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Old 10-07-2012, 11:37 AM   #1
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The Airstream mattress...

Nothing about AS says "roughing it" EXCEPT the mattress. We have the double bed with a curved corner and it's too hard! I might try a memory foam topper $$, but hubby is considering having a custom Tempurpedic made, $$$$. What have you done to improve your quality of sleep comfort? Pleeeease help, I'm more comfortable on an air mattress in a tent, yikes!!!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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First off, not all Airstreams have the same mattress. So one solution will not fit all. I think your husband has the right idea. If you are planning to keep the trailer for a while. I would suggest that you go to some place that can make a custom mattress. Test their different products until you find one you like. Make sure that you test it on a firm surface like the one it will be on in the trailer. After several nights of good sleep you will forget about the $$$.

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:18 PM   #3
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We never even took the plastic off of the mattress that came with our tailer. In our last trailer we replaced the mattress after our first trip. Those things are horrible!

Costco has a very nice 12 inch memory foam mattress that is easily cut with an electric knife. Just unzip the cover, cut a few inches off, round the corners and zip it back up. The cover will be a little big after that, but with a fitted sheet on, no one will ever see it. It's a third of the cost of a Tempurpedic, and very comparable in comfort.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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Hi Little Fin,
We have a '97 25 ft Safari that we recently bought. We totally love it and tend to her every need as much as we can afford. What we cannot afford at this time are the high end mattress replacements advertised for RV's. Ours is a rear queen/full with the curved bottom ends to allow for walk around, shorter than your standard queen, thus not replaceable with a mattress store queen.
Our first night on it was just like you mentioned, NOT GOOD! We had an IKEA queen mattress topper on our guest bed that we tried, but it was too long. So, what I did was:
*buy a good quality egg crate type foam pad (not the memory foam toppers that are very $$)
*on top of that, an old down feather bed we had not needed in some time, AND
*on top of that, a good quality, thick, cotton mattress pad that I bought at a discount store like Marshalls, Ross or TJ Maxx.
And now, voila, we get a very good sleep and didn't break the bank. Those custom mattresses are pretty pricey.
My husband says I am like the Princess and the Pea and very persnickity about mattresses but I am content with our AS sleep now. Good luck!
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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I'm trying to find a nice sleep-able mattress for a jack knife couch that doesn't cost more than the trailer.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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I thought they improved the mattress in the 2012-13 models?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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Ours is hard as a rock just the way we like it (other folks don't). This makes it possible to add toppers to suit each individual taste for softness, but if it was too soft you would have no choice but to replace the whole thing. Or you can just replace the whole thing.

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Old 10-07-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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My 34 had rear twins. I built a platform that bridges the two together and put a Simmons Beautyrest King size plush top firm. It's awesome. The only downside is that the whole back of the trailer is now a bed, so there's no walking around it. But my feet don't hang off the edge of this one!

The twins that were in it originally were utterly miserable. After one night, I was beat up....after three I was exhausted. Can't have much of a vacation if you can't sleep. Now, I have a better mattress in my trailer than I do in my house. I sleep well on vac now

I agree with the others; get the best you can swing. A good night's sleep means a lot.

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Old 10-07-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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Our 2011 had that luxurious (?) hard as a rock quality, too.

A three inch topper (which still accommodates custom AS bedding) was the solution for us.

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:25 PM   #10
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Our old bones couldn't take the foam rubber pads that passed for a mattress in our 2004 Safari.
Matress manufacture is a low tech operation. Most every city of any size has a mattress factory. We took the foam pads in and had custom innerspring mattress made that had the radiased corners of the factory pads. Cost was a little less than $500 for two twins.
A few years passed and the bones got older. We got memory foam pads from Costco and trimmed them to fit. The beds are now comfortable again.
Now if anyone has figured out how to keep the pads from sliding off the mattress, please let us know.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:12 PM   #11
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a lot of solutions here ..... we did it a little different. I have done the same thing on three boats and two Airstreams. Go to a foam rubber shop and tell them what you want. You can specify thickness and length/width. A good shop will clue you in on how to order hardness. You will probably need at least 5 inches, six may be better. You can cut the curvy shapes with an electric knife.

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I thought they improved the mattress in the 2012-13 models?
Hello,
We had the improved twin bed late 2012 with pillow top which is still horrible. We had a queen temp. for our truck camper and had a local mattress maker cut to the twin size. For the other twin we puchased the entry level temp and cut to fit. However,if I was starting without resoures,I would check I-comfort/costco/ikea and others. My recommendation would be equal to or better than your home mattress. We spend 6-8 months in Airstream and sleeping/seating comfort is a high priorty. Not sure how you evaluate mattresses by laying on them for two minutes which is why I recommend ,if you are happy with home matress,that you try for same comfort level. By the way ,still looking for anti-snore feature
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:04 PM   #13
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Hi Little Fin,
We have a '97 25 ft Safari that we recently bought. We totally love it and tend to her every need as much as we can afford. What we cannot afford at this time are the high end mattress replacements advertised for RV's. Ours is a rear queen/full with the curved bottom ends to allow for walk around, shorter than your standard queen, thus not replaceable with a mattress store queen.
Our first night on it was just like you mentioned, NOT GOOD! We had an IKEA queen mattress topper on our guest bed that we tried, but it was too long. So, what I did was:
*buy a good quality egg crate type foam pad (not the memory foam toppers that are very $$)
*on top of that, an old down feather bed we had not needed in some time, AND
*on top of that, a good quality, thick, cotton mattress pad that I bought at a discount store like Marshalls, Ross or TJ Maxx.
And now, voila, we get a very good sleep and didn't break the bank. Those custom mattresses are pretty pricey.
My husband says I am like the Princess and the Pea and very persnickity about mattresses but I am content with our AS sleep now. Good luck!
I already have 2 of the three layers you mentioned, so it makes sense to give it a try! I imagine it looks very "princess in the pea" with all the layers, but I LOVE a snuggly bed! Thanks for your help!
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I thought they improved the mattress in the 2012-13 models?
I can't compare the old to the new, but if this is an upgrade
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