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Old 05-10-2009, 11:56 PM   #1
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Need a New Mattress

Time to replace the stock mattress in our Journey. Not sure if we want a Sleep Number bed, so do any of you have suggestions on a good replacement standard mattress? Are the stock mattresses of standard size?

BTW are there any problems with removing and moving in a new mattress? I assume it is easy to do.

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We just replaced our mattress with a nice Serta firm queen mattress we got from Sam's Club. Sam's was the one place where you can buy the mattress only and not have to pay for the 'foundation.' We had a memory foam topper so DW put that on top. The standard queen fit just fine.

As far as getting the mattress in the rig, I just turned the passenger chair at an angle and we were able to bring mattress in thru the door with no problem.
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We replaced our mattress with a standard mattress from Furniture Row's mattress store. DW loves it. Only poblem is it is heavier and stiffer so DW can't lift the bed for access under neath by her self.
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We are also going to change our mattress as well. Our Adventurer came with the Sleep Number mattress, which failed in about four months. Since I am in the mattress business and our company has manufactured air mattresses I knew going in it wouldn't last.

We will change to a new Latex mattress, since rubber doesn't compress like poly foams it will stay comfortable and have a much longer life than a standard foam or memory foam mattress. I'm headed to the factory this morning to pick it out.

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We are also going to change our mattress as well. Our Adventurer came with the Sleep Number mattress, which failed in about four months. Since I am in the mattress business and our company has manufactured air mattresses I knew going in it wouldn't last.

We will change to a new Latex mattress, since rubber doesn't compress like poly foams it will stay comfortable and have a much longer life than a standard foam or memory foam mattress. I'm headed to the factory this morning to pick it out.

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We aren't big fans of the Sleep Number and were looking to upgrade to a memory foam mattress, but latex? Before we make a final decision, I would like to look into this new option. What are the benefits af latex over the other foams?
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It's all about comfort. Although we manufacture and sell a lot of "Visco Memory Foam" it is not the best type of foam. Latex is a natural rubber product from the rubber tree and since it is not "blown plastic" like all poly foams, including visco foam, it has a longer life and will stay comfortable for a longer period of time.

There is no long term compression to the foam. All cell structures in foam will break down at different time intervals, not so with Latex. It will become hard in about 25 to 30 years though.

It will also naturally resist mold and dust mites. But again it's about comfort you may not like it.

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Approximately what should we expect to pay for a standard replacement mattress?

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It also weights a ton and a half. My DW and I have both types. Mine the rubber, hers the foam. I do believe that mine is more comfortable but to rotate the King Size mattress takes 2 men and a boy. In a motor home on a lift bed, forget about the lift part of the description! The true memory foam is also heavy, but not in the same league as the rubber.
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There a lot of variables to that question. But here are some guidlines.

A firm mattress is the least expensive to manufacture so retail for a queen mattress expect to pay $450.00 to $600.00

A plush mattress without a pillow top expect to pay $500.00 to $800.00

A pillow top mattress expect to pay $600.00 to $1200.00

Add 20% to 30% for specialty foams like memory foam and latex.

The "S" brands are 20% to 30% more for the same components, so you can find a well respected independent maker and save big money. Also a large advertised retailer will be more as well someone is paying for all the "free stuff" and marketing for both ends.

But you have to buy what is comfortable for you. I get any feel and quality for free and I don't sleep on the most expensive mattress, that should tell you something.

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After some quick research, I found this to be an important difference.

"The non-temperature sensitive natural latex also means that the mattress will be the same level of firmness regardless of room temperature. Latex is a breathable material as well; temperature sensitive foam sleeps hot or clammy like."
Tony Kelemen
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I have heard in the past that conventional foam mattresses sleep "hot", which isn't for me. Apparently, the big drawback to the latex is the weight.
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Latex is heavy, but most makers use only 1 to 2 inches of the foam. A full core is 5 to 6 inches. Almost all foam is sensitive to body heat but we use fibers and fabrics that eliminate that problem.

If your mattress doesn't weigh much something is missing.

It is a waste of money to buy a latex or memory foam mattress that only uses 1 inch of a speciality foam

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Mattpro, what is your business location?

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The factory is located in Rancho Dominguez Ca. 90221

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We don't have a Journey, but we purchased a 11" thick memory foam king mattress from Overstock.com and it sleeps terrific! It is nicely covered and doesn't sleep hot at all. It is heavy, but it was rolled up and vacuum sealed when I put it into the MH so was much easier to get in then the old standard mattress was to get out.
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