Five mattresses rose to the top as the most popular mattresses slept on in truck campers. To see the top five mattresses of TCM readers go to “Best Mattresses for Campers and RVs“.
Below are the detailed real world camper mattress reviews from Truck Camper Magazine readers who have slept on these comfortable and not so comfortable mattresses.
“We only kept the original 4-inch queen mattress for a few months. Then while on a trip across the United States, we ordered a 10-inch memory foam mattress and had it delivered to my aunt’s house in Georgia. We had started our trip in Washington State.
What a huge difference! My wife and I could finally sleep comfortably even with the dog on the bed. It was a bit of a challenge to get the new mattress in the camper and we lost a little cabover head room, but it was well worth the cost.” – Michael Walker, 2016 GMC 3500, 2017 Northern Lite 10-2 dry bath
“We have a memory foam mattress from Mattress Insider with a pillow top. We opted for an aftermarket mattress because we’ve had bad experiences with the typical RV mattress. We like the memory foam style mattresses, so we ordered it when we were waiting to pick up our camper.
As we were in the process of selling everything to go full-time, and were without a guest bed with company coming, we moved the original truck camper mattress into the guest room and found it was not so bad. In fact, it was pretty decent.
With a pillow topper it might have been perfect. In hindsight, we should have not assumed that every RV mattress is bad and tried it for a night. We do however like the memory foam mattress we purchased and are very happy.
I have placed the mattress on Hypervent material which sits on foam insulating board. This helps with moisture control and provides a bit of insulation between the floor and the mattress.” – Bruce Bowens, 2015 Ram 3500, 2017 Eagle Cap 1165
“As our first purchase after obtaining our truck camper, we bought a LinenSpa 8-inch memory foam and innerspring hybrid mattress from Amazon.
I was originally concerned that it may be too thick to handle but, with the way it was shipped in a roll, and a little preplanning, we were able to unpack it in place. There were no issues with getting it maneuvered once it was inside the camper. We just cut the straps and it opened up, and was ready to go almost instantly.
This mattress is almost better than the mattress in our home and I look forward to using it when we travel. The memory foam option was a concern for moisture but we covered it in a Lucid premium hypoallergenic 100-percent waterproof mattress protector and it stays extremely dry at all times.
For only $167, the mattress was a smart purchase and we would do it again in the future.” – Wayne Whaley, 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2011 Palomino Bronco 1200
“We ditched our mattress after the first season and replaced it with a 5-inch queen size foam mattress from IKEA. It has served us well since and we find it very comfy. At IKEA we could lay on different firmness mattresses to make our decision.
It fits in the cabover just right! My wife and I both say we always sleep better in the camper. Rock on TCM!” – Dan Forry, 1996 Ford F-250, 2006 Palomino 1251
“We changed out the factory mattress on our Four Wheel Camper Hawk and replaced it with Exped Mega Mats, (i.e. very nice air mattresses). The two mats fill the space of the queen bed perfectly, allow each of us to adjust the firmness of our side, and offer a significant reduction in weight that needs to be lifted to get to the under-bed storage.
The only downside is that the air pressure needs to be adjusted if you make significant changes in elevation, particularly if you are starting at sea level and travel up into the 8,000 foot range.” – Bill Elwell, 2016 Ram 2500, 2016 Four Wheel Camper Flatbed Hawk
“We never took the plastic protector off the mattress that came with our camper. We ordered a triple density foam 8-inch mattress online and then put a 3-inch topper on it.
It is very comfortable, but the height required that I remove a small cabinet door near the foot of the bed since the additional height of the mattress prevented opening the door to access storage for clothing.
Personally, I think the camper manufacturers should offer the option of buying the camper without a mattress. We donated the factory mattress. The RV industry rarely use a top quality mattress.” – Dewey Lackey, 2003 Silverado 3500, 2014 Lance 1172
“After a few years of the original 4-inch foam mattress and a nice memory foam topper, I decided to buy something better. I did a lot of research on RV mattresses. What I found was Bed In a Box made by Zinus.