Just purchased an OzTent, need to buy a mattress ...

Submitted: Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:22
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After selling the ARB roof top tent, we've just picked up an Oztent RV-4 and now need some recommendations for a mattress.

The roof top tent had a 60mm foam mattress which wasn't super comfy, so we got some egg shell foam to put on top of it, we spent pretty much 2 months sleeping on it, so it wasn't too bad.

What do others have? Fully inflatable, self-inflating (thin) or just straight foam/roll up styles? Good? Bad? Ugly?

Cheers,

Jason.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:36

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:36
Gday mate, we have nearly just done the oppisite.We were planning to buy an Oz tent but went out and purchased the ARB tent, awning and walls deal they have on ATM.
Can I ask why you sold your roof topper and got the OZ Tent?.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:38

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:38
Nick, you beat me to it! Michael
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Follow Up By: uneekwahn - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:15

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:15
Nick, Michael,

We sold the roof top tent through no fault of its own. We lived in it for two months whilst travelling the Kimberley on our honeymoon back in 2007 and absolutely loved it!

The reason we're selling it is because our adorable chocolate labrador Lucy, who loves camping, and has never been a bother before, decided whilst we were camping at Sandy Cape, past Jurien Bay over christmas, she'd start barking every morning at 5am, waking all 8 people, including my wife and I, who were camping at our site. On the last morning, she decided to do it at 1am and the only way to stop her was for me to sleep in the back of the car with her for 4 or 5 hours.

Easiest solution, buy a decent, easy to setup ground tent and let her highness sleep in there with us :)

Again, absolutely loved the ARB Simpson II we had, it was great whilst we were unencumbered! :)
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:37

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:37
Gday Jason,
What was the main reason for selling the rooftop, I just bougth a rooftop to save some work and time!!

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Reply By: Secret Mens Business - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:49

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 19:49
Got a lovely self inflating queen size which is super comfy however they take up heaps of space, depends if space is an issue for you.
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Follow Up By: uneekwahn - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:18

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:18
Hi SMB,

Space isn't really an option as we've got plenty of it on the roof rack (weight limit dependant of course) so will just roll up the self inflators if we go down that path.

Cheers,

Jason.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:00

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:00
Gidday

I reckon this is one of those nearly impossible questions. Everybody's comfort requirement is different with factors like age and weight just two of the variables.

We replaced some old self inflating matresses (they were self deflating) with thermarests a year or so ago and I am not convinced that was the right move. they may be the best (with a price to match) but maybe they just don't suit me.

In contrast I have just spent a week or so away in the swag with 50cm of foam and slept as well as could be expected in the conditions ... not quite the same as home but much better than the thermarests.

Of course life is about compromises and the thermarests are ideal for our ute based tent camping. Two of them occupy less space than one rolled up single swag. If you have the room there are plenty of plush looking mattresses about.

If you weren't comfortable on 60cm of foam I doubt a thin self inflater will do for you.

Cheers

Rocco
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Follow Up By: uneekwahn - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:16

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 20:16
Hi Rocco,

Yeah, understand it's all horses for courses, but just looking at each person's opinion on the different options. Many people swear by the self-inflating mattresses, and I think we'll head down that path ourselves, but just want other suggestions as well :)

Cheers,

Jason.
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Reply By: dirttracker - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 21:01

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 21:01
You can get 50mm and more self inflating mattresses. The bag in which the foam is placed holds air and makes the foam work better. This may be a good compromise between a normal foam mattress and thin self inflators.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 21:22

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 21:22
We use swags in our Oztent.

They are super comfortable, with 50mm high density egg crate foam mattresses.
We have unzipped sleeping bags inside the swags which function as doonas.
When packing up, simply roll the whole lot up as a normal swag.

The swags are carried in the rooftop basket along with collapsible slat table and chairs saving valuable space inside the cabin and tub areas of our dual cab.
The whole lot is contained in a canvas rack sack and the Oztent is strapped to the side of the basket and supported by the roof rack cross rails.


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Follow Up By: uneekwahn - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 21:30

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 21:30
Many thanks for that Bill, that sounds identical to how we'll have ours setup once we hit the road again :)

Cheers,

Jason.
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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 22:57

Friday, Mar 26, 2010 at 22:57
I have an RV4 also. I use an oztent goanna stretcher with a self inflating mattress put on the top of it . More comfortable than my bed at home . I can put the suitcases under the stretcher. Just using the goanna stretcher by itself is not comfy . I am 6 foot and its just perfect with the 1900x600x100 self inflating matress on the top . The stretchers are alligned front to back not across the tent . Actually i can also fit 3 x 1900800x100 self inflating mattresses on the floor without stretchers and there is plenty of room for 4 people to sleep with the suit cases against the back window.
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Reply By: taswegian - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:05

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:05
Hi Jason,

After being let down by inflatables for years we finaly purchased the new generation of alloy folding beds , would never go back to the sore hip syndrome.


Tassie.
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:58

Saturday, Mar 27, 2010 at 10:58
I use a aero bed.

One of these:http://www.aerobed.com.au/allterrainbed.html

Nearly as comfortable as a real mattress .


Rob
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Reply By: horseshoe - Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:43

Sunday, Mar 28, 2010 at 10:43
Hi,
We use a double swag with eztra foam inlay, it works well but does take up a lots of space. When we dont take the swag, we use the foam as underlay on tent floor and use the double air mattress over the foam , this works well and is not so bulky as the swag.
Good luck witih your choices, a good night sleep when cmaping can be the hardest challenge of camping.
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