More often than not, when you buy an RV or travel trailer, the mattresses are the thinnest, lowest quality beds you'll ever sleep on. One of the best upgrades you can make for your new RV is replacing your mattress, or at least getting a topper. Your sleep wellness matters just as much on the road as it does as home!
RV Mattress Sizes
There are many different variations of RV beds and we always recommend to measure your mattress or topper for the best fit. You'll want to measure the length, width, and height of the bed that came with your RV. We often get asked if it's okay to get a larger profile mattress and in most cases, the answer is yes.... but every RV is different, measure multiple times. One detail to think about is the amount of available head space. In tight areas, we recommend to sacrifice mattress height for more room.
Here are common RV Mattress sizes:
Types of RV Mattresses
RV beds come in all the popular mattress types, such as poly foam, memory foam, latex, and innerspring/hybrid. Not every brand will carry the size you'll need and only the companies who make the mattresses themselves or are heavily into RV mattresses, will be able to accommodate the wide range of different sizes.
Hybrid & Inner Spring Mattresses
The most popular type of mattress in 2021 is a hybrid memory foam or latex mattress. A hybrid mattress is a type of inner spring mattress made with individually pocketed springs and layers of foam on top. This combination provides the ultimate compression support, pressure relief, and comfort.
Traditional inner spring mattresses are made with a grid of coils covered by padding. Most RVs, campers, and travel trailers come with these types of mattresses. The difference is traditional inner springs aren't individually pocketed and usually much bigger in size. Pocketed coils offer more targeted support and reduce motion transfer. You'll find that most newer inner spring mattresses use the improved pocketed coil design.
- Targeted Compression Support
- Improved Motion Transfer
- Better Edge Support (Thicker Gauge on Edges)
- Best Bang For Your Buck
Foam mattresses are the most common type of mattress you'll find on the internet. They have a variety of different setups and foam combinations, such as memory foam (visco-elastic foam), latex foam, and poly foam. The majority of these types of mattresses will have a firm poly foam core with multiple layers of foam on top. Latex and memory foam are among the most popular of these layers. In general, these usually are the lowest cost mattresses.
- Typically Lower Cost
- Poly Foam, Latex Foam, and Memory Foam
What RV Mattress (Or Topper) To Buy
Depending on your budget, we recommend replacing the mattresses entirely over using a topper. However, memory foam and latex toppers are a cost-effective way to improve an overly firm RV mattress. Memory foam toppers on Amazon start at $39.99 and go up to $200+ depending on the size. We recommend going with at least 2" and 3" for better comfort. Keep in mind the amount of space, 2" may make more sense for your setup.
To replace the entire mattress, the lowest cost and best option for most is to get an all-foam mattress. A foam mattress is more readily available for 5-8" mattresses. This can be memory foam, latex, or all poly foam. We recommend memory foam.
If you have enough room and don't mind having a 10"+ profile mattress, then we recommend going with a hybrid memory foam mattress. They provide the best comfort, pressure relief, and targeted compression support.
Wrapping Things Up
As you can see, there are a lot of different options, sizes, and materials to think about. Before you start anything, measure and ensure whatever product you select will reasonably fit without any issues. Good luck and happy camping!