Time out – we need a new mattress!


We love the palm trees!

Our Tiffany, named on honor of our precious dachshund. She’s a Tiffin motor home or coach. We love the palm trees here. 

Our motorhome, Tiffany, was four years old when we bought her in May 2015. She had two previous owners and neither used her very much. We were pleased with the condition of the mattress, although we hated the thought of a “used mattress.” We washed the fully enclosed cover it had on and we bought a new mattress cover. Either we are getting older, or the mattress has finally worn out – we are both waking up with new aches and pains! Actually for the past six months we’ve noticed it. Buying a replacement RV mattress is NOT easy. We are experienced, we had to do it for our 5th wheel as well. But that hasn’t helped us other than for us to know it was going to be hard to do since we are moving targets.

We faithfully read “Roughing it Smoothly” – the magazine for Tiffin Owners, the maker of our Tiffany. We keep seeing the ad, “Bed in a box.” It says it is especially made for RVs. You see, our mattresses are not the same size as mattresses for houses. We have a king sized bed, normally 80″ X 76″. But for an RV, it’s 80″ X 72″.  We just couldn’t imagine buying a mattress without laying on it. We looked for outlets or factories where we could test one out. While we were in Myrtle Beach a few months ago, we saw a mattress truck make a delivery to our neighbors. They said the store had what they needed. We almost went to the store, but they told us they weren’t happy with what they bought!

Once we got back to Fredericksburg, the pain was getting to us so we looked again for a retailer and found one less than an hour away. So off we went to lay on it! Ahhh, such comfort. Problem was that it takes a month to make one to our specs (we honestly thought they must carry them due to the ads we have seen) and then it could take a week or two for shipping. We wouldn’t be there long enough to order it. So we decided we’d order it in March, and have it shipped there for when we arrive this April.

We were watching Gone with the Wynn’s recent post about their catamaran boat, Curiosity, which featured a section on one of their mattresses. We started following them when we first began to think about going full-time. They were a wealth of information and actually inspired us to name ourselves the TumbleLees. We liked their play on words with their last name. They have traded in their RV for a boat….but we are hooked on their fun attitude towards life and still read their blog and watch their amazing videos. But don’t worry, we’d never hit the water. We love adventure, but we’re not that adventurous. But we sure enjoy going on along with them virtually. They use a drone and their videos make you feel like you are there! Now we are so glad we continued to follow them since they showed us one of their new mattresses.

We looked the company up, Mattress Insider, and read all the reviews. Could this be for us??? Long story short, YES! And we are staying in one place long enough to have it shipped to us. We ordered it Thursday, February 2. It was delivered three business days later, Monday, February 6. What a GREAT experience it was.

Our old mattress ripped up easily, laying beside the new mattress in a box!

Our old mattress ripped up easily, laying beside the new mattress in a box!

The customer reviews, coupled with what the Wynn’s said, gave us confidence we could buy a mattress without laying on it. These people are pros. They know how to help you pick out what you want in a mattress. We described what we have and what we now need. And you know what, they hit the nail on the head! We are so pleased, it is just perfect.

But the obstacles: What if we didn’t like it? Money back guarantee! We have a full 120 days to try it out. But if after a month, most people know if it is right or not.  We can still get our money back any time up to the 120 days. Here is the winner idea – we know to ship it back would cost an arm and a leg, not to mention, how will we get it back into a box? They say to just donate it and send them the receipt for it. We’re not sure who takes donated used mattresses, but we liked the idea.  And they would also do it as an exchange and would help us figure out why we didn’t like it. They know they can satisfy their customers. It also comes with a 20 year guarantee. Wow!

So how did it work to get it here? First of all, we are on the east coast, where the factory is so that helped with the shipping timeline. We bought one of the “popular” models so they are ready to make it quickly. They sent it Fed Ex. I called the office where we are staying, Emerald Beach RV Park, and asked about the protocol for a delivery. They assured us one of their maintenance workers would bring it to us!

Our next obstacle was what to do with the used mattress?  They do have dumpsters here, but they seem to always be full. In fact, this campground is fully booked up! We could take it to the county dump, but there is a $40 fee and it’s a good hour or more drive there. We just don’t have a spare hour to do that! My sister lives nearby so we checked with her trash service. They picked up large household items at no extra charge. But to get it to her house, 20 miles away. Not sure how that would work.

Where there is a will, there is a way! It arrived Monday morning around 9:00 am. The employee helped Bill carry it in. So now what to do? He said the dumpsters would be emptied around noon so we could just put it out there! WOW! Nice.

We ripped off the mattress cover and began to dismantle the foam mattress. We forgot what they looked like since it’s been nearly three years! It was two foam mattress glued together. We just started pulling it apart…it was semi-rotting so came apart pretty easily. We easily got it down to the dump!

Bill was VERY careful with the knife!

Bill was VERY careful with the knife!

By 10:30, the mattress was unrolled and on our platform. Now to just wait for about three hours for it to decompress. It was fun checking it….it kept getting harder and harder, to just what we desired!

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Our platform. A regular mattress wouldn’t work as we need to lift the platform. There is great storage under the bed.

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Set on the platform and ready to tear off the plastic. It was easy and the mattress literally unfolded before our eyes!

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Organic Cotton! It unrolled “upside” down, but that was ok. It was light enough, after an hour or so, we just flipped it over.

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Nice mattress cover with a zipper all around it. Similar to how our old one was.

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Latex foam and it’s reversible. If we want it a little softer, we can flip it over.

Best. Night. Sleep. Ever!

I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5

11 thoughts on “Time out – we need a new mattress!

  1. Praise God! I truly enjoy learning about your RV lifestyle, Deb! God continue to bless you two and your family!

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  2. A good mattress is SO important. Our mattress needed to be replaced in our house, but we knew we were selling it and moving into the MH in just six months. So we just slept on it…ugh! I woke every morning and could not bend over for at least ten minutes. Boy were we ever glad to get into the MH fulltime. There was a Sleep Number bed in the MH and we loved it!! Best sleep ever! We enjoyed it so much we decided to upgrade to a nicer pillow top last year when our controls lost their number screens. I am glad we didn’t have this bed when we were working. Not sure I could have gotten out of bed at 4:45 to workout:) Glad you are getting some good sleep:) Enjoy!

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    • We’ve heard a lot of people like their sleep number beds. We both like the same firmness/softness so not sure of the benefit. We’re sure happy with this! Looks you, long term marriage, we’ve gone thru a lot of mattresses! This one has a 20 year guarantee so hope it’ll last while we’re on the road. It’s a pain making big changes, especially while we’re moving every week or so!

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  3. We have been toying with buying an RV for a while. I will bookmark this article and the extremely useful information. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  4. Awe, thanks so much for the wonderful comments! When we first got our mattress, it was so light and small coiled up in that box, we thought we had ordered the wrong size! It is amazing how it just fluffs right up. So glad to hear you had such a quick turn around and are sleeping like a baby. Great write up of your experience, I am sure it will help a lot of others thinking of a new mattress too.

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  5. I went through this last July. Here is what I did and the links to my blog posts.
    Buying a RV Mattress: https://rvbloggers.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/buying-a-rv-mattress/
    The Mattress that I bought Update: https://rvbloggers.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/mattress-update/
    Mel

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  6. […] (post about it is here).  We stayed here for 8 days. This was the perfect place for us to have our mattress shipped, as we discussed in our last […]

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