Best RV Mattresses Found, 2022 Review: Know How To Choose A Blissful Bed
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By Marshall Wendler
Last Updated: September 23, 2022
Best Foam Mattress
Best Innerspring Mattress
Best Lightweight Mattress
It's no secret that your RV factory mattress is most likely cheap and uncomfortable.
Beds are often the victim of RV manufacturer cost-cutting measures. T
This leaves recreational vehicle owners to find a new camper bed mattress that won't leave them with a horrible night's sleep.
But how do you find a new mattress? You've probably wondered the following:
- What is the difference between an RV mattress and a regular mattress?
- Can you put a regular mattress in an RV?
- Do you need a special mattress for an RV?
- How can you make an existing bed more comfortable?
- Where can you buy an RV mattress?
Why Are RV Mattresses So Bad?
So why are travel trailer or motorhome mattresses often a laughable excuse for a bed?
Most camper companies have one goal in mind - build campers as quickly and cheaply as possible, thus increasing their profit.
If you ever closely look at the build quality of most recreational vehicles built today, you'll be appalled at how cheap they look and ARE.
The material choices are greatly influenced by cost.
This is why RV mattresses are typically so bad.
A secondary consideration is weight. Installing a cheap, lightweight bed kills two birds with one stone - costs and weight stay low.
Too bad that cheap, light beds often mean a poor sleep experience.
What Is The Difference Between An RV Mattress And A Regular Mattress?
Is an RV mattress the same as a regular mattress, or are there significant differences?
For the most part, an RV mattress is the same as a regular mattress that you'd find in a house. That said, there are two main exceptions:
- Some RV mattress sizes are different than residential beds. The length of some RV beds are shorter than their residential counterparts.
- The shape of a camper mattress may be odd- some have cut corners or radius corners.
A third, less common difference, is that an RV mattress may fold up.
Some bedrooms are designed so that when the bedroom slide-out is in the retracted position, there isn't enough room for the mattress, so it must fold up.
Can You Put A Regular Mattress In An RV?
Sometimes you can use a regular mattress in an RV. It just needs to fit.
The space available for the bed is the determining factor of whether or not a traditional residential mattress works.
Measure the existing mattress (also measure the actual bed platform itself) to know what size mattress you need.
If the dimensions match a regular mattress, you can use a standard residential bed.
So the answer to the question of, "Do you need a special mattress for an RV?" is "maybe."
It all depends on the dimensions of the bed platform.
Mattress... In A Box?
Foam mattresses AND spring mattresses that you purchase online are shipped this way these days.
SO much more convenient and cheaper than sending one full-sized!
Mattress companies as a whole are 'springing' up EVERYWHERE these days. (heh)
You can order online from an RV mattress store and have it shipped right to your door, vacuum-sealed, in a box.
We live in fantastic times, friends!
Just open the box, roll out the mattress in an area where it can off-gas, carefully cut open the plastic wrapping, and watch the mattress expand like magic!
Top-Rated Camper Mattress Brands:
The above brands are the Camp Addict best-rated RV mattress brands. They are based on our personal experience, as in we tried them all.
We slept many nights on mattresses from these four companies in both RV and residential settings.
While many websites will recommend RV mattresses for you, they have zero experience actually using them. But we do!
RV Mattress Reviews
Below you will find RV mattress reviews for beds that we have personally used (and continue to use to this day).
Here are the companies we HAVE SLEPT ON/USED and recommend:
Best Foam RV Mattress: Tochta
Best Runner Up Foam: Mattress Insider
Best Innerspring (hybrid) Mattress: Brooklyn Bedding
Best Lightweight RV Mattress: SleepDog
Below the RV mattress reviews, you will find a buyer's guide.
It covers what you might want to pay attention to when shopping for a new bed.
FULL DISCLOSURE- All mattress companies reviewed on this page provided Camp Addict with a sample for review.
This doesn't prevent us from telling it like it is in the best RV mattress reviews that you will find below.
Nor did we agree that we would do a review in exchange for receiving the mattresses, in the event we did not care for them.
Best Foam Camper Mattress
As a company, Tochta has been around since 1980, and the owners have experience RVing. (Tochta is Gaelic for 'mattress.')
Camp Addict co-founder Kelly has been sleeping on a Tochta foam mattress (the Utopia) since April 2019, and she has zero desire to have another bed in her RV.
Kelly can attest that this is a VERY comfortable mattress that feels like you're floating on a cloud.
The gel memory foam top layer feels like a pillow top or the perfect form-fitting mattress.
Tochta offers three foam RV mattresses:
The Journey is their cost-conscious model that is 10 inches thick and constructed of 3 foam layers.
The Utopia is the mattress that Kelly loves and is their best-selling model. It is 10 inches thick and made from 4 layers of different foam.
The Divini is available in 8 and 10-inch thicknesses and allows you to choose a different firmness level for the left and right sides.
Kelly LOVES her Tochta Utopia camper mattress. Seriously. She will go on and on about how comfortable it is at any opportunity.
It cradles her just right whether she is sleeping on her back or side.
It is the most comfortable mattress she has ever slept on.
Tochta offers a custom mattress builder that allows you to create a bed to your exact dimensions and receive an instant quote online.
This includes cut corner RV mattresses and any other odd shape you can think of.
Tochta's customer service and support are exceptional.
We spoke to and emailed the owner, Brian Gargalis, at length.
He was always very open with us and very happy to chat on the phone about any questions we had about Tochta.
He seems excited and passionate about what he does. And he knows RVs and how bad the mattresses they usually come with are.
He saw a problem and developed the solution.
The one negative about Tochta is their return policy. While they offer a 100-night money-back guarantee, they require you to ship the mattress back to them at your cost.
Good luck getting the mattress small enough to ship back economically.
Tochta uses a special vacuum pack machine that rolls it up into a very compact package, and probably not something you have access to.
Fortunately, they will work with you to find a solution to your problem, so you may not have to ship it back if there is another possible resolution.
Runner-Up Best Foam Mattress
Kelly (I) started sleeping on Mattress Insider's Luxury Gel mattress in my home base bedroom in May of 2022 (today is 9/19/22).
It came as most do, rolled up, deflated inside a bag for easier shipping and handling.
I ordered, for testing, the Mattress Insider Luxury Foam gel mattress (8-inches thick), which also happens to be their most popular mattress.
They supplied the mattress, but Camp Addict paid $50 to have it shipped.
This is the second most comfortable mattress I have tested, over the Sleep Dog and Brooklyn Bedding.
Personally, the Tochta is still my favorite of all.
I slept on the Sleep Dog for about eight months, and I've laid on Marshall's Brooklyn Bedding. His has coils, and I am not a fan of mattresses with springs.
So, this mattress with cooling gel foam, feels ALMOST as comfy as the Tochta, and I'd say it's just a touch firmer. But it does have the quality of wrapping you up and mostly removing any pressure points. It's soft and sort of 'hugs' your body.
That said, as my number one, I still prefer the snuggly way the Tochta conforms to me and takes off all pressure.
This luxury gel one has the same type of comfy snugs, but again, it's a touch firmer. It comes with a 20-year warranty (standard size, 10-year if custom size). It's priced very similar to Tochta.
Last note, the cover fits a little goofy to me. It's a touch too big. But it doesn't make much difference once the sheets are on it.
So, this is the next best mattress to the Tochta, in my opinion.
If you like a little more of a 'feel' of firmness, then Mattress Insider's foam mattress is your pick.
Best Innerspring (hybrid) Mattress
The founders of Brooklyn Bedding have been in the mattress business since 1995 and operate the RVmattress.com website. They were pioneers of the bed in a box concept when they started shipping beds this way in 2008.
Their state-of-the-art factory in Phoenix, Arizona, builds beds on-demand, which helps reduce cost and ensures you get what you ordered.
I've been sleeping on a Brooklyn Bedding Signature Hybrid mattress since December 2019 and find that it is a HUGE improvement over the stock bed that came in my travel trailer.
Brooklyn Bedding offers four models. Three hybrid and one foam mattress.
- Brooklyn Dreamfoam Essential (all foam)
- Brooklyn Dreamfoam Hybrid
- Brooklyn Signature Hybrid
- Brooklyn Aurora Lux (hybrid)
The Brooklyn Dreamfoam Essential is their only all foam RV mattress offering. It is available in thicknesses from 6 to 14 inches and comes in either dual or triple layer construction (depending on thickness).
The thicker the mattress, the softer it is.
The Brooklyn Dreamfoam Hybrid is their entry-level hybrid mattress that consists of a top gel memory foam layer on top of individually encased coils (10.24" inches thick).
The Brooklyn Signature Hybrid mattress I sleep on is available in soft, medium, and firm options. Their top-selling model consists of two top layers of two different synthetic latex foams (combines the benefits of regular latex and memory foam) over a layer of individually encased coils (11 inches thick).
The Brooklyn Aurora Luxe is their luxury offering with cooling properties to help maintain the optimal sleep temperature.
Available in three levels of firmness (soft, medium, firm), there are three layers of different synthetic latex foams on top of 8-inches of individually encased coils (13.5 inches thick).
The Brooklyn Signature Hybrid mattress that I have is medium firmness. Initially, I thought it was too firm, but I fell in love with the mattress after a week or two.
(This is a good reason why they require you to sleep on it for 30 days before initiating a return - you need to have sufficient time to adapt to a new bed.)
When I inquired why the mattress seemed firm, Brooklyn Bedding told me that with a hybrid mattress, you tend to sleep "on top" of the mattress instead of being contoured (or cradled) by a pure foam mattress.
As a side sleeper, this mattress doesn't irritate my hips as my stock RV mattress did. Though a quality RV memory foam mattress should also be kind to my hips.
Brooklyn Bedding offers a 120-night sleep trial but requires you to sleep at least 30 nights on it before initiating a return.
As I explained above, it took me close to 2 weeks before I got used to sleeping on my Signature Hybrid, so I understand this 30-night requirement entirely.
The company covers return shipping, and they will exchange your mattress for another model to make you a comfortable sleeper.
Several other options are available, including modifying a too firm mattress with a mattress topper or issuing you a full refund.
Best Lightweight RV Mattress
SleepDog is a brand that is specifically tailored to the RV and commercial trucking market.
As such, they make thinner, lighter-weight mattresses, as weight is a significant consideration in RVing (and trucking).
The parent company has been in business since 2004. They claim to be the only major US-based e-commerce mattress brand that handles all aspects of manufacturing - from foam pouring to making the beds.
We received one of their BigDawg mattresses in March 2021 and have been sleeping on it ever since.
SleepDog offers two all-foam RV mattresses.
The SleepDog mattress is 7 inches thick and has a top layer of gel memory foam over a high-density support foam base. It has a medium-firm feel.
The BigDawg mattress is the one we have tested and is 9 inches thick. It has two top memory foam layers and can be flipped over. One side has softer support while the other side is firm.
Both mattresses have a claimed weight of 39 pounds for an RV queen-sized mattress, which is considerably less than other mattresses (including the other two brands we review on this page).
There is less material in a SleepDog mattress (and therefore is thinner), so the weight is kept down.
Weight is a big issue for many campers, so having a lower-weight option that is still comfortable is a big deal.
Either model can be had in RV bunk mattress sizes (specifically, sizes for commercial trucks that may fit your bunk) and make an excellent lightweight option for this bed area.
While the BigDawg mattress we have for testing has 4 inches total of memory foam on the softer side (in addition to the foundation foam), I found it too firm for my liking.
More firmness is a trait of thinner mattresses, and while I wasn't ultra-comfortable with this mattress, Kelly has been sleeping on it for many months without complaint.
If you need a light mattress, consider a SleepDog mattress.
Also, if your RV has bunks that fit the dimensions that SleepDog offers, it's a great lightweight RV mattress option for your kids.
SleepDog offers a 120-night sleep trial but requires you to sleep at least 60 nights on it before initiating a return.
Sixty nights seem a bit long, though I understand it can take a couple/few weeks to adjust to a new bed.
If you want a refund, SleepDog will arrange to have your mattress picked up (contiguous US only) at no cost to you.
They reserve the right not to sell you another bed if you return one.
CertiPUR-US Certified Mattresses
All mattress manufacturers we feature on this page use CertiPUR-US certified foams.
Meaning the foams used are independently certified to be healthier for you and the environment than mattresses are are not certified.
CertiPUR-US certifies foams are made without heavy metals, ozone depleters, certain harmful fire retardants, and low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions which help with indoor air quality.
(Just know that all new mattresses will off-gas for the first 24 hours or so, which means open them outside or in a properly ventilated area.)
Recreational vehicles come in many sizes. Meaning the bed sizes also vary wildly.
Not only do some come with traditional-sized mattresses, but they also come with their own 'personal' set of custom sizes.
As a result, they can all vary by width and length as WELL as depth (thickness).
Therefore, be sure to note what will or won't fit your rig.
The easiest way to do this is by measuring the existing mattress.
Better yet, by measure the bed platform itself.
Pay particular attention to how high (thick) your mattress area allows.
Some bed areas may have very little headroom (for example, a truck bed camper), so you'll need a thinner mattress, or there may be some structure that the mattress itself fits under.
Below are some of the most common RV mattress sizes.
Listing standard residential sizes here helps to know if you can buy an off-the-shelf mattress or if you need a custom one made to fit the sleeping area.
Common sizes include (noted dimensions in inches):
Need A Special Size?
If your camper doesn't match the measurements of one of the camper mattresses we mentioned above, you need a custom-sized RV mattress.
Don't let the word 'custom' scare you off, as all this means is that your rig needs a bed with measurements that differ from standard mattresses.
Yes, you will pay a bit more for a bed made to your exact dimensions, but it's not crazy stupid money.
Please note that custom beds are all foam camper mattresses. It is much easier to customize this type of material than a bed with innersprings.
Some manufacturers make it simple to get a bed of almost any dimension, with easy-to-use custom mattress configurators.
Our favorites are:
In addition to specifying the length and width, you can usually also choose mattress thickness.
Another common customization available with camper bed mattresses is an odd shape on one or more ends.
This includes a cut corner RV mattress or beds with radiuses on the end.
Popular RV Mattress Types
Today's camper mattresses consist of various types of materials. Most are a hybrid of two or more of the following:
- Memory foam
- Polyurethane foam
Often a mix of the above materials are used to make an RV camper mattress, known as hybrid beds.
The innerspring mattress is the old-school style that has been around since the late 19th century.
About 60% of mattresses sold are still traditional innerspring mattresses.
These mattresses consist of steel coil springs as a base with many different topper configurations.
Tops may be covered by various foam types or pillow tops, or any given combination of these materials.
The biggest downfall of the innerspring mattress is that if you sleep with a partner, your sleep gets disturbed by their movements.
Most foam mattresses (foam base, no springs) are superior to innerspring mattresses in this regard. Motion transference in a foam mattress is usually less than a spring mattress.
One way companies overcome this issue is to have the spring coils individually wrapped in fabric.
They are called 'pocket coils'.
The More Coils, The Better?
More coils don't always mean higher quality. In fact, the opposite is often true.
If a manufacturer uses more coils and cheaper foam on top, you will still get that sag after a while. Look for an average of about 800-1000 coils.
More importantly, look for excellent quality foam covering the springs.
Latex foam comes in two varieties - natural and synthetic (artificial). Latex mattresses most commonly use a combination of both for various reasons.
Natural latex (made from the rubber tree) is more expensive and less durable than its synthetic counterpart. But offers excellent pressure relief and contouring.
Synthetic latex is made from petroleum and resists abrasion, softening, and aging from exposure to heat.
It offers various firmness levels, giving great flexibility for foam RV mattress construction.
By combining synthetic and natural latex, mattresses become more affordable.
The more natural rubber that's used in a 'blend,' the more expensive the product.
Latex Manufacturing Processes
Latex is made using a couple of different manufacturing processes: Dunlap and Talalay.
Dunlop latex mattresses are made by filling up a mold with the product, and it is then 'cooked' in a vulcanization oven.
After the vulcanization process is complete, the foam is washed of soap and excess material.
It is then dried at high temperatures to ensure that the mattress gets thoroughly dried.
This latex method produces a denser foam with a springier feel than Talalay latex. Dunlop also uses less energy to manufacture while costing less overall.
The Dunlop is a more straightforward process, and the Talalay process is more involved. What's the difference?
The Talalay mattress foam will have open vertical columns in the material, allowing for airflow in the mattress, creating a somewhat cooler product.
Most would call the Talalay foam 'springier' than the Dunlop foam. Talalay comes in different firmness levels.
Because there is more of a manufacturing process involved in making Talalay, if you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, Dunlop is the way to go.
If you are a hot sleeper, the Talalay is a better choice for you if it's the top layer. Because of the extra processing, Talalay mattresses are more expensive than Dunlop.
The Dunlop mattress is the more affordable option.
Developed in the 1960s by NASA, memory foam is a viscoelastic foam that responds to body heat and weight to conform to the person's shape.
This makes memory foam mattresses an excellent option for pressure point relief.
Another benefit of memory foam is it dampens movement to lessen the motion caused by your partner moving around.
You can quickly identify traditional memory foam by pressing your hand down and seeing if an impression is left.
Memory foam doesn't go back to its normal shape immediately but is a slow recovery foam.
Memory foam can sleep hot and take a while to respond (conform to your body).
However, both of these issues are addressed with these newer technologies:
Gel Memory Foam: Cooling gel is infused into the memory foam to help draw heat away from your body as you sleep.
Quick Response Foam: An advancement in synthetic latex that shares specific properties with memory foam, quick response foam conforms to the body but doesn't hold heat like traditional memory foam. It also springs back into shape quicker than true memory foam.
You won't find a 100% memory foam camper mattress, but rather a bed made primarily of other materials with an upper layer consisting of memory foam.
This is true of most mattresses.
Polyurethane foam or 'poly' foams are among the most inexpensive and lowest quality mattress foams (but they do have their place in camper mattress construction).
It is made with, you guessed it, chemicals.
Polyurethane foams are derived from petroleum products with many added fillers.
Higher quality poly foams are often used as the base material for a foam RV mattress as this material makes a great foundation core to build a comfortable bed on.
When high-quality memory or latex foam is layered on top of a quality poly foam foundation, you get a bed that is tailored to either side or back sleepers or those that suffer from back pain.
On the other end of the quality spectrum is a cheap RV mattress made from only a layer of polyurethane foam.
Generally, these cheap beds are found only on really low-end campers or possibly as bunk mattresses for kids.
Hybrid mattresses combine two or more of the above materials - typically spring coils with one or more layers of foam on the top.
Hybrids allow manufacturers to create comfort layers tailored to the type of sleeper you are.
Side sleepers have different pressure points from back sleepers, and hot sleepers could benefit from a cooler foam. And so forth.
The different bed options available are truly amazing (and sometimes overwhelming), with something for any preference.
Like a firm mattress? Prefer a medium-firm bed? Side sleeper? Stomach sleeper? Suffer from back pain? Like to be cradled like a baby when you sleep?
You'll find whatever you need these days.
ALL mattresses, even those made ENTIRELY of organic products, off-gas.
However, the amount of chemicals they off-gas varies depending on how many chemicals were used to process the product.
Let your mattress air out for 24-48 hours after you unpackaged it. Know that even if you let it air out, your mattress will continue to off-gas for years to come.
Yet the most significant percentage dissipates when you first unpackaged your mattress if packaged.
It's best to let it off-gas in your garage or other covered areas out-of-doors.
The video below shows you how much MORE off-gassing occurs in the first 24 hours of opening the packaging.
What To Look For In Recreational Vehicle Mattresses
Whether you need a motor home mattress a new travel trailer mattress, you need to consider several factors.
Size And Weight
The mattress size is relatively self-explanatory.
Your recreational vehicle has a bed platform. Buy a bed that fits this area. Easy peasy.
Weight is an issue that you might not think of when shopping for new mattresses for campers.
All recreational vehicles have a maximum weight (called the GVWR).
GVWR is the max weight the camper can legally be (Camper weight plus what you put into it. Never go over your GVWR).
The difference between the empty and max weights is your cargo carrying capacity (CCC).
It is sad how low of a cargo-carrying capacity many RVs have. This means you can't add much weight, so every pound counts.
Guess what can be a heavy item? The bed!
Mattresses for RVs can range from lightweight (and uncomfortable) to pretty darn heavy (yet soooo comfy!).
Keep weight in mind when you are shopping at the RV mattress store.
As we covered above, motorhome or travel trailer beds are often made from several materials.
An RV mattress company will likely use multiple materials to create the perfect comfort combination.
Material selection is a personal preference.
Some sleepers don't like the feel of memory foam.
Others will swear that they must have coils in their bed, or it isn't an actual mattress.
Side sleepers like a different firmness than back sleepers. And on and on it goes.
You probably have an idea of what you like in a bed, so shop the materials you are familiar with and that you have experienced sleeping on.
Some people like a firm mattress, while others like a medium-firm one.
You either like to sink into a bed, or you hate that feeling.
Fortunately, an RV mattress company will offer different firmness levels, often within the same mattress model.
Look at the information on their website to get an idea of what you want, and when in doubt, talk to a representative to get expert advice.
While firmness (discussed above) has a lot to do with overall comfort, there is more to the topic.
What is comfortable to you might feel like sleeping on a marble slab to me or vice versa.
Another major factor in overall comfort is how the bed is put together.
Does it have a coil spring base, or is the mattress all foam construction? More importantly, how good quality is the foundation (price may be an indicator here).
If you are happy with a particular style of residential bed, stick with that type for your camper.
Each of us has our own sleep temperature preference.
The material used to make a new RV mattress influences how warm a bed 'sleeps.'
For example, when memory foam became popular, some people discovered that it made them hot at night.
This is because standard memory foam retains heat.
One solution to this was to add cooling gel beads to the foam, which serve to 'pull' the heat away from your body.
Another advancement in material that made for a cooler sleeping bed is latex alternatives that combined the positives of both latex and memory foam while cutting back on the negatives.
When shopping for a new RV mattress, pay attention to how a particular brand or model discusses temperature to understand your options.
Get a bed that fits your sleeping temperature, and you will be much happier!
Let's talk about how well a mattress for travel trailer or motorhome will hold up.
Decide if it needs to last hundreds of nights of sleep and years of us.
Or are you just a two weeks per month owner?
If you're the latter, you may not need a better quality mattress.
This is one area where price makes a difference. A cheap RV mattress made from inferior materials won't hold up over time.
This is OK if you only occasionally use this bed. But if you live in your RV full-time, you may want to pay for the best RV mattress you can afford.
Thankfully a top-rated RV mattress isn't all that expensive.
Learn about the various materials used to make a mattresses to have a better understanding of quality vs. cheap.
Number Of Sleep Surfaces
Most mattresses for motorhome or trailer use come with a single sleeping surface.
Meaning it doesn't matter where you lay, the firmness and comfort level is the same.
But some RV mattresses come with two sleeping surfaces or 'zones.' A popular residential mattress with dual sleeping surfaces is the Sleep Number.
You can buy a Sleep Number mattress for RVs if you are interested (though we don't review them).
If you want a foam RV mattress with multiple zones, look at the Tochta Divini Mattress.
They offer different firmness levels for either side and can change them as you see fit.
Bbe prepared to pay for this luxury, as double sleep zone beds are a little pricier.
Most RV mattress companies will offer sleep trials, which means you can try out your new bed for a certain number of nights.
If you are not satisfied, you can get your money back (or get a different mattress that might work better for you).
Sleep trials typically last in the 100 to the 120-night range, giving you at least three months to decide if your new RV bed works.
Be aware that some manufacturers have a rather big 'gotcha' where they require you to ship the mattress back.
Um, good luck with that!
You will never be able to compress the mattress to fit in the original shipping box.
And shipping a fully expanded bed might cost more than the mattress is worth.
How long a company stands behind its product is something to consider.
In other words, how long of a warranty do the camper mattresses have?
Typical Warranty Coverage
A 10-year warranty is typical with top RV mattresses, but others offer from 5 to 20 years.
A cheap RV mattress will have a shorter warranty, while a pricier bed will have a more extended warranty.
It comes down to the quality of material used in the construction. Cheap materials don't last as long as quality materials; therefore, the warranty reflects this.
Ten years is a reasonable warranty period.
Chances are you won't have your camper for longer than ten years anyhow, and unless you plan on keeping the mattress, you will be rid of it long before the warranty is up.
Know The Warranty!
Keep in mind that a warranty will spell out what is and isn't covered. For example, a depression must be of a certain depth to fall under warranty.
Read the warranty to see how restrictive it is before choosing which new RV mattress you will purchase.
What About RV Sheets?
What do you do about RV sheets once you have that new RV mattress?
Are special sheets required, or will standard sheets do the trick?
It depends on the size and shape of the bed. Have a standard size without any fancy cutouts? Then you can buy standard sheets.
Have some weird dimensions or have a corner cut from one end? Then you need custom sheets or you must MacGyver the ones you get.
What about other RV bedding? Do you need a special blanket or comforter? Probably not, unless you have a peculiar situation.
There is a lot more leeway with bedding since it doesn't have to fit perfectly.
Most recreational vehicle mattresses don't require anything custom or fancy.
You should be able to find off-the-shelf bedding or sheet sets that fit your needs unless you have a 'unicorn' bed that requires something custom.
You'll come away being an expert! (OK, maybe not, but you will come away knowing a little more than you did. Hopefully.)
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Most Comfortable RV Mattress?
The most comfortable RV mattress is the one you will sleep most peacefully on.
Yes, that is very much a non-answer, but it has to be.
Everyone has a different opinion on what makes a comfortable mattress.
Sleep style will directly influence what makes a comfortable mattress for you. Side sleepers have one set of requirements, while back sleepers will have another.
When shopping for a new RV bed, look for one that closely matches the bed in your home.
Don't suddenly change the mattress type just because you are camping.
Stick with what you know you like.
What Can I Do To Make An RV Bed More Comfortable?
The truth is most stock RV beds are pretty bad.
Here's how to make it more comfortable.
- You can purchase an RV mattress topper, which directly provides an additional layer of support on top of your mattress.
- Use use pillows and bedding to create a cocoon-like environment to sleep in. This will only work if your current bed isn't horrible and if you don't mind being wrapped up in bedding (not an option for hot sleepers).
- Buy a new one. If all else fails, you may have to bite the bullet and spend the money on RV mattress replacement.
What Is The Best Mattress For A Camper?
The best mattress for a camper is the one that works best for you.
Not trying to be flippant here, but buying a bed is a personal experience.
The best camper mattress fits the area that is made for it, is not be too heavy for the bed platform, and should be comfortable.
The first two variables are easily determined, and the third is where personal preference comes in.
To determine the best RV mattress for you, find a mattress that fits your RV.
Then decide whether you think it meets your criteria for firmness and overall comfort.
Who Makes The Best RV Mattress?
This is like asking who makes the best candy bar. Everyone will have an opinion, especially with the vast number of choices available today.
Buying an RV mattress is a very personal decision.
So all we can do is tell you what manufacturers we have experience with (and like) and point you in their direction.
Where Can I Buy An RV Mattress?
Nowadays, there are plenty of places to buy an RV mattress, especially since you don't necessarily need to buy an RV-specific one.
This means that you have plenty of options online and local stores you can purchase from (especially if you don't need a custom size).
Here are a few places you can buy RV specific mattresses, as well as residential mattress sizes:
How Thick Should An RV Mattress Be?
The thickness of an RV mattress will depend on a couple of factors:
Room on the bed platform - Some RVs will have limited headroom where the mattress goes, so a thinner mattress is ideal.
Or a thick mattress may not fit in the designated area when a RV tip out is in the retracted position, so pay attention to thickness in this situation.
Comfort level - Generally, the thicker the mattress the more support and comfort it can provide. If you are particular about how comfy your bed is, pay attention to its thickness.
What Do I Put Under My RV Mattress?
You might need to put some sort of layer under your mattress to allow air to flow if you stay in humid environments.
Most RV beds are set directly on a wooden platform which doesn't allow air to circulate underneath.
If there is a lot of humidity in the air, mold and mildew will form underneath.
The solution is a moisture protection barrier underneath the mattress. It allows air to circulate, minimizing the risk of mold and mildew growth.
Here are a couple of products specifically designed for this purpose:
Can You Put A Memory Foam Mattress In A Camper?
Yes, you can put an RV memory foam mattress into a camper, travel trailer, motorhome, van, etc.
That is the type of mattress that Camp Addict co-founder Kelly has in her rig, and she FRIGGING loves it.
You can purchase a memory foam mattress for camper use that is the right size and shape for the bed platform in your RV. It's that simple!
How Long Do RV Mattresses Last?
How long an RV mattress will last depends on several factors, such as:
- What quality of materials was used to make it.
- How often it is slept on.
- How well it was treated.
Like most things in life, the better you treat something, the longer it will last.
All things being equal, the two factors that have the most significant impact on the life of an RV mattress are how frequently it is slept on and how well it was made (quality).
To get an idea of how long a manufacturer thinks their mattress should last, consider how long the warranty is.
A bed that isn't abused should last at least that long.
Finding a mattress that works wiht your RV is not hard to do. Stock mattresses are often pretty terrible. Therefore, replacing the mattress is one of the first modifications new owners do.
All you need is to make sure it is the right size and thickness. Or, you could get a topper to make the mattress feel better.
If you have a cut-corner mattress, there are a couple of places where you can order a custom mattress. OR, you can cut a foam mattress to fit.
If your current RV mattress is awful, stress not. This page armed you with all you need to know to get yourself a quick and easy replacement.
Author: Marshall Wendler
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 - December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows 'all the things'. He's good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.