There’s nothing as thrilling as the open road—but even the most adventurous travelers have to call it a night eventually! While some are happy to use whatever Mattress fits in their RV, most campers realize they need the same comfort on the road as they would at home…especially if their RV is their home.
Recharging from your wanderlust isn’t easy, though. When you find a mattress that fits your bunk or bed, you’re faced with another dilemma: is it comfortable? Will it net you some quality sleep…or leave you tossing and turning, too sore and exhausted for tomorrow’s adventure?
Our buyer’s guide will answer some common questions about shopping for an RV mattress, and evaluate a few of the best models on today’s market.
Brentwood Home Bamboo 13
Zinus Sleep Master Deluxe
Serenia Sleep 6
InnerSpace RV Mattress
Why do I need a special mattress for my RV?
Most RV’s don’t accommodate full-length mattresses, because they’re short on space; others have pre-built bunks that will only fit shorter beds. Additionally, certain bunks or lofts have limited height, so some mattresses might be too thick to fit in these spots, while the thinnest options probably won’t be as comfortable. It’s a conundrum, to say the least!
If you use your RV for short trips and vacations, you don’t have to be as finicky; a few nights on a less-than-ideal bed won’t affect most of us too much. But if you plan on doing a longer RV-cation—or if you’re looking to live in it full-time—you need to choose a mattress that suits your needs and space.
Some larger RVs do have room for standard beds, so you might not need a special mattress, after all—in fact, you could move your current one in, if it will fit and is still in good shape. However, most RVs have strange mattress length requirements, so measure your bunk/bed before you decide.
For reference, RV-sized mattresses have the following dimensions:
- Short Queen: 60” wide, 75” long (5” shorter than standard).
- Short King: 72” wide, 75” long (standard is 76” width, 80” length).
- Narrow King: 80” long, 72” wide (4” less than standard).
There are also short twins and fulls, usually seen in double bunks or kids’ areas. Three-quarter queens are 48” wide and 75” long. You’ll find many variations in width, length, and thickness in the RV world, because every vehicle is built differently—but, generally speaking, short queens are the standard for “master bedrooms,” and short or standard twins are the typical size for bunks.
Besides length or thickness, are RV mattresses that different from normal ones?