Three Things To Know About RV Mattresses

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RV travel is a great way to sightsee, bond with the family and travel in a unique, all-inclusive style. Where else can you sleep, eat and drive all in one place? Convenience can’t be beat but comfort, well, that takes a little more finesse. The mattress most RVs come with won’t exactly remind you of the comforts of sleeping in your own bed at home—but you don’t have to sacrifice your sleep on the road. There are mattresses you can swap out as long as they’re compliant with your RV’s space. Here’s what to know before you buy so you can catch those ZZZZs!

This is compressed as a bed in a box for easy setup. Available in multiple height profiles to suit your preference. Linenspa

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Your RV mattress must be lightweight which is why you can’t just bring along your heavy mattress from home. In an RV, every extra pound matters, depending on your gross trailer weight rating (GTWR). If your GTWR is 2800 and your mattress weighs upwards of 100 pounds—that’s extra baggage you don’t need.

Made of hypoallergenic material to keep out dust mites, pollen, mold and pet dander. Signature Design by Ashley

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RV beds aren’t built to the same standard sizes as your usual, at home bed frame. In fact, RVs that are fitted for a queen or even twin mattress still tend to be a few inches shorter or narrower, which is why some of the universal RV mattress dimensions include the “three-quarter queen”—48 by 75 inches, as opposed to a household 60 by 80-inch size—and “queen short,” which is closer to standard at 60 by 75 inches.

The twin mattress size supports a maximum weight of 250 pounds—all other sizes support up to 500 pounds. Zinus

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It’s important to measure your RV space before you buy—and not only check for height and width, but also depth. In some rigs, mattresses must be thin and flexible enough so they’ll bend and/or fit into the bedroom slide-out.