Sleeping Inside Rig Bedding Recommendation

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SNO-RNR

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Hi,
Im looking for recommendations. We have a sleeping platform in the 4runner. We will be camping in it for the first time in June in the Cascades WA. What are people using for sleeping system when sleeping inside? My Mrs runs cold generally. We would prefer a quilt/duvet over a sleeping bag. But would consider a bag. Requirements comfy and not something that packs down huge.
 

Lindenwood

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I have found either a dense comforter or a non-foam mattress pad is quite effective at being comfortable without getting too hot. Plus, you have a nice comforter to bundle up in later if you need. My wife and I have gotten some excellent sleep just laying on big puffy blankets and a cotton-filler mattress pad. The main downside is cost (we pulled the $150 pad and $100 comforter off our king-sized bed, so it was feee heh), and storage size, as implied above.

Another good option would probably be a foam mattress pad, which are often a good bit cheaper than the previous option (i.e. and 2" full-sized foam pad for $25 or $30, as opposed to 100+).

If you like memory foam, they can be good, but they can get pretty firm in the winter.


There are times when I am happy to rough it and sleep on the hard ground on a wool blanket. But, usually when I'm sleeping in a vehicle is when I am going for a little more comfort for the wife, and thus I have been willing to sacrifice a bit more space to ensure that basic physical comfort.
 

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Foam can get pricey. But totally worth it long term. Go to Joanns crafts store and pick up one of those thick foam pads. We ordered our foam mattress from foam factory. (Custom cut). Reccomend going with a 5" thick + medium stiffness.
 

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Ok I have an inflatable mattress that may fit. We have used it for ground camping and it was pretty comfortable. We just need options for sleeping bags and comforters. All of the outdoor specific ones are crazy rices. But they do seem to pack smaller.
 

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Heavy expedition winter bags. I use 2 plus a lighter 3 season bag and just layer according to the temperature.
More concerned about comfort than being compact we sleep on a full size mattress.
Which was the main reason for building the trailer.

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For cold weather, I use the oversized Teton 0 degree bag. Very warm, very comfortable, very bulky, and very heavy. This bag is used in my camping van which has plenty of room. I restrict camping out of the back of my LX to milder weather. In both rigs, I use self-inflatable pads. I forget the brand but I was able to find a 25x60" for the LX as all I do is tumble the second row seats forward so have a short space to sleep in. Mostly solved by sleeping on the diagonal.
 
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I use a blanket spread over my mattress, and in cold weather I have a 20 degree Big Agnes bag, with another old bag unzipped over the top. In warm weather, I either use a 40 degree Big Agnes bag or just the old unzipped bag. If it’s really hot, I just have a cotton bed sheet. All the bags are down, and I usually use a cotton bag liner. FA4D356A-EA16-4721-9090-09468EF9645F.jpeg
 

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Hi,
Im looking for recommendations. We have a sleeping platform in the 4runner. We will be camping in it for the first time in June in the Cascades WA. What are people using for sleeping system when sleeping inside? My Mrs runs cold generally. We would prefer a quilt/duvet over a sleeping bag. But would consider a bag. Requirements comfy and not something that packs down huge.
If it was me I’d buy a memory foam of proffered thickness and cut it to fit the car properly, put a sheet over it and blankets on top
 

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I picked up one of these and use it when I am doing enroute stops for the night. I read and watch Brad's "TrailRecon" review on it that he used in his RTT. It has worked great for me in the Jeep or on the cot. It's 3 inch memory foam and you can get it up to 4" and in twin to king sizes.
 
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I've been using a down sleeping bag as a comforter and a 3" nemo inflatable backpackers pad over closed cell foam squares.

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SNO-RNR,
I just finished camping this weekend up by Mount Rainier, in my 99’ 4Runner! I am 6’ tall and it was just me and my dog. What I do, I took the back seat bottom cushion off on the passenger side, had the back seat backs down flat, and used my Therma-rest self inflating air mattress, with a sleeping bag. I have two sleeping bags that can be zipped together. This time of year I just use the one over the top of me. The space behind the passenger back seat I stuff clothes and a jacket to fill up that space and have my pillow on it. Oh, and I do not use a sleeping platform. I like to be able to sit up and have plenty of headroom.. Remember to have a window or the sunroof open some to vent the moisture from your breath, while sleeping. Want some ideas on where to go camping? PM me for more information. I put up some pictures in the thread, “Daily check in” here under the general posts. Vance.
 
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Aequitas1916

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Depends on what you mean by huge, but I have Better Habitat foam mattress from Amazon that I apparently can’t post a link to here.

It’s kinda bulky but comes in a bag which makes storage a little easier. It’s a bit spendy too, but very comfortable. Perfect for the back of my truck anyway.
 
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4" foam, tri-fold mattress. Queen size for the back of the Tundra, probably have to go a little smaller for the back of the Taco. Also use it on the floor of the tent.
 
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MiamiC70

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Check out Luno Life I use in my 2019 Subaru Outback works great.


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oldmopars

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How about a super cheap way? I stole the 6in Memory foam mattress from my guest bedroom and put it in the back of the suburban with all the bedding, it is a full size. Most will not the space for this, but you may be able to use a twin if it is just you. The bedding is just sheets, blanket, and comforter from the same guest bedroom. I have to put is back soon though, we have visitors coming.
 
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