Any Couch Potato Camper who cares about a comfortable night’s sleep should instantly find an RV mattress replacement after buying their camper or trailer. While some newer trailers, vans and motorhomes come with decent mattresses now, most older RVs won’t. Unless, of course, the previous owner replaced the mattress themselves.
And let’s face it, you’re still going to want a lot more comfort and luxury than the standard manufacturer’s beds.
Wait, how much will an RV mattress replacement cost? Here’s the surprising truth – not too much! You’ll be surprised!
Yep, replacement mattresses for your camper or RV can be really inexpensive. Even if you need custom sizes, such as cut corners. And, when you think about how much your camping vacation is affected if you don’t get a good night’s sleep (who wants to hike when they were up all night with an innerspring digging into their back?), switching out a bed for just a couple hundred dollars is a small investment to make.
Can You Change Your RV or Camper Mattress?
Yes! We found this out when we bought our travel trailer. The thin innerspring mattress with an old-fashioned blue flower cover was uncomfortable from the minute we laid down on it at the RV dealership. So I KNEW that would have to be replaced.
We ended up adding a mattress topper until the replacement, and it worked really well! Here’s what we did:
Then in our Intech Sol Horizon, a 3-inch polyurethane foam slab was the “mattress” that came with our trailer. There are mattress toppers thicker than that! Needless to say, it was uncomfortable and HAD to be replaced.
After doing a lot of research, I found that replacing an RV mattress is not only common, it’s also recommended.
And there are plenty of companies that make mattresses just for RVs and campers (I had no idea this was even a thing!).
Are RV Mattresses Different?
The mattress that comes with your RV or camper when you purchase it will likely be different for a lot of reasons:
- Weighs less
- Convenience, not comfort
- Rounded corners
- Folds in Half
Will you have all of these differences in your RV bed? Maybe not. But they are common.
Mattresses in trailers and campers have to be as lightweight as possible. This is so you can bring more weight with your personal items so that you don’t go over your cargo carrying capacity limit.
Upgrading your bed with a comfy mattress likely won’t change your towing capacity that much. Unless you choose a really heavy latex foam and you are already at the maximum towing capacity for your rig.
Let’s face it, RV manufacturers aren’t in the business of selling mattresses. They just simply put a mattress in your trailer so you can start camping from day one.
Many new RVs are coming with luxury mattresses now. But if you don’t purchase a high end rig, or if you are buying an older model, then you probably aren’t going to get a comfy bed that you’ll want to keep.
One of the weird things about sleeping in an RV is that everything is smaller. Including the mattress. Manufacturers do this so that they can give you all of the creature comforts of home in a moving vehicle. But in order to make that happen, they need to save space where they can. So a few inches are usually cut off from the mattress.
If you are a tall person, you will definitely need to rent or buy an RV or camper that can accommodate a normal size mattress.
Again, to make things work in an RV, some mattresses will have rounded corners.
You’ll likely never notice the missing corners in a bed. That is, until you try to replace the mattress. Or find sheets that will fit snuggly.
Folds in Half
Many RVs now have beds that fold to be stowed away like a Murphy bed. Or for the slides to come in. Finding a folding mattress can be difficult (unless you go here).
What is the Best, Most Comfortable RV Mattress to Buy?
There are a variety of companies that sell RV mattress replacements. So don’t think you have to buy one from the RV manufacturer.
Here’s our top picks for different size RV mattresses:
RV Queen and King Mattress Replacements: Normal and Regular
MADE IN THE USA! This Colorado company is among the very best for RV mattresses.
They have a variety to choose from, including five different styles of Short Queen mattresses and Short King.
If you need a custom mattress, they are exceptionally skilled at creating a mattress just for your camper or RV. Especially if you need a bed with curved corners, hinged, or beveled edges.
Plushbeds offers four different types of RV mattresses, including a natural latex option with no chemical fire retardants or pesticides for those sensitive to off gassing chemicals in traditional types of foam.
- 6″ Original MobilePlush RV Mattress
- Eco Green 8″ RV Mattress (Natural Latex)
- 8″ Cool Bliss Gel RV Mattress
- 8″ Deluxe MobilePlush RV Mattress (Memory Foam)
Enjoy a 100 Night Guarantee to love your mattress or send it back for a refund. Monthly financing available.
MADE IN THE USA! For custom natural latex mattresses, choose Savvy Rest. We love this company and have a variety of their products. They also make custom sizes for boats, truck cabs, lofts, etc.
RV Innerspring Mattress
This innerspring mattress is a rarity in the RV industry! Made in the USA, this pocketed coil mattress is perfect for anyone that doesn’t like a memory foam or latex mattress. Ideally designed for above average weight.
Get a 121-day no risk trial with a Money Back Guarantee and FREE Fed-Ex Shipping in the contiguous United States.
Replacement Mattress for RV Sofa Bed
One of the easiest ways to have the entire family travel together is to use the pull out sofa beds in an RV, but they’re usually not comfortable. These Made in the USA sofa bed mattresses come in 3 different styles (including an eco-friendly version with natural latex and plant-based foam), and can be customized for your specific size needs.
Available on Amazon, this 4.5 inch memory foam replacement mattress is very highly rated with over 2,600 reviews.
RV Bunk Mattresses
If your bunk bed is small, you might be better off using a memory foam coat mattress. The East Hampton Memory Foam Cot Mattress is 4.5 inches thick and comes in a wide variety of sizes (with widths from 30″ to 38″). You will get free shipping and a 121-night trial period.
This narrow twin mattress is great for RV bunks. The 6 inch thick mattress is super affordable (you won’t believe the price for a bed!), however be sure to read the reviews about potential mold problems and whether you think you’d need to worry.
This basic RV bunk / cot mattress is simple and basic. If you’re not using the bunk every day (and just for short trips), this might be an economical choice.
6 Inch Mattress (or Less)
Elation Gel Foam
If you are looking for a cooling mattress, this gel foam bed is great for you! The 6-inch mattress has 1 inch of cooling gel foam, with 5 inches of foam at the base, surrounded by an organic cotton cover. You’ll get free shipping and a 121-night trial period.
Most thin mattresses are medium-firm to firm, however this Amazon Basics Mattress has a plush-feel option, too. It comes in both 6-inch and 8-inch thicknesses. As an Amazon Basics item, the price point is great and be sure to see if they have a free return policy.
Sedona RV Mattress
This 5.5 inch foam mattress from Mattress Insider is perfect when you don’t have a lot of room for a bed, but you still want to be comfortable. With a low price point, it’s a great starter bed. You will get free shipping and a 121-night trial period.
This Inofia six-inch mattress is one we considered for our RV mattress because it is available on Amazon. The medium-firm bed is created from a variety of supportive foam layers. It comes in both a 6 inch and 8 inch size.
8 Inch Mattress
There are over 106,000 reviews on this Linenspa mattress and it gets 4.5 stars! That’s crazy! A combination of innersprings and memory foam creates a hybrid mattress with a medium-firm feel.
This luxury gel foam mattress has over 20,000 RV owners using it in their home away from home. It comes in an 8-inch thickness, as well as a 11.5 inch mattress if you have more room. You will get free shipping and a 121-night trial period.
Can You Put a Regular Mattress in an RV?
Yes, you can. But only if there is enough room in the bedroom. And only if you can fit one through the door.
It seems simple. But it’s not.
If the bedroom has been configured to only have a short RV-size mattress, such as a slide with the bed that comes all the way to the opposite wall when closed, then you will never be able to switch the RV mattress for a regular mattress.
However, if you have the space, you can definitely put a normal mattress in your RV or camper.
That is, IF you can get it inside! Keep in mind, an RV door and hallway and turning radius will be extremely small. It is more narrow than in a home. So you might not be able to just carry in a regular queen or king size mattress, especially if it is an innerspring mattress.
Getting a replacement mattress that is a bed-in-a-box is always the better alternative for replacing a bed in a trailer or camper. Trying to carry in a normal size mattress already unfolded will likely have you finding some nasty words in your vocabulary you didn’t realize you knew.
Thursday 31st of March 2022
Hi, do you have a solution for propping up the mattress platform on a inTech Sol Horizon ? So far, I’m using a mop handle in order to gain access to the various valves. Thank you .
Couch Potato Camping
Monday 4th of April 2022
Bruce, For quick in and out access to the area under the bed, I used a broom handle as well. When accessing that area for longer periods of time - such as wintering the RV - I removed the mattress and completely removed the access panel for easier access.
Thank you for the question!
Friday 25th of February 2022
What mattress did you buy to replace the mattress on your Sol Horizon?
Couch Potato Camping
Wednesday 2nd of March 2022
Laurie, here is a link to the mattress we used in our Sol Horizon: https://amzn.to/3tqG790 Thank you for the question!