I have an ARB RTT and the included mattress is horrible! You might as well sleep on the ground. Camping last weekend I removed the crap foam pad and replaced it with a memory foam mattress topper inserted into the mattress cover then put an air mattress underneath. This was comfy but... It ruins the advantage of the roof tent. Inflating / Deflating the mattress takes time. The other issue was the memory foam absorbs moisture! I had to remove the foam and dry it afterwards. At this point I'm thinking a ground tent is less hassle.
I'm still searching for a good solution. Quick setup / take down is important... And I don't want to deal with drying the mattress afterwards.
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We have a Campinglab Serengeti Trailer tent and it is wonderful ( I didn't think it would be but I don't toss and turn, do wake up well rested well as long as my dog isn't up all night barking at bears). Never had a stock mattress in the Hannibal just made our own and it was hit or miss for comfort.
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Lots of great information here. I have recently found that in the flippac when changing position I develop aches/pains here and there. I would love to get a thicker, firmer, mattress in the future.
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With a FlipPac, if you just moved the hammock mount brackets down a little, wouldn't you be able to use a thicker mattress?
The used Chinese knockoff one I bought off of CL came with one of those eggshell foamies for some extra plushness, it's quite comfy with that on.
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I used the Cabela's Ultimate sleeping pad on top of my standard ARB RTT last weekend - very comfortable, but...I have to deflate and roll up the sleeping pad when I am done, that is going to be a real pain. Next time I will try it without the RTT mattress and just the sleeping pad.
If anyone has any tricks for making the sleeping pad deflate/roll up process quicker and easier, I would love to hear them.
What great timing on the rebirth of this thread. We just returned from 5 days in Utah during whick we had an ongoing discussion about this very topic. Sore shoulders, hips and arms do not make for a good nights sleep. We had already tried the memory foam idea, but the tent wouldn't close, so that was out. $$$ down the drain on that one.
We have two air mattresses that came with a REI double sleeping bag we are going to try. But with all of the great ideas, I now know there is light at the end of this tunnel. Thanks all for the great ideas.
We also went to regular sheets with a down sleeping bag on top and that really helped with staying asleep.
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Mario (of Adv Trailers) had suggested we think about the Nemo mattresses they use in the Habitat. IIRC, these are like an air mattress with some down filling to provide insulation. They inflate quickly with a pump built into the mattess, and have a large valve you open to deflate them - no roll up really required as I understand it. We tried them in a Habitat, and they are comfortable. As I recall the widths available weren't really a good fit for our tent, so we never pulled the trigger on that idea.
I've had at least a dozen different sleeping pad/pad systems for camping and backpacking over the years and all kept me wanting for more comfort...especially as I've gotten older. The Exped DAM 9 was my go to pad as I entered middle-agedom ...that is until hoser turned me on to the Exped MegaMat 10 6-months ago! I purchased one of these mats earlier this year to use in my Land Cruiser upon hoser's recommendation and after nearly 3-weeks of camping this spring this is my new benchmark for a portable sleeping pad! Its that good!
I'm an all sides sleeper and this is the very first portable sleeping pad that doesn't force me to sleep on my back when my sides are calling I can sleep on my side without comprise of comfort...all night long if I want to. It never feels like an air mattress. Exped got the foam right and they also designed it with straight/vertical sides for maximum comfort.
I have a new Columbus ordered from Mike and the Exped MegaMat 10 will be going into it sans what the too firm foam pad they come with...
For those of you that are searching for the best portable style sleeping pad and find its width and length suitable for your RTT/application I highly recommend it! That said it is too bulky and too heavy for backpacking...but anything 4 wheel camping related is fine. I even slept on it several nights at my Mom & Dad's house for a family visit a few weeks ago...
For those wondering: I don't sell them nor do I have anything to gain from the positive words about this product. However those that know me know I'm ultra critical about the gear I buy and use.
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