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Old 12-14-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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Is there a better mattress out there?

Hello all,

Has anyone found a better sleeping queen mattress than the stock variety found in a 2007 International FB?

We've added a thick memory foam pad to the top but still find pressure points after lying in the same position too long. I'm not a heavy individual and neither is my wife. I would imagine that heavy individuals would find the stock variety mattress extremely uncomfortable.

I haven't looked real hard outside of flipping pages in the Camping World catalogs but I'm curious if there is a better mattress out there?

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Old 12-14-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
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We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, with the foam mattress. We also added a memory foam topper that we got at Camping World about two years ago. We have spent 340 nights in Lucy in the past 2 1/2 years, and find the mattress/topper combo better than our high end king mattress at home.

I do recall one person here on the Forums having a Tempurpedic custom cut for his Airstream.

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Old 12-14-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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Is there a better mattress out there?

When my Overlander underwent refurbishment, one of the changes was to order custom built mattresses for the center twins from Lebeda Mattresses. I was thrilled with the Lebeda beds in my home so I went back to them for my Overlander -- there was an up-charge of $75.00 per mattress for the non-standard size. The mattresses matched those in my home and are equally as comfortable even eight years later.

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Old 12-14-2008, 11:27 PM   #4
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I agree with Moosetags. We added the foam topper to the standard mattress and find it the most comfortable bed we have ever had. We hate to come home to our $5k Cal King! I am not light (250) and my wife is not heavy but we both find it very comfortable.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:38 PM   #5
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thick memory foam pad

yakman,
You are on the right track. I found the airstream mattress to be very uncomfortable in our 1995 Excella and we added a thick memory foam pad. That helped but was still not as comfortable as I liked. The old adage, "if a little is good, a lot is better" came to mind and we added a second thick memory foam pad. Now we sleep very comfortably.

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Hello all,

Has anyone found a better sleeping queen mattress than the stock variety found in a 2007 International FB?

We've added a thick memory foam pad to the top but still find pressure points after lying in the same position too long.
I haven't looked real hard outside of flipping pages in the Camping World catalogs but I'm curious if there is a better mattress out there?

thanks,

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Old 12-15-2008, 12:04 AM   #6
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I no longer have the mattresses that came with my AS 1974 Sovereign twins due to mold that I found on the bottom of them. I am considering buying foam and having it cut to the measurements of the 'bed frame' from a local fabric center and covering the foam with fabric....Regular twin mattresses are much too wide. Has anyone else had the same problem, and if so, what did you do and where did you go to get the replacements?
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:58 AM   #7
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We purchased a Queen short at Camping world and added a foam topper. More comfy than the new one on our condo bed --add jersey knit sheets, an electric warming blanket, a good book and we both don't want to get outta bed!
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Greetings Imeynstein!

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I no longer have the mattresses that came with my AS 1974 Sovereign twins due to mold that I found on the bottom of them. I am considering buying foam and having it cut to the measurements of the 'bed frame' from a local fabric center and covering the foam with fabric....Regular twin mattresses are much too wide. Has anyone else had the same problem, and if so, what did you do and where did you go to get the replacements?
For maximum comfort, I would suggest looking up your nearest custom mattress manufacturer. There is one of these manufacturers in most larger cities. In my region, Lebeda Mattress Factory is one of the more aggressive marketers of custom mattresses, and they built the custom center twin mattresses for my Overlander. I was able to go to their showroom and select the model mattress that I wanted from their display and they then created a custom mattress to my measurements -- there was a $75.00 up-charge for the custom sizing. Seven years late, these mattresses are still going strong, and I am thrilled with the result.

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I am not familiar with the company below, but it was listed among the midwest mattress manufacturers:

Fincher Mattress & Upholstery
(870) 772-1511
2703 Division Avenue Texarkana, AR 71854
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:20 AM   #9
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I purchased a 8" latex foam ( non-memory) mattress from overstock.com and trimmed it to fit my corner bed. Could not be happier with the results. The mattress came with a fitted cover that I had the local upholstery shop modify to fit.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:58 PM   #10
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Also, try a futon mattress with real spring inserts. I have one at home and all my guests have marvelled at the comfort of it, especially when I tell them it's a futon matress.

They are flexible so if you want to use on a groucho it can do the amazing couch transformaiton and are *much*more comfortable and the cotton/form variants. Also, the price is good at $200-300 for full or queen.
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:30 PM   #11
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Hi;
Here in the SanFran Bay Area we are fortunate enough to have custom manufacturers. Mcroskey mattress does custom sizes: McRoskey Custom Mattresses and Beds, Bed Accessories, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles They have testamonials from lots of custoemrs, have been in business for years, etc.
Our home mattress is from another local outfit, Sleepworks, at green mattresses and mattress systems made from natural latex, organic cotton and wool. Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa and Peninsula and we just love it. I think our model is the Nordic; the Nordic 2 is a newer model. No night sweats, one person turning does not affect the other, etc, and the latex over the micro coils provides support but is not too firm. Our coach mattress is still stock, but we won't change until we spend more time in it and find out if it is adequate or not. (Just bought this used mh earlier this year, and work/family issues means we have not been out much yet.) I tried Tempur-pedic pillow and found it was too hot, switched back, first to wool, now trying a ventilated latex (has air channels in it.)
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Old 12-15-2008, 02:57 PM   #12
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How 'bout premium marine grade foam, it's very dense, mold and mildew resistant, and comfortable. Just a thought.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:07 PM   #13
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We didn't find the stock queen mattress comfortable either in our '08 Safari. We got a 2" thick memory foam pad and that's fine for us. There were three grades—something like extra firm, medium firm and not so firm. Not knowing one from another, we got the medium and that works for us. Our greatest problem is getting out of bed.

So maybe a different memory foam would work better or a 2nd one on top as suggested by another post. If I wanted to spend more money, I would replace the mattress with a longer one so our feet don't hang over.

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Old 12-15-2008, 04:47 PM   #14
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This shall remain one of Airstream's most undesirable features. With what you pay for a new AS you would expect the mattress to be the top of the line but, alas, year after year they ignore their customers and continue to furnish a cheap, uncomfortable, mattress. This shouldn't be something we have to upgrade. It's like putting cheap seats in a new Mercedes.
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