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What To Do About That Terrible RV Mattress

If you’re reading this I’m guessing you just spent the night on quite possibly the worst mattress you’ve ever slept on (if you even slept at all). No worries, I’ve got you. Let’s talk about that horrible RV mattress and the best and most affordable way to upgrade it.

It happens to the best of us. We buy our new or new to us camper, we buy all the things to go with it, and then set up our maiden camping trip just to find out ain’t nobody sleeping good on that poor excuse for a mattress that comes with the thing. You just spent all this money and a new mattress is the last thing you have room for in the budget. What do you do? Do you fork out the cash for a new one anyway? It’s a shame to spend all this money on something that’s supposed to bring you joy only to be sleep deprived with an achy back. We fixed this issue for under $100, which by comparison seemed like the perfect alternative to buying a new mattress.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I’m simply sharing what worked for us and helping out my fellow RVers.


What we bought

Lucid 3 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

This particular mattress topper had great reviews everywhere I found it online and was available at many stores for so much less than comparable models. I ended up buying mine from Home Depot because at the time they had the best deal. I like to shop around. I’m going to link it below on several sites so you can find the best deal at the time you’re looking at this. I did see it on more sites (JC Penny, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc.), but those others had a much higher price point and I didn’t see the point of adding them here.

Disclaimer: The Amazon and Home Depot links are affiliate links and if you do purchase through one of those links, thank you! I will receive a super small commission, but that commission keeps me producing quality content for you. That being said, I’m a firm believer and finding the best price most of the time. If it’s not at Home Depot or Amazon, please choose the option that’s best for you.


What else you need to know before purchasing your mattress topper

mattress topper for the camper

I didn’t just purchase ours blind hoping it would work for us. I thought about our sleep needs and the level of firmness we typically prefer. If you like a super plush and soft bed, maybe the 4 inch model would be a better fit for you. If you love it super firm, you may consider the 2 inch model. We chose the 3 inch topper simply because we sunk into the super thin camper mattress directly down to the plywood below. We like it mostly firm, but felt for our needs that the 3 inch might provide a little bit more of what we were looking for. Check out this graphic from Lucid. Maybe it’ll help you decide which model will work best for you.


Hopefully you found this helpful and you can start getting a better night’s sleep on your next trip. This thing really has made a huge difference for us.

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Happy Camping,

Monica

Best Coffee Maker for the Camper

What is the best coffee maker for the RV?

This is a question I see asked by newbies all the time in RV camping Facebook groups. Now I’m still kind of a newbie myself, but I want to share with you what I bought, why I bought it, and a couple other options I see mentioned a lot.


Mainstays Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker

We use this Mainstays Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker from Walmart.

Why?

  • It’s only $19.99, about half the price of other off brand k-cup coffee makers on Amazon.

  • It has a super small footprint so it doesn’t take up a ton of counter space. We all know RVs are generally lacking in this area.

  • It’s easy to store away when traveling.

  • I’m the only one who drinks coffee so no need to brew a whole pot.

  • It now comes in 4 colors (black, red, mint, and iris)

The Downside of The Mainstays Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker

  • You wait in between cups for water to heat. But for that price and considering I’m the only one who drinks coffee in my camper, I can handle that.


Now what if you don’t have electricity?

So far we haven’t been somewhere without it and we have a generator, but I know people camp without electricity all the time and don’t have a generator. Also some just prefer an old school way of doing things especially when they camp and I totally get that, not to mention the folks concerned about the waste of a k-cup. All of this really just depends on your level of coffee snobbery and environmental concern and there isn’t really a right or wrong answer, but here is how you do it without electricity.

Use a Percolator or French Press When Electricity isn’t Available

I’ve found a few percolators on Amazon with 4+ star reviews that won’t break the bank. For these you’ll either need a campfire or a propane stove. At the time I added these to this blog post, they ranged from $17-$36 (all affordable).

And these two French Presses were also super affordable with 4+ star reviews on Amazon. I’ve never used a french press before, but I’ve been curious. Everyone always raves about coffee made with a french press. I’ve read you don’t want your coffee to be too finely ground with these or it’ll end up in your drink so keep that in mind. At the time I added these to this post, both options were about $25.


EDIT

I ended up buying this Bodum 12 oz. French Press from Target for the house just because I’ve always wanted to try one and I’m the only person who drinks coffee in my house. I may even start taking it with me in the camper. I cheat and use my Kurig without a K-cup to boil water and then just have it dispense directly into the french press already containing my coffee grounds. You just wait 4 minutes and then press. Coffee is ready. This is cheaper on Amazon so that’s what I’m linking for you, but I was actually able to find this in my local Target store just in case you’re a buy in person kind of person.

Pro Tip: Go for a bolder coffee. I tried a medium boldness which is usually fine for me, but it came out weak. I bought a bolder coffee and I it’s perfect.


And of course there is nothing wrong with a good old coffee pot, if that is the route that makes the most sense for you…

These two are basic and affordable with great reviews.


I know this seems super simple, but for whatever reason, the coffee maker can be a tough decision to make. Hopefully this gets you thinking about your coffee needs and what makes sense for you in your camper and makes this whole owning an RV thing a little less complicated. If you’ve got one you love in the camper, feel free to share it in the comments. Fellow RVers help each other out.

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Mother's Day Gifts That Don't Totally Suck

Dads / Husbands, this one is for you. You might have one of those wives that actually loves the little heart necklace from Zales or a flower delivery on Mother’s Day, but I’m guessing they’d prefer something that they don’t feel obligated to wear or that just doesn’t die in a few days. I got a Roomba last year. That was literally the best gift ever. We named her Sylvia, she is a real person, and now there is finally someone else in the house who understands what it’s like to clean without appreciation. She gets me. My guess is Tyler was tired of listening to me complain about never getting any help around the house.

So if you were going to go get something for mom from Zales this year, just stop. Don’t do it. She doesn’t want it (probably). Just saying.

He’s some stuff that doesn’t totally suck that you could gift her instead. And yes most of these are affiliate links because if I’m posting it, I may as well make a few dollars off of it.


iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum

Because I already mentioned it, here is the one I got last year for Mother’s Day. Yes I know it’s expensive. Yes your wife or mom is worth it. Just think, the less time she spends vacuuming the floor, the more time she has to spend time with her family… just kidding. Really it’s just more time she has to clean other stuff or take care of the kids so you don’t have to.


These books by Karen Alpert

but only if your wife has a good sense of humor and doesn’t get offended by the F word. If she’s doing a perfect job parenting your children, she probably won’t get it and you should definitely buy her something different like a heart necklace from Zales that says #1 Mom or something like that.


Amazon Echo Spot

I actually really wanted to buy this for my husband, but he didn’t seem all that interested. Said there was nothing wrong with his current alarm clock which is, by the way, my alarm clock from before we were married and we’ve been married for almost 11 years. I thought he’d love being able to see what the motion at the front door was on his alarm clock because I though guys liked stuff like that, but apparently I was wrong. Anyway, you can even buy a cloud cam for this thing and use it as a baby monitor or put your fan on a smart switch so when you forget to turn it on at night, you don’t have to wait until you have to pee (which is probably only like 30 minutes from right then anyway) before finally giving in and getting up to turn the fan on.


Kindle Paperwhite

Or you could skip out on the hardback books up there and get mom this kindle paperwhite and the kindle versions of the books I mentioned. And these are waterproof now so mom can read it in the bath, at the pool, or on the toilet without fear.

But seriously, I use my paperwhite every single day it’s really a great gift and it saves trees, if you’re into that kind of thing.


Fiddle Fig Tree from Amazon

It’s like giving flowers except they don’t die… maybe. It’s really all up to her on whether or not it lives.


Oster Electric Wine Bottle Opener

And the least you can do is buy a bottle of wine (or 6) to go with it. This one is from Target so go ahead and buy it online. I’m even seeing an option for free 2 day shipping currently or you can pick it up in the store if you waited too long.


Ember Temperature Controlled Mug

Because let’s be real, mom hasn’t finished a hot cup of coffee in the presence of the children since they got here. I don’t actually have one of these, but I’m intrigued and I know people who love them. Grab this one from Best Buy.


Basically, don’t pick dumb stuff that’s the equivalent of her giving you a goofy tie for Father’s Day. Chances are you’d rather have a fishing pole (that’s what my husband is getting this year and it just got delivered to our doorstep a couple hours ago… yes I know it’s barely May… he buys his own gifts), truck stuff, or a drone or something rechargeable. Moms just want coffee, alcohol, a clean house, and maybe some peace and quiet. Happy Gifting!

-Monica