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Subject Topic: Airbeds How confusing? Post Reply Post New Topic
29/9/2008 at 8:44pm
 Location: south coast
 Outfit: royal memphis 500
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Does anyone know of a double airbed that doesn't go down?

Also are there varying sizes because when you get bedrooms in tents for 2 the blooming thing never fits......

I love camping but this subject is definately starting to get me down. So does anyone know the answer maybe an alternative.

Thanks in antisipation

Sassle

 



29/9/2008 at 9:02pm
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I still use the old style rubberised cotton airbed, they are still manufactured and they very rarely deflate.
Most modern airbeds are made from plastic with a flock covering and they are very prone to leakage, both from the seams and from minute cracks that develop where they have been folded.

With regard to the size of bedrooms, many manufacturers state the number of berths based on sleeping bags without airbeds.  Most people therefore buy a 3 or 4 berth tent to accommodate two people or a 6 berth tent to accommodate four people in order to ensure that there is room for the airbeds.



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30/9/2008 at 12:58am
 Location: Coventry
 Outfit: Cabanon Elody & Julie & Combicamp
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Our airbed never deflates, even after four years of use. It's a Royal rubberised one (the old style blue & red). It's also only four feet wide, so it could fit it into a two berth pod if we wanted to.

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30/9/2008 at 7:55am
 Location: north-east-lincolnshire
 Outfit:  5m bell tent and several cabanons
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my airbed is a tesco cheapie with the blue flock and we never have a problem with it. i think its luck with airbeds.

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30/9/2008 at 9:45am
 Location: None Entered
 Outfit: Coleman Modulus X4 & 2 x Quechuas
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We have Aerobed actives and they never go down - but then they're expensive...


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30/9/2008 at 10:49am
 Location: South Wales
 Outfit: orchy grange and a cabanon
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Another vote for the red and blue ones ..mine is 21!! (the same age as me  ) and although I sometimes think about upgrading it to a self-inflating one there are no problems with it... the kids ones on the other hand were blue flock ones from tesco and they went this summer after 2 years and have been replaced by camp beds.  Sarah x

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30/9/2008 at 11:23am
 Location: Cambridgeshire
 Outfit: Senator Wyoming
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I had a Morrisons double airbed - it went down, I have a Tesco's double airbed and it went down as well

My friends red and blue one stayed inflated the whole time - seems to be the best type



30/9/2008 at 12:48pm
 Location: south coast
 Outfit: royal memphis 500
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Thanks for all the advice. I think it is a big thumbs up for the old style beds, These do actually go down much easier as well.

 



30/9/2008 at 7:53pm
 Location: East Sussex
 Outfit: Karsten 350
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We use Thermarest Base Camp self-inflating mattresses.  Bit pricey, obviously not as thick as an air bed, but we find them much warmer and not at all uncomfortable despite not being "that" thick.  Also, no bouncing...I've made a couple of figure of 8 straps that hold two together to make a double.


30/9/2008 at 8:12pm
 Location: Hants
 Outfit: Coleman Phad X3
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I use my parents old rubberised air bed, I remember them using it when I was 4 (I am now 25) the air bed is still going strong. Barely ever goes down and it is very easy to go get a replacement bung if you left yours at home (which we did once!)

I used ours in our Phad X3 I would have just squeezed it into a X2 but without any room for anything else. Size is roughly 200cm x 130cm x 8cm they do tend to be a tad smaller than the flocked air beds (have to say we never had much luck with them). Also on the lus side they take less time to inflate!

On a side note I don't know if you have read any of the other threads on here referring to being cold or condensation problems with air beds if you haven't you won't have seen that most of use who camp using air beds usually have one or two layers below (usually foam mats, picnic rugs, blankets) and some of us (depending on weather we sleep in a bag/how cold we get) have another layer on top of the air bed (underneath us) (usually a opened single sleeping bag or fleece) Worth investing (or searching out in loft etc) in as well as the bed.

Hannaxxx



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