RV Mattresses - Types and Tips

RV Mattresses - Types and Tips

What’s something that everyone does while on vacation? If you’re thinking about the comfy bed in your RV, you’re right. No matter where you go or what you do, you’ll need to eventually sleep. Because it’s something that everyone does, sleep is a common topic of conversation. Can you remember the last time someone complained about a poor night’s sleep to you? Or maybe it was you who didn’t sleep well? Sleep is a vital part of our lives and in order to get a good night’s sleep, there are several factors to consider. One of these factors is the bed that you are sleeping on. If you’re sleeping on the wrong mattress with the wrong sheets, you can find yourself waking up in the middle of the night wondering what’s wrong. In an RV, though, fixing this problem isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you’ve come to the realization that you need a new mattress, you can’t just use any household mattress. There is so much more to sleeping in an RV than just selecting a mattress and setting it down. To help you find the best mattress as well as the best sleep, we’ve put together a list of mattress types as well as some tips to help you get the best sleep you can while you’re on vacation.

RV Mattress Types

The first question many people ask when they’re searching for a mattress for their RV is “Can’t I just put a household mattress in there? Do I really have to shop for an RV mattress?” While it would be cool if this is how it worked, it’s not. The answer is no. Not only are RV mattresses generally smaller or shorter, they are designed to be lighter in weight and sometimes leaner and more flexible. This is because of the restrictions that naturally come from the limited space of an RV. Just like you have to pay attention to the weight of your RV furniture and appliances when you add them, you have to pay attention to the weight of your RV bed. Those few pounds can really add up to a big difference. When you look for a mattress for your RV, there are several things to consider, such as budget, size, type, frequency of usage, and more. While we can’t help you form a budget, measure your space, or determine how much time you’ll be spending on it, we can help you decide which type of RV mattress is best for you.

The first mattress type is the innerspring mattress. This is likely the mattress you grew up on. It’s the most common type of mattress, with it showing up in pretty much every mattress store out there. The advantage of these mattresses is that you can find them in a range of options and sizes. The disadvantage is that they have a bad habit of poking you in the back. They might not literally poke you in the back, however, when compared to other mattress types, they aren’t the most comfortable and break down over time.

Up next is the air mattress. These mattresses are not the ones that you blow up when there aren’t enough beds for everyone to sleep on. These air mattresses are of a higher quality and look like innerspring mattresses from the outside. The difference between the two is that one has springs and one has air to support it. This kind of mattress is good for couples who have drastically different preferences. You can make one side firm and the other side not as firm. The disadvantages are that you’ll need to make sure the mattress is high quality and that you can often misjudge the firmness needed when it’s filled, which leaves you with back pain when you wake up.

The third kind of mattress is the memory foam mattress. Now, these mattresses have been gaining popularity at an exponential rate. If you’ve ever slept on one of these, you can understand why. Memory foam mattresses are made of layers of foam that are of different densities, which is why they conform to the specific pressure points of your body. This kind of mattress is terrific for reducing the amount of pressure on your body, helping ease any pain and help you fall asleep faster. The only disadvantage to this type of mattress is that it can get a little warm once you’re in it for a while. That’s why our RV mattresses have their high-quality bamboo ticking and gel infusion. This combo helps keep you cool and dry during the night, allowing you to wake up feeling fresh and cool. This kind of mattress also has the longest lifespan, so you won’t have to replace it as soon as some of the other kinds.

The last kind of mattress is the latex mattress. It’s not as common but is very similar to the memory foam mattress. The big difference between the two is that the latex mattress is firmer than the memory foam mattress.


Once you have your mattress picked out, you might still be wondering how you can get an even better night’s sleep. While there are gimmicky products out there, some of the best tips are those that can be done without traveling to the far reaches of the internet. For example; try drinking water before going to bed. Many people swear by this method but other people say it makes them need to wake up in the middle of the night. So, it’s really up to you. Others say that the best way to get a good night’s sleep is to make your room completely dark and put a fan on. If these don’t sound like they’ll work for you, however, we do have a few other options. You could get a mattress topper if your mattress is just not quite there. If you sleep on your side, using a body pillow can help provide more support, aligning your spine and leaving you more rested and less stiff in the morning. If it’s your neck that doesn’t like you in the morning, then using a memory foam pillow is a great way to go. If you like to have heavy blankets to put you to sleep, try investing in a great comforter or even a weighted blanket. If you don’t want to do any of these things and you have a newer mattress, the problem might just be that you haven’t broken in the mattress yet. To speed up the process, you can let the mattress breathe a little, place pressure on it (like walking around on it or pressing your hands into it), and just give it some more time.

Sleep is a pretty important part of any kind of lifestyle, whether you’re on the road or in a hotel. To make this experience as restful as possible, it’s important to take steps to ensure the most comfortable environment. And if you’re looking around specifically for a new RV mattress, don’t forget to check out our selection of queen, king, twin, bunk, and other RV mattresses.

Jun 5th 2020 Ashley Baughman

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