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I have seen a lot of discussion over the beds supplied with
most pop up campers. Like most, ours left a little to be desired in the
comfort area as it is basically a few inches of foam covered with a quilted,
We decided to add a little more padding to increase the
comfort. The photos at the bottom of this page show the lengths we were
willing to go to to achieve a comfortable nights sleep.
We finally decided to try an Aero
Bed Sport (renamed minute bed sport). This is basically a heavy duty
air bed. Purchased in the Queen size, we discovered it fit between the bed
end poles on our Fleetwood Folding Trailer(FFT). With you head/feed side
to side it provides a queen sized mattress. As out FFT mattress is their
"King sized", we have a strip of about 8 inches that is not
covered. While it sounds silly to loose bunk space, we divide this
"lost space" between the front, where you would not be able to sleep
against the canvas anyway and the camper side where it gives a small area not
raised so Natasha can jump up easily. With a sheet on the stock mattress (under out Aero Bed)
it looks fine. After two seasons it has developed a very slow leak, so
that it is slightly soft in the morning, but still comfortable. It comes with a rechargeable
Our old system is detailed below.
All photos on this page are
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|To add a little in the comfort area, we
decided a little more padding was in order. We had a ThermARest
self inflating mattress from our tent camping days and it seemed that it
would add some comfort. So, we bought a second one so that it would
cover a little more of the bunk. The photo to the right shows the 2 mattresses
side by side on the front bunk. It covers the entire bunk, side to
side and leaves about 6 inches at the top (where the pillows normally are)
and about 5 inches at the bottom (where our feet don't really care).
|On top of the 2 ThermARest
self inflating mattresses, we place the stock Coleman mattress.
While this adds to the comfort, I did not think we were quite there yet.
|On top of the stock Coleman mattress we add a
piece of egg crate foam. This now provides a very comfortable surface for
sleeping! Over the top we use a quilted mattress pad and Coleman
sheets and a blanket if needed. In extreme cold weather, we keep our
sleeping bags from the tent days in the pop up for emergency use.
Obviously, we have added a lot of height to the bunk and
the top WILL NOT close in this configuration,
don't try to force it. We remove the 2 ThermARest
self inflating mattresses and place them on the dinette during travel.
Even then the egg crate adds sufficient height that you need to be very
careful to pull (or push, depending on where you are standing) the
tenting completely over the bunk before closing the top. We have found
that this procedure only adds a coupe of minutes to the set up and tear down
time. Time that I feel is well worth it as we now sleep soundly, on a
very comfortable mattress.
Revised: May 08, 2007