If you’re planning to buy an RV or travel trailer, the mattress will probably be one of your first upgrades. Most (but not all) RVs come with a very thin, low quality mattress that is not very comfortable.
Replacing your RV mattress is not as simple as replacing one on your bed at home. In most cases, the mattress in your RV is slightly smaller than the one on your bed at home, even though they use similar size descriptions (king, queen, twin, etc.). For example, a queen bed in an RV is commonly referred to as a “short queen”. A short queen is about 5 inches shorter than the queen bed you would find in a home.
Where Do I Find An RV Mattress?
Some camping stores and RV dealers sell RV mattresses, but I found that the best selection is on Amazon. You’ll find a variety of brands, sizes, and price ranges. After asking other R-Pod owners for recommendations, I chose the Zinus 10 inch pillow top short queen. This seemed to be the most popular choice among the R-Pod Owner community. So far, I’ve been very happy with this choice! However, some people said the 10 inch was too thick, resulting in the owner kicking the window blinds when in the bed. For these RVers, the 8 inch mattress seemed to be the best option. Other R-Pod owners recommended the Denver Mattress short queen, which is a little more expensive.
If you don’t want to spend $300 to $500 or more on a new mattress, a mattress topper may be a cheaper alternative to help you get a good nights sleep. These usually range anywhere between $50 and $100 and are also sized to fit the “short queen” found in most RVs and travel trailers. The Zinus 4 inch memory foam topper was listed on Amazon for $69.98 at the time this blog was written.
Regardless of whether you go with a new mattress or a topper for the mattress that came with your RV, you’ll probably want to make some sort of modification in order to keep you comfortable and rested while staying in your new RV. Share your recommendations with me by visiting my Facebook or Instagram.