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Old 02-28-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
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Radio goes shopping, again! - $20 mattress pad and a fix for harsh ceiling fan lights

Having been somewhat depressed by the high cost of mattress pads, I had considered going to a fabric store and buying a 60" x 80" piece of 1/2" foam. I pretty much like the RV mattress we have, especially the fact that it is heated.

While at Target this week I came across a "Comfy Foam" mattress pad. Queen size is $20, full is $15 and twins are even less. The foam surface has those tiny "egg crate" dimples. After a brief "test rest" I think this is just what we needed.

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Also I have been muttering under my breath about the harshness of the light from our ceiling fan. I had been looking for some time for a softer light, possibly a frosted bulb to replace the original halogen spots with.

At Home Depot I came across this solution: A GU-10 based compact fluorescent replacement. This bulb draws only 7 watts (rather than 35 - 50) and produces very little heat, which might be nice on a hot summer night and reduces load on park supplies and generators.

As with many CF bulbs, the light is dim and purple-ish until the bulb warms up. I like the softer, not quite as bright (almost!) light. Some what pricey at about $8 each.
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Old 03-01-2009, 11:16 AM   #2
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we used the memory foam pad from walmart a few more dollars but very nice to sleep on .We also bought one for the airbed in living room for our daughter and she also likes it alot she says it smooths out the ripples in the mattress
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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Some people despise their RV mattresses such that they want to throw them out. Ours is really firm, which we like, and it's heated, which has come in handy a time or two.

This is thin enough to add "just a little bit" and also doesn't interfere with the heating feature of the mattress. And at $20, it's priced right.
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