyor was the same way. Absolute worst bed I've ever had in a camper. We slept diagonally for 3 seasons and got rid of it.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:09 PM   #5
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We have a 2" Walmart cheapie topper in our 2012 Roo 19. Don't notice the slight misalignment. Very happy with the Roo 19 so far (2 seasons).
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:29 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Rrickim63 View Post
I honestly do not feel it with 3 inch foam topper.
In what position do you sleep, relative to the joint? Are there 2 adults in the beds? How tall are you?

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Old 04-13-2014, 08:40 PM   #7
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We have a R-Vision Trailsport 19E and I know exactly what you mean about the bed. We have 6" thick mattresses and I get to sleep on the "hinge" and I feel it by morning. We use a 2" memory foam topper with an additional queen size egg crate foam on top of that with regular queen sheets. Works good, but a pain to make up the bed. The layers have to be taken off and put on the table for travel.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:52 PM   #8
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Weird, my 2014 Roo 183 does not have the difference in levels you speak of. All 3 beds fold out flat.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:52 PM   #9
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As I stated on the other forum you posted this question on we turned the mattress the other direction and slept with our feet to the center of the camper. With the mattress that way you would not notice the difference. As also stated we now use the Verlo mattress we had made for our popup camper. Did not think of it until now but how about getting a couple of the blue Coleman camping mats like Walmart has which are 1/2" thick each and putting one on top of the other to make up the difference in height?
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I don't use a foam pad or anything and sleep amazing in the camper. Just slept in the camper for 7 nights and now we're home and I will probably sleep like crap tonight.

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