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Old 07-17-2018, 04:40 PM   #1
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Since we got our rig, about 5 years ago, we have not been happy with our mattress. Once the numbers start to show on the air pump control the bed goes from hard to rock hard. I wake at night with shoulder and hip pain. My wife complains of her limbs falling asleep. We need a good, cool sleeping and much softer mattress. Please post your experiences with mattresses and what you find the most comfortable. Thanks, all, for sharing.
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Old 07-17-2018, 05:18 PM   #2
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We removed our "Ideal Rest" inflatable mattress and replaced it with a "Leesa" mattress. It's one of those foam mattresses in a box. We bought the "California King" size which is about 2" too long but is the correct width. If you get a regular king it's 2" too wide but the right length.

We had to remove the 2" foam pad attached to the wall just below the headboard. So, everything fits fine. We also removed the headboard and replaced it with vinyl wood-look wall planks. We didn't like the headboard that came with the RV.

Lastly, the two sconce lights on the wall behind the bed were a tiny tiny bit in the way as the mattress folds up on the power folding bed. So, I moved the lamps 3/4" higher on the wall. All of this was very easy. Those items and only held in with a few small wood screws.

We really like the Leesa - though I will say sitting on the hard plywood platform it is a bit on the firm side.

But it's much better than the air mattress. We hated that thing from day one.

PS. Almost all of the mattress in a box companies - Leesa, Casper, Purple, etc, etc, have 90-night guarantees. Buy it and if you don't like it they'll pick it up at your house and give you all of your money back. (In reality they don't take it back, they donate it to charity).

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Old 07-19-2018, 08:22 PM   #3
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You mention the numbers not showing on the control. Sounds like a Sleep Number bed? Many have had the faded number issue. There is info on Youtube to try and fix it but I finally just got a whole new pump and control assy from SN for less than $100. You have to tell them you have the faded numbers. Also the new controllers are wireless.

Sorry if this isn't your problem, just thought I'd chime in.
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Following - we're not pleased with our inflatable either - searching for something better. Know of 4 other owners that will switch tomorrow if the right product can be found. Will contribute any info as available ...

Thanks Rick ...
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:51 AM   #5
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You mention the numbers not showing on the control. Sounds like a Sleep Number bed? Many have had the faded number issue. There is info on Youtube to try and fix it but I finally just got a whole new pump and control assy from SN for less than $100. You have to tell them you have the faded numbers. Also the new controllers are wireless.

Sorry if this isn't your problem, just thought I'd chime in.

Wish it were. Liked the one we had in the '05 Vectra. Winnebago acquired Ideal Rest, which is now InnoMax, several years ago. They now supply the air beds for Winnebago products.
The mattress is not only too hard, it is too warm. I am looking for a reasonably priced cool, plush mattress. There must be some first hand experience to be voiced among the RVers of this forum.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:17 PM   #6
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When I did mine there was one other guy that did the same as I did and he bought the Casper mattress. It comes in a box so it's easy to install. And you'll be shocked by the weight and complexity of the Ideal Rest mattress. Removing it didn't create any space under the bed either. But it's much easier to get under the bed if need be.

(It may have been on IRV2,com before this separate site was established.)
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:35 AM   #7
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When I did mine there was one other guy that did the same as I did and he bought the Casper mattress. It comes in a box so it's easy to install. And you'll be shocked by the weight and complexity of the Ideal Rest mattress. Removing it didn't create any space under the bed either. But it's much easier to get under the bed if need be.

(It may have been on IRV2,com before this separate site was established.)
I'v looked at the Casper. How do you like it? Is it firm or plush? Do you sleep cool as the ads promise?
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:32 AM   #8
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I don't have the Casper - I went with the Leesa. https://www.leesa.com/
I read a ton of reviews and went with the Leesa. It's very comfortable. Plush?I wouldn't call it that. It's very soft. It's very well made and durable. On a box spring or any non-solid foundation it's probably soft. Sitting directly on a slab of plywood I find it just a tiny bit too firm. My wife loves it. So, that's a plus.

I talked about sending it back for a refund just to try something else but my wife loved it so much I decided to stick with it. We've slept on it for about 70 nights. It's 10 times better than the stupid Ideal Rest mattress. That thing is horrible.

I don't think the Casper would be too much different. The thing we liked about the Leesa is that a) it doesn't have a memory foam feel where you sink in and can't turn over and b) it's made really well and the cover is great.

It is cool, but we keep our AC at 71 during the night so I don't know how it feels at higher temps.

If I wanted plush I might go for the Purple mattress. It's softer on the top layer.

We're thinking of either adding a down mattress pad to ease the firmness for me OR we're actualy looking at the FROLI "Travel" System. The Froli puts plastic spring support between the mattress and the plywood bed base.

By the way, there is no problem with these foam mattresses folding with the bed tilt mechanism. And as for weight, I can't weigh the Ideal Rest because it's too many separate parts but it's very heavy and certainly not heavier than the Leesa is. They could be near the same weight - I can't tell. Taking apart the Ideal Rest was easy and very enlightening.

One last thing - Innomax does make foam and memory foam inserts to replace the air chambers in your Ideal Rest air mattress. But, they cost more than the Casper or Lessa or Purple. So, why purchase from them again?
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I don't have the Casper - I went with the Leesa. https://www.leesa.com/
I read a ton of reviews and went with the Leesa. It's very comfortable. Plush?I wouldn't call it that. It's very soft. It's very well made and durable. On a box spring or any non-solid foundation it's probably soft. Sitting directly on a slab of plywood I find it just a tiny bit too firm. My wife loves it. So, that's a plus.

I talked about sending it back for a refund just to try something else but my wife loved it so much I decided to stick with it. We've slept on it for about 70 nights. It's 10 times better than the stupid Ideal Rest mattress. That thing is horrible.

I don't think the Casper would be too much different. The thing we liked about the Leesa is that a) it doesn't have a memory foam feel where you sink in and can't turn over and b) it's made really well and the cover is great.

It is cool, but we keep our AC at 71 during the night so I don't know how it feels at higher temps.

If I wanted plush I might go for the Purple mattress. It's softer on the top layer.

We're thinking of either adding a down mattress pad to ease the firmness for me OR we're actualy looking at the FROLI "Travel" System. The Froli puts plastic spring support between the mattress and the plywood bed base.

By the way, there is no problem with these foam mattresses folding with the bed tilt mechanism. And as for weight, I can't weigh the Ideal Rest because it's too many separate parts but it's very heavy and certainly not heavier than the Leesa is. They could be near the same weight - I can't tell. Taking apart the Ideal Rest was easy and very enlightening.

One last thing - Innomax does make foam and memory foam inserts to replace the air chambers in your Ideal Rest air mattress. But, they cost more than the Casper or Lessa or Purple. So, why purchase from them again?

Thank you for all of this great info. The Innomax option is not an option for us. We had a memory foam topper for a while and that just compounded the problem. We will be in OR at the end of Aug so I think we will buy then. No sales tax.


I have read both pros and cons on the Casper. Leesa and Purple. The major cons seems to be longevity and first out of the box expansion problems. I hope I can hear from more folks on this topic. But, I am glad to hear of your success. The Froli system is another add-on option I have already considered when we get a new mattress.


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Unless you're a full timer, a mattress in an RV isn't going to receive anywhere near the level of use that it would at home, so longevity related to use, not age, shouldn't be a problem.

This wouldn't be an issue for most people but many, if not most, available mattresses are thicker than what came with your RV, raising the bed height significantly. This can be either an advantage or disadvantage for those with mobility issues.

A thick, memory foam mattress could be too heavy for the gas struts that support your bed top when open. Until I decide what to do, I'm just using a stick since I don't store much under the mattress.
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:58 AM   #11
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Unless you're a full timer, a mattress in an RV isn't going to receive anywhere near the level of use that it would at home, so longevity related to use, not age, shouldn't be a problem.

This wouldn't be an issue for most people but many, if not most, available mattresses are thicker than what came with your RV, raising the bed height significantly. This can be either an advantage or disadvantage for those with mobility issues.

A thick, memory foam mattress could be too heavy for the gas struts that support your bed top when open. Until I decide what to do, I'm just using a stick since I don't store much under the mattress.
Yup. Full-timer. Best job I have ever paid to do. A good mattress is very important to us.
The mattress in my rig is a standard queen size and 10" thick, including the 2" plush topper. The topper adding was a hope for better comfort. No shush luck.
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Have a sleep number bed in our coach(Itasca Suncruiser 38T). We find apart from the occasional self minded change after periods of unuse, the unit functions very well; comfortable and we get a better sleep than at home!
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Since we got our rig, about 5 years ago, we have not been happy with our mattress. Once the numbers start to show on the air pump control the bed goes from hard to rock hard. I wake at night with shoulder and hip pain. My wife complains of her limbs falling asleep. We need a good, cool sleeping and much softer mattress. Please post your experiences with mattresses and what you find the most comfortable. Thanks, all, for sharing.
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We bought a quality memory foam topper and put it on top of the mattress and under the fitted sheets. Its much softer and better ever since.
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I replaced the mattress with the same one I got for the house. It has made a ton of difference. Since it is the same there is no difference in our sleeping pattern other than the dogs and I sleep on the opposite sides when in the rv and throws the pug off a bit. I tried those foam mattresses and just could not get comfortable with my back issues so getting the same bed for both house and rv made it worthwhile.
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