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Can You Put a Sleep Number Mattress in an RV Bed?

Can You Put a Sleep Number Mattress in an RV Bed?

Some love their Sleep Number mattress at home and wish for one on their RV bed. After all, it only takes one night of sleeping on the mattress that came with your RV before searching for a better option seems like a good idea.

Despite the expensive price tag for many rigs, RVs typically come with beds of about the same quality you’d expect to find in a college dorm. Waking up with aches and pains is not how you want to start your day of exploring.

So is there an RV sleep number bed? Let’s find out.

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What Is a Sleep Number Bed?

Sleep Number beds allow you to adjust the settings of the mattress to find the perfect firmness to get a good night’s rest. Many people love these mattresses because they have DualAir Adjustability, allowing couples to have individual settings based on their preferences.

 Some higher-end Sleep Number mattresses contain sensors that will auto-adjust the firmness, comfort, and support to provide the best possible sleeping environment.

Can a Sleep Number Bed Be Used in an RV? 

Yes, you can use a Sleep Number bed in an RV. However, you’ll want to take into account the weight difference. The weight likely won’t be drastic, but if you’re already up against your cargo carrying or towing capacity, you’ll need to remove items to make up the difference. 

Interior of RV bedroom with Sleep Number mattress
Sleep Number makes mattresses perfect for shorter queen and king-size RV beds.

Does Sleep Number Make Mattresses for RVs?

Sleep Number makes mattresses that fit the shorter queen and king-size beds for RVs. You can consider the Sleep Number R5 and Sleep Number R3 if you have a medical condition that requires a comfortable mattress or simply value quality sleep. 

These mattresses use the Advanced DualAir technology to allow for optimal comfort level adjustment. These beds can help cushion and support your neck, back, and hips throughout the night and still fit in your rig.

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Cait from Mortons on the Move working on a mattress in motorhome
Get a good night’s sleep no matter where you roam with a Sleep Number mattress.

How Do You Put a Sleep Number Bed in an RV?

Putting a Sleep Number bed in an RV is relatively easy. You start by assembling the base and foam supports around the edging. You’ll then need to attach the air chambers to the unit air pump. Some RVers drill holes through the floor under their beds to store the air pump in the basement or an under storage compartment.

The pump will require a 110V electrical connection to operate and make adjustments. Once you plug in the air pump, it will fill up the mattress. Next, you’ll install a foam topper over the mattress and zip on the top. Then make your bed and enjoy a great night’s sleep.

Do Sleep Number Beds Have to Be Plugged In? 

You need to plug in the air pump for the mattress into an electrical outlet for it to make adjustments. It uses a standard residential-style electrical outlet and doesn’t require special modifications.

This can make installing a Sleep Number mattress in your RV tricky as you may not have an electrical outlet in a convenient location. You may need an extension cord or to find an alternate way of plugging it in.

Queen size bed since motorhome
If you want to make adjustments to your Sleep Number mattress, you will need to plug it into an electrical outlet in your RV.

What Happens to Sleep Number Beds When the Power Goes Out?

If you experience a power loss or haven’t connected your RV to power, the mattress will remain firm. You don’t need to panic about your mattress deflating. However, you can’t make adjustments until you restore power to the air pump. During this time, the bed will also not make any automatic adjustments.

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Traveling Through the Mountains with an RV Sleep Number Bed

Sleep Number recommends that if you travel through the mountains, you should lower the firmness of the mattress. This will help avoid any issues with the expansion of the air from elevation change. Failing to reduce the firmness could damage the mattress and the pressure valves as it will overinflate. In the worst-case scenarios that we have heard of happening the mattress can even pop!

sleep number bed in RV
Snooze on layers of comfortable foam that make up a Sleep Number mattress.

What Is the Lifespan of a Sleep Number Bed?

Many Sleep Number owners get over 10 years out of their mattress. However, the general recommendation is to replace your mattress every 7 to 8 years. Sleep Number offers a 15-year limited warranty on their beds. However, after the first year, you have to cover 30% of the repair costs, and then your responsibility grows by 5% each year. 

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Is an RV Sleep Number Bed Worth It?

Getting a good night’s sleep in your RV is important, especially if you enjoy grand adventures. Whether you are using your rig for recreational purposes or full-time traveling, you want to sleep comfortably. Replacing the mattress in your RV will likely be a top priority. 

Upgrading to a Sleep Number bed in your RV can be a large investment. However, if you value your sleep and are willing to pay for it, it’s worth it. Your joints and muscles will thank you each morning.

If you upgraded your RV mattress, which one did you choose? Tell us in the comments!

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Tom & Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move gave up the stationary life for one where they are constantly on the move. They are full-time travelers, television hosts, and digital media producers.
They left their jobs, sold their house and possessions, and hit the road in September 2015 in their full-time “home on wheels”. Since then they have traveled the US, Canada, and even internationally by RV.
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