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Old 11-10-2019, 08:13 AM   #1
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So i have a terrible back and am a full time Newbie RVer, and the bed is killing me. I bought a memory foam gel topper and still no relief. I have been reading reviews on queen shorts and figure the best place to find a true review is on here. Can I please get some input on what is the best mattress replacement for an RV queen short?

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Old 11-10-2019, 08:17 AM   #3
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We got a mattress in a box. Night and day difference over what came with the unit. We both have bum backs.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:19 AM   #4
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Do you really have a short queen? Can you get a standard queen in its place? If so start shopping at regular bed stores and pick the one that you like best.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:46 AM   #5
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We bought a short queen foam for $150 from Amazon, Bought a new to us S&B house that was in worse condition than sold so we lived in RV for 3 months. Now my house bed is killing me. The foam mattress was cheap, is very supportive and we would buy it again. They have them in 6,8 and 10 inch thickness we got 8 inch and love it. So does my bad back.
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Old 11-10-2019, 08:57 AM   #6
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Other than the mattress have you tried lidocaine patches? I see they are now over the counter. I've been using the prescription version for years and they make a big difference. Doesn't work on all back problems it depends on the cause. There is also lidocaine ointment and roller applicators.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:34 AM   #7
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When we purchased our new Coachman, the first thing we did was replace the mattress.

We simply called a local mattress manufacturer, gave them our measurements. They said come on down, we will make you one.
Picked out a deluxe pillow top. Simply awesome, same as our house mattress. They sold us the mattress at wholesale price.

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Old 11-10-2019, 09:37 AM   #8
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I don't think you can choose by what has worked for others - each of us have our own mattress preferences and often unique back support requirements. You really have to try for yourself.

That said, we bought a Brooklyn Bedding "mattress in a box" for the stick house and are very pleased. More comfortable for us than the Sealy Posterpedic purchased at a local store for about the same price. However, my daughter now has the 3 year old Sealy and loves it, so "your mileage may vary" certainly applies.

There are lots of sources for short queen mattresses, either online or through local stores that can custom-order the shorter size. Many areas have custom mattress factories/shops as well. Google "short queen mattress" and take your pick. A Sleep Number or similar air-adjustable mattress is also a contender - we used one in our Rv for several years.

You may be able to use a standard queen, just letting it hang over a few inches. That has the advantage of allowing you to buy anywhere and try them out in stores before purchase.
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Old 11-10-2019, 09:44 AM   #9
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Tossed out the short queen stock mattress in our TT and purchased one of these Zinus 10" mattress's from Amazon:

What an amazing difference!!!

We have a tempurpedic in the house and we would much rather sleep on the Zinus in the trailer than the one at home LOL.
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I use this mattress from Amazon. Works wonderfully for me, but I can't tell you if it will work for you or not. Like Gary said, a mattress is a personal thing. What works perfectly for me might be horrible for you.
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Any chance you can duplicate your home mattress if you like it? Even though it's not a short queen, it may fit with a little less walk-around room or, if it's foam, you can trim it to fit.

We have Tuft and Needle mattresses both at home and in the RV (we had it at home first). They have a great return policy so you can always try it at home first and, if you like it, trim it to fit your RV if necessary. We got one from Lowes and the second from Amazon.
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Old 11-10-2019, 10:48 AM   #12
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I bought a full size mattress cause I thought the one in there was. Mine is a slide out and when I pull it in is just pushes it in. I think this winter I will lift it up so it doesn't deform. But again up to you and how it is setup
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Old 11-10-2019, 01:30 PM   #13
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First, find out why you're back is hurting. Perhaps you can get some help on that.

Recommendations for bad backs state it can be worse if you lay flat. Try putting your back in a different position by elevating your knees with pillows or special foam pillows especially for that purpose. Experiment with elevating your head, also. Try not to sleep on your back but instead, your side. There are also back strengthening exercises. If you can take it, try ONE 800mg ibuprofen tablet at bedtime. Myself.. I have spinal stenosis and surgery was recommended to relieve the pressure.

I wouldn't go to the expense of a new mattress until you find out what's wrong with your back. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by stinger608 View Post
Tossed out the short queen stock mattress in our TT and purchased one of these Zinus 10" mattress's from Amazon:

What an amazing difference!!!
stinger608...That mattress looks good. Did it dampen the effects of movement from the other occupant? Our current RV mattress sleeps OK but I think the DW break dances in her sleep and it wakes me up multiple times during the night.

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