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Old 01-09-2018, 04:06 PM   #1
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Electric Mattress Pad Idea

Heading out in a couple days. First couple of nights on the road, temps will be down to around 10. So we are going to put our electric mattress pad on the bed to keep us toasty at night. I got to thinking about putting the heated mattress pad UNDER the mattress. While I haven't had an issue to date, I have seen posts by folks who had moisture build-up under the mattress when in really cold areas. I'm thinking that by putting the pad under the mattress, I would avoid that problem. I'm thinking that because the pad is designed to be under blankets and such, having the mattress on top of it won't be an issue. I recognize that it will take a while for the pad to warm up the mattress itself.

Am I crazy to try this?
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:20 PM   #2
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How about putting reflectix under the mattress? We did this on our popup. Heater on top and reflectix underneath and the bed stayed toasty and no moisture buildup underneath.

Get a roll of the stuff at your favorite home improvement store for about $20. You can use it in the windows to help keep things warmer in the rest of the RV, also. The stuff can be used for lots of things in your rig.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:17 PM   #3
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How about putting reflectix under the mattress? We did this on our popup. Heater on top and reflectix underneath and the bed stayed toasty and no moisture buildup underneath.

Get a roll of the stuff at your favorite home improvement store for about $20. You can use it in the windows to help keep things warmer in the rest of the RV, also. The stuff can be used for lots of things in your rig.
Thanks! Hadn't thought of that.

Two questions;
1. Did you join the sheets of reflectix together in any manner? I see it offered in 16" and 24" rolls.
2. Did you do anything to attach to the wood base to keep it from sliding around? I'm thinking I might use a staple gun top and bottom edges and maybe a few random in the middle or along the hinge on the board.
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:36 AM   #4
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I used some staples on the reflectix. Then used industrial velcro strips to keep the mattress from moving on top of it. I just used the hook side and stapled stips of that (hook side up), while stapling the reflectix. You don't need many staples to keep everything in place.

Just cut the material to cover the board. Staple each corner. Then add about a 12 inch velcro strip in the middle of it and staple this at each end of the strip and one in the middle. This is plenty to hold everything down.

We also keep reflectix in our bedroom windows.

You can get a roll of the velcro at the same store (or online of course).
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:50 PM   #5
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I doubt that the top of the bed will EVER heat up.

Reflectix is a good idea.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:47 PM   #6
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All previous good answers: Reflectix under the mattress, staples and Velcro, heatpad over the mattress, sheets ontop, etc.

But, on the road, how will you feed your heating pad 12v DC or 120v AC ?
What type of controller on the heatpad ?
Don't forget the extra blanket too.

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Old 01-10-2018, 11:59 PM   #7
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All my stops have electric, so we'll be able to stay cozy. Putting reflectix in when daylight shows up. It's going to be a balmy 50į! Unfortunately it will also be raining.
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Old 01-11-2018, 12:25 PM   #8
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I highly doubt that the mattress pad will push heat through the mattress. I use mine under a thin foam topper on my bed and it works great.
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