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Old 02-10-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Need opinions on best mattress

Hey everyone,
Been a while since I have posted, but I am almost done with the complete restoration of a 86 Bigfoot 5th wheel. I need help determining which mattress we should put back into the overhead, it came with a "short queen" innerspring mattress, and I am thinking of a "memory foam" mattress instead, and am looking for opinions, pros and cons of the memory foam mattress.
Also, the mattress store nearby says I should not bend a innerspring mattress to install it and there is no way to get the mattress in place without bending it quite bit. They void the warranty if damaged by bending to install it.
I am also about to post many photos of the rebuild, and will make a album when I get to it.
Thanks in advance for your help...
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:43 AM   #2
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Hi: Tom Y... We use an 8" thick 60X80 Memo foam and find it great. So much so that we bought a Temper-Pedic to use at home also... and take our pillows with us camping. I have turned the mattress end to end and it is quite a chore in the space provided!!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:52 AM   #3
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There are memory foam mattresses and memory foam pads with muslin covers. A simple 3 or 4" memory pad wil bend easily. Many come in a compressed roll. Can easily be trimmed to size and shape of space available. Questions are beginning to surface about out gassing of toxins and allergins. I think more rather than less information before purchasing is advisable. We have a sub-200$ pad in our trailer. It is comfortable. The jury is not in on long-term health consequences. I would not buy an expensive mattress incorporating memory foam at this time.

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Old 02-10-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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We have had a TempurPedic at home for 3 years now and NEVER have had so much comfort. We both have quite bad backs, with both having had fractures along with arthritis. Based on this we bought a memory foam mattress at Walmart for our EggCamper. Very comfy but not quite up to the TempurPedic but nowhere near the cost, either. We also have low cost memory foam pillows for both home and away. The TempurPedic was $2600 and the Walmart one was just a bit over $100. FWIW
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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Then too, there is memory foam and then there is memory foam. Some of it gets as hard as a brick when it gets cold and feels like you're laying on a hotwater bottle when the outside temperature is warm. Wide extremes. Read all information available on any given product.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
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Not sure about a Big Foot, but Southern Mattress makes a memory foam mattress for the Casita, perhaps they may for the Big Foot.

We have a about 9" of memory foam over an inner spring, a hybrid, not sure exactly what it is called, pillow top maybe? I just lay down on it in the store and that was that. You will not regret it, but they do sleep warm.

Years ago I owned a heated water bed, and I swear that it messed up how my body generated heat. The memory foam did so also, but much less. On the other hand it could be that I am growing old...naw that ain't it....
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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memory foam / innerspring mattresses

Thank you all for the advice, still have not made up our minds yet, I sure would like to try a memory foam or hybrid memory foam mattress, the heat retention may be a problem for us though.
I find innerspring mattresses that are being sold vacuum packed in a fairly small box, online. Can't imagine how that would work, so has anyone ever bought one or had any experiences with those?
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We have never experienced the heat issue mentioned by several posters. Not with our Tempur Pedic nor with the one we got at Walmart.
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The only experience I have had with memory foam in a trailer is not that great. When the temperature gets near freezing inside, it was like laying on a brick, and every time I rolled over, I had to heat that spot with my body to get it to soften. By morning it was not as bad, as it held the heat we generated under the blankets.

This was nearly 10 years ago. Could it be there are better memory foams?

We are sleeping on the stock 5" foam mattress that came with our trailer right now, and it is quite comfy. Being foam though, I know it will slowly break down and loose its 'bounce'. After 4 years we already seem to notice we sink in a bit more.

A bit of an aside, for those with back issues, or arthritis, I would highly recommend trying out some hot yoga for a while, going at your own pace. It has improved my mobility, and eased some back issues, a whole lot. I know lots of others that say the same. I am nearing 2 years of going 2-4 times a week. Even my mother who is near 80, has started to do a yoga class (not hot though) and is getting good benefit from it. Never too late to start, I just wish I had started when I was much younger.
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Also, the mattress store nearby says I should not bend a innerspring mattress to install it and there is no way to get the mattress in place without bending it quite bit. They void the warranty if damaged by bending to install it.
We just bought a mattress for the house, and the store manager's explanation of this was that innerspring mattresses traditionally had an edge reinforcement wire, which would get kinked if the mattress was bent, ruining at least the edge of the mattress. At least some current designs do not have this wire (ours doesn't), and so can be bent substantially (but still not kinked too sharply) to get them where they need to go. Don't sit for long on the edge of a mattress without this reinforcement, since it is hard on the mattress.

I suggest looking at other brands or model of innerspring mattress, if interested in that option.

We also had a Queen size mattress put in our larger trailer, which would have required substantial bending... but it is all-foam, and was not a problem.
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Do you have an Ikea nearby? They carry lots of different foam mattresses of varying firmness. I use one in the trailer and it's very comfortable. More so than what used for about a year, which was a 3" memory foam topper on top of stock trailer cushions.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:44 AM   #12
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We bought a natural latex foam mattress from Ikea we bought a kingsize and cut it down so it fit the bed and the bottom bunk bed or couch in our case as we dont use the bunk beds. We got it in the as is section so it was quite reasonable. You should google natural latex it is an excellent choice for camping.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:38 AM   #13
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We put a memory foam topper on top of the cheep mattress that came with the camper and it is great.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:52 PM   #14
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Here's what we have in our Escape 19ft. We like it so much that we have decided we will buy one of these for our bed at home the next time we need a mattress! It didn't have any odor and reasonably priced/free shipping on Amazon.
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