blow up mattresses & foam toppers?

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  1. lkc

    lkc Active Member

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    Hello all---spent the weekend getting more stuff ready for 1st trip in my NTM pup. Stock mattresses are just too hard, so I put the anti-fatigue mats under the stock mattresses & purchased 2.5 inch foam toppers to put on top--super comfy.

    Problem now is the pup won't close with the toppers on.

    Has anyone used inflatable mattress/pads under foam toppers and just gotten rid of the stock mattresses? Was that comfy & also supportive for aging back & hips? I really don't want to have to put in/pull off the mattresses toppers every time to set-up & close--ack!

    I was bummed.
     
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  2. JustRelax

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    Ours closed normally when we added the pad but the sleeping bag used for cold weather was too thick. My latches were adjustable so I just made them a bit longer to compensate.
     
  3. Mamie

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    I've got the original mattresses and plan to get the air mattresses to go over them. I guess I will try the air mattress over and under and see which is more comfortable.
     
  4. durhamcamper

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    I can't speak for others but it seems to be a Coleman/Fleetwood problem. My previous Dutchmen we could leave bedding, comforters, and pillows on the bed and close the pup no problem. Out current Fleetwood it's a struggle with just the bedding.
     
  5. lkc

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    yes, I wonder if some of the other manufacturer's tops are deeper? I have to wait awhile so it can compress with just the anti-fatigue mats under the regular mattress and the canvas, period. One end (the queen size end) is always harder to close up.
     
  6. jbirdt2001@yahoo.com

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    We removed our original foam mattresses to storage bags in storage unit. We have been using just queen air beds with sleeping bag over it since we owned PUP in 2011. I never thought about using a topper but the air bed is adjustable for comfort inflates in about 5 minutes and deflates to nearly nothing.
     
  7. Mamie

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    So you don't use anything under the air mattress? It has been discussed that the air mattress doesn't keep out the cold. Have you had any issues with that?
     
  8. mstrbill

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    done that since our first summer in the Bayport. with the mattress deflated, the memory foam topper, fits fine.

    I use a layer of reflectix underneath. If it's cold, we use a electric mattress pad, never had trouble staying warm down to freezing;
     
  9. Mamie

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    Reflectix is a good idea.
     
  10. MaeKay

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    We have the same issue. I can barely get my Bayside closed with zero bedding on the mattress and nothing under it. I like your thinking here of just using foam topper and air mattress combo.

    My family (parents and now me) has a lot of experience sleeping on air mattresses in houses (while traveling). We’ve always slept better, even in summer, with a heating blanket or electric mattress pad under the air mattress because yes, your body heat gets stolen to heat all the air.

    In my recent camping experience I found either a wool blanket or foam pad on top of the air mattress stopped the air mattress from sucking my body heat.

    But now you have me wondering if I can remove the stock mattress and just keep the deflated air mattress and foam topper there. Because yes, removing that awful topper every time and trying to find a place to stuff it during transit is a nightmare. I’ll have to test it in Camp driveway sometime.
     
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  11. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    When you buy an air mattress get a good one, I slept on the ground for 13 days on a 14 day trip canoe trip after buying a cheap one at Wally World, I took it back and got a Coleman, had no problems, also for a PUP get the 110 V. pump. They also have a habit of gaining air pressure during the heat and losing it when cool. But comfortable. I did deflate mine when breaking camp and re-airing it on set-up. I never had to put anything under mine but I do live in Fl.
     
  12. jbirdt2001@yahoo.com

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    When we get the pup set up i will try to remember take photos. One sleeping bag as a bottom sheet one sleeping bag as a quilt is all we use. Any cool or cold is likely to come in from the thin walls. This has worked for us since 2011
     
  13. Sneezer

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    I personally do not like air mattresses. They are uncomfortable for me, and too bouncy no matter how I air them up. I use a variety of different ones for tent camping as well, and I tend to be happiest with the old classic Thermarest. That small layer of foam and thicker material seem to work better for my back and hips when I sleep.
     
  14. MaeKay

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    The people I purchased our trailer from said they put the air mattress under the stock mattress and blew it up just a little, not all the way. I have been intrigued by that and want to try it as well. Might avoid the bouncy effect.
     
  15. Mamie

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    I can sleep on a cot without a mattress, so I'm anxious to see how I do with the mattress and air mattress on the to or bottom.
     
  16. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    We tried that and it made the air mattresses push out from under. I thought it would just make the air spread out evenly when we laid on them, but it sure didn't. They stayed put when fully inflated. Even so, I didn't like it and took them out.
     
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