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04-17-2005, 04:45 PM
Can you replace the foam mattress on the king size beds with a regular mattress ( I like my sleeping comfort)

04-17-2005, 06:11 PM
I don't think that would work. The specs for the trailer mattress say it is 78 X 78. If I am correct, the king size mattress you have at home is 78 X 80. Also, there is not enough space for the thickness of an innerspring matters. You would not be able to close the TM down. One option might be a mattress such as "Sleep number" which could be deflated for closing and inflated to your desired firmness.

On a personal note, I found the standard mattress in the TM to be much more firm than I wanted, so I added an egg crate on top of the mattress for more softness.

04-17-2005, 07:50 PM
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Like Texas Granny, we have found egg crate on the OEM mattress to be a wonderful thing! We sleep better on it than on our $1000 mattress at home. Of course, our camping usually involves some strong exercise (usually hiking) during the day, and some fair amount of good wine with a wonderful full supper. Who wouldn't sleep well? So it depends on how sleepy your day makes you, as much as the "quality" of your mattress.

On the other hand, I am still trying to identify the half-thickness innerspring mattress that I saw at the Providence (RI) RV show in the fall of 2001. It wasn't in a TM - I swear it was in a Jayco but nothing on the Jayco web site mentions it. To me, this would be the ideal solution - real mattress, but thin enough so the TM will fold. It may have been a special that the local Jayco dealer flopped down in place of the OEM foam slab - smart dealer! Anyone else seen this?

Texas Granny is exactly right. A "real" mattress like your at-home bed is too thick - the TM won't close.


04-17-2005, 10:11 PM
I have put a 1 3/4" memory foam pad on top of the OEM mattress in my 3326King. I love the mattress and would far rather sleep there than in the house. I got it for $60 on www.overstock.com. I do have a problem closing down with it. The rear latches are about 1/2" from closing and it takes a struggle to get the top down and latch closed at the same time. I find the 2 lamps in the rear bedroom put indents in the memory foam, so they are the primary culprits.

According to my measurements, one could say that 1 1/4" memory foam would work and the top would close properly and easily.

I have been wondering if replacing the OEM mattress with memory foam wouldn't be a better idea. Has anyone tried this? Can the mattress cover be disassembled? I am pretty sure the OEM thickness would be sufficient to get full benefit from the memory foam. The Overstock.com mattresses are about 6" more narrow than the TM king bed.


04-18-2005, 06:04 AM
As one who thinks the TM mattress all by itself is super comfy, these periodic generalized grumblings about the TM mattress have me rather baffled. Not trying to defend TM here but exactly what is/are the problem(s) with the comfortability of the mattress that TM provides? :confused:

04-18-2005, 06:50 AM
Frankly, after sleeping on an air bed for many years, the TM bed is not comfortalbe for us. We added a one and a half inch memory foam and a pillowtop pad. It's fine now even thought closing down is a bit tight. You realy do not have much extra room there. Queeniereads aka Judi

04-18-2005, 07:15 AM

I wouldn't call my comments "grumblings". Instead, I personally find it to be a great TM experience enhancer!

DW has problems getting sore at pressure points and she is very fussy about her bed. A few nights on the TM mattress aren't too bad but then she begins to hurt. Memory foam is a tremendous product that I found via this forum and tried. I find it so comfortable that I flop down on it and just lay there in any position enjoying it. It is truly different. In addition, 2 others I know of just purchased it both had results of eliminating back and shoulder pain.

The question here is how is the best way to get full benefit from this product and still close the top down. For example, I am sure it would be defeating to put a tough, tight fabric over the top. The benefit is from being able to push into it in relatively small areas of the body.

I have no connection with this product or any vendors other than being a user.


04-18-2005, 10:32 AM
The wife LOVES the 2 inch memory foam we bought from the Sam's Club! No bedding on it and the trailer shuts fine!!! $ 99.00 at Sam's ! We bought it after she said her back was hurting after camping ! :new_evil: The Rip

04-18-2005, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the great input. This forum is the best I have found. I think the memory foam and/or egg crate is probaly the practical answer if we indeed find we want to enhance the OEM mattress. I just retired (tender age of 52) and we are currently researching all aspects of buying a trailmanor. This website is proving invaluable. Thanks again to all. :)

Walt Spangler
04-18-2005, 04:46 PM
we have a 2720 SL, with a Queen size mattress and the wife installed a feather mattress over it. Very comfortable sleeping. Well, you guessed it.. theTM would not fold, thus making,unmaking bed necessary
We found a company that cut it in half [from 4" to 2" thickness]--cost $6.00.
We clippedthe feather mattress to the foam and slid the whole thing into the cover and install it in the TM. This solved the "making-unmaking"
problem. It seems to be very comfortable. Will report after spending sundry nights on it.
The feather mattress was purchased at our local department store on sale..cost about $ 40.00.

05-20-2005, 12:33 PM
I have a hip problem requiring us to use a waterbed at home but on our 2619 we pull off the rear mattress before unfolding the bath and just stack the front berth with both mattresses. Advantages are that it requires no additional expenditure, creates no closing problem, you can store wet or dirty items in the rear berth area and, best of all, it sleeps great! CAMP2CANOE

06-03-2005, 09:17 AM
There is a company that can custom make the Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses for you. They claim they can make any size or shape and deliver in about 2-3 weeks. Specifically state for boats and rvs...might be worth looking into. I have their bed at home and love it...


06-03-2005, 09:25 AM
"there is not enough space for the thickness of an innerspring matters. You would not be able to close the TM down. One option might be a mattress such as "Sleep number" which could be deflated for closing and inflated to your desired firmness." THis was a quote from a previous post.

Select Comfort sleep number beds will not work becuase the foam on all the deges is too rigid and too thick. THe other options are Eurobeds, COleman, and Beautyrest, all of which do deflate and infate quickly and do not have rigid foam. Two twins should fit a KIng space, leaving 4 inches at top or bottom. Queeniereads aka Judi

06-18-2005, 11:29 AM
We have a place called "The Original Mattress Factory" in Raleigh, NC. I'm sure that they can make a mattress any size any firmness. Check them out.

06-18-2005, 02:36 PM
Aerobed makes a "topper" product that we use. It's basically a thin blow up mattress cover that sits on top of the TM matress. I just blow it up (it comes with it's own blower) when we get to our site and let it deflate when we're ready to leave. It stays on the bed at all times.

It's not like a regular blow-up mattress - it's very well made and very comfortable. Best of all, you can make each side of the queen size as firm or as soft as you want.

This works best for us, since we have a Select Comfort at home. This is the closest thing we found to that.

06-19-2005, 05:17 AM
I understand that they have stopped selling that mattress topper, which was what we had wanted. If you find a source for them (I am most interested in a King) could you post it. All of my Internet searches have led me to believe that they discontinued them about 3 months ago. THanks -- Queeniereads aka Judi

06-26-2005, 07:06 PM
Oh, bummer. That mattress topper is great. Maybe they will replace it with something else?

06-26-2005, 07:39 PM