Camper Trailer Mattress

Submitted: Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:38
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Hi Everyone,

Our camper trailer could do with a new mattress as the old one is history. I have had a look through the archives and it is all still a bit unclear to me as to what is the best option to take.

The one we currently have is in my opinion not thick enough and appears to be made of low density foam and at times you can feel the base underneath it. Now I don't help this one bit as I weigh in at 105kg and am just over 6 feet tall, but hey I am doing this out of consideration for my dear wife. ( If you believe that then you will believe anything)

I have read about people who use the foam egg carton style overlay etc but I am more interested in a mattress that does the job.

If I go too thick with the mattress then I will probably have to change the cover on my camper so this would also be a consideration.

I would be most appreciative of advice from those with campers and what they have done in terms of mattresses they use etc.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:51

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:51
Brian,
Had the same problem, but as an added bit we were also getting condensation under the matress.
We found a Innerspring matress that is made for campers & caravans. Cost About $400 but was worth it .
It had th3e same size (heifht ) as our old matress so we did not have any probs with fitting under the cover.
Just had a look but can't find where it came from as we ordered it at the $WD & Camping Show.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:59

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:59
Hi Vince,

Thanks for the information. I will see what I can chase up. If you do come accross the supplier or manufacturer would you mind dropping me a message with the details please?

Thanks mate.
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Reply By: flappa - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:08

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:08
Cant help with a supplier , but you can get inner springs to do the job.

I have plenty of room under the cover of mine , so . . . um . . . size doesn't matter ;)

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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:52

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:52
Thanks for that and your'e right we have to keep telling ourselves that last bit!!!
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Reply By: Banjo - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:09

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:09
We had a similar problem and opted for a reasonably thick woollen underlay. Solved the thickness problem and also made the bed cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Paul
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:54

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:54
Banjo,

Thanks for the info.
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Reply By: Peter McGuckian (Member) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:10

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:10
Pay a visit to Clarke rubber and get the high density foam - 3" or 4" thick. You could use a mesh underlay to make sure that air circulates to avoid condensation.

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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:32

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:32
I befriended a bloke at Clarke Rubber and spent an hour there cutting my mattress into a very unusual shape to fit into the back of the bus.

Was $140 but worth it I'd say.

We also put an old doonah on top of the mattress but under the sheet so it's toasty warm and Heidi is happy.

I found that the foam mattress was 10 times lighter than our old spring mattress so that's gota be a goog thing.
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:56

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:56
Thanks guys,

Clarke Rubber is one of the options I will have to consider.
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Reply By: age - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:28

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:28
Brian

If in Bris, try Martins foam and rubber at McGregor - he is a specialist in this sort of thing. We grabbed some triple core foam matresses and they are fantastic. I am 120kg and dont bottom out on them. Not too thick and very light weight - comes with a 5 year warranty.
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:59

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:59
Hi,

Yes I am on the Southside of Brisbane so I will check Martins out.

Thanks for the information.
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:30

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:30
G'Day Brian,
I had the exact same issue ( weight and size ) with my Jayco campervan. After considering buying two new mattress's, I decidered to take a friends advise and buy two 2" foam "egg style" underlays ( not overlays ). These go under the existing mattress. These made a huge difference, now very comfortable and supports your weight evenly. I bought these from Clark Rubber for about $65 each, a few years ago and can thoroughly recommend this option.
Regards,
Bazza.
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:54

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 11:54
Thanks everyone, you have given me some things to work with.

I will post again once I get it sorted and let you all know how it works out.
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Follow Up By: Toy_Hilux - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 12:33

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 12:33
Hi Brian,

Also have a look at the self inflating mattresses at your camping store. We tried one out after having problems with other mattresses and now it stays in the camper set up with no problems whatsoever. Also got one just to have as a spare mattress when friends come over unexpectedly. They come in a range of sizes also. Ours are Oztrail mattresses. Heres their web address.

http://www.oztrail.com.au

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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 12:09

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 12:09
Brian,

I have an inner spring matress which is almost brand new. Got a small water leak when a branch dropped on the van. The matress was replaced under insurance. There's not a mark on it.
It's from a Coromal Seak 505, has round corners at the bottom.
Free to a good home, but I don't know how you would get it to Brisbane.
If you are interested let me know by MM and I'll send you some measurements, pics etc.
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Reply By: trendy - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 13:46

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 13:46
Brian, If you want to go down the innerspring road Makin Matresses will make to your specs not sure on price but worth a phone call if you want to pic their brains on this option.
Trevor.
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 10:55

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 10:55
Trevor,

I will have a talk to them.
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 14:52

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 14:52
Brian, I think the innerspring mattress is called "CampaCoil" not sure where they're made, but I"m sure Outback camper trailers use them...

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:11

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 16:11
Lynda's correct Brian. The innerspring mattresses are called "Campercoil" and are made by Leisuretime Bedding in Melbourne. They can be made to suit a particilar size or shape and come in two models - standard or luxury (which has a pillow top). Bloody comfortable after the high density foam!

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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 10:54

Tuesday, Jun 07, 2005 at 10:54
Thanks folks. I have contacted Leisuretime Bedding and they are going to come back to me with options and prices.
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Reply By: D-Jack - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:31

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:31
Brian

Go the higher density foam mattress for support, with the egg shell top for softness and comfort. Can't go wrong. More comfortable than my inner sprung mattress at home with wool overlay.

D-Jack
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Reply By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:32

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 17:32
For anyone who is not happy with their foam matresses (hot & sweaty in summer and that sinking feeling), make an overlay from that thick felt type carpet underlay - you know the stuff the removalists use for padding. It "stiffens" up the mattress and strangely enough is much cooler in the hot weather. I have also found it to be terrific on top of airbeds & makes a tremendously warm doona in alpine camping spots.
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Reply By: RustyHelen - Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 21:40

Monday, Jun 06, 2005 at 21:40
Hi Brian
Lyn and Wombat are on the money. We got our campacoil through Outback in Melbourne to replace a Clarks high density foam.
Our new camper, Aussie Swag came with the eggshell and after 1 tester run we changed over to the innerspring mattress.
We are happy with the campacoil.
Rusty
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Reply By: gone bush - Wednesday, Jun 08, 2005 at 20:24

Wednesday, Jun 08, 2005 at 20:24
hi hope this helps, my hubby has a very bad back and was finding it difficult to sleep in our camper, we tried lots of different things with out luck then bought a high dencity foam mattress that is about 2 inches thick and put it ontop of our existing mattress, it worked really well and still is 4 years on. we were worried about our roof not coming down fully but still does easily.
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