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Recommended Camper Mattresses

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Do you use your camper mattress as it arrived from the factory, or have you done something to make your camper bed more comfortable?”

“What I did in my camper was to add a two inch memory foam topper from Target on top of my camper mattress.  What a difference!  Every time I lay down on it, I fall asleep almost immediately.  It was well worth adding a memory foam topper to my camper mattress.” – Bob Chan

“We use only Coleman air mattresses.  We have never found anything else as comfortable.  You must always carry spares and keep them in a soft protective bag.  The comfort is well worth the bother and they are not expensive.  I do wish somebody would make a heavier duty version.  The Colemans hold up pretty well, but they are not bullet proof.” – Vince Kurpan

“Our 2008 Northstar TC650 came with a very comfortable innerspring mattress that we would be hard-pressed to improve on.  As a matter of fact, I think it is almost more comfortable than our expensive home mattress.  Maybe that’s because we are in a better mood and more relaxed when traveling, visiting National Parks, and using the Northstar as our home away from home while visiting children and relatives in different states.  We spend a lot of nights a year in our truck camper and have never felt the need to replace or improve upon it.” – Allen and Sharon Brummel, Minnesota

“We like the mattress in our Northern Lite.  We added a two inch memory foam topper and it sleeps great.  We are an older couple and I have problems sleeping.  In fact, I take a sleeping pill every night or I would not be able to sleep.  I still need a comfortable place to rest or I still would not go to sleep.  No need to change out ours.” – Butch Evans

“We use the OEM mattress that came with our camper.  We found a website called AB Lifestyles.  They have a mattress pad/sheet combo that is made for RV size beds.  In addition, the top sheet is sewn to the fitted bottom, so making the bed is a lot easier.  The products are USA made and very comfortable.” – Bud and JoAnn Waner, New York, 2006 Travel Lite 1100

“I use the mattress that came with the truck camper and it is very uncomfortable.  We have been looking and researching different foams.  There are so many different kinds.  I would also appreciate hearing what other campers have done regarding this topic.” – Denise and Rich Snyder

“After my first long trip of 12,000 miles, I decided to change my queen size mattress with a Sleep Number mattress like the one I have at home.  It has been the best investment yet.  When I’m not plugged into shore power, I can use a power inverter to plug it in to to change firmness, if needed.  I think truck camper manufacturers should make Sleep Numbers an option.” – Guinness and Andy Spedden


“I replaced the original mattress with two Hide-a-Mats purchased at Costco, plus a two inch topper.  The combination is lighter, thinner, and very comfortable.  See my picture above.” – John Cook, Colorado

“We use our Serta mattress just as it came from the Palomino factory.  It actually sleeps better than the one in the house!” – Bob Hubbs, 2010 Palomono Maverick M8801

“Raiten Foam Fabricators in Monticello, New York will custom make a mattress to your specifications.  It’s the best sleep I ever had.” – Jeremy Neimand

“We took the factory mattress one out and replaced it with a new mattress from Camping World.  It’s much better!” – Pete Kaminski

“I have a Northern Lite and use the standard factory mattress.  I added an amazing two inch gel memory foam topper on top.  The brand is Sleep Innovations (  The best deals I have found are available on the website.  I originally purchased this topper for the camper, but it was so comfortable that I purchased toppers for the beds in my home as well.  Relatives who sleep over in the camper or at my house rave about the toppers, and several family members have purchased them as well.  Now I sleep great wherever I am, thanks to this great Sleep Innovations product.” – Erika Hokanson

“We replaced our spring mattress that came with our Lance with a queen sized Coleman air mattress.  It was less than $50.00 and we both sleep like babies at night.  Plus, with it weighing in at ten pounds, it’s a lot lighter than the original.” – Richard Musso

“Hard topic!  That’s how we would describe our mattress as it came from Adventurer.  We love just about everything in our rig, but the mattress was surely lacking.  Hard and very thin, it just did not let us get a good nights rest.  We waffled on this for a bit.  Yes, we used a waffle type topper for a while, then considered going to the expense of putting a Sleep Number bed in.  We have one at home and love it, but in the end we decided our solution would be the same as our fifth wheel.  We went to Costco and purchased a two inch topper.  Not as comfy as our Sleep Number, but about $550 less.  We spent two weeks in the camper traveling cross country recently and slept very well.  Keep the questions coming.  I love to answer these!” – Laurie and JP Pedrick

“We replaced the mattress in our Palomino with one from IKEA.  It is a standard queen five inch foam.  It is really nice and was a good choice for us.  It wasn’t cheap but was money well spent!” – Dan Forry, Park Ranger, now retired, whoohoo!

“Great question.  I bought a brand new truck camper from a well known and highly rated company.  I have had the camper for approximately six months.  After my first two week trip, the mattress looks as if it was ten years old.  It is already sagging in the middle and getting uncomfortable.  I have tried a foam cover for the top and that helps, but it is still sagging.  I plan on spending money for a better mattress but I am upset that I need too.  I had an old 1970 vintage camper with a foam mattress that was original.  I’m talking about it being forty years old, and it was more comfortable than the new one.  I would suggest that new camper buyers look at the mattress that comes with the camper and deal for a better one right from the start.  I am looking forward to some of the responses to make my existing mattress work for a while longer until I can afford to but a better one.” – Ron

“We have a queen regular mattress.  I thought it was comfortable at first, but after sleeping in it more than a few days, it was not very comfortable.  Our solution was a two inch memory foam topper over the mattress.  Now my husband doesn’t toss and turn as much.  I love your magazine.  Keep it coming!” – P. Hunt

“I’m a big fan of Tempurpedic mattresses.  I sleep on a Tempurpedic at home, so why not put one in my home on wheels?  Getting a new bed was the first modification I made when I got my Lance 915 back in 2003.  Nothing is quite as good as a good night’s sleep.  Keep up the good work.  Truck campers are the best!” – John Stahley

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