air matress

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 at 22:54
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Hi Guys,
can anyone recommend a serviceable air mattress for 4wd camping.Or something else.
Thanks in advance,
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 07:07

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 07:07
The standard 10cm 4WD Mats as a lot of stores call them are extremely comfortable and cheap at around $100 but are a bit bulky to carry

From there you start paying more to get a more compact mat with the equivalent comfort factor
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Reply By: Sigmund - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 07:59

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 07:59
Have a look at Exped hiking mats. Good insulation, low bulk and good comfort IMO. 7cm or 9 cm thick. They need protection from sharp things though. The synthetic versions are easier to live with than the down.
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:11

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:11
Air mattresses are generally problematic
All most all go down overnight . The really expensive ones may be better , but I doubt it,
you would be better off with a foam mattress that rolls up ,if you have the room.


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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:19

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 09:19
Not only do 'air beds' invariably leak and go flat, and in our experience are very cold to sleep on for some reason. They do pack to a small size though.

The 'self-inflating' mattresses on the other hand are really comfortable despite the thin foam, but bulky to transport.

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Follow Up By: Louwai - Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 13:38

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 at 13:38
The air inflating the airbed will take on the temp of the suroundings. If it is laying on the floor of a tent & the tent is on cold ground, then the air in the bed will become cold & that temperature will be transferred up to the person sleeping on it. Your body will never generate enough body heat to warm the air in the matress. It will be like sleeping on a refrigerated bubble.

I have a 6x4 covered box trailer which I use for sleeping in sometimes. I have a 3mm sheet of rubber & then a piece of carpet on the floor to insulate the mattress from the cold steel floor & when I inflate the mattress I lay 2 old doonah's over it as "underlay", the edges of these doonah's I tuck down the sides to insulate the mattress form the steel sides of the trailer.
Then with my sleeping bag over the top as a cover, it's toasty.

If you insulate your air matress from sources of cold, you will have a far more comfortable sleep.
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Reply By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:29

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:29
You can purchase self inflating mattress from Roman a 'moon deluxe' about 1900mm by 800mm and 50mm high they are not cold to sleep on as they are full of foam 'air' mattresses are cold to sleep on because air is a great conductor of cold air. Cost about $110 Mine is 4 years old and going strong no problems of cause it depends on how you treat them. Once you expel 'all' of the air out of them you end up with a reasonably compact item. Go and have a look at them at a proper camping store and talk to the salesperson they generally have good experience on these matters as opposed to something like BCF or Rays etc they're just big supermarkets with staff of little knowledge.

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Follow Up By: Member - Trouper (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:33

Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 at 12:33
Those sizes are the inflated size. deflated and rolled they are 800mmx150mm or so.

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Reply By: cookie1 - Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 at 15:24

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 at 15:24
Over the years I have bought and thrown out loads of air mattresses and gave up in 2005 and bought the small Wild Country cots from Rays, they do take a bit of assembly but pack down really small but don't go down in the middle of the night, don't sit on the ground and are quite comfortable. They cost about $25.00.

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