When your acquire an Escape 21 trailer, you get a permanent bed as a wide as a ‘standard’ or ‘double’ bed, but as long as ‘queen’ bed. The mattress is missing one of the corners at the foot of things… this enhances trailer ingress/egress but might discourage a few pro basketball-size people from sleeping on that side of the bed.
Let’s discuss the bed, at length. Here’s the thing: it’s a little firm. Not by a lot, but by a bit. If you’re a long-time member of AARP, and you sleep on your side, your hips and knees and shoulders and possibly several ribs are going to whisper “memory foam topper” to you, all night long.
We got one of those and tried it. It did add comfort, but it also dramatically increased the difficulty of getting in and out of the bed; and of fetching or storing anything in the cabinets above the bed, which were probably designed for creatures with levitation skills.
After our 11-day California trip in early Spring, we returned the memory foam topper to the leering-but-courteous clerk behind the Costco returns desk. Why? I had come across a better idea, on another blog. If I haven’t recommended Winnie Views, I’m sorry, but I’m recommending it now. Pictures… narrative… pathos. It has it all. Plus a great suggestion to try a self-inflating ‘camping’ mattress pad atop a too-firm mattress or cushion.
This is the story of our experiment with said pads.
First, we tried using some old Therm-A-Rest pads we had from our kayak camping days. (Those days are behind us now, mostly because our sleeping-on-the-ground days are behind us.) Their narrowness, having been ideal for squeezing into kayaks, left some empty real estate on Toto’s mattress. But we used them, and we found them to be quite comfortable.
So we ordered some wider ones. The old ones will go on craigslist any day now.
But let’s start at the beginning. Underneath Toto’s mattress, and on the sides where it meets outer walls, we have placed this stuff called HyperVent. This layer of weird-looking stuff creates an air space between exterior and mattress. If, on a cold night, I breathe too heavily and overly moisten the interior air, condensation could occur on the cold outer surfaces. We don’t want that condensation seeping into the mattress. That would result in stinky mold. So we have HyperVent, another of the purchases which will surely have us retiring in, well, possibly a large cardboard box under the Viaduct in Seattle.
A luxury mattress pad from Costco protects Toto’s faux-sateen cover from the likes of us, and from the potentially insulting Therma-A-Rest pads.
Next up: a flannel fitted sheet, to cover the T-Rest pads and hold them in place (we thought). The is just different enough in color to clash with everything else. Note that one corner of the rightmost pad extends beyond the beveled Toto mattress corner. Too bad. We’re already over it.
I did mention an experiment. We had, on a previous trip, placed the Therm-A-Rest pads underneath the mattress pad. It was fine, but, each morning, the pads had crept down toward the mattress foot by three inches or so. It didn’t affect our comfort or our sleep, but it was Just Wrong.
So for our last trip — photos and drivel forthcoming — we arranged things as above, with the T-pads above the mattress pad but beneath the fitted sheet. Did it help? No. Same south-slithering pads.
Whatever will we do? We have a couple of options. We can get a Therm-A-Rest ‘Down Coupler’ that holds the two pads together. Its fabric might have more traction with the other fabrics in play. But it costs more money, and maybe it won’t help.
Our other option: some kind of hook-and-loop approach. More work, but perhaps less costly and with more certainty of success.
I’m not sure what we’ll try next. What I am sure of is: I owe you photos from our recent trip to the beach. Okay. Soon.Sharing is caring!
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