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Old 07-09-2014, 12:27 PM   #31
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I found a single layer of the 3" gel foam mattress (Costco) a bit too hard also so installed a second layer that was left over from cutting it to size to fit my narrow bed in front. All is well now...
That is a good piece of info for me. I would like to try that ( just off the top of my head, I may have trouble storing 2 gel toppers under my seats ........ . But, I suppose they do come packaged in relatively tiny packages for their bulk....)
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:42 PM   #32
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Tough to describe a feeling. At home, the gel toppers feel completely luxurious. But the combo of the gel topper atop the dinette bed feels quite hard, especially over the "joints" where the cushions meet, and I wake up with a sore back.
This could be due to the fact that gel toppers are pretty much for comfort only, and don't really provide any support. Your mattress at home gave that support, and you just added comfort. The cushions in your trailer don't give you the good sleeping support due to the joints mostly, so a topper that would also give some support, like latex does, might be a better option for this situation.

Is it easy to tell I just learned some of this stuff in the last week myself?
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:53 PM   #33
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Tough to describe a feeling. At home, the gel toppers feel completely luxurious. But the combo of the gel topper atop the dinette bed feels quite hard, especially over the "joints" where the cushions meet, and I wake up with a sore back.

In my case, I actually use a queen sized gel topper in my 19' rear dinette area. If I lay close to the rear wall, where there is a single cushion the full width of the trailer, it is almost tolerably comfortable.

I LOVE the rear U-shaped dinette, and I'm glad I got it. Just need to do some experimenting around sleeping on it.
Good info, thanks. Firm is good for us.
We also did the rear U dinette, rear bench is 28" deep plus we have a 12" filler, which makes a 40" twin, the front will be made up into a permanent bed, so we can just take the rear topper etc and dump it on top of the front bed when not in use, trade off is we sleep apart. If we have to eat inside we will reverse everything.
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Latex, eh, Dr. Bennett......hhmmmm....
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:23 PM   #35
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Latex, eh, Dr. Bennett......hhmmmm....
LOL........I've only been studying mattresses for a week or so now, and have a bit more time to put in until I get my doctorate.
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Just a thought as I work with plastics; if you have a source nearby I'm pretty sure getting a piece of 1/8th inch LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) cut to lay over the cushions and under the topper would provide enough support to bridge the cushion gap. It's not rigid like masonite and rolls up to about a 6 inch diameter - easy for storage. Pretty cheap too, I buy 4x5 foot pieces for around $10. I'll have to try it out of curiosity when my 21 arrives.
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Good info, thanks. Firm is good for us.
We also did the rear U dinette, rear bench is 28" deep plus we have a 12" filler, which makes a 40" twin, the front will be made up into a permanent bed, so we can just take the rear topper etc and dump it on top of the front bed when not in use, trade off is we sleep apart. If we have to eat inside we will reverse everything.
Did ETI make the 12" filler? Sounds like you need some platform instead of a table plus a cushion as well?
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Yes, ETI made a 12" removable base and cushion, under the bench is a single lift up door to store them. We'll keep the supplied table in the jeep and use it as needed.
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