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Old 07-15-2014, 05:05 PM   #1
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Making the bed

It appears that making the traditional bed in an Escape 19 can be a bit of a pain.

Are there alternative bedding solutions that are comfortable for a couple to sleep in and easy to make?

Does it complicate making the bed if you have DryMesh around the sides of the mattress to reduce condensation?
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:32 PM   #2
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We have never needed DryMesh at all, having no condensation issues under normal use.

It is a bit tough tucking things in, and for the most part we just leave the sheets and comforter loose on the sides. Not as pretty, but works great. Besides, I tend to sleep with my feet out from under the bedding when I get too warm, as I can usually regulate my body temp good that way.

On our new mattress we are having made, we ordered it 58" x 79" (instead of the stock 60" x 80"), so we have the space to tuck in along the sides, if we wish to.
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:39 PM   #3
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The bed mattress in the 19 is too large thus causing a PIA to make as well as keep moisture away from the mattress. We used the Trav-a-Sak system on top in the 19 and when I had the 21' made I had 2" cut off the mattress which makes it easy to install a fitted sheet now. Perhaps you can have the mattress cut smaller, an additional 2" smaller all around will eliminate the condensation problem as well as ease of making.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:00 PM   #4
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I cut two layers of memory foam mattress to cover the dinette cushions for my bed. They were very snug at first (like the cushions) and it was difficult to make the bed. After a couple of trips I trimmed at least an inch all round the foam layers...much easier to make now and it looks better. So I second ordering a smaller mattress.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thank you for the great information. We hear from Kim that ETI now supplies the mattress with dimensions of 59" x 79". If we had the 1/2 " layer of DryMesh around the three sides, do you think the size is now OK or should we ask for something smaller?

And thanks for the info Jim on the Trav-a Sak system you used in your 19. I see there is a similar product called RVSuperbag.

Has anyone experience with either of these products?

Thanks again!

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I just use two sleeping bags of different weights zipped together. Makes into a double and if it is cold, the 5lb. bag is on top; when warm the 3lb. bag is on top. If you're not talking to one another, you can take the bags apart...
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:08 PM   #7
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Dave, we had eti make us a matching cover for our bed. whe just put our bedding away and the trailer looks all in order.
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Thank you for the great information. We hear from Kim that ETI now supplies the mattress with dimensions of 59" x 79". If we had the 1/2 " layer of DryMesh around the three sides, do you think the size is now OK or should we ask for something smaller?

And thanks for the info Jim on the Trav-a Sak system you used in your 19. I see there is a similar product called RVSuperbag.

Has anyone experience with either of these products?

Thanks again!

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The specs say 60x80 is the space so 1/2" is not much,if I were buying again I'd have the mattress 56 wide and 76 long, allowing 2" space all around which the dry mesh and sheets will fill on the exterior sides. You want air between the mattress and the walls and underneath.
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Dave, we had eti make us a matching cover for our bed. whe just put our bedding away and the trailer looks all in order.
I let the help put ours away while we are having breakfast……….
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You want air between the mattress and the walls and underneath.
You levitate when you sleep?
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