self inflating air mattress

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Hi guys,
Has anyone got any good recommendations for self inflating double airbeds?
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Deb
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Reply By: DesF - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:52

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:52
Hi, Have 2 Thermarest large mattresses, have had them about 15 years , used them extensively, in the first 5 years but only pull them out about once a year now,
Always work well, look as good as new,
I store them out flat under a bed,
They were a bit dearer , $160.00 each then , not sure of prices now.but well worth the money,
Cheers Des.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:32

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:32
X2 for the Thermorest products - used our singles now for 10 years - excellent quality.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:53

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:53
Graeme,

We've got an Oztrail self-inflating double mattress, and it's very comfortable. About 100mm thick, but feels much thicker. If you're rolling it up every morning, it's a real pain to pack. Really need 2 to roll it firmly, though with practice one person might do it easily.

Been suggested on here before that 2 singles would be a better solution, and I'd tend to agree. We've got a couple of singles, and the thicker one is as comfortable as the double.

Won't comment on those air beds, too cold & uncomfortable.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:55

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:55
"Graeme"

Ha ha, sorry, Deb. :-)

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Follow Up By: V8 Troopie - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:57

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:57
Regarding rolling up being a pain, agree as I use mine on my yacht and have limited room to do the rolling up.
My solution is a 12V deflator (came as part of a cheap air mattress inflating toy), this required just a short length of plastic hose to connect to the air outlet of the mattress.
Rolling up slowly as the deflator removes the air makes that job much easier. Just remember to close the mattress shut off valve smartly once its fully rolled up.
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Follow Up By: Willy W - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:06

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:06
V8 thanx for a brilliant tip with the vacuum pump. !!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - silkwood - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 19:08

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 19:08
I have Thermarests for bushwalking but a couple of the mid-size 4wd mats from Anaconda for car camping. We had a double but it was an absolute pain to roll up. Two larger singles work much better for us. I have stitched up a quilt cover with a sleeve on the base to act as a sheet set and keep the mats together. To be honest we rarely use the sleeve as the mats usually stay together okay without it. The modified quilt cover/sheet set works really well along with a down quilt. We never take the sleeping bags car camping anymore.

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Reply By: Rainman WA - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 21:54

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 21:54
Exped Megamat 10, expensive at close to $300 but some of the best money I've ever spent on camping gear. Unlike other self inflaters I've had, it actually does self inflate, but just in case, it comes with a hand pump to top off if needed.

It has one way inflate and deflate valves which makes deflating and rolling up nice and easy, and when rolled up its about 25cm in diameter which is pretty good for a mattress that inflates to 100mm, and best of all it actually fits back into the bag when rolled up.

I've carted mine around the Pilbara and down the Canning Stock Route and have slept like a log all the way.

You tube video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GioeLw9jfHk
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 23:12

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 23:12
Black Wolf have a range - they are brilliant - around $180-$200 depending on model chosen.

Had mine about 8 years with no problems and they do self inflate properly.

http://www.blackwolf.com.au/category/Mats/4
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 05:51

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 05:51
Regardless of which brand, two singles are much easier to roll up and to stow in your vehicle
Blackwolf Mega Deluxe mats have a Velcro joining strip to couple two mattresses together

Those cheap 4WD mats are very comfortable but quite bulky when rolled up
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 13:51

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 13:51
Just don't expect to get out of any half decent single for less than $150, so forget about the cheapies at Kathmandu etc. Not only are you wasting your money, you will be let down- normally at the worst possible time. They spring leaks too easily.
I have a small, thin Thermarest as I do multi day bushwalking and it has to fit in my backpack with everything else. It probably doesn't even inflate to 50mm, yet it keeps me warm down to -3C (that's so far) and I can't feel any sticks or stones I may have under my groundsheet/tent floor. Amazing how it seems to smooth out the ground.
If it's a good one, you don't need 100mm thick ones, try them before you leave a shop, put something underneath them like a tent peg or pole to simulate rough ground.
If you sleep on your side you may need 50mm though.
I'm impressed with the Black Wolf I bought for my son as well.
Make sure you use a ground sheet though to protect against sharp stones and burrs
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Follow Up By: gbc - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 19:04

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 19:04
combining a decent thin sim over a cheap closed cell foam mat will see you sleeping on ice if you wish. Mine is a 30mm mountain designs sim and it keeps me comfy.
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Reply By: alhow - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 20:51

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 20:51
Thermarest or Xped X 2 singles.

You'll get a better nights sleep out of either of these two at half the the thickness of your typical Oztrail type 100mm mattress.
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