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Getting out and exploring the world is definitely something we identify with. We live for wide open spaces, trees, mountains and streams. It’s all part of our life plan. So much so, in fact, that Chelsea and I recently invested in something to keep us out in the wilds for longer than normal. After a few years of sleeping in a tent, then in the back of the truck, then in a tent on top of the truck (which is still fun), we gave each other permission and bought a 37-foot trailer RV. Specifically, we bought a “toy hauler,” so we have extra space in the back to make the boys a room and to tote toys around. First on our list of upgrades was a new RV mattress – and here's why.

New RV with porch

So far this year, we’ve had a chance to take our new RV on one trip to Flagstaff for a camping expo. Other than that, we’ve spent a night or two in the ol’ driveway and taken it to the beach for a few hours where I almost got it stuck in the sand. I was SO worried Chelsea would get mad at me if I got stuck! One of the benefits of a brand new trailer is the learning process and working out any kinks while you still have a warranty to lean on if anything seriously goes wrong. For the most part, we're figuring out how to pack food and where the soaps go.

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One area we instantly identified as a “needs improvement” zone was the bedroom. With all the neat things we had available to us in having a trailer, it seemed as though the manufacturer phoned it in when it came to the actual mattress. I've definitely seen better accommodations at a low end motel. Can you say “pancake with springs”? I mean, honestly, imagine a pancake with springs. Not my ideal breakfast or mattress.

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This left us feeling a bit miffed. Chelsea and I knew some work would have to be done on the trailer when we bought it. We perused all the forums and tried to track down common problems found when moving into a trailer for the first time. There were tons of tips and tricks and “trailer life hacks” to be found. However, few mentioned the mattress being an issue. For us, this flat little cotton ball-filed knapsack was an absolute no-go. Our trailer is our adventure hub, meaning that this is where we come back to rest and relax after a long day of hiking, kayaking, surfing, snowboarding, and all other sorts of strenuous physical activity. Sleep is IMPORTANT.

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I turned to Sears for the solution. I've always been a Sears guy. This of course means that WE have always been a Sears family. Having walked through Sears numerous times to buy tools I “absolutely needed” as far as I told Chelsea, the boys and I had taken occasional breaks in the bedding department so we could “test” out the mattresses. Sears, I knew, would be the perfect spot to find my new RV mattress.

Beautyrest mattress up-close

Since we partnered with Sears for this project, it was easy to take advantage of their options. Sears has a wide selection of mattresses, including an option for financing up to 84 months. They have a 180 night comfort guarantee, plus the ability to go into a store and try one out before you buy them. Even better, if you purchase a mattress over $599 there is free delivery with next day delivery available on select mattresses. If it’s a special size or model, it will typically be delivered within the week. They can even haul away an old mattress for a small fee! Get it, got it, good.

Things to think about when shopping for an RV mattress

We knew that we needed something relatively low-profile, but also super-strong and pretty light so we wouldn't go over our towing capacity. Every bit adds up! Chelsea, of course, has priority when it comes to shopping for such a need. She is kind enough to think of me, though, and consider my above-average size (6'4″ and 300 pounds requires a pretty supportive RV mattress situation). After weeks and weeks of searching, she decided that the Beautyrest Platinum Glencliff Luxury Firm Pillow Top Queen Mattress was the best fit for our new RV mattress. Whew! I had to take a breath after typing that. Breath or no breath, Sears had it and we got it delivered ASAP.

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Since we couldn’t go for a totally low-profile mattress due to my weight and height, we did lose a little space in terms of inches from ceiling-to-mattress and mattress-to-floor. Much to our surprise, we actually found that to be an advantage because the storage pockets around all sides of the bed are deeper and we can get bigger boxes/baskets/suitcases to put there for storage. Chelsea's saying she's going to get some sort of storage ottoman pillow situation to push up against the wall where our pillows go at the head of the bed, and use those as a backrest to work against during the day when she comes in here to type on her computer.

Since we couldn’t go for a totally low-profile mattress due to my weight and height, we did lose a little space in terms of inches from ceiling-to-mattress and mattress-to-floor. Much to our surprise, we actually found that to be an advantage because the storage pockets around all sides of the bed are deeper and we can get bigger boxes/baskets/suitcases to put there for storage. Chelsea's saying she's going to get some sort of storage ottoman pillow situation to push up against the wall where our pillows go at the head of the bed, and use those as a backrest to work against during the day when she comes in here to type on her computer.

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Honestly, this is better than the California King mattress we have in our master bedroom at home. After getting this all setup, I almost couldn’t get Chelsea out our of the trailer. I mean, it was still in the driveway and it wasn't even night time yet. We may not have our food or bath soap situation figured out yet, but our sleep situation is on lock!

Have you ever shopped for an RV mattress?