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Old 05-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Smile Which foam mattress is best for our Scamp?

We sleep in the back dinette in our Scamp. We are considering buying a piece of foam to use as a mattress rather than sleeping on the cushions. Anyone else done this? Should we purchase medium or high density foam? Thanks.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I put 4inch medium density high quality foam in our cushions but find it isn't firm enough to support us and have since added a 1.5 inch memory foam topper.
I would say if your going thicker , like 6inches medium is enough or if your super light weight people 4 might be enough.
To do it over i would use high density
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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We use a Memory foam topper that we bought at Costco.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:20 PM   #4
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This is a frequent discussion on trailer forums. We took the cushions out of our Uhaul and use a piece of 5" foam that we bought from JC Penney on sale but that was over a year ago. Just yesterday I was researching foam for a new mattress for our teardrop camper. Foambymail.com seemed to have fairly good prices, they also have covers, and will custom make a cover. The problem in some fiberglass campers is that the wall may be curved and the foam will have to be cut to shape [electric carving knife]. As for density, and yes or no on the memory foam is an individual decision. Our bed stays made up all the time.
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Old 05-30-2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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We are thinking of memory foam topper, those cushions are pretty firm. Actually they are downright hard! Was wondering what I was going to use to cut the curve, wonder if carving knife would work on memory foam?

Last fall at Algonac rally saw a mattress that was three sections with a single batting "pillow top" joining all three. Top was thin enough it allowed the owner to flip up the end sections to access under seat storage. Middle section covered whole table which eliminated that middle seam. It was custom purchase, think in Canada. Seemed really nice. Might spark an idea for your DIY mattress project.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:24 AM   #6
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We just used a really sharp knife to trim the memory foam.
There is a new type that has jell in it and perforations through it. Bought this for a bed in the house and it is really comfortable. Seams to be cooler than the regular memory foam.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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I used an electric carving knife on a 4 inch topper from wal mart and it cut just fine. I then put the memory foam on my cushions and sealed all of it in a plastic mattress bag. then I duct taped the corners of the bag to tight to the mattress. it is holding together just fine. it was a great solution for right around 100 bucks
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I used the 4 inch memory foam topper from Costco in my Scamp.
I didn't bother carving the corners as it molded to the curvature of the trailer.

It was so great I bought the 11 inch memory foam mattress at Costco and sold my select comfort at a garage sale.

It was the best buy I ever made.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #9
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When we made all new cushions for our Scamp we used 4" thick medium firm foam from RochfordSupply.com. http://www.rochfordsupply.com/shop/F...ler/index.html

It has worked quite well for sitting but it is a bit to firm for my liking for bed use, but mostly you can feel the piping and seams under you on the dinette. We opted for a "down alternative" mattress topper from Walmart for $39. I sewed a sleeve ( really just a large pillow case for it) with Walmarts cheap $5 flat sheets, it makes a huge difference in the colored of the bed. We used it for the first time last weekend and we were both very comfortable-- and found we were NOT cramped in the tiny bed as we feared we would be.
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Hummmmmm what bed?That's as hard of a question as what girl should I pick for a wife!
Seriously though it is such a personal thing you almost nee to try out different foams.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:47 AM   #11
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I got a 8 inch foam mattress on line from Sam's club, very comfy used a electric knife to cut it down and resewed the mattress cover to fit. Just remember when you cut the pattern that the walls curve out so cut at an angle. And this would be for a permanent bed we love it.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:09 AM   #12
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We are considering changing out our 5" four year old stock foam mattress in our Escape 19 for something with firmer support. I think it has softened a bit.

So, a topper would not work, as they work best with a firm foundation.

In my searching, it seems that both memory foam and natural latex foam come up as the most recommended, with the natural foam usually the best (albeit most expensive) choice. Does anyone have any experience with natural foam mattresses?

And with memory foam, how well does it work near freezing? I remember talking to someone who used a memory foam topper in their tent trailer and it took a while to warm up enough to conform if I remember correct.

If this mattress with be a 10 year investment into good sleep, I do not mind bucking up for something good.
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Jim, Escape sells spring-coil mattresses for a 17b at $399 for the rear dinette and $325 for the front dinette.
Not sure of the size you'll need for the 19'.
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Jim, Escape sells spring-coil mattresses for a 17b at $399 for the rear dinette and $325 for the front dinette.
Not sure of the size you'll need for the 19'.
The 19 is a full 60"x80", but we want to narrow it by an inch or two to better facilitate tucking the sheets in on the sides, as there is no room to spare against the cabinets. Plus of course the rounded corners at the back side.

I just talked to the wife, and we may try to check out a few of the local mattress suppliers, and feel for ourselves the comfort levels.
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