Full Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep in Your RV

Sleeping on an RV mattress

As an RV owner, you understand the level of independence you have. You can travel the country and enjoy all it has to offer while saving thousands of dollars on lodging over the years. However, many find it difficult to sleep well in their RV, thus hindering their ability to fully recharge their “personal batteries” during their vacation. We figured that some of you might be having trouble getting a good night’s sleep while on the road, so we put together a little guide with a few tricks that you probably aren’t using:

The Right RV Mattress

The right RV mattress can make all the difference when it comes to achieving maximum relaxation. So if you can’t get a good night’s sleep in your RV you should start with that! If you wake up with neck and back pains or your trailer mattress developed a particular odor and has a tear here and there, it’s time to change your mattress.

When buying a replacement mattress though, very few realize that even a quality mattress becomes immediately compromised when proper measurements of the bed frame are not taken. Also, while it’s essential to measure around the edges of the bed, you should also take depth into consideration; especially if you have space limitations (if you have a pop-up trailer or a bunk bed, a 5’’ camper mattress might be the best choice). However if you have enough space (like in a Class A or B+ recreational vehicle) you can and should go for a thicker RV mattress (a 8’’ one for example).  Furthermore, if you sleep on a sofa bed in your RV, look specifically for sofa bed mattresses (sofa and RV mattresses do have notable differences that will influence the quality of your sleep).

After you’ve got the specifics down, you should look for a mattress that fits your tastes and wallet. For example, if you are on a strict budget, a latex mattress would not be a good pick (latex mattresses are very expensive). A spring mattress could be a good option, but good spring mattresses are thick, so in general, a foam mattress can be of higher quality than an inner-spring mattress of the same height. The quality of a foam mattress is determined by the foam’s density (measured in pounds per square foot), the higher it is the better support you’ll get. Whatever option you choose, if space and budget permit, buy one which also has a layer of memory foam or latex foam.

RV Mattress Care for Better Sleep

Once you find the perfect mattress, it is crucial that you take proper care of it; failure to do so results in faster deterioration of the mattress, which will most probably lead to sleeping troubles. A waterproof protection pad is an inexpensive way to provide considerable preservation, as it will keep spills from damaging the materials inside your mattress. Also, a zip on zip off protection pad is easy to clean, thus eliminating dust mites which could affect your health. Also, quality sheets with high thread count will both provide further protection for your mattress, but  will also increase your comfort.

For those of you who have an irregular shaped camper mattress and who might be wondering where to get quality sheets, you actually have several options. One option would be to buy deep pocket sheets with elastic to fit better on the mattress with dimensions which are not standard. Or, better yet, you can talk to a tailor to make a custom sheet for your mattress – a good dry cleaner should have a tailor .

Storing your mattress inappropriately during off-season might misshape it and make it vulnerable to damage, which means that it will probably become irritatingly uncomfortable and disruptive to sleep on. When putting your trailer mattress away for the season, there are some tips to follow:
– Dry and clean the mattress
– Place it in a storage bag complete with a waterproof protector pad
– Store it on a flat surface in a laid down position with nothing on top and away from direct sunlight or heating sources

Blocking Out the Noise

As you probably know one of the biggest challenges of sleeping in an RV is the noise. Trying to sleep in a noisy environment is highly frustrating and tiresome, but there are simple ways to solve this issue. First of all purchase a pair of ear plugs. There are different levels which block varied levels of sound, and you can buy one that best fits your preferences. Plus, investing in a soothing noise machine can also be a good option.

Temperature Variations

Let’s face it. If it’s too hot or cold in the RV, it hinders our ability to enjoy a good night’s rest. If planning to go in cooler temperature areas a properly insulated RV helps, but not everyone can be so lucky. What you can do is to plan ahead and pack plenty of heavy blankets for all and make sure that you turn up the temperature on your RV heater before going to bed (safety experts recommend turning off the generator while you’re sleeping, due to carbon monoxide issues that might appear).  Conversely, for warmer situations try parking in a shady spot and keep the air conditioner on during the day (turn it off at night for safety precautions). Also if you don’t have blinds installed, putting foil insulation on the windows will help in keeping a cooler temperature in your RV.

Safety Tips

A secure sleeper is a satisfied sleeper. In order to best enjoy your slumber, there are a few safety tips to help you feel at ease including:
– Ensure the RV is properly locked down before going to bed.
– Keep a phone or other communication device close to your bed (make sure they’re charged).
– Keep at least a whistle near the bed (the sound will attract attention from other campers and scare of any potential attackers).
– Never leave something valuable outside your RV.
– Consider installing an alarm system (if you don’t have the space or budget for it place a large dog dish outside the RV to give the illusion that you have a huge dog guarding your camper).

If you have any other problems preventing you from a good night’s sleep in your RV, let us know and we’ll update this guide with additional useful tips!