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Old 12-14-2011, 03:29 PM   #1
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How do the heated mattresses work?

A number of posters have talked about how nice the heated mattresses are. How do they work? Are they like a heated blanket? Can you preheat the bed? Do you use sheets and blankets even in cold weather camping? Or do you use sleeping bags? Do they have a dial to raise and lower the temp?

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Old 12-14-2011, 04:15 PM   #2
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A number of posters have talked about how nice the heated mattresses are.
How do they work? They need 110v so plug it in.
Are they like a heated blanket? Somewhat, except you are on top vs under.
Can you preheat the bed? Yes, a good one-two hours before bedtime.
Do you use sheets and blankets even in cold weather camping? We use flannel sheets during cold weather camping. Regular sheets rest of the year.
Or do you use sleeping bags? Nope, a good heavy blanket will do.
Do they have a dial to raise and lower the temp? Yes, 1 through 6. Six being the highest (hottest) setting.

Even though some may find the heated mattress enough for colder nights, we usually supplement the heat with either a portable heater (1500 Watts) or the TT's furnace.
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How do they work? They need 110v so plug it in.
Are they like a heated blanket? Somewhat, except you are on top vs under.
Can you preheat the bed? Yes, a good one-two hours before bedtime.
Do you use sheets and blankets even in cold weather camping? We use flannel sheets during cold weather camping. Regular sheets rest of the year.
Or do you use sleeping bags? Nope, a good heavy blanket will do.
Do they have a dial to raise and lower the temp? Yes, 1 through 6. Six being the highest (hottest) setting.

Even though some may find the heated mattress enough for colder nights, we usually supplement the heat with either a portable heater (1500 Watts) or the TT's furnace.
No, NO, NO!! FrankM, you must use fleece sheets all year round!!!! LOL!!!!
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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after just a few nights with our heated mattress
in high 40's type weather
still need some bedding added to it for cozy
this heat in the mattress is new to me
I'll give it a C+ for now

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Old 12-14-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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We have 3" of memory foam on ours. Really holds the heat.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:13 PM   #6
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during the spring and in the fall we use the heated mattress on the bottom and a nice electric blanket on the top that way we don't need to Max out weather one and its very cozy we love our heated mattress
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:42 PM   #7
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it basically has the heating coils in the pillowtop part of the mattress.
have to have shore power to use.
we pre-heat ours when we have shore power and they are awesome!

but we rarely get to use them, since we dry camp almost all the time.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:34 PM   #8
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sorry to 'crash' this thread. But do folks use the heated mattress all night or is it used to pre-heat the bed.

We've used the heated mattress (when shore power is available) to pre heat the bed, but never all night ling.

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We use ours all night! They work great.
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We use ours all night! They work great.
all night long! just wish you could vary the level on each side. i'd have it at "1" and the DW would have it at "6"!
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Because we boondock most of the time, we rarely get to use our heated mattress. Last year, in the fall, we spent a few nights at a Colorado KOA (i.e. Full hook-ups), and used the heated mattress for the first time. It got pretty chilly at night, but that heated mattress kept us toasty warm. I must say it was one of the most comfortable nights we've spent in our camper.
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bikendan,

LOL,,Thats me and my wife. I let her have her way with the control and I always wake up sweating profusely.
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LOL,,Thats me and my wife. I let her have her way with the control and I always wake up sweating profusely.
I unzip the window a bit to keep my cool. With the memory foam it isn't as intense but will keep you warm.
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We had one in our Roo. Amazing is all I can say.
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all night long! just wish you could vary the level on each side. i'd have it at "1" and the DW would have it at "6"!
Just get a heated Matress Pad and you can have side1/side2 controls. a queen is 85.00 at walmart I think. But as stated before it is 110 so Geni or shore power only
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since we dry camp almost all the time, it wouldn't be worth the extra money.

but it'll probably work for those who have electric available at their state parks, unlike us.
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