Most folks don’t think about the day-to-day routines of truck camper ownership when selecting a new camper. For example, did you look at the cabover of your truck camper and think, “I wonder how it will be to make the bed?” Maybe you’re an experienced truck camper who actually thought about this chore, but probably not.
The funny thing is, the challenge of making a truck camper bed is a common topic among truck camper owners. After admitting to my ridiculous bed making routine, we asked the readers to share their best bed making advice. Thankfully, some excellent ideas have been submitted.
First, several readers use sleeping bags in the cabover. Second, readers use sleeping systems like Lance Campers Bed Maid. And third, quite a few hop, flop, pull, tuck, and otherwise wrestle their bedding, much as I do. I’m not the only one!
There are some other ideas, but you’ll have to read on. Be careful to not be mid-coffee as you read these replies. One good snarf and that laptop, smartphone phone, or computer will be toast! I darn near killed my Mac on Chip’s snow angel.
This week’s Question of the Week was, “How do you make the bed in your truck camper?”
“When I make the camper bed, there are three things I must do. First, I do the dishes. Second, I give my wife coffee in bed. And third, I make the bed. This is part of our camper deal. I have to wait until coffee in bed is done, otherwise it is a struggle to make the bed.
I do not have any tricks to making the bed. The simple snap of the fingers has not worked for me yet. We have a north-south orientation for the bed so I simply start with the bedding at the head of the bed and work my way to the foot of the bed. It really is not that hard to do, or a big deal. If anyone knows how to get the simple snap of the fingers to work, let me know.” – Rich Bain, 2004 Dodge 3500 2010 Adventurer 810
“I asked my husband to remove the hideous quilted headboard! With the headboard removed, we have about four inches to move our mattress around.
I start by putting the fitted sheet over the mattress corners at the head of the bed. Then I step down onto the step and shove the mattress as far forward as I can get it to go.
Next, I hook the rest of the fitted sheet over the foot of the bed. This extra space reduces the bruised and scratched hands from trying to fit sheets, quilts, and blankets behind that annoying piece of countertop wall that separates the kitchen and bedroom.
I use a seasonal layering system of quilt and duvet covers – kind of like Gordon does. When I get everything on the bed, I pull the mattress back down and tuck stuff under to try to hold it in place, which kind of works.
The extra space at the head of the bed becomes storage for water proof kayaking bags with extra clothing, towels, sheets, etc. It would also be a good spot to store a larger weapon.
I am paranoid of the hatch over the bed leaking or being left open, so have a water resistant cover on the mattress, too. Plus I keep a twin size water resistant mattress pad handy for when the husband needs to access the roof to mess with the antenna or solar panel.
I am considering sewing the corners of the quilt/duvet covers to create a more fitted situation, kind of like the sleep sack systems. Has anyone tried to make their own?
Lastly, I’m just gonna say this – you still probably look like a flopping fish no matter what kind of system you have. Just embrace it and try to make it more of a synchronized swimming look! Make Esther Williams proud. – Laurie Brokaw, 2006 Ford F250, 2010 Lance 850
“This is the second truck camper we have had and in both I have the honor of making the bed. We have a queen mattress covered with a foam pad. On top of that is a mattress pad and fitted bottom sheet.
A top sheet and comforter rounds out the standard configuration. In cold weather, we add another comforter or electric blanket.
I have two keys to making our bed. I make it up while in it and use a snow angel technique. Don’t laugh. To get rid of most of the lumps I pull the top sheet and comforter to my chin and make snow angel motions with my arms and legs! Then I get out from underneath the covers and stretch and tug as needed. It works for Daisy and me.” – Chip Cartwright, 2015 Ram 3500, 2016 Host Everest
“We have a heated mattress pad, a set of sheets, and two twin quilts. We each have our own blanket/quilt. It’s the perfect size for one to cover the bed like a bedspread without a lot of extra fabric to fight and stuff along the edge. I use shams to cover the pillows. It looks nice, and they fit easily in a washer.” – Jody Smith, 2013 Chevy 3500, 2013 Lance 1172