RV mattresses are notorious for being thin and hard. Seasoned RVers often buy a new mattress at the same time they buy their new rig. In this article, we’ll explore mattress toppers that can upgrade the feel of your RV mattress for 10 – 20% of the cost of a new mattress. Weekend getaways on a hard mattress aren’t much fun and full-timing with a mattress that makes you miserable is enough to make you want to return to sticks and bricks.
You can have a comfortable bed and the freedom of the road. In this roundup of mattress toppers, we’ll tell you what works and provide a secret hack that can make your RV bed extra cozy.
If you’re in a hurry and you already know the type of mattress topper you want, here’s our roundup of the best ones. You can jump to our choices of the best for a variety of situations here.
Mattress toppers can also be used in tents. If you’re renting an RV, a mattress topper will help you enjoy your vacation. If you’re not sure which one will be best, read on. We provide information that will help you understand the pros and cons of each type. We also include the sizes it comes in, so you’ll be able to see immediately if it comes in the size you need.
Types of RV Mattress Toppers
Memory Foam Mattress Topper
Memory foam toppers come in a range of thicknesses, from 1” to 4” and can have added ingredients to make them sleep cooler (memory foam was traditionally hot), wick away moisture, or help you fall asleep. The firmness of memory foam changes with the temperature.
Gel in or on the topper helps keep you cool while you sleep.
Adding charcoal to a memory foam topper helps it dissipate the heat from the sleeper and control odors.
Lavender has improved sleep quality in laboratory tests. Lavender can help with symptoms of insomnia.
Down and Down Alternative Mattress Topper
Down is made from the tiny baby feathers close to a goose’s skin. Down is warm and cozy, perfect for cool and cold nights. Down alternatives provide the fluffiness of down but not the warmth.
Latex Mattress Topper
Latex is made from the sap of rubber trees and harvesting it doesn’t harm the tree. It is a sustainable product and the more environmentally friendly option. Latex is more durable than any of the other products, antimicrobial, doesn’t change its firmness level when the temperatures change, and is completely recyclable at the end of its useful life. Latex is initially more expensive, but you can expect it to last longer so the long-term cost isn’t that much higher.
The pulp from bamboo can be used to create fibers that are woven into fabric that retains the antimicrobial properties inherent in bamboo.
Egg Crate Mattress Topper
An egg crate topper usually looks like the inside of an egg crate, but it is soft and made from polyfoams. Some varieties are zoned look less like an egg crate.
Padded Mattress Cover
A padded mattress cover is similar to a fitted sheet. It has a skirt that covers the sides of the mattress that holds it in place and the top usually has about 1½ inches of padding that can be made from a variety of materials but is usually polyester. You can find thicker padded toppers.
Sizes of RV Mattresses
Can you cut a mattress topper to fit odd sizes?
If the size or shape of your mattress makes it difficult to find a mattress topper that fits, you may be tempted to cut one down to size. With some toppers, this is a safe and effective DIY solution. But in other cases, it is not recommended.
Make sure you know what is used to provide required fire retardants. Cutting into some fire-retardant barriers can expose you to materials that are safe when tucked inside the topper but pose serious risks to the health of your lungs. If the topper isn’t encased in a fabric cover, it is probably okay to cut but you should contact the manufacturer directly and let them know what you plan to do before you cut it.
What about special orders?
Plush Beds offers latex toppers in a variety of sizes, depths, and firmness options. They will also custom cut a mattress topper to suit your needs.
RV Mattress Topper Round Up – by the thickness
1” and 2” RV Toppers
We’re not including any 1” toppers because they won’t make much difference in the way the mattress feels. It’s better to use something that has a chance of making a real difference. We were planning to include some 2” toppers but after evaluating the offerings, it was clear that the prices are very close to the price for 3” toppers but they only provide 2/3 of the comfort and support so we’ve also excluded 2” toppers unless they were also offered in a thicker size. The one exception is the eLuxury Supply RV Extra Plush Mattress Topper because so many people rave about using it in combination with a memory foam or latex topper.
This eLuxury Supply RV extra plush mattress Topper is a padded mattress topper made with hypoallergenic materials to provide you with a better night’s sleep without making you sneeze. Made in the USA by a veteran owned company, eLuxury Supply is known for the quality of their products and the pride they take in providing that quality and great customer service.
Earlier I mentioned that we’d share a hack that is sure to make your RV bed extra cozy. Here it is. Alone this mattress topper will only help a little bit but if you pair it with a latex or memory foam topper and use this to hold the other in place, it will completely transform the way your mattress feels. This mattress topper is used in Marriott hotels.
Made in the USA
100% Money Back Guarantee
Reduces pressure points by 51% for a 125-pound back sleeper based on tests with a sensing pad
No poking feathers or allergies with the feel of down
If you want a memory foam topper to fit a nonstandard size, you could cut this one to fit. If you have a bed with a strange shape, like curved ends or a cut-off corner, you can make a cardboard pattern to help you cut this to the right size. Because it doesn’t have a cover, there’s no place for harmful fire-retardant chemicals to hide so cutting won’t expose hazardous materials.
You can cut it to fit the size and shape of your bed
Gel infused to keep you cool and wake refreshed
It may have an odor when it is new – make sure you can air it out before you need to sleep on it
Choose a 2” or 3” latex topper in Soft, Medium, Medium-Firm, and Extra-Firm firmness levels. You’re able to choose the ILD (firmness), the depth (2” or 3”), and with or without a cotton cover. If the available sizes don’t fit your bed, you can order custom sizes. Also, since latex is a natural non-toxic material, you can cut any of the standard sizes to fit your bunk. This is a more expensive option but the durability and antimicrobial properties make it a great choice.
Cushioning to relieve aches and pains so you can sleep comfortably all night long on a gel-infused topper that optimizes air flow to reduce heat build-up. Your pressure points will be comforted by the high-density memory foam construction of this topper.
60-day no hassle money back guarantee
Made in the USA
Removable and washable cover
Hypoallergenic bamboo cover
Adjustable elastic straps keep the topper in place
This luxury down alternative will never wake you up with a pillow poking through the cotton cover. The microfiber cover adds to its coziness. If you love a fluffy and durable bed that will provide pressure relief for all your pressure points.
Elastic bands will keep it in place on mattresses up to 18” thick
If you need to add a comfortable layer that will hug your body to the top of your mattress, LinenSpa will get the job done and the cooling gel prevents overheating. CertiPUR US certification ensures it does not contain any substances that are known to be dangerous. Helps your spine stay in alignment. If your mattress is too firm, this will add a comfort layer.
This CertiPUR US 4” topper has 3-year manufacturers guarantee. You’ll get all the pressure relieving support you want from a cooling, ventilated topper that will help you sleep cool. Memory foam will conform to your body’s shape to relieve pressure points.
Some RVs are set-up so that the mattress has to fold when the slide is not extended. Others have narrow configurations that make it difficult to move a fully extended topper through the unit to the bedroom area. A foldable memory foam topper is the perfect answer and can easily be transported in the trunk of the average sized car. This topper is constructed of a combination of 1.5” memory foam and 2.5” high-density foam to provide softness and support.
Covered with 100% poly-Jacquard with a slip-proof bottom to help keep it in place.
3-year manufacturer’s warranty
4-inches of support
Eases pressure points that cause hip, shoulder, and back pain
A combination of memory foam that will conform to your body and a high-density base support layer creates a durable mattress topper that will ease pressure points that leave you achy after you sleep or wake you during the night. Motion transfer will also be reduced.
5-year manufacturer’s warranty
4-inches of support
Reduces or eliminates hip, shoulder, and back pain
If you like the old-time comfort of a feather bed, this is a great option. The loft has over 4-inches of loft in a 100% cotton feather bed. This high-quality feather bed is used in over two million hotel rooms around the world. If you enjoy the old-world luxury of a comfy feather bed, this is a great option at a surprisingly affordable cost.
5-year manufacturer’s warranty
30-day comfort guarantee with no questions asked returns
Tightly woven to prevent any feathers from escaping
If your camp where you have hookups that allow you to maintain a comfortable temperature inside regardless of the weather outside and are primarily concerned with easing pressure points, opt for a combination that uses the eLuxury Supply RV Extra Plush Mattress Topper over one of the toppers that doesn’t have a cover.
If you want the most environmentally friendly option, you’ll pay a higher price but get the most durable topper available from PlushBeds.
The sooner you make your RV bed or bunk comfy again, the sooner your travels will feel fun again. Sleep is important so sleep well and safe travels.
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