RV Mattress Matters
One of RV travel’s most significant benefits is that you can have all the comforts of home with you. This includes having your own bed to crawl into at the end of a long day of exploring new areas, hiking, biking, kayaking, or just enjoying the beautiful outdoors. This is where your RV mattress matters!
When we decided to travel full-time in an RV, we had never really even camped in one. And to make matters more challenging, we lived in Hawaii (NO RV anything to look at). So we did all of our research online, and we did a LOT of it! One of the things we kept coming across was how horrible RV mattresses are. We knew, this being our home on wheels, we needed to have a new bed ASAP once we moved in.
What RV Mattress to Consider
There are so many mattress options out there, and it can be pretty overwhelming. When choosing what to get, there were many things to consider, from weight and size to comfort and price. I started with the most important of these on the list and kept narrowing it down.
Once I knew what size we needed for our RV, I quickly learned that we did not require anything special, just a standard queen-size mattress. That helped a lot! Some RV’s actually need special order mattresses to fit the shape/size. And yet, some people get lucky and can transfer their bed from their sticks&bricks into their RV (we had a king and were not so fortunate).
I narrowed my search down to what we could have delivered to us easily and actually get in through the door of our RV. For us, all of these decisions led us to a memory foam mattress, which typically comes vacuum sealed (in a much smaller package) and could be shipped to us.
There happen to be a sea of options for these as well, so I further dwindled my search down one by one, reading through hundreds of reviews and the specs on each one.
Next, our mattress needed to fit a few additional criteria for us. This included support, comfort, weight, and cost.
I am a side sleeper, and my husband is an every/any position sleeper (life in Navy racks does that to you). We needed something that would support all positions comfortably.
I also used to get very HOT (like wake up in a miserable sweat hot) in our bed in Hawaii. I knew I wanted something that wouldn’t hold heat through the night.
As with any full-time RV’er, weight was important for lifting the bed to get into our storage area underneath and limiting the added tow weight.
The last deciding factor for us was the price. Once I knew what passed all the other tests, I compared the prices to see which was the best deal.
What I found…..The Nectar mattress passed all the tests, had great reviews, and was surprisingly quite affordable compared to the others I was researching. We ordered it and actually had it with us in the truck when we went to pick up the RV. You might think, why would we have to have it in the truck at pickup? We were those crazy people that drove hundreds of miles in our truck with all our stuff to pick up our trailer. We towed it off the lot (kudos to the husband, who had never towed anything before) and straight to an RV park nearby for our “shakedown” trip.
Upon hooking up and opening the slides, the first thing we did was remove that horrible thin mattress still in its plastic from our bed and moved in the Nectar. It was easy to get in through the doors (shrink-wrapped in plastic) and open up in place in the bedroom.
An absolute bonus with our Nectar mattress decision was that they offer a 365-day trial, free return if you are not happy, and a lifetime warranty. We figured worst-case scenario, we’d spend a few months traveling with it, and if we didn’t love it, we would send it back.
We slept sooooo great that night and have ever since. I describe it as “firm-ish,” yet still soft as it cushions right around you, giving you support where needed. We are going on two years of full-timing, and there have been nights that we have stayed with family or friends or even at hotels for a few nights, and it always feels absolutely incredible to crawl back into our fantastic bed in the RV. The Nectar has impressed us and given us a great night’s rest.
Other RV Mattresses to Consider
There were three other options we were closely considering. LUCID, Casper, and Zinus. While all of them met the requirements and weren’t far off in price, the reviews were what set the Nectar apart for us.
Are you considering a mattress purchase for your RV? If you have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.