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Old 07-26-2015, 01:56 PM   #1
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Geting close to completion of the 85 Alpenlite 5er. Ready to attack sleeping arrangements. This thing originally had twins on the upper deck, with a walkway between them. PO built a box between mattress area and installed a queen. Queen doesn't fill the area, leaving a pretty good space down each side, and of course, with a queen, DW has to crawl over to get out of bed. Haven't slept in a single since boot camp (many, many years), until a week ago, we spent a night with some friends, and ended up in twin beds. Spent half the night worrying about falling out of bed, then slept soundly. In either case, we need to buy a new queen or a pair of singles. Thinking about cheap mattress with foam toppers. Anybody want to comment? Don'tr want to spend a ton of money, this is to be a weekend getaway thing.

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Old 07-29-2015, 05:56 AM   #2
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Looks like no one wanted to 'commit' to an opinion so I'll wade in

OK, having had a 5er in the distant past with twin beds, found that they worked very well as they were extremely easy to make up particularly if you don't have a bedroom slide. A queen or even a double ends up being fairly difficult to move around to put bedding on or as you get older, navigate at some dark hour with the usual limited space. Later 5ers will have at least one slide and often two which makes the queen or even a king a good choice. Our current 5er has a full queen, it's very well situated but there is that other 'thing', a DW with restless leg syndrome which makes me wish for twins and something we had two go to a few years ago in our home.

If you really want a queen, then tear out the twin platforms and build one for the queen. Very simple if you have a few tools and a weekend. Some 2x2 dimensional lumber, a piece of paneling and a piece of plywood and a bunch of screws. Yep, you might need to recarpet, but in the scheme of things, fairly inexpensive with rug store remnants being pretty reasonable.

Then mattress(es) - cheap junk is not always the best way. You will spend about 1/3rd of any weekend there so comfort has to be considered. We have a pretty high quality one in our 5er - a LOT better then the junk Keystone supplied as OEM. We both usually sleep pretty well.

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Cheap mattress? In the long run you will regret the cheap mattress when you are tossing and turning each night whether you do a queen or twins. You need a good night's sleep and your back needs good support so it can carry you all day.

Buy a good or two good mattress's. Doesn't have to be super expensive.
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