Are you looking for van camping mattress ideas? If so, you’re in the right place.
One of the most important aspects of sleeping in a vehicle is being comfortable. We truck camped on and off for years and our bedding situation, an egg crate foam with extra blankets, did not cut it for long-term.
It isn’t horribly uncomfortable, just something you don’t want to sleep on night after night. My max was about three nights.
Now that we are turning our minivan into a campervan, it’s time to get serious about our sleeping arrangements. Never underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep! And don’t miss a video tour of our Pacifica conversion with an installed fridge and microwave.
Now let’s find the best van mattress…
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What about an Air Mattress?
We had two things in mind when choosing a mattress for van conversion, it should provide: comfort and simplicity.
Our first thought was an air mattress. But when it comes down to it, they aren’t that comfortable and take up a lot of space when blown up.
In order for us to have extra room in the back when driving around, we would have to inflate and deflate every day. Sounds like a nuisance to me so the air mattress was out.
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What about a Build-a-Bed?
If you search on the web or Pinterest for cool campervans, you will be sure to find many different over-the-top examples of campervan mattress ideas.
There are some really awesome layouts out there but take a lot of extra work.
Building a bed frame with storage underneath is one of those ideas. We thought about this layout but ultimately decided against it as it is permanent, takes up space, and takes a lot more work than we are willing to do.
We are also focused on simplicity remember!
So what kind did we decide is the best van camping mattress?
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The Perfect Van Mattress
We searched the internet high and low looking for our best available options. And we found it!
Our final choice is two tri-folding foam mattresses with ultra-soft removable covers and non-slip bottoms side by side. In order to get the best fit for our Chrysler Pacifica, we chose two separate campervan folding mattresses instead of one.
It also gives us the opportunity to use one folding mattress for the van if we go on any solo trips in the future. If you are serious about turning your van into a travel vehicle, check out our other article on MUST-HAVE VAN ESSENTIALS.
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Pros and Cons of a Foam Mattress
The downside to a foam mattress? The cost. Plain and simple.
It is not the cheapest option, but we decided when we ultimately made the big decision to buy a minivan versus an RV or trailer that we were not going to skimp on the important stuff. And comfort while sleeping is probably THE most important aspect.
The upside of a foam mattress? It is SO comfortable. It is 4 inches of pure foam bliss. I cannot wait to sleep on this thing. Yes, I am actually looking forward to sleeping in our van! Sounds a little crazy but it’s true.
*Update: We have been on multiple extended camping trips and these mattresses are extremely comfortable. The longest we camped in a row is 15 days and the mattress works great. The only reason we were looking for a hotel room after that was for some space as we had bad weather on that particular trip.*
The campervan folding mattress is also a huge benefit. It easily folds up in seconds, leaving us with our space for when we want to set up our tables and chairs on a rainy day or at night when we want to be inside relaxing.
What size mattress fits in a minivan? There are a few minivans that have the capability to fit a full-size mattress which is 53 inches wide and 75 inches long.
The Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Pacifica, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and the Kia Sedona can typically accommodate a full-size mattress if the third-row seats are taken out and the mattress is bent a little. But every van is different so your best bet is to measure the space.
In the fully flat position, the folding mattress we picked out measures 75in.x25in.x4in. so we have enough room to extend our feet all the way out. Times two, it’s a little smaller in width than one full size which fits perfectly in the Pacifica. Make a note though, if you are over six feet tall this may be an issue. Neither of us has that to worry about though!
Where You can Purchase the Perfect Van Camping Mattress
We bought our two Milliard Tri-Folding Mattresses on Amazon.com and they were eligible for FREE shipping.
If you purchase the mattresses for your van, make sure to also buy a waterproof breathable mattress cover as well.
Turning our minivan into a campervan is an ongoing process so stay tuned for more information on the conversion!
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