Read This Before Buying an RV Memory Foam Mattress

Last updated on May 19th, 2021 at 03:11 pm. Originally published on June 19th, 2015

An RV is a home away from home, and what home is complete without a proper sleeping space? Unfortunately, many RV companies seem content to include sleeping arrangements that feel as though they’re made from bricks.

As a result, many RV owners find themselves looking for a replacement mattress to help them get a decent night’s sleep. A memory foam mattress for RV sized beds is often be the best option. They are inexpensive, lightweight and occupy very little space.

Another appealing feature of a memory foam mattress is an RV is that the material allows for some alteration to size. Many standard size mattresses hang over the edges of the short sleeping spaces in RVs. With some measuring, a bit of precision and ideally an electric carving knife, any owner can make any size fit the specific needs of their vehicle’s bed platform. It isn’t really necessary to spend extra cash on a harder-to-find foam mattress made specifically for an RV, when it’s easy enough to alter a memory foam mattress for less.

There are number of options when it comes to memory foam RV mattresses.

One option is to buy a memory foam mattress topper instead of an entire mattress. They are more cost effective than a proper memory foam RV mattress and they often add just as much in the way of comfort with far less material.


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Memory Foam Mattress Brands

If you’re picky about buying only name-brand items, you’ll likely end up choosing a TempurPedic foam RV mattress. Owners tend to love the brand that popularized foam mattresses. Keep in mind though, that most of their mattresses fit only queen-sized spaces and cost upwards of $2,000, sometimes approaching $4,000. If you have this kind of disposable income and plan on spending many nights on your RV foam mattress, such a pricey purchase may be worth it.

They also manufacture cheaper mattress toppers costing about $300, which are similarly well-reviewed. But because of their specifically-constructed sizes they may not fit many RV sleeping areas which tend to be oddly shaped.



Discount Brands

Luckily for more frugal owners, TempurPedic has plenty of lesser known competitors that offer more in the way of selection for far less cost.

Major department store retailers such as Sam’s Club and Costco will occasionally offer RV memory foam mattresses for discounted prices, most often for a limited time. Don’t rush into a purchase like this — your comfort, and your back, depend upon it — but look up the brand to see if it’s good quality and if you can’t find a better price elsewhere. Walmart also offers cheap memory foam options, including one Spa Sensations full foam mattress currently priced at $149 online.

Sleep Joy is one of the most well-loved brands of foam mattresses, and their products rarely $250, with some priced as low as $79 on Amazon.

Memory Foam Solutions is among other leading, well-reviewed brands as is the pricier Sleep Master, which makes some products specifically for RVs.

Choosing the Best Option
The $79 Sleep Joy option is only two inches thick, a thickness many users find unsatisfactory for their sleeping needs. If you’re a picky sleeper, opt for a mattress at least three or even four inches thick, or simply order a two inch mattress with a good return policy to see if the cheaper option is to your liking.

Another consideration is memory foam density, which translates to how much “give” it has. Experts tend to recommend mattresses and toppers with at least a four pound density, particularly for mattresses with less thickness.

The best way to judge a RV memory foam mattress is on a case-by-case basis.

If you stumble across something that looks promising for a reasonable price, and is well-reviewed, don’t hesitate to make the purchase. Simply know the brand, know what the features mean, and know what you require to get a great night’s sleep.

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