How to Upgrade Your RV Mattress

How to Upgrade Your RV Mattress

Upgrading the mattress in your RV is a lot easier than you might think!  Here are some tips on how upgrade the mattress in your home away from home without breaking the bank!

RV Bed

One of the biggest takeaways from our first camper (a pop up camper) was how uncomfortable the mattress was.  The standard factory issue mattress in that camper was extremely thin and, as with a typical pop up, laid on a piece of plywood.  I remember being so dissatisfied after one night’s sleep in that camper, that we used to bring an air mattress with us and place it on top of the regular mattress.  That made sleeping a little more comfortable but was very far from great.

When we upgraded from the pop up to a travel trailer and brought our Coachman Apex home, we were hopeful that the mattress would be a little comfier to sleep on than the pop up’s bed.  NOPE.  Sadly, it was not.  It was super uncomfortable and we found ourselves waking up with sore backs after every night spent in the camper. It turns out, it’s no wonder the bed produced such a lousy night’s sleep… this is what we found on the inside of our mattress… it’s literally just a hunk of plastic smushed together with some thin padding on both sides.  (Imagine sleeping on a pile of milk cartons and you’ll come close to what our experience was like.)

Plastic Camper Mattress

Where to Buy RV Mattresses for Campers

Once we caught a glimpse inside our mattress, we knew that an upgrade to a more supportive and comfortable mattress had just climbed to a top spot on our camper wish list. Of course, there are two big considerations to keep in mind when it comes to buying an RV mattress: you have to make sure your mattress fits in the camper (many campers have “short” mattresses which are a few inches shorter than standard mattress sizes).  You also have to make sure you can fit your new mattress in the camper door!

We started looking for a new mattress at a couple of area camper dealers.  That search ended pretty quickly because the mattresses we were finding were all very pricey – more than we were looking to spend.

Back to the drawing board, we turned to the internet.  We ended up finding the dreamiest (pun intended) mattress EVER on Amazon. Yes, that’s right. We purchased a Zinus Memory Foam Short Queen Mattress for right around $200. We were already familiar with mattresses that come vacuum-sealed (we have a Ghostbed mattress on our bed at home). With a 2-week long RV road trip to Yellowstone on the horizon and needed to make sure that we had a comfortable place to rest our weary heads!

So here’s a look at what we started with:

RV Factory Mattress

This is what we ended up with:

New Camper Bed

Here’s a comparison of the two mattresses:

RV Mattress Comparison

Needless to say, we LOVE (LOVE!!!!!!!!!) our new mattress.  It is beyond night and day difference and now we crawl into our RV bed and fall asleep in what feels like seconds.  After a day full of fresh air and a night around the campfire, our heads hit the pillow and we wake up feeling rested and great.

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Check out the sister post to this one!

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Unboxing Our RV Mattress


How to Upgrade Your RV Mattress

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9 thoughts on “How to Upgrade Your RV Mattress

  1. Do you have storage under your RV bed? Ours lifts and there is storage underneath. I would love to upgrade, but am worried about how a new mattress would work with the under bed storage.

  2. did you get an 8 in or a 10 in… does that matter?
    Also… dont know if you can answer this question. My parents have an RV.. all the outlets in the kitchen are under the cabinets… non of the plugs reach. She is propping toaster, coffee maker..etc on pans when she uses them to help the cords reach. Is this normal? is there a product or trick. The dealer told her to get extension cords, but then you have extension cords everywhere? Im thinking others have had this issue?

    1. We got the 8 inch mattress! 🙂 Probably does not matter since mattress height is not typically the issue in an RV like the length and width are.
      That is a great question about electrical outlets! We don’t have a perfect solution, unfortunately. Most of our outlets are under the cabinets as well. We tend to rotate our appliances based on that we are using at the moment. So in the morning, the coffee pot gets plugged in on the kitchen counter. The ice maker always sits over on the other counter by the door in its own little area. We will swap out the Instant Pot, coffee maker, toaster, etc in the same spot on the kitchen counter based on immediate need. We can’t really use more than 1 at a time anyway because if we have the A/C running at the same time, it blows a fuse. LOL

    1. Hi Kristen! If the mattress itself has to fold, I don’t think this style would work because it is really thick and rather, similar to a traditional mattress if that makes sense. You would have to make sure that the latches on the camper were strong enough to hold the heavy mattress.

    2. Hi Kristen. We just bought a hybrid also and are wondering what we could do to make it more comfortable. Wondering if a “topper” would work?..

  3. Thanks for the tip! I’m buying this mattress thanks to you 🙂 We get our brand new travel trailer next week. Yvette

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