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Old 04-13-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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I admit this is a fairly hedonistic, expensive, first-world solution to the most common of challenges, but every night my wife and I marvel at how comfortable our bed and bed accessories are. Here's what we have:

We bought and trimmed a memory foam topper from Costco. These toppers turn mediocre or good mattresses into guarantors of nighttime nirvana.

Then we purchased a Decorator Sleep System from RV Superbag. This was a bit of a crap shoot. They're pricey, and we weren't sure if it would be as cool as we hoped it would be. But it is. And we're thrilled we bought it. It's comfortable, easy to make up, warm, and simple to change out the sheets.

Since we sprung for the Superbag, we went ahead and purchased the 525 thread count sheets. I'm fine with regular ones, but my wife for some reason has this thing about smooth sheets. So we did the upgrade and I'm glad we did.

Then we purchased an Italian Army Wool Blanket from Amazon. (Be sure you know the difference from this original blanket and the Italian Army STYLE Wool Blanket that sells for about half the price.) It's kind of scratchy, but who cares? It's warm, rugged, and lays on top of the RV Superbag away from your face. It also makes for a nice top cover when making the bed.

With all these together we sleep warm, and we sleep like babies.

Two caveats:

1. If you're tempted by the RV Superbag, be very careful about the fabric you choose. We first selected Tan Swirl based upon the picture, and it was (in our opinion) horrible. Because of a manufacturing snafu, we exchanged the bag and ordered Suede Tan, which we really like.

The other thing is to make sure they use your fabric selection on BOTH the top and the bottom. Their default is to use your fabric selection on one side only, and some cheap stuff from a pile somewhere for the other side. For what you're paying, you deserve good fabric on both sides.

2. The Italian Army Wool Blankets are the real deal, and they come packaged with mothballs. The good news is they're brand new, honest-to-goodness thick rugged wool with no evidence of moth holes. The bad news is they stink. It took two weeks of airing out in the Arizona sunshine before the smell was gone, but now the smell is gone and we love it.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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Good to hear you have a solution that works good. Cost is secondary, if it means a good night's sleep.

Our stock 5" foam mattress was starting to soften too much, and I would get pressure points at my shoulders and hips, causing me to wake and turn more than usual, so off we went looking.

We ended up spending double what we first budgeted (just over $1,000 CAD), but we have a mattress that is like sleeping on a cloud, that you seem to float on. We actually got two mattresses, each with their own custom cover. One is a 6" firm good quality foam mattress, and the second is a 2.5" latex foam mattress. This is much better than the nice pillow top coil spring mattress that we have at home. We will consider this combo for when we change our home one out.

For bedding, in warmer weather we use a high count cotton sheet set, with just a light down duvet on top. When it gets colder, we change the sheets to cozy warm flannel ones, and and a good wool blanket to the pile. We sleep so cozy and comfy with our thermometer set at 9°C (48°F). I would never use anything but good normal bedding in our trailer.

I am a very warm sleeper, and prone to sweating if too hot, and was warned away from memory foam because of this by the mattress shops, as it does not breathe very well, whereas the latex does breathe better. Both add lots of comfort.
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Which supplier on Amazon did you use? The only one that says "Genuine Italian Army" also says it's pre-washed twice. (Are these Made from wool straight off the sheep or something?) Thanks for any help you can provide. I too think a good nights sleep is priceless!
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Old 04-13-2015, 02:09 PM   #4
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I think I actually bought it off eBay. Here's the link - Genuine Italian Army Wool Blanket not A Replica These Are The Real Deal | eBay
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Hi. We had planned on using standard sheets and a thick duvet in our 21. Is there a reason why regular sheets don't work in a trailer? Is it just that it's hard to make the bed to get to all the corners? I like the feel of wrinkle free sheets and wonder if the superbag would allow your sheets to get all bunched up?
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I got queen sheets and a duvet for our wonderful new 21. The tops are ok of course, you just need to figure out how much effort you want to put into making it look good. The bottom doesn't fit quite right. I considered remaking the bottom sheet so that it fit better but while checking out how best to accomplish that found a YouTube video (still not sure how to get this link in here) about using suspenders to deal with the excess fabric. I've tried that and it works fine. I may eventually remake the sheets but the suspenders solution is adequate.
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Old 04-14-2015, 03:29 AM   #7
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I think Sylvia is right - you have to decide how much effort you want to put into making the bed. That's one of the main reasons we bought a Superbag. I stand at the foot of the bed, flip the Superbag five or six times to get it generally in the right position, do the same with the Italian wool blanket, and I'm done. You can't make a quarter bounce off the blanket, but it looks pretty good.
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We are ones that just straighten out our regular sheets to 'good enough', and still sleep cozy.

A very nicely bed is not something we care to take the time to do very often while camping, plus once I get in it, once I am warmed up, I have to kick the bedding off my feet to regulate my temperature. Looking nice would not look so nice, in short order.

We are fortunate in our 19, that a regular sized queen matress cover does fit nice, and lays flat. The sheet under me does need to not be wrinkled, if possible.
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Unfortunately, the odd-shaped mattress on the 21 makes fitted sheets impractical.
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It would not be tough to make a fitted sheet for the 21, using the mattress as a guide. If you have a sewing machine, it would only take an hour or so to sew up. If you don't have a sewing machine, it would not take much to have someone sew it for you. Maybe have a spare made too.

That idea with the elastic straps, place in appropriate spots, would also work to keep the sheet taut, but would be a lot more hassle to deal with.
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