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Old 10-11-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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Question And now I lay me down to.......

.....SLEEP, I can't sleep, I ain't got no stink'n mattress!

As the time of my full time A/S dwelling fast approaches, I find myself without a mattress for my center twin. In researching traditional mattresses for home use, I find they are much wider than the space I have available (33" X 76"). Most home style twins are 37"-38" wide.

I don't want to go back to the cheap foam pad that was there, as I'll be sleeping here for quite some time. I've seen ads for box mattresses from various RV stores, but they state they can be "rolled up for convienent shipping". Rolled up! What kind of support can I expect from a mattress that fits in a mailing tube?

Any suggestions you enlightened owners (and hopefully sound sleepers) can shed on this problem would be greatly appreciated. What mattress do you use, and where did you find it (once again, I need it to fit within my space limitations)? Has anyone tried the folding mattress from the RV suppliers? Any buying suggestions?

Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2004, 10:56 PM   #2
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And now I lay me down to.......

Greetings John-Boy!

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.....SLEEP, I can't sleep, I ain't got no stink'n mattress!

As the time of my full time A/S dwelling fast approaches, I find myself without a mattress for my center twin. In researching traditional mattresses for home use, I find they are much wider than the space I have available (33" X 76"). Most home style twins are 37"-38" wide.

I don't want to go back to the cheap foam pad that was there, as I'll be sleeping here for quite some time. I've seen ads for box mattresses from various RV stores, but they state they can be "rolled up for convienent shipping". Rolled up! What kind of support can I expect from a mattress that fits in a mailing tube?

Any suggestions you enlightened owners (and hopefully sound sleepers) can shed on this problem would be greatly appreciated. What mattress do you use, and where did you find it (once again, I need it to fit within my space limitations)? Has anyone tried the folding mattress from the RV suppliers? Any buying suggestions?

Thanks!
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When refurbishing the interior of my '64 Overlander (center twin), I had a local custom mattress shop produce a pair of innerspring mattresses for the project. There was a $75 up-charge for special sizes, but the result was certainly worth the additional cost - - the mattresse are so comfortable that I have purchased duplicate sets for both my home bedroom and guest bedroom as well. I believe that the pair was in the vicinity of $750. Mine were purchased from Lebeda Mattress Factory in Marion, Iowa. You will likely find several such manufacturers in your local yellow pages.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 10-12-2004, 12:17 AM   #3
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When refurbishing the interior of my '64 Overlander (center twin), I had a local custom mattress shop produce a pair of innerspring mattresses for the project.
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Thanks Kevin! That's an avenue I haven't pursued yet. I'll check into it and see what I find.

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Old 10-12-2004, 12:52 AM   #4
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Some sources for RV mattresses...

John-boy,

The following sites offer custom made RV mattresses. I have not purchased anything from any of them so I can only offer them as a resource to check.

http://www.foamsource.com/overview.php/9

http://www.sdiproducts.com/sdiproducts/rvmattress.html

http://www.foamorder.com/

Some threads that discuss mattress options are:

"Do you know of a source for replacement mattresses?"
"Ever use a foam mattress pad?"
"Airstream twin Bed solutions"

I would be interested to know if one of them works out since I will eventually need to do something for my AS. Of couse others might be interested too.

Hope this helps some,

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John-Boy... I second Kevin's vote! We bought a visco-foam queen mattress for the Behemoth from Lebeda as well. They'll ship nation-wide, and make a mattress to your specs... http://www.lebeda.com/

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Same Vote here. My wife and I had two mattresses made at the local mattress factory here in Jefferson City, MO for our center twin bed rig. They were $129 each. We opted for a foam/fiber construction which is not too tall and fits the bed like a handmade glove. Since it was a special order we also allowed them to cover the mattress with whatever they were running in the factory at the time which saved us money over what we would have paid for a specific cover.

Look around, you may be closer to a solution than you realize. I'm surprised how many small mattress factories there are.


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John-Boy... I second Kevin's vote! We bought a visco-foam queen mattress for the Behemoth from Lebeda as well. They'll ship nation-wide, and make a mattress to your specs... http://www.lebeda.com/

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I'm a big fan of futons. With a piece of 2" foam on top, they're great...And cheap, and custom sizable. That's my home rig as well (17 years). I use the 5 layer, but a spring core is also available. Great for the back, too.
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.....SLEEP, I can't sleep, I ain't got no stink'n mattress!

Has anyone tried the folding mattress from the RV suppliers? Any buying suggestions?

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John-Boy,

Orange County has a manufacturer called Custom Comfort Mattress company. They do custom orders for a very reasonable price.
It might be worth your time to contact them and have a mattress made, special for you.
They are a direct sales manufacturer, their quality is excellent, and their prices are unbeatable in this area.
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If I were full timing I would consider nothing less than a Tempur-Pedic foam mattress; with the type of foam that was developed by NASA. I know they are expensive but they sleep well. We have one in our home.
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Old 10-12-2004, 08:14 AM   #10
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Krowsea, If you can make it over to Quartzsite, Az. I can fix you up with a very comfortable innerspring 33x75 twin mattress specifically designed for RV use but made to high end home mattress standards. I own Plush RV, an RV replacement mattress and bedding company, and we specialize in selling high end replacement mattresses for RV's. We have a variety of high quality mattress designs manufactured in Phoenix, Az. to our specifications and they come in either pillowtop or tight top designs. We will be up and running in Quartzsite by November 7 and we will have a pair of pillowtop 33x75 mattresses in stock at that time. Our showroom is located in space A43 at Rice Ranch which is on the southeast corner where highway 95 crosses I10.

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Wow, that's a lot of great information. Aren't you all just a bunch of happy campers! I've bookmarked the links and I'm going to check out some of the resources mentioned. I was afraid my prospects would be fairly slim, this makes me feel much better. Thanks everyone!


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john-Boy, I usually feel like the princess with the pea problem, so uncomfortable on so many mattresses, but in our Airstream, we sleep contentedly on the old ordinary AS queen mattress with a two inch memory foam pad placed over. Max swears that when we are on the road and living in the AS, we are so happy that we could sleep on nails and have sweet dreams! I had no faith that such a simple solution would work for us, but it did. So well in fact, that I went right out and purchased the same memory foam pad to cushion our king bed in the house-we now love both. Simple. Cost effective. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's! Just another idea to consider! By the way, Mtjim, I nearly fell off my computer chair when I read "Jefferson City" and saw New Bloomfield on your ID. A forum member in the neighborhood! Welcome, and I hope we meet up someday with our Airstreams
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MaxandGeorgia,

Thanks for the info! One question, I've heard from some sources that the memory foam type mattress retain heat, and can be hot to sleep on. Have you experienced that? It gets pretty hot here, so that's a concern.

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MaxandGeorgia,

Thanks for the info! One question, I've heard from some sources that the memory foam type mattress retain heat, and can be hot to sleep on. Have you experienced that? It gets pretty hot here, so that's a concern.

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Debbie & I have been using the 2" memory(visco)-foam topper for over 2 years in our trailer(s). Would not consider going without it again. We live in Texas & have used it in summer, yes, it has a slight tendency to 'feel warm' when only covered with a sheet. We put a quilted mattress pad on 1st, then the sheet. The pad alows your body to 'breathe' (wick perspiration). Learned that years ago with a water bed!!!
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