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2oldman

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Posted: 09/13/19 12:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you don't already, perhaps back exercises would help. Maybe it's not just your mattress.

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ependydad wrote:

OregonMan wrote:

I'd like to avoid spending $450 on a new mattress if I can...


(shrug) Getting rid of back pain is worth way more than $450 to me.


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ependydad wrote:

We opted to spend the money for a Sleep Number bed and our backs couldn't be happier about it.

IMO, spend the money on a good bed.

Yep, we use Sleep Number in both rv & home.

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I put a 3" topper on mine , but you can save money and bring your house bed with you , just a bit of a hastle.


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OregonMan wrote:

Hey guys, I've been living in my 2018 Wolf Pup travel trailer full-time for over a year now. An issue I've always had is that sleeping in the bed hurts my back. I've tried a lot of different things. About 4 months ago I bought a new mattress, the mattress I got from Amazon was: Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam 8 Inch Mattress, Short Queen.

I've read reviews from other RVers about short queen mattresses breaking in too quickly. So I ordered a 2.5" memory foam topper.. but that didn't solve the back pain problem either. Got another mattress topper to put underneath the 2.5" topper from walmart... that didn't help either. Put a sleeping pad underneath the toppers... that didn't help either.

I'm getting really tired of having back pain from sleeping in my trailer bed, and over the past few weeks it has gotten noticeably worse. I'm a 230lb male.

Do you guys have any tips on how to stop the back pain when sleeping in your trailer? Is there a particular mattress or mattress topper that has worked really well for you? Any tips would be greatly appreciated... I'm almost ready to spend a week in a hotel just to get a relief from the back pain. Thank god I have a foam roller that I use in the mornings, but it doesn't cure the pain, just helps a little...


Put your mattress pads, or topper UNDER the mattress. It is just laying on a board. It will be stiff. Putting the foam UNDER will soften it up some. We did, and it works great.


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Soft memory foam is cheaper than firm memory foam, so most of the memory foam mattresses and toppers being sold are the soft ones (and they often don't specify their density). The higher the pounds per cubic foot, the firmer the foam. Look for 5 or more lb/cu.ft. density. 6" or so should be plenty IMO. If you get a firm memory foam and it doesn't feel quite plush enough, add just an inch of less dense foam on top of it.

Or, get a Froli system and top it with maybe 4" of memory foam. The Froli springs connect together for variable sizes and configurations, and can be set for the desired firmness. And added benefit will be the way they hold the foam (or whatever mattress material you put on top of them) up from the platform and give you the ventilation you want for mold prevention. Kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

But I recommend that you immediately start some Kegel exercises. You can lie down flat on the floor on your back, then thrust your pelvis to push the small of your lower back down toward the floor... keep breathing, and hold for as long as you feel you can. Let up, relax, wait a minute, and repeat. Do this about 3-4 times each day for 1 week, and see if your back pain lessens or goes away. See, the most common cause of lower back pain onset is the abdominal muscles becoming too weak to hold the back in proper position. The Kegels strengthen those muscles. This might at least tide you over until you decide what change you're going to make to your bed.

My home mattress is a Select Comfort (the sleep number mattress without the digital readout) with 3" of memory foam on top. When camping, I have 2" of 'Tulsafoam' (quite firm stuff, but Superfoam is even firmer) topped with 4" of memory foam.

* This post was edited 09/13/19 08:34pm by rexlion *


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+2 on the Froli.

Here's a link to their web site:

http://www.nickleatlantic.com/

Here's a review of the system on Truck Camper Adventure:

http://www.truckcamperadventure.com/review-of-the-froli-star-sleep-system/

I use the Froli with a latex foam mattress I bought from The Foam Factory:

https://www.thefoamfactory.com/

Lots of useful information there about foam grades, foam density, etc. and you can buy whatever grade and density you want, rather than buy something with just a brand name and no idea what you are really getting.

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ependydad wrote:

We opted to spend the money for a Sleep Number bed and our backs couldn't be happier about it.

IMO, spend the money on a good bed.


NOT cheap but my low back never hurts anymore.

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what did you do with your beloved old mattress? foam mattress can be cut, take off the fabric outer and cut it. a fillet knife works well if you don't have a hot knife, small strokes chop through recover.


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Our bed/mattress is in a slide and is a short queen, we cannot use a regular queen size either as it has to snug up against the closet doors to put the slide all the way in. We have a regular mattress with a foam topper on top of it. Are you sure you don't have a bed that is too.... soft with all the layers you have. That won't keep your spine aligned correctly and areas will be sunk in too deep. Our topper is a 5" topper with gel layer. Even so, after 9 yrs the base mattress is getting worn out and in need of replacement as it is starting to get too soft to offer the needed support under the memory foam. If that base mattress is not good, the memory foam on top may not help.

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