The Secret to Better RV Sleep

The Secret to Better RV Sleep

November 11, 2014 by

RV.Net Blog Admin

Quality sleep is essential to enjoying life. If you don’t sleep well, you probably won’t have a good day. Yet many RVs are poorly equipped in the sleep department. It all starts with an essential product ( that sadly is an afterthought in many RVs. What product are we discussing? No, it’s not the oven. It’s not the refrigerator. It’s not the water heater. It’s the (you guessed it)… mattress!

The typical factory RV mattress is a thin yet lumpy hunk of mediocrity. One of the best upgrades you can make to an RV therefore is a high quality mattress. It’s the sort of upgrade that you are guaranteed to enjoy literally every time you camp. And if you want to get the latest tech, go for the memory foam.

We improved our RV mattress with a memory foam mattress topper ( It transformed our lousy RV mattress into a comfy place to sleep. But if we were shopping today, we would instead replace the entire mattress with a memory foam RV mattress ( For a little more than a mere topper, now you can outfit your rig with a complete unit.

Memory foam is the key to sleep in an RV! (Click the pic for more info.) Memory foam is the key to sleep in an RV! (Click the pic for more info.)

We spend about one-third of our lives asleep. It’s tough to enjoy a day if you didn’t get quality sleep the night before. Yet most RVs are equipped with thin mattresses that provide minimal back support.

Our Airstream mattress, which is simply an average off-the-rack RV mattress, rests on a hard slab of plywood. It’s kind of like sleeping on a lumpy piece of wood.

What do you get when you place a thin lousy mattress on top of a hard surface? You get a backache, that’s what you get. You also get grumpy. You get into arguments. Eventually, you get a divorce.

Don’t get a divorce. Get memory foam.

Lay a mattress topper on top of an ordinary RV mattress for a vast improvement in sleep! (Click the pic for more info.)

What is memory foam? It’s another modern material that’s improving our lives. It’s soft yet firm, offering both comfort and excellent support. It has a doughy consistency that quickly conforms to weight and pressure. It is extremely durable, and typically warrantied for 20-25 years!

We have memory foam pillows, which deliver excellent head and neck support. If you have never tried memory foam, a pillow may be a good place to start.

Memory foam pillows offer great comfort along with head and neck support. (Click the pic to get your own.) Memory foam pillows offer great comfort along with head and neck support. (Click the pic to get your own.)

I have used a Memory foam pillow for years (many medical issues) and they did  serve me well until we purchased a new mattress for our stick home, We had a Select Mattress for many years with a topper on it, but after 20 yrs things get worn out so we went shopping for a new Select Mattress (and for those who do not know what a Select Mattress is, it is a dual air mattress with a foam topper of some kind) well while we were trying out all the new styles they have now (wow 20 yrs changes things) the salesman gave us a new style cool gel pillow, and I have to tell you it is AMAZING. Everyone should at least try one if not buy one, it puts the old type memory foam pillows to shame, it contours to you better, with the cool outside it keeps you from sweating in the summer, and being cold in the winter. Just try one, and while you try the pillow you can try out all the mattress select comfort has today.

Adding a memory foam mattress topper vastly improved our RV sleeping experience. Foam mattress toppers add between 2-inches and 4-inches of memory foam. You simply place the topper (which is housed inside a fabric cover) on top of the existing mattress.

If you want to get rid of the lousy mattress altogether, consider a memory foam RV mattress. These combine a supportive base layer of extra firm polyurethane foam with a top “comfort” layer of softer foam. They are typically a Short Queen size, although this obviously may vary depending on the RV.

Dynasty makes a brilliant foam RV mattress. Dynasty makes a brilliant foam RV mattress. For best results, actually place the mattress INSIDE your RV.

Dynasty Mattress makes a 10-inch thick model ( that is receiving rave reviews. The Dynasty offers a 7-inch base with 3-inches of foam.

Serenia makes an 8-inch model that has also been well received. Serenia offers 6-inches of base and 2-inches of foam.

The Serenia RV mattress is another good option (Click the pic for more info.) The Serenia RV mattress is another good option (Click the pic for more info.)

Are there any downsides to memory foam? Not really. There is usually an odor associated with new foam, but it fades within a couple of days.

Memory foam is a little heavy. Note that if you utilize under bed storage (as we do) you may end up lifting a few extra pounds to tilt up the bed. While weight is always a consideration in an RV, I believe a good night’s sleep merits switching to the heavier product.

In the early days of this material, a memory foam mattress would cost thousands of dollars. But prices have dropped in recent years, and you can get a nice foam RV mattress for a few hundred dollars.

That’s a good deal – and much less expensive than the cheapest divorce.

As I said before I have the cool touch memory foam pillow with my Select comfort mattress home, we do have a 10 inch memory foam mattress in our coach, the mattress that came with out 2010 coach for me was so bad I did not even last 1 night in it. But I also want to tell folks about something else this article does not touch on with memory foam mattresses, you can get different sides on your mattress, You might be asking what do you mean, the mattress we purchased through a local furniture store (Bob’s Furniture) has his own line of mattress that compete with all the top brand foam, but you can get 1 side hard and 1 side soft, or 1 soft and 1 medium. I hope you get the idea, you can get different softness in the foam, it is not just 1 density in the foam there are many, so you should also look into that if like me with medical issues, our coach mattress has 1 side firm, and my side soft, and they that also has a memory topper.

So I hope my info helps you out with your shopping choices, and I am sure like most folks the standard mattress that comes in your coach is horrible and you do need a good night sleep.


About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

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