5 Things to Ask Yourself Before Replacing Your RV Mattress

Last Updated on June 7, 2024

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

If you're like most RVers, your rig is your home away from home. That's why it's important to make sure that every part of it caters to your exact standards—including the mattress!

If your RV mattress is starting to show its age or you're not a fan of what came with your rig, don't worry. Selecting the right luxury RV mattress replacement is easier than you might think. In this article, we'll walk you through the 5 questions you should ask yourself before selecting a new bed for your RV.

Overview: 5 Things to Ask Before Replacing Your RV Mattress

Time for a new mattress for your RV? If so, ask yourself these 5 questions to ensure you land on the perfect bed for your home on the road.

  1. What size do you need?
  2. What type of mattress do you prefer?
  3. Is your space ready?
  4. Do you need help setting up your bed?
  5. Do you have everything you need for your RV bedroom?
A couple kicks up their feet on their GhostBed Short Queen RV mattress. Shop Now

Question #1: What Size RV Mattress Do You Need?

Let’s face it—most RVs don’t have a sprawling bedroom space. Tight quarters call for slightly smaller mattresses, but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on quality or comfort.

Check out our handy RV mattress size chart to learn how to properly measure your space, so you can select the right size for your needs. Short queens are the most common size, but there are several options on the market.

Tip: No need to worry about maneuvering a new mattress through your RV’s door. With a bed-in-a-box mattress like the GhostBed RV, your mattress will arrive in a vacuum-sealed box. Simply carry the box in and open it right where you want it!

Question #2: What Type of Mattress Do You Prefer?

An all-foam and hybrid GhostBed RV Mattress side by side.

As you start your search, think about the type of mattress you like. Memory foam and hybrid are two of the most popular styles, so we’ll review those below.

Memory Foam

Memory foam contours to your body, so that you sink in a bit. It’s a great option for side sleepers, since it cushions your shoulders and hips. It’s also ideal if you have back pain or joint problems. Depending on what types of materials are layered underneath the memory foam, this type of mattress can be firm, plush or anything in between. However, it also has a reputation for retaining heat. To combat this, look for mattresses with gel-infused memory foam (like the GhostBed RV) to stay cool.


Hybrid RV mattresses are a popular choice if you’re used to sleeping on springs at home. Look for a model with individually wrapped coils, which will help with airflow within the mattress and minimize motion transfer. If edge support is something you value, a hybrid is the way to go. Look for the phrase “reinforced edges” in the description.

Question #3: Is Your Space Ready?

A woman gets ready for bed in her RV.

As you wait to make your RV more comfortable and inviting with your new mattress, set aside an afternoon to prepare your space.

Here's a checklist to get you started:

  • Move any large items out of the way.
  • Remove your old RV mattress and properly dispose of it.
  • Check your RV bed frame and see if anything needs tightening or repairing.
  • Sweep and mop the space under where your new bed will go (this might be the last time you have easy access to it for a while).

But don't wait too long to get preparations underway! If you're planning to buy from us here at GhostBed, your new RV mattress will arrive lightning-fast. In fact, most customers receive theirs in a matter of days. So if you're getting ready to set off on the open road and are worried your new bed won't come in time, worry not!

Question #4: Do You Need Help Setting Up Your RV Mattress?

High-quality mattresses can be quite heavy, so you may want some help setting it up. Our short queen GhostBed RV, for example, is a whopping 80 pounds. Consider asking a friend or neighbor to help you get settled, if you think you'll need the help.

Question #5: Do You Have Everything to Complete Your RV Bedroom?

Finally, take a moment to think about anything else you might need to make your roving bedroom as comfy and cozy as possible.

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Marc's Tip

According to experts, a family of 4 can save up to 64% in travel costs when choosing an RV adventure over traditional vacations. Why not put some of those savings back into your rig by investing in the best RV mattress possible?

Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

Marc Werner

Founder - GhostBed

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Marc has spent the last two decades designing & manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products, drawing on a lifetime of experience working with the material sciences. With several patents to his name, he works closely with the GhostBed team to create products with the perfect balance of comfort & support. Learn More

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