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Saturday, March 7, 2009

RV Memory Foam Mattress Review

One of my favorite things about RVing is that no matter where you are you’re always sleeping in your own bed. Whether you’re on a well-earned vacation exploring America’s National Parks or full-timing, a great night’s sleep is important to quality waking time! Unfortunately, a typical RV mattress may provide a less than satisfactory night’s sleep…and that’s never conducive to good times.

I finally came to terms with this fact about a year ago and decided a new mattress for my 5th wheel was in order. Now, my bed is a princess queen. The princess queen is a mattress the same width – but 5 inches shorter – than a regular “off the shelf” queen – a mere 75 inches long – and is also referred to as an RV queen.

I wasn’t interested in a standard RV-style mattress so set about to explore other mattress options. Princess queens are tough to come by and the best option seemed to be a mattress that was flexible enough to roll a bit when the bedroom slide was closed for traveling. I shopped Ikea and liked the latex mattresses ($999). I shopped traditional mattress stores and discovered Tempur-Pedic Memory Foam – nice but pricey ($2,000+). They couldn’t accommodate the length I needed but the salesman offered to cut one down for me – at no extra charge, bless his heart!! Novaform, Costco’s memory foam mattress didn’t come in our size so we didn’t even price them.

I began searching the internet and came across two websites worthy of further investigation – Dormia and BedinaBox. Dormia’s website touted a review in a leading RV magazine but offered no pricing, etc. online – only a directory of dealers. I called the local Dormia dealer and the salesgirl had no idea what a princess queen was. She called the factory and got back to me later the next day with pricing for this “custom” mattress ($1,799 + $200 for shipping) and availability (3-4 weeks). Additionally, factory shipping was available to the store only, we’d have to drive over and pick it up.

I kept going back to BedinaBox. Their website is fantastic and answered nearly every question I had. The downside, however, is that their mattresses are only available online so no pre-purchase testing is possible. I Googled them and found very little about their product – but what I did find was positive. BedinaBox offers a 120-day no questions asked return policy, free shipping (to my front door) via UPS or FedX, a 10-year warranty and princess queens ready to ship the next day. Their prices were amazing – plus they are American-made – manufactured in North Carolina. Upon further research I learned that they had partnered with the well-known chemical company BASF – you know, “we don’t make the products, we make the products better”.

After much deliberation we decided to take a leap of faith and order the BedinaBox 9” Pac-Down memory foam mattress ($599) – their standard Pac-Bed with an added down mattress pad. You order online and pay with a credit card or PayPal – very convenient. The mattress shipped via FedX the very next day. BedinaBox has a special shipping method that removes the air from the mattress allowing it to roll up, fitting in a reasonably sized box – approximately 3½ feet high, 2 feet square that weighed in at around 70 pounds. Also in the box was a waterproof, super absorbent, anti-microbial terrycloth cover. The vacuum packed mattress was easy to get through the RV and into the bedroom. As soon as we cut open the plastic bag it began to expand. I expected it to take a few days to completely fill out but I was wrong – it fully expanded immediately. The mattress emitted a very slight odor that dissipated quickly upon venting the room.

We are delighted with our mattress. I must say, memory foam is a whole different feel than a standard mattress. We expected it to be quite soft and to sink down into it with the foam forming a cocoon around us – perhaps creating a slight challenge when getting out of the bed. In reality, it’s firm but gives soothing support to the whole body. When one of us rolls over or changes positions it can hardly be felt by the other. It seems like the memory foam mirrors your body heat and that’s really comforting on cool evenings. Warmer nights and light blankets have not been a problem.

The down cover is very nice but if you get one be prepared for small feathers to escape. It’s only bothersome when you are changing the sheets.

So, if you are in the market for a new RV queen mattress and are interested in memory foam consider BedinaBox – we’re happy campers.


PS – This is not a paid or requested review – just my humble opinion….I’m simply happy with my mattress and thought it might help another RVer looking for a real-user review. Drop me an email if you have other questions.


memory foam bed said...

I had a bad back for a while, it went away after we got the memory foam mattress. It can get warm but you do get used to that. It does stop you tossing and turning which is good for a better nights sleep.

mattress review said...

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mattress review said...

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Henry said...

Buying a Foam Mattress can be really tricky now a days with the choices being so vast.

Ambreen Tariq said...

its true about rv camping that one got sleep at his own mattress. and another thing which is related with rv camping is that, that one can have win after dinner as you don't have to drive back home.

Brad said...

Very good article! I got a PacDown from bedinabox myself and I can't imagine sleep on anything else now. The whole experience of opening the bag up and watching your mattress expand is amazing to me. I almost want to buy another one just to see it again.

andrew22 said...

i was planning for my next trip to Louisiana Campgrounds but before that i have to change my mattress as the old one is no longer giving me comfort.

Dave said...

Upgrading your RV mattress is pretty much a necessity considering the poor quality of the stock mattresses used by most RV manufacturers. It certainly makes sense to find a reputable custom mattress company that can help you do that an affordable price.

mattress said...

Very good article! I got a PacDown from bedinabox myself and I can't imagine sleep on anything else now. The whole experience of opening the bag up and watching your mattress expand is amazing to me. I almost want to buy another one just to see it again.

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