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Old 08-30-2015, 05:46 PM   #1
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Mattress options for 17B?

Hi all! We are back from a short trip and planning another in about three weeks. We find that we almost always have our bigger dinette made into a bed, and that when we need a table we use the smaller one up front. So that's got us wondering whether we should invest in a mattress or foam pad for better sleep.

So - we are curious what's worked for all of you? Our space measures about 77 X 48, around a "short full," but we're concerned about the curves on the back end of the camper. We're also not sure about moisture issues (we do have one of those moisture pads we have put under the cushions when we sleep and we assume we'd need to use this here).

Caveats ... we would like to be able to access the under-seat storage AND the water heater/etc etc without major stress. So whatever we put in there needs to be something reasonably pliable.

It would be nice it we could remove the mattress occasionally if we did want to use the larger dinette (sometimes when our Escape is just parked at the house, we use it as a place for Happy Hour

We DO use the bed extension -- so we'd probably have to improvise something there.

And finally -- we have two large, dirty, wet dogs who love to hop into bed, invited or not. We'd need to make sure things were protected to avoid stinky side effects.

Thanks for your ideas!

Elizabeth & Dan
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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We have a 2" memory foam ( I believe ) that has a removable cloth cover. I think we got it at Sears Canada ($100), but you should find similar where you are.
We added it because, after three or four days, there were pressure points on my hips with just the foam cushions.
We haven't had any reason to worry about moisture so no mesh or other solutions.
We just pull the foam pad back along with the covers and lift out the cushions to access the benches. The foam pad can be rolled up if you want to convert to dinette, but it is bulky. Probably want to throw it in the tow vehicle to get it out of the way.
You won't notice that it isn't cut to conform with the corners. I think ours is about two inches short, but that space is at the feet end ( for us, that's the driver side ).
It's not stiff, like a mattress so we have no problems rolling it up to get it out of the way, or out from under the counter extension.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the memory foam suggestion (we're looking into that) we're still curious if anyone has found/is using other mattresses or options? Anyone? Bueller?
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:48 PM   #4
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In our 17B We put the Spa Sensations 8" full size 54" x 75" (Wal Mart) $159 and had to trim just a small amount off the back edge and shape it. Electric knife cuts it like butter with a clean edge. Custom fit it perfectly to the back wall.
You need an external access hatch for passenger side storage, not a hard mod to add, to make easy access to storage. After a night on this mattress you will be loving life.
We had some friends put the 12" in their RV and they came home after the trip, got rid of their mattress at the house and bought another one of these to replace it.
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I too have a memory foam topper that I got at Costco. It came with a washable cover that is now too big as I cut the long edge of the topper to fit. the cover is tucked under when the bedding is. I knew I was going to have a more permanent bed, but did not have the under bed area enclosed. Instead, I had Reace put in a door at the bench front on the passenger side for interior access. (Since I have storage containers beneath, they must be moved to use that door.) I also have an exterior hatch on that side. It was not recommended at that time to place a door on the bench on the driver's side as there isn't much room and the water pump and other stuff is there. I would think either or both would be easy to add. (By someone who knows how to do it.)
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:13 PM   #6
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Sandra, Greg, thanks so much! Sandra, I kind of remember you mentioning the door on your bench -- do you have a photo? Very curious. Greg, I take it removing your mattress would be a major pain, so if you commit -- you commit? Sandra, same for the foam?

And does anyone do this w/the bed extension? I'm guessing whether we went mattress or foam we'd just get another piece cut for that ...
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I actually could access the bench storage by lifting and rolling the mattress back. Wasn't horrible, but if you are putting things in there you need 5 times a day it would be a pain. We stored long term supplies there that we didn't need often. For us the quality of the sleep on the mattress far outweighed the bench access. We've done the foam toppers over the cushions for many years and it wasn't working for us anymore. This was so nice we will probably get rid of the stock mattress in our 19 when we get it and put the queen size in. Everyone needs to figure out what works for them, this is just where we have gotten to.
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In our 17B We put the Spa Sensations 8" full size 54" x 75" (Wal Mart) $159 and had to trim just a small amount off the back edge and shape it. Electric knife cuts it like butter with a clean edge. Custom fit it perfectly to the back wall.
You need an external access hatch for passenger side storage, not a hard mod to add, to make easy access to storage. After a night on this mattress you will be loving life.
We had some friends put the 12" in their RV and they came home after the trip, got rid of their mattress at the house and bought another one of these to replace it.
Hi Greg A, which Spa Sensations from walmart do you have? The Theratouch Memory, MyGel, or just regular Memory Foam?
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We had the spa sensations 8" memory foam. Currently $159 for the full size.
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My Escape is currently in storage but I'll be picking it up in a little over a week. I will then take a picture and post it. The outside access is used mostly. For me to roll back the topper and bedding and lift the cushion and wood cover would be too much fuss, especially with the table top in the way while reaching for an item. It works for me.
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