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    New mattress

    Considering replacing the manufactured (king) mattress that came with our new camper. The one I'm thinking about getting is heaver (this is one of the only complaints on the reviews). I'm concerned about how hard it will be to lift the mattress to gain access under the bed to the storage area and will the mechanism Grand Design uses to hold the mattress in the up position hold with a heaver mattress.

    Anyone have any experience with these issues? I'm guessing most everyone would have replaced the manufacture mattress at some point, especially if your full time RV'ing.

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    I have a residential queen foam mattress and the struts are not strong enough to hold the bed up.

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    We replaced the original with a residential gel mattress as soon as we got ours and the mattress is wonderful. Yes, it is several lbs. heavier and the stock struts do not hold it up but since we rarely access the area under the bed, we just deal with the minor issue. Some (Rob and Cate as an example) have replaced stock struts with heavier ones and this works but I seem to recall recently where he had some issues with the stronger struts pulling loose at the mounting points but as usual, Rob, re-engineered that too to higher and better standards !

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    We're going to add a memory foam topper. This will add 30-40 lbs. I was also worried about the additional weight. We plan to use the area under the bed. We may have to look at the heavier struts also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toes in the water View Post
    We replaced the original with a residential gel mattress as soon as we got ours and the mattress is wonderful. Yes, it is several lbs. heavier and the stock struts do not hold it up but since we rarely access the area under the bed, we just deal with the minor issue. Some (Rob and Cate as an example) have replaced stock struts with heavier ones and this works but I seem to recall recently where he had some issues with the stronger struts pulling loose at the mounting points but as usual, Rob, re-engineered that too to higher and better standards !

    Dan
    See this other thread and the link in it to a previous discussion for details and part numbers.
    BTW, the new stronger pivots are holding up just fine.
    http://www.mygrandrv.com/for...ht=lift+struts

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    Quote Originally Posted by grampscamper View Post
    We're going to add a memory foam topper. This will add 30-40 lbs. I was also worried about the additional weight. We plan to use the area under the bed. We may have to look at the heavier struts also.
    The additional memory will get you some comfort but in our case, eventually the mattress gets compressed and the memory foam doesn't help. We replaced it with an 8" cool gel foam mattress which we liked so much, we bought another for at home. The new mattress is light enough that the OEM struts work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave and Monica View Post
    The additional memory will get you some comfort but in our case, eventually the mattress gets compressed and the memory foam doesn't help. We replaced it with an 8" cool gel foam mattress which we liked so much, we bought another for at home. The new mattress is light enough that the OEM struts work fine.

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    Thanks for all the comments. I might just get a 3 inch topper and not a full mattress, this will cut down on the weight and maybe the struts will still work. I to am planning on using the storage area under the bed. Haven't decided yet. The mattress or topper I'm thinking about getting is made by Habitat Furnishings (natural latex mattresses). Anyone have experience with Latex mattresses? They look nice on line but are not cheap. $$$$
    Dave...were did you get your 8 inch cool gel foam mattress from? I'm 6'4" and 245 lbs., concerned how the mattress will hold up over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chewy2324 View Post
    Dave...were did you get your 8 inch cool gel foam mattress from? I'm 6'4" and 245 lbs., concerned how the mattress will hold up over time.
    I'm a little more than that density! The mattresses are 8" cool gel memory foam by Linen Spa...I bought through Amazon.ca. The price is very attractive. We've only had them for 6 months, but we're still very pleased. https://www.linenspa.com/products/li...foam-mattress/

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    We just had a new mattress delivered yesterday. The combination of the 5" memory foam topper and the original "Black Label" futon (that's what the mattress expert called it when he saw it) piece of junk was already heavy enough that the struts wouldn't hold up the foot of the bed. The 12" cool gel/memory foam/support foam mattress (with full cover and quilted topping) that came in the door yesterday is only a couple of pounds heavier than the previous combo and we're willing to live with having to use one hand to old the end of the bed up to get to the storage area underneath. There aren't words to describe how well we slept last night... we just have to be a bit more careful sitting up under bed slide getting out of bed.

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