Bed for a crook back

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 09:37
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Can anyone recommend a good matteress. We are doing a trip to the Cape and I need a decent matteress. I have a crook back and I am having trouble finding a matteress that will do the job and not fill my whole car up. I have a dble rollup that self inflates but it is about 3" thick and just doesnt do the job. The standard inflating matteress that Danoz or the like sells seem to go down. I need somethng that can take the knocks but wont have me feeling like I am sleeping on a wet sponge on the floor.

TA

Algee
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:05

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:05
Can you carry two double self inflating ones and put one on top of the other. I have also found that the longer the time you leave them to inflate the better they are. You should also store them inflated and they will self inflate better this way.
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Follow Up By: bruce - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:50

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:50
If the mattrass is inflated , how can they then self inflate...just a thought and maybe in ignorance because I have had no experience with that type of mattress...we..when we were tenting used a pump up inflatable that we got from a camping supplies store and it was very good , by adjusting the air pressure in it we soon learnt how to get a good nights rest...putting a good layer of paper underneath it helps keep out the cold also...cheers
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Follow Up By: Magnus - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:17

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:17
I agree with Bruce. A good quality air bed and 12 volt air pump plus some sort of insulating ground blanket. There are picnic blankets available at Big W etc that do the job nicely. That or heaps of paper to keep out cold from underneath.

You should be able to get the air mattress just right. A good one will set you back $80 plus.

Cheers

Magnus
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 22:50

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 22:50
Bruce, just a little more explanation of what I meant. If you store the mattresses rolled up over a period of time, they have greater difficulty self inflating when you go to use them. I let mine inflate and slide them under a bed when not in use.
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Reply By: Gajm (VIC) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:58

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 10:58
I have an egg shell overlay (QS) that I use over the top of our camper mattress. I picked it up from K-mart, they aren't expensive, and might be worth a try. If I pack it up as tightly as possible it would be about the size of a carton of beer bottles.
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Follow Up By: ZEDjay - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:51

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 21:51
Egg shell works really well for us too -- I find it more comfortable that my matress at home.
enjoy your Zzzzzz's
Zedjay
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:30

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 11:30
For many years we have used a 4 inch self inflating mattress and an egg carton type mattress over the top throw double sleeping bag over the top 2 pillows and bed is done, and this combination has been excellent. Down side is size when rolled up 4 foot wide and as bid around as you can get your arms around,. we load it last in behind the front seats on top of other gear,in the cruiser.
Comfortable and bulky, I dont think you can get comfort without. Air mattress are a pain in the armpit!!!
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Follow Up By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:06

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:06
Is that what your taking on the w/end as i'd love to see you getting that out of the cruiser.
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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:19

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:19
Have taken it in and out of the cruiser hundreds of time Bob with not a problem, but we have recently upgraded our sleeping gear to an swag/bed roll and a extra mattress giving us a similar unit and that goes in and out of the cruiser just the same.
Cruisers are such versatile vehicles LOL
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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 13:37

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 13:37
Must agree with those who have recommended the egg shell idea. Not from personal experience, however a mate's crook back loves that egg shell foam.
Certainly cannot agree with the air bed recommendations - the only benefit is they pack up small and you can use them to muck about on water. Otherwise there is very little to recommend them. Have never found them particularly comfortable, prone to punctures, cold to sleep on (irrespective of what you put under them). Algee1 you seem to have a space problem so the thick HD foam mattress we use would not suit you.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 16:54

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 16:54
I have a Roman Moon Mat - about 4" thick, self inflating. I cover it with a lamsbwool underlay in cooler weather, and I sleep on the groung - no camp stretchers. I have a dicky back and this has proven to be good for me.
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:08

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2004 at 18:08
I also have a dicky back & use the Carrabee jumbo self inflating mat & hav'nt slept better.
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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 01:16

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 01:16
Try the Coleman Quickbed inflatable mattresses ; available from good camping stores.
12V & 240V airpumps available which inflate in 2 -3 minutes & also suck out when packing up.
We have a queensize; inflates to approx 400mm high & is really comfortable.
Approx $130 all up with a 12V pump.

John A
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan G (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:28

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:28
Thanks John, I have done the research and have ordered one of the Coleman Quickbeds. Thanks for your time.
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Reply By: Member - Alan G (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:33

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 at 10:33
Thanks to you all for the replys. I bitten the bullet and ordered the Coleman Self Infaltable. This better be right this trip or "she who must be obeyed" will have me pulling a caravan. Yuk no thanks.
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