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Old 10-15-2018, 06:36 PM   #1
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Looking for help/suggestions for a new Full size mattress

We have been camping in our 2018 Escape 17B for about 6 weeks in 2 week increments this summer and fall and have been bothered by the sleeping set up. The cushions for the double dinette are horrible for our backs when we sleep on them. We also got a 2" memory foam topper from Target to put on top - that didn't help the sore backs. We put our Thermarest camp pads on top of the cushions and that didn't help our aching backs, either.
I looked online for RV mattresses and couldn't find the right size and also they seemed like they were not great. I couldn't find any that were made with springs, most were foam.

The bed measures about 50" x 74", allowing for space to get your fingers in to make up the bed. Its almost a Full size. We like a firm bed. I am worried about the complaints from folks on mold growing under the bed next to the wood of the dinette.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good mattress for us old folks with sensitive backs? Suggestions that won't break the bank would be even better.
Thanks everyone!
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:57 PM   #2
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Can't say about where you are, but we have a local mattress manufacturer, Yankee Mattress, that will custom build a mattress, as in make it fit the trailer. They ask that you bring the trailer in so they can measure it. I haven't pursued it as my trailer takes a regular queen. Might be you have someone similar in the area. Don't imagine it'd be cheap.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:07 PM   #3
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Humm, you're going up (the wrong direction). The more stuff you add, the less firm the base. I AM a firm mattress sleeper. The best sleep I've gotten is a sleeping bag right on top of a concrete pad! I didn't get a mattress in Ten Forward and for several years slept on an tight air bed right on the carpet. I'm changing that to a slat bed (used it for 51 nights recently). I'm also using a 3-1/2" firm foam mattress (from Ikea) on the slats. So far, the comfort is working fine.


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Old 10-15-2018, 07:34 PM   #4
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:12 PM   #5
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I second what Bob said, find a shop near you that makes mattresses. I know in Calgary we have a couple that make great foam mattresses. You can pick your densities in the layers. I like a latex foam top, a memory foam (or medium density foam) for a mid layer, and a medium-firm bottom layer. about 2"/2"/4". You can specify an exact size and radius of the corners. Do leave a full inch around the 3 exterior walls. In CAD a queen costs around $1k, so a full size would be less. In USD I imagine it would be much less yet.

Another option is to buy a foam mattress you like, buy a used electric carving knife, and you can cut it to the size you want. A mattress shop will usually supply you with a cover, with this option you would have to make your own.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:00 PM   #6
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These guys are about 4 hours from you in Littleton. Custom size firm coil mattress available.
https://www.mattressinsider.com/inne...-mattress.html

I would put this underneath.
https://www.mattressinsider.com/matt...revention.html
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:25 PM   #7
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We have been camping in our 2018 Escape 17B for about 6 weeks in 2 week increments this summer and fall and have been bothered by the sleeping set up. The cushions for the double dinette are horrible for our backs when we sleep on them. We also got a 2" memory foam topper from Target to put on top - that didn't help the sore backs. We put our Thermarest camp pads on top of the cushions and that didn't help our aching backs, either.
I looked online for RV mattresses and couldn't find the right size and also they seemed like they were not great. I couldn't find any that were made with springs, most were foam.

The bed measures about 50" x 74", allowing for space to get your fingers in to make up the bed. Its almost a Full size. We like a firm bed. I am worried about the complaints from folks on mold growing under the bed next to the wood of the dinette.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good mattress for us old folks with sensitive backs? Suggestions that won't break the bank would be even better.
Thanks everyone!
Just to be clear, you want a permanent mattress, which means you will lose your ability to (easily) make your big table into a table, right?
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:23 AM   #8
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I put the 8” spa sensations in my 17b the last year I had it. Loved the mattress and very easy to custom fit with an electric knife and about 30 minutes. Much cheaper and quick solution. If you are going to do a lot of cold weather you can get the gel version for a bit more. Who doesnt have a Walmart close.....
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Spa-Sensa...Sizes/12542630
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:08 PM   #9
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I agree that the standard cushions are not the best sleeping for anything longer than a night or two.

I purchased a 6” foam mattress from Foamfactory.com and it has been wonderful.
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:13 PM   #10
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Greg A: We actually don't have a Walmart close by. Its 40 miles away. That's okay with me. I don't go there, always have very bad luck with cheap stuff from them. But its a good suggestion and I'll look into it. Thanks for the reply,
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