swag mattress

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My wife and I use a double Kulkine swag when travelling. The original mattress is that "eggshell" foam and does not offer nearly enough comfort. We are in our 50's, with the resulting aches and pains. We have tried memory foam over the existing mattress but that didn't help. We are thinking of getting a self inflating 100mm air mattress but am not sure if we can get the right size (2000 x 1350 mm).

Has anyone else faced and overcome this difficulty? We can remove a mattress rather than roll it into the swag.
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Reply By: New Man - Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 09:58

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 09:58
Duh - it is an Oztrail not a Kulkine.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 16:57

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 16:57
G'day, did you try the memory foam under the eggshell? I have used them in that way in a double swag and was very comfy and I am not the smallest of people..........
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 17:58

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 17:58
Cant beat a woollen under layer on top of a egg shell and a sheet. Has kept the wife happy for a few years now.
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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 18:13

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 18:13
If you buy a good self inflating mattress such as those made by Thermarest or even Black Wolf you can get by with ones which are only 25mm thick when expanded. I have one I take on multi day back packing bushwalks. It's remarkably comfortable, even on rough ground (and I'm heading towards 60 and 184cm tall). Even with sticks etc underneath.
I find it no less comfortable than my kids egg shell foam swags.
Head into a camping shop and try them out, put a small tent pole underneath and see what I mean by being comfortable.
Good self inflating mattresses aren't cheap, don't even dream of one from Kathmandu. Cheap ones don't stay inflated for long. Just stick two together with velcro straps to make a double
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 18:41

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 18:41
We have a double swag and replaced the standard foam mattress with one of those "selfinflating 4wd mats" that are sold at most camping stores.Link Here.
It is a lot thicker than the standard foam. We cut off and threw away the plugs because we never need to inflate it - just use it as a mattress and roll it up with the swag. Its thick enough to insulate you from the cold ground. Sure it's a bit bulkier, but that never mattered to us as long as we had a good mattress.
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Follow Up By: New Man - Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 09:33

Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 09:33
Thanks Phil, the mattress you linked to is 150mm wider than our swag. Was that the case for you? I guess I will hunt around for the right width.

Cheers, Bill
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 20:54

Friday, Oct 09, 2015 at 20:54
We bought a double self-inflater for a trip down to Lake Eyre in 2011. Think it might be an Oztrail? Plenty of area, and 100mm thick. Was as comfortable as the bed at home!

Was really comfortable with my swag spread over it, even for the 2 of us. Come time to pack up, it's a 2 person job if you want the rolled article to fit back in its bag. Been said before on this forum, use 2 singles, and I'd endorse that advice. Then if you have a row with Herself, you've still got somewhere comfortable to spend the night. :-)


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Reply By: New Man - Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 09:22

Saturday, Oct 10, 2015 at 09:22
Thanks everyone. We have tried memory foam on top of the mattress (not underneath) and it surprisingly made little difference. We have also tried the thinner thermarest self inflaters (equipment from our Bibbulmun Track days) over the existing eggshell and that was still a bit lacklustre.

We haven't tried the thicker self inflating mattresses. I think the idea of 2 singles is good. BUT if the width isn't right doesn't the swag tend to lose its shape because it needs the mattress to push against it?

Cheers, Bill
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