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Old 12-22-2015, 03:37 PM   #1
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Changing sheets on full sized bed

Can someone please tell me what is the TRICK to changing the sheets on the full sized bed in a 19 foot Safari??? Is it even POSSIBLE to do this without breaking your back...or arms... Or legs...or all of the above? We just got our Airstream and love it...but really...HOW DO YOU CHANGE THE SHEETS ON THAT BED????

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Old 12-22-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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Beats me, I end up cussing my bed every time I have to make it up.

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Old 12-22-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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We remove the mattress to outside the trailer, make it, then return to the trailer
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:40 PM   #4
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We switched to using jersey type sheets. They are a little more forgiving when trying to wrestle them into place as they stretch easily.
When changing out the bedding, I usually break out in a sweat, pull a full muscles and collapse in exhaustion after 10 min - but I count it as "activity" points towards my weight loss plan.
Stretchy jersey sheets work pretty well. Good luck!
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:51 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by nsbcpa View Post
We remove the mattress to outside the trailer, make it, then return to the trailer
You can buy Airstream sheets (and mattress pads) that are custom-sized. In addition to the bottom sheet having fitted corners, the top sheet also has fitted corners at the foot end, so that making the bed outside, or in the hallway vertically on-edge, is fairly easy to do. Our Flying Cloud 20 bed is less restrictive, but we lift up the mattress every which way to "make it."

Also On The Road Again, we try to be less demanding about the bed being neat, ya know, go with the flow kinda stuff . . .

Wild Child, have you used the jersey sheets in hot humid weather without A/C? NG IMO.

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Old 12-22-2015, 10:15 PM   #6
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It's a big challenge. I think some people just buy a mattress topper, than tuck the bottom sheet around it. We struggled with the mattress pad & bottom sheet, and used a duvet over top in our first AS. This one came with the oddest looking (gold tone) bed spread I've ever seen. It is really contoured to fit the bed, with really short sides facing the walls and longer sides facing the interior, but then there is sort of a reversed top flap that folds back over the pillows. Whoever designed this system probably didn't make the bed regularly. Do what you can to protect your back.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:33 PM   #7
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It's actually simple - after you spend 10 minutes with your bottom sheet, a sewing machine, and some elastic. I have the 25 FB with the sideways queen. Standard queen fitted sheets are 6 inches too long and then there's the weird rounded top corner.

You can get "sheet garters" which help tighten sheets a lot. I just sewed them in 10 inches from each "corner". I sew 2 pieces of elastic on the curved corner, about 4 inches apart so I never mistakenly try to put the sheet on upside down, and only one piece over each other corner, Plus One more piece 3 feet long that just hangs from the far side in the middle of the bed. So throw the sheet over the mattress, then tuck the elastic corners under the top of the mattress. Lift the top of the mattress slightly and the elastic pulls the sheet under. Go to the bottom of the bed, lift the mattress, and pull down on the sheet, then loop the last two corners overbottom. While still lifting reach over and grab the elastic piece hanging down on the side of the bed - drop the mattress while holding that piece of elastic and pull it hard, tucking in the far side of the sheet. Tuck in the near side and your bottom sheet is on - up tight too. I just loosely tuck the top flat sheet into the bottom of the bed.... Like my toes free. I've considered putting snaps on the wall side of the sheet and on the plywood under the mattress, but no. It's easy enough to pull up the comforter and shove the pillows into shams. (trying to do a neat fold over and put the pillows under the spread? Too much like work. I make a loose sham.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:44 PM   #8
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I haven't found it to be a problem, but I use a fitted sheet only (no top sheet). Then, I have a duvet in a cover. The duvet cover and bottom sheet get washed after each outing. Messing with a top sheet would be annoying.

I have a corner bed like you, and I bought a "double" fitted sheet with an elastic all the way around. It's a little big, but not noticeable.

How I put on my bottom (fitted) sheet:
-start at the curved wall, farthest from where you are standing. Cram as much of the "corner" of the sheet down there.
-move across to the area next to the bathroom, and cram the sheet down.
-move to the foot of the bed next to the outside wall, and cram the sheet down.
-tuck last corner under as normal (closest to where you are standing)
-lift the mattress and reach under and across to the first corner and pull the corner towards you. If you have elastic all the way around, the sheet will curl nicely underneath. Done!

I can put the fitted sheet on my Airstream bed faster than my bed at home. The mattress is small and light. Once you find your groove, it's easy.

I wouldn't wrestle daily with a top sheet, though.

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Old 12-23-2015, 12:11 AM   #9
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We boondock frequently, and find standard bedding impractical.

My wife uses a mattress cover to protect the mattress. Then, she spreads a thermal blanket over the cover where it provides extra padding and is available for emergency use.

On top of this, we use two sleeping bags, zipped together. During the day, they look like an overstuffed comforter; and at night, we are warm down to freezing, an unlikely temperature inside an occupied Airstream.

To make the bed, we simply zip up the sleeping bags and straightening them on the mattress.

We use a long body pillow as a headboard and store extra clothes, folded, underneath the "headboard" and pillows.
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:44 AM   #10
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:20 AM   #11
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I've been considering the elastic sheet garters for the rounded edge of my mattress. I'm assuming they do actually work from the posts here. I too use just a bottom fitted sheet and a duvet
My first and only thought about the bed in the 19 when I first saw it was 'how do you make up that bed!'
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:34 AM   #12
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sheets and oh Sh@#

We struggle with the full size on our 23 foot. We use one of the mattress topper breathable covers, and then we put on queen sized regular fitted sheet on the bottom, and queen on the top. The elastic on the fitted pulls it in and mostly keeps it in place, and the extra size on the top helps keep the wall side person covered. We then use reg. or queen blankets and cover. The extra size allows us to keep warm with less heat wasted, and they also allow you to make the bed easier.

Previously we used the elastic clips crossing under the mattress, but this works just about as well.

As someone else said, don't sweat the small stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff!
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:05 PM   #13
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No matter how you slice it or dice it, changing sheets on my double bed takes considerable planning - not to mention effort.

1) I use fitted sheets from Penny's.

2) I generally open windows because changing sheets is a physical workout.

3) I pull the mattress a few inches away from the wall to allow easier access.

4) I get on all fours (on top of the bed) and fit one corner at a time counterclockwise (where you start is trial and error and ultimately, depends upon preference): bottom sheet; top sheet; blanket; bedspread; winter quilt (if needed).

BTW - No matter how hard you try, there will be a few lumps when you're done. So, be gentle with yourself.

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