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Old 11-30-2010, 11:38 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bear Beds?

Does anyone have one of them in their rig? Looks like they'd be more custom than Sleep Number.

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We use a memory foam topper over our mattress.
Never heard of a bear bed...
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
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We use a memory foam topper over our mattress.
Never heard of a bear bed...
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i considered a bear about 5 years ago.

still might buy one someday because they are so light and easy to remove.

the inner spring mattress used on the classics is pretty good.

with a mem'foam topper or fluffy mattress cover they are even better.

there are 2-3 old thread on the bear and other airbed/foam variants.

but not a lot of reports by users here.

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We use a memory foam topper over our mattress.
Never heard of a bear bed...
Hi, this is what we do also; At close to $1,000.00 for a short queen mattress, I don't see one of these in my future.
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I have a corner foam mattress and so far, I love it. If I was going to replace it I'd go with foam again.
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i considered a bear about 5 years ago.

still might buy one someday because they are so light and easy to remove.

the inner spring mattress used on the classics is pretty good.

with a mem'foam topper or fluffy mattress cover they are even better.

there are 2-3 old thread on the bear and other airbed/foam variants.

but not a lot of reports by users here.

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This is exactly what I encountered. A few threads, but no real reports in my searches.
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This is exactly what I encountered. A few threads, but no real reports in my searches.
so u may need to snag one and be the reporter!

it's a niche market thing, probably some reports on the boating forums and class a moho boards.

they offer more options than that well known inflatable brand, for rv'rs.

the issues are how well does the inflation system hold up and how good is the foam used.

then, what's customer support like...

and how much condensation happens on the sides/underneath and so on.

also there is the issue of 'leak down' if any.

for anyone boondocking or away from ac juice, it's important to know the mattress won't go flat.

i wanted a queen size withOUT dual air pads and a center 'bump'.

they weren't making any single bladder queens as i recall.
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the best custom mattress i've owned was made by soaring hearts futons in seattle.

Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company

this was a custom sized traditional cotton/foam mattress with a 5 inch wool topper and a 2 inch wool underside.

the wool was exceptionally warm AND cool depending on season, very durable and odorless.

having a thin layer of wool on the underside made condensation or mildew a non issue.

i used this in my last 'stream for 15 years + and it was well worth the price.

the issue of moisture UNDER the mattress is important because a/s bed/platforms (like boats) are afflicted with this problem.

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Well, that is what I might end up doing. I am searching other forums for info now as well. At some point I gotta jump, though. Sure, I'll do a full report.


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so u may need to snag one and be the reporter!

it's a niche market thing, probably some reports on the boating forums and class a moho boards.

they offer more options than that well known inflatable brand, for rv'rs.

the issues are how well does the inflation system hold up and how good is the foam used.

then, what's customer support like...

and how much condensation happens on the sides/underneath and so on.

also there is the issue of 'leak down' if any.

for anyone boondocking or away from ac juice, it's important to know the mattress won't go flat.

i wanted a queen size withOUT dual air pads and a center 'bump'.

they weren't making any single bladder queens as i recall.
________

the best custom mattress i've owned was made by soaring hearts futons in seattle.

Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company

this was a custom sized traditional cotton/foam mattress with a 5 inch wool topper and a 2 inch wool underside.

the wool was exceptionally warm AND cool depending on season, very durable and odorless.

having a thin layer of wool on the underside made condensation or mildew a non issue.

i used this in my last 'stream for 15 years + and it was well worth the price.

the issue of moisture UNDER the mattress is important because a/s bed/platforms (like boats) are afflicted with this problem.

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I think for the two twins in my Overlander I am going with Air Mattress' and foam toppers. Lite and fuctional. Make a one piece cover for the mattress and the topper. I still have all the foam for the front full so I am going to give it a try before I do anything else.
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I like the foam

IMHO a GOOD foam mattress is a good choice. The one I bought for our overlander was mattress-foam, not just a piece of foam the size of the mattress. It is fairly firm. I'm very happy with the support.
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We tried the Bear bed years ago.........sent them back and bought a Select Comfort. The Bears were not nearly as comfortable (at least to us) and had an overwhelming plastic smell when we got them. The nice thing was the Bears fit the Airstream twins. We had mattress covers made for our twins, then rebuilt our king size Select Comfort into the twin covers when we took the Airstream out. When we got our 30' with a queen bed, we bought a short queen Select Comfort for it.

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Well, if you have company I guess you might want to make them comfortable. See "Has Anyone Else Had a Bear Climb In Their Airstream?"

Seriously, I replaced the mattress in my Excella with a full size pillowtop mattress. It works for me, but I had the Airstream "Queen" which is no longer and only slightly wider than a full size. There were no curved corners or anything like that, so a regular full mattress fits fine. Uses regular sheets too.
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Thanks for your input. Yes, except for the curves, I'd rather go with Select Comfort.


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We tried the Bear bed years ago.........sent them back and bought a Select Comfort. The Bears were not nearly as comfortable (at least to us) and had an overwhelming plastic smell when we got them. The nice thing was the Bears fit the Airstream twins. We had mattress covers made for our twins, then rebuilt our king size Select Comfort into the twin covers when we took the Airstream out. When we got our 30' with a queen bed, we bought a short queen Select Comfort for it.

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