Wow. Exciting stuff, huh? But it’s something we should probably think about more often in general. People will sleep on beds for years and wonder why they can’t stay asleep or why they wake up sore and stiff! The whole bed industry is insane and is a topic for another day, or maybe another blog!
We resolve this whole issue several years ago when we switched from regular mattresses to the Select Comfort bed [Details in my recent post on the topic]. When we switched our plans from RV to camping travel our bedding plans were thrown into the air. Dixie ended up going with a twin-sized air mattress and I got a folding hammock. But as it turns out, after a week of sleeping on that thing it wasn’t quite as comfortable as I had hoped. Unlike a normal hammock, it is held taught and doesn’t collapse around you. And since the material is canvas-like you end up sliding down into the middle no matter how you start out. Finally, since I normally sleep on my back my legs end up straight with my knees locked. It’s all good until you wake up and try to stand.
So last night we switched beds and I slept like a baby — a big, fat snoring baby. Poor Dixie, the hammock didn’t work for her either and she ended up putting her thermarest on the floor. So today I took the folding hammock back to Cabela’s for a refund and went back to WalMart for a second double-height twin air mattress. (strangely enough, the store is full of them but you can’t find it anywhere on WalMart’s web page!) We now have a matching pair of them, and that’s actually pretty close to what we used to have with our Select Comfort bed! I just wish I could figure out why we didn’t start off with these air beds! Added together they cost the same as that folding hammock did on sale.
I wrote about this phenomenon recently, how WalMart keeps trying to make me like them. They did it again!
We have been sleeping on a Select Comfort air mattress for ten years now. Dixie kept her side fairly firm, I kept mine about as soft as a hammock. And when our plans included long-term RV travel we fully intended to keep that bed. But once we changed plans to simple car-camping the bed had to go.
Where the bed used to be
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like people are willing to pay very much for our model, which was a first generation unit. New ‘sleep number’ beds will set you back $2000 easy, but these older models can be had for a few hundred on eBay. Rather than take a big loss like that my wife decided she would rather let someone else use it, so we disassembled it and delivered it to my parents. It is now looking pretty in their guest bedroom and it gave my Dad a great excuse to clean out a bunch of stuff, and by ‘stuff’ I mean lots of crap. LOL
This move was a great example of reduce, recycle, reuse. Our parents got a bed upgrade. They put their old OLD hide-a-bed couch by the curb and someone picked it up within a few hours. The same people also took and will reuse several other items that my Dad cleaned out of that room.
Current sleeping arrangement
Going forward we have replaced the bed with alternatives that will work for camping. Dixie got an inflatable mattress. I may try it out to see if I can sleep on it. But when we first looked for something for me we went for ’hammock-like.’ What we found was something billed as a ‘folding hammock.’ It has a pole through the end of the fabric on each end and the pole is suspended from the stand at two points. So it has four anchors instead of the two on a traditional hammock. This also means we won’t have to look for trees to hang it from. And it will fit in a tent. A much better setup for car-camping, we think.
When furniture starts going out the door, that’s when it starts to feel real, like we might actually, really do this!