Cheryl: Do you need a queen mattress?
We have been full-timing in our 29' since 1996. We have a RV double mattress, about 75 X 49 (called double 3/4). We are what you can call, on the heavy side, and not getting any younger. Mike is 5'10", and a lot heavier than he should. He is used to that size mattress, and this is what we will use in our new trailer.
The 29' has the central bedroom, so he has to step all over me to get out of bed. The bed being along a wall, it is difficult to make, and his side can get cold. We just get closer, and we still can fit.
We hope to be able to set our bedroom in the 32' so we both can walk out on our own side of the bed. We do have the overhead cabinets, they may have to go. We are talking by PM with somebody who has the same trailer as our new one (32' 1990 Excella), with a rear bedroom, full size bed, factory equipped
. Lucky people. We are trying to learn everything we can from their set-up.
Standard household sizes vs RV sizes (give or take one inch depending of sources):
Twin or single, 38"x74"___RV : ?
Double 54"x74"_________Double 3/4 (RV) 48"x74"
Queen 60"x80"_________Queen RV 60"X75" (or 74")
(I have found reference to a Split Queen 2 piece, 30 x 80 )
I found somebody's opinion on selecting beds/sheets (and more) for RV, called "RV set up 101 : Bed, Bath & Beyond" , at: http://www.myprimeyears.com/rv/yeaw_rvsetup_4.htm
They state that a RV queen is a short queen (standard queen bed width but only double bed length) bed. May be worth reading the rest of their story. I didn't yet.
I am back to the difference RV queen vs full
: if you can put up with a narrower bed, you gain one foot of space. In a trailer, one foot in width is a lot.
We had our current mattress custom made about 6 years ago, semi-locally, I think for just $200.
We hope to pick up our trailer monday, if the ice melts. We will be doing a lot of measuring, hoping too to benefit from other people mistakes.
So, please, keep on sharing your errors (and successes)