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Old 08-26-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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Upgrade mattress on 2011 Palomino popup?

We recently bought a 2011 Palomino popup. We suspected when we bought it that the mattress/plywood would be too firm for my wife. The salesman indicated that there was room for a pillow top or a thicker mattress. However, as best I can determine the roof pretty much touches the mattress when it's down. Has anyone dealt successfully with this issue. For example would I still be able to lower the roof with, say, a 2" foam pad under the existing mattress. Or might there be a better 4" thick mattress than the original equipment?
My wife will thank you for any suggestions.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #2
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We recently bought a 2011 Palomino popup. We suspected when we bought it that the mattress/plywood would be too firm for my wife. The salesman indicated that there was room for a pillow top or a thicker mattress. However, as best I can determine the roof pretty much touches the mattress when it's down. Has anyone dealt successfully with this issue. For example would I still be able to lower the roof with, say, a 2" foam pad under the existing mattress. Or might there be a better 4" thick mattress than the original equipment?
My wife will thank you for any suggestions.
Bob
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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We recently bought a 2011 Palomino popup. We suspected when we bought it that the mattress/plywood would be too firm for my wife. The salesman indicated that there was room for a pillow top or a thicker mattress. However, as best I can determine the roof pretty much touches the mattress when it's down. Has anyone dealt successfully with this issue. For example would I still be able to lower the roof with, say, a 2" foam pad under the existing mattress. Or might there be a better 4" thick mattress than the original equipment?
My wife will thank you for any suggestions.
Bob



I feel your PAIN

We too are in the process of experimenting with mattress toppers and other cushioning methods to combat the firm beds with the given roof allowance we have on the Pup. We have the heated mattress covers and thought about a thicker mattress, even contemplated getting an air mattress. Just have to remember to let the air out after camping trip has ended, and then trying to find a "good one" that holds air is been pretty challenging according to the majority of the reviews I have been reading.

We opted for (2) 5 zone mattress toppers from Wally World in hopes that this will help soften a bit. Hopefully 1 will suffice, but 2 would be more than welcoming. In addition, I am also thinking of putting a sleeping bag under the mattress for cushioning. Just have to remember to make sure nothing gets in the way of the track when sliding the beds back in. If it works out that the roof won't close, well then we will just have to completely strip the bed down as usual. Would be nice to eliminate 1 step.

This is what we are hoping for next time out. There is no substitution to the bed at home.

Here is a link you may want to check out. They offer some great alternatives of foam bedding.

Conventional Mattress - Soft, Medium & Firm Foam Mattress, Beds


Hope this helps, good luck in your search.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:01 PM   #4
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me too!

I have a M-6149 and while the mattress is quite an upgrade from the 1985 Jayco, it still isn't a sleep number bed. I think my biggest gripe is that I cannot open the half door when the top is down to be able to investigate the situation. Heck, it would be nice to be able to load up also without having to crack the top a bit to load some bags.
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I have a M-6149 and while the mattress is quite an upgrade from the 1985 Jayco, it still isn't a sleep number bed. I think my biggest gripe is that I cannot open the half door when the top is down to be able to investigate the situation. Heck, it would be nice to be able to load up also without having to crack the top a bit to load some bags.

AMEN to that!

Here's what we finally did. We lifted the roof a bit then opened the door and then lowered the roof to see how much room we had. Kind of bass ackwards, but it worked. This is when I envy the "Big Boys" with their full doors. Other than that, wouldn't trade my Pup for the world.
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When we had our Palomino PUP P2100 we added a foam eggshell topper on our mattress. It helped some, we had thought about getting another memory foam one but traded before we did. We did sleep good with what we had.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:45 AM   #7
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Thanks for your response. We bought two mattress toppers yesterday and are in the process of trying them out on PUP mattress on the kitchen floor. (I was pleasnatly surprised that they are returnable.)
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #8
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Our Palomino is a Y series model 4127
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #9
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There is a 6" foam mattress with good reviews (short queen-reversible) on amazon. I've been looking at it since the weight is also pretty low. I believe it was selling for just over $200. Just in case your mattress toppers don't work as well as you hoped.
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Kathy - Thanks for the reply. We will keep it in mind. I'm impressed with all the helpful people who have offered suggestions. Campers seem like a helpful bunch.
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