We didn't think it would be possible to get a regular house mattress into our small RV and level up the sleeping situation. Yet, we had to try. After a bout of some restless nights and terrible tossing and turning, we knew we needed something different. The RV mattress which came with Maude was a thin, very light piece of wood and maybe (?) some springs, which we layered with both a 3 inch-thick foam mattress pad and a very fluffy topper. But still, we were able to sink into the layers and find the hardness of the mattress below each and every night.
We needed something different. We needed a change. Our poor bones weren't getting enough rest and when you're on the road you totally understand and appreciate what a good night's sleep does for you. So we decided to take the plunge and replace the RV mattress. The RV mattress was connected to a few pieces of metal, which were seemingly attached to a hydraulic-type-mechanism. With just a few bolts to unhinge, we got it out with a celebratory sigh.
The problem though, is that when we tossed the mattress, we left a gaping hole in where there would be support for our bunk. There was no longer any pieces of wood to keep us upright in the bunk, and for that, we had to devise a plan. Turns out, just a few pine boards from Home Depot combined with some screws and metal supports to connect it all allowed for a makeshift bed frame to be created. Not only is it sturdy (we screwed it into the sides of the RV bunk base) but it provides a really nice structure for our new mattress.
That's right, we said it-- new mattress. A Tuft & Needle mattress at that. Never did we think that we could rip out the RV mattress and replace it with a full-size, house-intended mattress, but guess what? We did. And the results were freaking fantastic.
We have officially slept on our Tuft & Needle mattress for over a month now and we have a few exciting things to report:
One of the coolest aspects about our Tuft & Needle mattress was that it came in a box, perfectly packaged. We had heard about mattresses arriving in boxes from other fellow-travelers or through podcast commercials, and really admired how simple receiving a mattress could be. It wasn't until we received our Tuft & Needle mattress in this compact box that we really were impressed.
We can't say enough good things about Tuft & Needle. Not only has it added a huge layer of comfort to our small RV, but it also provides us with consistent sleep night-after-night no matter where we pull off to doze. We are actually excited to climb into bed and rest.
For those who are interested in checking out a Tuft & Needle mattress, you can try it out for 100 nights to see if it is a good fit. Plus, any mattress that is returned after the 100-night sleep trial is then donated to local charities and non-profits across the county. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Tuft & Needle offers one fair price always which means that there are no sales pitches or gimmicks attached. Transparency at its finest.
Please note: We were not financially compensated for this post. We received a mattress for review purposes. However, the opinions are completely our own based on our personal experiences with the product. We only choose to review products and brands that we love.
Well, we finally bit the bullet and bought a new RV Fantastic Vent Fan for our small RV. Assuming that the old Fantastic Fan came with our RV, that makes it about 10 years old, and quite an eyesore. Not that it hasn’t provided wonderful moments of cool breezes when we needed it the most. But the indoor cover part is seemingly off-white (cream colored) and not at all our jam. Why go to all the trouble of painting your walls white so that you can just have an off-white, yellowy fan smack dab in the middle of your ceiling?! Other than color, our fan also makes a squeaking noise which can get under your skin, plus just normal 10-year-wear-and-tear. So, we decided to upgrade.
Now, Fantastic Fans aren’t cheap. This is why we left this to one of the projects for later on down the road.
We’ve been watching a few videos in regards to installation, and have not been put off by the process. (Not like our water heater, ugh). We decided to go with the newer model (go big or go home right?!) and opted to purchase all the necessary add-ons in one fell swoop. This is everything we bought:
Items We Bought For Installation
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