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    Air Mattress

    I purchased a Solace Camper and it came with a queen size air mattress. I am looking at purchasing a twin air mattress so that I can use the additional space on the side for my gear. What is a good brand of air mattress to purchase?

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    Re: Air Mattress

    Personally, I would stay away from the air mattresses for 3 reasons.

    1) - they are not insulated and because of that fact, they suck your body heat out of you through conductive heat loss
    2) - they lack durability and always end up springing a mysterious leak in the middle of the night, leaving you 'flat' and requiring you to purchase another one, ending up in a vicious circle.
    3) - they require either a 115V, or a DC powered pump to inflate them. Combine that fact with the size of the mattress and the combination is heavy/bulky to pack if you are a solo camper.

    I would highly recommend getting an insulated sleeping pad that is 3 1/2" if you are a side sleeper.

    If you're a solo camper, then I'd recommend the Exped Synmat 9 Pump DLX, which inflate to 26" x 76" x 3 1/2" thick

    If you have a partner who regularly goes with you, either purchase 2 of those, or look into a twin sized self inflating sleeping pad, such as the Chinook Trailrest Double-Wide XL, which is maybe a bit wider than you'd prefer at 48" x 72" x 3" thick.
    Another posible self inflating option is MEC's Super Reactor Double Mat which is wider yet at 198cm x 135cm x 6.5cm (78" x 53" x 2 1/2")


    Either one of those two will also be fairly bulky compared to 2 Synmatts.

    If you decide to go with the Synmat(s) and order from the source I linked to, you can save money on shipping costs if you have a US shipping address. If you don't have one of those, then take a look at Kinek, as I see they have an agent listed at 191 North Cavalier Street, Pembina, ND who charges you $5/package.
    I have used different agents of their's and have been quite satisfied with them, when I don't use any of my other US shipping addresses
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    Re: Air Mattress

    Any feelings on the Camp Bed 3.5 Self Inflating from REI? It is 78"x30"x3.5 and $129...

    The Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map from Eastern Mountain Sports ..77x25x3 and $129.95 and

    the Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad, again from Eastern Mtn Sports 78x25x4 @$109.95....

    also, the Exped Synmat 9 Pump Dlx from Campmor 77x30x3 @$149.95...

    Any words of wisdom will be appreciated....Thanks.

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    Re: Air Mattress

    We will be getting a new air mattress this coming spring and making the right choice is tough because to get a good one you need to spend quite a bit of money and you really dont know if its a fit until after you spend the money. I wish I could find a store to go and test them out before you buy.

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    Re: Air Mattress

    We use two of these on top of our cots......

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    Re: Air Mattress

    Quote Originally Posted by Senior View Post
    We will be getting a new air mattress this coming spring and making the right choice is tough because to get a good one you need to spend quite a bit of money and you really dont know if its a fit until after you spend the money. I wish I could find a store to go and test them out before you buy.
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    Re: Air Mattress

    I have this one: Exped Synmat 9 Pump Dlx from Campmor 77x30x3 @$149.95 at Dusty's recommendation and could not be happier. I use it in my MM on top of the mattress that comes stock in the MM and it adds a lot of comfort to the set up.

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    Re: Air Mattress

    Quote Originally Posted by Senior View Post
    We will be getting a new air mattress this coming spring and making the right choice is tough because to get a good one you need to spend quite a bit of money and you really dont know if its a fit until after you spend the money. I wish I could find a store to go and test them out before you buy.
    Rex .... any good outdoor/gear store, or REI, will usually have samples out on the display floor and they encourage you to try them out on the floor to see how they fit/feel.

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    Re: Air Mattress

    Quote Originally Posted by mailman01 View Post
    Any feelings on the Camp Bed 3.5 Self Inflating from REI? It is 78"x30"x3.5 and $129...

    The Therm-a-Rest Luxury Map from Eastern Mountain Sports ..77x25x3 and $129.95 and

    the Big Agnes Double Z Sleeping Pad, again from Eastern Mtn Sports 78x25x4 @$109.95....

    also, the Exped Synmat 9 Pump Dlx from Campmor 77x30x3 @$149.95...

    Any words of wisdom will be appreciated....Thanks.

    Yes Marty ... stay away from that Big Agnes pad, as it is not insulated and only has a R rating of 1.5!

    The Exped Synmat 9 is the most compact/lightest of the bunch!

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    Re: Air Mattress

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryinSeattle View Post
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    We will have to plan a trip to Cabals's in the spring. the closest one is about three hours away.

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