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Old 07-08-2014, 11:42 AM   #11
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Great point about the benefit of brick & mortar shopping. Especially with something as important as a mattress it just makes sense to try before you buy. Read somewhere once that one should spend at least 15-20 minutes in the mattress they think they like to verify.
For me, to save a couple hundred bucks on a mattress you can't try out first does not work for me either. An investment in my health and comfort, that is amortized over many years of use, is well worth it to me. There are so many different grades and qualities to foams, you just never know what you are going to get when ordering online.

The salesperson (owner) we bought from was very insistive that we spend lots of time laying on our narrowed down choices. There is a video on this page where he gives tips on buying a mattress.

http://www.labbebedding.com/mattresses/rv-mattress/

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Lastly, latex comes in fast & slow response. The slow feels more like memory foam.
I was actually quite surprised with the fast response of the natural latex. While it was very comfy to lay on, the quick response is almost spring like, and when I was rolling over on it (something I do regularly during the night), I felt like it was propelling me. Sure don't want my mattress pushing me off the bed. The Talalay latex was much cushier, and nestled me nicely.
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:59 PM   #12
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Jim, what mattress do you have in your 19'?
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Old 07-08-2014, 03:18 PM   #13
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It is the stock foam one, I believe 5", with a softer top 3". It has served us well for over 5 years now, but is starting to lose its support, and I am getting a bit bugged with the pressure points, mostly on my hips.
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:09 PM   #14
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I'm having the firmest mattress made by Ducan Industries (the ETI vendor) fabricated to fit a 21 - which has one corner clipped off. Could not find another manufacturer who would do that. Cost is $355 USD after $150 deduction by ETI for not using their stock version, which we found too soft. Hopefully we can avoid having to add a topper as I have to build a platform to raise the head 4 inches. Planning on using a counterbalance of gas shocks to raise the inclined platform with mattress as one unit to access the storage compartment underneath. Fun mod in my future!
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #15
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I'm looking foreword to seeing/reading that mod tractors1!
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I'm looking foreword to seeing/reading that mod tractors1!
Wifey has stomach issues; I'm a retired mechanical engineer - should be simple!
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:54 PM   #17
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Any idea what the weight of the Ducan mattress is?
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I also bought a mattress for the rear dinette. What comfort!...but what a hassle getting at under mattress storage etc. I welcome this mod !!
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Any idea what the weight of the Ducan mattress is?
I think they said 55 pounds on the phone for the standard ETI mattress. Ours will be a bit heavier.
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