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Old 09-09-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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Anyone use an air mattress?

I'm still trying to resolve my comfort issue with the bed... The wamsutta toppers are good for a night or two but on the third day, I start to ache from the lumps and bumps. I'm thinking about adding an air mattress and was wondering what you all recommend.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:03 PM   #2
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no but I always use them tent camping and would not go any other way. We had a Sleep Number at home. It was good but returned it as we did not think it was worth the money.

Here is a company that makes custom RV air mattresses.
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We love our Sleep Number and after having one for several years, would pay whatever the price.

However, after trying several models, I would suggest buying a level 5 or higher.

The air bags are the same in all models, but the type and thickness of the foam gets better as the price goes up.


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I'm still trying to resolve my comfort issue with the bed... The wamsutta toppers are good for a night or two but on the third day, I start to ache from the lumps and bumps. I'm thinking about adding an air mattress and was wondering what you all recommend.
Just to clarify, you're discussing your Airstream Interstate's convertible sofa/bed, right? I ask only because the previous respondents were discussing sleep number beds.

In my Interstate, the first thing I did to make the bed more comfortable was to remove the two upholstered boards at the aft end of the side-facing seats. That leaves the jackknife mechanisms exposed, but the metal bits don't stick up above the cushions the way the boards do, so you don't feel them when you're sleeping. That one change by itself drastically increased the comfort level by removing the only real hard points.

If that's not enough, I also got a roll-up Cabela's cot pad, though I don't always use it.
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The regular size is exactly the right length for a non-Extended Interstate, but just a little bit narrow for two pads side-by-side to fill the full width. The large size is almost exactly the right length and width for two pads side-by-side on an extended Interstate's bed.
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Thanks protagonist! Yes, I'm talking about the sofa in my interstate.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:54 PM   #6
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I've tried a memory foam mattress topper in addition to the wamsutta toppers but I still have a problem getting comfortable. That is why I ordered a thin aerobed air mattress with a pump today... I hope it works out because I'm not too keen on removing parts of the chair yet. I will let you know how it works out.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:32 PM   #7
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I have a camping mattress that is vinyl with a foam insert. There is a valve that one opens and the foam causes to mattress to inflate. When the desired firmness is achieved, one closes the valve. One could "smooth" out the unevenness this way. The mattress is about 24x72x 2 inflated. The mattress rolls to about 24" x 4" I think the price was $20.00.
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When I read the posts about discomfort on the AI lounge bed I always wonder what I'm doing "wrong" in having the best sleep I get anywhere! The upholstered boards hit me about knee level and I have never noticed them. We have a bamboo mattress pad and bottom and top sheets, which roll up nicely into a duffle bag stored under the lounge. My wife sleeps equally well and is amazed at how I can sleep through for 8-9 hours when we are camping.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:53 PM   #9
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Here's the link to the bamboo mattress cover we bought (in king size):
Extra Plush Bamboo Top Mattress Pad - Made in the USA in Twin and more!
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You might want to look at Thermarest products. That's a brand that I don't remember anyone mentioning in any of the other bed-related threads (but I've slept since then).

They make tent camping combo foam/air mattress pads, and I absolutely swear by them, have used them for the past decade. I've thrown them on top of rock piles in the Chihuahuan desert and have been perfectly comfortable for five nights in a row. Plus they are designed for trekking in the back country so they compact extremely well for storage.
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Mattress Topper

We had similar issues with sleeping "raw" on the AI. It definitely needs a mattress topper to smooth things out for sleeping.

The problem we had in looking for anything to go on top is the irregular sizing. The bed is 68-70" wide and about 70-72" long, if you are not using the extender (we are not and have removed both extenders to give us more storage space in the back). That's pretty irregular sizing for any mattress topper. Queens are only 60" wide and are too long (80"). Kings are 76" wide (too wide) and also too long.

So our solution was to buy a 2" foam mattress topper (www.amazon.com/dp/B00GP4R8B) in a California King size (72"x84"), so I just had to trim one side. I used a utility scissors to do the trimming, although it would have come out better using a utility knife with a long blade and a straight edge.

The main advantage is that it is fits the bed exactly. It also rolls up for easy storage (something we would not have been able to do with a memory foam topper). The disadvantage is that, due to being cut, it will wear unevenly on that side and may eventually need to be replaced. And it doesn't provide the same level of firmness as a memory foam, but all we really needed was some foam to smooth out the rough edges and it does that for us.

I do like the idea of the bamboo mattress pad, but what do you do with the excess on each side?
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An electric knife can cut foam very well without leaving ragged edges like a box cutter will sometimes.
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For my 1958 gutted 22' Caravanner I bought 2 each 42 pound Intek inflatable sofas which fold open to queen beds. $49 each at Shopko sale. Placed at each end. Over each is a twin foam mattress with frame hinged at window bottom. This blocks the window until folded to horizontal. So the seat belt woven aluminum frame and mattress are normally placed under the sofas until sleeping for 6 is needed. This probably is not helpful to you since you are stuck with an inefficient floor plan and have no need to sleep 6 persons.
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Air mattress

Yes, I have used air mattresses on numerous applications. I find that if I get the right amount of air in it for my comfort level, they work well.

The only problem I ever had was with them sucking the heat out of my body, or making me sweat in heat, if I didn't pad them well with a quilt or comforter before topping with sheets. There are numerous brands and prices but I haven't really noticed much difference between my most expensive and my least expensive while sleeping.
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