conjugal camp sleeping

Submitted: Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 09:47
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Hi all, my partner and I have decided to go back to car and tent foro our camping in the forseable future, for various reasons. Last weekend we had a test run with our new set up but struck problems in the bedroom department. Our old trusty Colemen air bed developed a bad case of the sags during the night.We bought a replacement (oztrail) mattress the following day. This apparently has a 'two stage' inflation system. We couldnt seem to get our coleman air pump to inflate it very firmly. Perhaps there is a trick we don't know. Or perhaps we need an 'oztrail' pump. Any ideas? Anyway we thought that by putting the two semifirm mattresses together we would get away with it. Unfortunately our air mattress ensemble became a giant bouncy castle during the night. If either of us got up off the mattress the other person dissappeard into an airbed crevasse!. Getting back onto the bed resulted in the incumbant sleeper being catapulted to the tent ceiling. There were a few hysterically funny moments but not a lot of sleep. We heard numerous neighbouring campers repeatedly blowing up their air beds during the weekend. There was also a lot of conversation about failing airbeds in camp kitchen.
So is there a better answer to the air mattress? We have camp stretchers but they are designed for 'solitary' sleeping. We used to have a semi self inflating mattress but would find this too bulky for our current setup. Is it just that we need to find a better way to inflate the Oztrail? Will a foam underlay make a difference? Open to suggestions- thanks, doc.
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Reply By: 81 - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:44

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:44
I understand the air bed woes, I have a Coleman one which has been patched a few times and is still very reliable, but even in the best circumstances they are not very comfortable.

When camping my partner and I sleep on a double 4WD mat, which is more expensive and takes up more room than an air bed, but is also about a million times more comfortable.

I got mine from Anaconda and we have the double because it has to fit into our tiny hiking tent, but the queen would probably be what you are after. Here is a link:
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You can blow these things up and they come with a puncture repair kit, but we prefer to sleep on it with the valves open so it is a bit softer (but we still don't touch the ground). You also won't wake up with a sore back, so it is well worth the investment.

I hope this helps you get a good night's sleep!

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Reply By: MudpluggerGQ - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:50

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:50
I have a self inflating camp mattress from Oztrail, it's great very comfortable and good price. Only downside is size, I put mine on the roof rack.
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Reply By: tim_c - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:50

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:50
We just use a couple of those $10 foam rolls - very quick to roll out or pack up, and never gone flat on us yet. Actually, I think I shelled out the extra $2 for a slightly thicker mattress.

I fear they could be a tad scant in comfort when the hips start getting a bit older though.
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Reply By: KYLE S - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 13:51

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 13:51
Couldn't help responding NOT in regard to the mattress probs (A bottle of spirit and you can sleep on a block of ice).
However, re your anecdote"getting old sucks but it sure beats the alternative"
How do you know???
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 14:00

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 14:00
probably an educated guess? A strongly religous person may have different ideas.
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 14:25

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 14:25
Well Kylie- I guess I don't know for sure but I do know that despite the various 'problems ' of getting old - I am having way too much fun to want to leave now.doc.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 18:21

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 18:21
hi oz doc

thought this older thread might be of interest -re airbeds
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 18:32

Friday, Apr 13, 2012 at 18:32
sorry oz doc
i just revued that thread number i gave you and discovered i have an error in my notes on threads i have retained for reference and this thread is nothing about airbeds next time i will check a thread before posting
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 18:07

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012 at 18:07
Doc, I've never found an air mattress yet that's satisfactory - but I haven't tried the Aerobed - which, according to friends reports, is the best they've found, so far.

Cheers - Ron.
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:20

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 16:20
Thanks for that Ron- Might have to check them out. Not sure if there is an Anaconda in Perth though. Their names- "Active Bed" and "Explorer Bed" bring a few giggles to mind. cheers, doc.
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 23:36

Sunday, Apr 15, 2012 at 23:36
We just use a double swag. Rolls up and goes on the roof. Super snug and comfortable.

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Reply By: oz doc - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 09:38

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 09:38
Thanks to all that replied. The Aerobed suggestion looks to be the answer for our situation. Look fantastic on the video. Will have to wait for an excuse to head up to Perth and check them out in the flesh.Cheers, doc.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:54

Monday, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:54
This is another reason why we have a 12V compressor mounted in the engine bay.

Lots of other uses as well as flat tyres and temporarily cleaning air filters in the bush. With a small airbrush its excellent to get the dust out of the "nicks and crannies" in the dash etc

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