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Old 09-07-2016, 09:37 AM   #31
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anything is better than sleeping on the ground or an air mattress in a tent....
Actually, nothing beats sleeping on a down filled air mattress in a tent. For me, It indicates you are in some beautiful backcountry.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:48 AM   #32
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Hi: cpaharley2008... Or an air mattress with a slow leak. Alf
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........then wifey wakes up with a 'red' face......
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We already had a memory foam topper and felt that the mattress was still too firm given that it sits directly on plywood.

We bought one of these for another mattress that also sits on a wood base without a box spring. What a difference, love it. So the next project will be buying a similar one for the trailer. One benefit may be that there will be lots of air circulation under the mattress.

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Ok! So Ron's post on the slatted bed base from Ikea got me thinking. We like the ETI mattress and think it is of good quality, but a little harder than our Sleep-Number (my number is 55). A little more give would be nice. The other day I was near an IKEA, so I checked out the Lonset Slatted Bed Base. The full size is 75"X53" and I studied the construction to see if I could modify the bottom right corner to fit the mattress on our 21. I saw where a 2X4 (actually finished at 1 1/2 X 3 1/2) cut at an angle would fit nicely into the corner and allow support for the slats to be shortened in that one area. So, I bought one and brought it home. $77.00 with tax.
I modified it today, installed it, and will test it out camping the next two days. It is very sturdy, very well made, and fits nicely in a 21. It actually consists of two identical slatted bases, each 26 1/2" X 75". They lay side by side. In addition to cutting out the corner, I shortened the left one by 5" to better fit into the rounded left front corner of the bed. The right one was left full length, with the corner cut only:
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The bed made up and ready to go. The slatted base raises the mattress 2 1/2" and when I lay on it, I find a noticeable give/improvement, similar to a normal box spring. I will give it the 8 hour "Hip Test" tomorrow night:
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With this set up you will not need any of that Hypermesh except around the perimeter , no?
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With this set up you will not need any of that Hypermesh except around the perimeter , no?
Correct Jim. ETI left our mattress 1" short on the left and right sides. We have air flow, and have experienced no condensation around the mattress, even before the slatted base. As Ron reported, this ought to provide even better circulation.
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