Yes, RV mattresses are different. They may be named in similar ways to standard mattresses, but the names will not correspond to the same size. This is often the case, although you may occasionally find an RV mattress sized the same as a residential one.
Twin and double mattresses tend to be the same size for homes and RVs. King and queen mattresses tend to be thinner when it comes to the RV counterpart, to ensure they will fit in the vehicle. These mattresses are sometimes marketed as a ¾ queen or a queen short.
RV mattresses are often lighter than their residential counterparts. This is because you must consider the GTWR (gross trailer weight rating) of an RV. The heavier your mattress, the less stuff you can have in your trailer.
To make the mattress lighter, they are often made with fewer materials inside. Manufacturers may opt to remove some foam, gel, or springs to achieve this. The overall feel of an RV mattress will be slightly different as a result.
Can I put a regular mattress in an RV?
Yes, you can put a regular mattress in an RV. You should consider though, as it may not always be in your best interest. As we have mentioned above, the dimensions and weight of an RV mattress can differ significantly from a residential mattress.
If you are planning to replace your RV mattress with a regular one, you will need to measure the size of your sleeping platform. From here you can work out whether a regular mattress would even fit into the vehicle.
You should also measure the depth between the frame and the ceiling of your RV. Compare this to the depth of the mattress you wish to install. This will allow you to work out whether you can sit up comfortably without hitting your head on the ceiling.
RV mattresses are typically designed to be more flexible than their residential counterparts. This makes it easier to maneuver into the carriage and install. If you are thinking of installing a regular mattress, ensure there is a clear path for the mattress to come in through.
There are a number of mattresses designed to help keep you and your body cool during warmer nights. In an RV there is often not as much airflow, and you may want to look for a mattress formulated for improved airflow. These will have a lot of open-air channels for enhanced breathability, meaning that you stay cool all night long.
How do I choose an RV mattress?
There are a number of considerations to take into mind when choosing the best mattress for your RV. The first, as we have mentioned already, is weight. Do not choose a mattress that is too heavy as this will weigh down your vehicle and make it less fuel-efficient. Innerspring mattresses tend to be a better option than latex ones. RV-specific mattresses are designed to be lightweight to improve your driving experience.
It is highly recommended that you wash your RV mattress every time you finish a trip in your vehicle. This is a skill that you will rapidly pick up, as it is vital to the health and hygiene of your experience. You should look for a mattress that is easy to clean, otherwise, this will become a task that you dread. Alternatively, look for a mattress with a cover that can be thrown in the machine for a wash in between trips.
You should look for a mattress with a decent amount of support. Poorly structured mattresses can lead to the development of back pain and issues over time. If you are prone to sleeping on your back then we would advise a mattress that is firmer, as this gives your spine more support.
RV mattresses are much less supportive than home mattresses, and you should bear this in mind. If you consistently wake up with neck or back pain, it’s probably time to consider investing in a firmer mattress.
We recommend recycling your old mattress instead of sending it to a landfill. There are many programs that will help you to achieve this, and it means that you are helping to protect the environment. Only about 16% of mattresses are recycled, which is an incredibly low percentage. You can be part of the change!
How can I make my RV bed more comfortable?
There are many different ways that you can increase the comfort level of your RV bed. The easiest is to purchase a mattress topper. These can be made from a range of materials including cotton and memory foam. The memory foam versions tend to be on the pricier end, but they will truly transform your sleeping experience. We also highly recommend a feather mattress topper for an air of luxury.
Investing in higher-quality bedding will also improve your comfort levels. It can be tempting to just use worn-out bed sheets from your home but if you are planning on spending a significant amount of time in the RV, it is worth buying nice sheets. This will give your RV the feeling of being a proper home, rather than just a car.
Choose a comforter that is soft and enticing, but not too heavy. This will let you snuggle in during the cold winter nights, but will not be so heavy that it slides off the end of the mattress. Make sure your pillows are soft and comfortable so that sleep is relaxing.
If you find that your mattress is just too uncomfortable, even after you have tried these hacks, it is probably time for a new one. If you sleep in your RV regularly we advise changing and replacing it every 5 to 8 years.
You can opt for an air mattress for increased comfort if you find RV mattresses too hard. This has the added bonus of being able to be deflated, meaning that more space is opened up if you have the need for it.