Top 3 Sleeping Problems in an RV and How to Solve Them

Girl sleeping in RV with headsets on

Traveling cross country in an RV can be a lot of fun for you and your family. It’s great to be able to see the different sights along the way without the expense of a hotel each night. While it’s easy to see why so many people rely on their RV for travel, it can sometimes be difficult to sleep in this type of vehicle for a variety of reasons. Below are the top three reasons people have trouble sleeping in an RV, and then there is some information available to help you remedy the issue so that you can enjoy your trip feeling well-rested.


Unlike being home in your own bed and familiar surroundings, as Abby from AbbyAcrossAmerica found out, an RV is going to take you to some very unfamiliar places. You might be trying to sleep and all you hear outside are dogs barking, birds chirping or just the sound of pelting rain on your roof, and even worse these can wake you in the middle of the night and keep you up for precious hours. This isn’t even to mention the squirrels and wildlife that might become fascinated with your RV while it’s parked for the night. The best way for you to drown out weird noises that are keeping you up is to use ear plugs. You can often find these in a drugstore or big box department store. If ear plugs aren’t what you’re looking to use, a gentle and soothing noise machine can help tremendously. These will often play soothing sounds of nature to drown out the weird noises outside the RV.

It’s Too Hot or Too Cold

Safety experts recommend turning off your camper’s generator at night because of possible issues with carbon monoxide. Without the generator, you will not be able to use the heat or air conditioning in the vehicle. If this is a problem for you, you may want to consider the time of year and area that you’ll be traveling, and schedule to leave the AC or heating running when you are up. Also, wear the appropriate clothing to keep you either cool or warm. Bundle up in frigid temperatures and remove layers if it’s very hot.

Being Uncomfortable

Let’s face it, many people have an RV mattress that is simply too old or in bad shape to get a good night’s sleep. The camper mattress itself might be so thin that you feel the bars and metal that is holding the mattress in place. If this is an issue for you, make sure that you replace your old camper mattress with a better quality and newer camper mattress made out of great quality foam. The new mattress will definitely help you to feel more comfortable at night so that you can feel well-rested for the rest of your journey. Also, if you’re using a sofa bed in your RV, feeling the bar might become an issue over time, thus make sure you purchase a sofa bed replacement mattress.

What other sleeping problems do you face when sleeping in you RV?