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Message posted by sleepyol05/8/2010 at 6:39pm
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Hello all,

My trusty old airbed has finally given up the ghost, or at least I've given up on it after tiring of waking up on the floor after my bed deflated overnight during a recent trip.

So, do I go for a sleep mat or a new airbed? There's a Vango mat in argos, and they also have aerobeds in there which someone has recommended in the past.

Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated, both in ones to look at and ones to avoid.

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Message posted by MairiJ05/8/2010 at 6:54pm
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Our airbed died last year and we switched to SI mats - 5cm ones I think, we'll be switching back to an airbed soon, I like the look of the Coleman comfort one, we're both finding the mats too hard, for the past 2 trips I had 4 fleecy blankets each folded up twice giving me 16 layers of blanket on top of the mats and I still had sore shoulder and hip joints !

People on here rave about the airic mats but sadly I can't afford those ! My SIL has an aerobed, just the single height one, I tried it out when we met up and it did feel really stable.

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Message posted by angelsis6805/8/2010 at 7:13pm
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I have aerobeds..I have 2 singles and a double and to be honest, they are expensive to begin with but wouldnt swap them for the world !

Message posted by Emerald105/8/2010 at 8:18pm
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I have 2 double aerobed actives bought mine last year and wouldnt swap it for anything else, he decided after a cheaper one left him floored every night to get one too lol.

Message posted by outwellbandit05/8/2010 at 8:35pm
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try an outwell vacanza 30cm deep double airbed from argos for 23! You cant go wrong

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Message posted by lizzie06/8/2010 at 7:57am
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what is the difference between the active airbed and the mattress airbed apart from the re-chargeable inflator?

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Message posted by Francais06/8/2010 at 12:24pm
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Hi sleepyol.
            For the second year running, we have used our two ThermaRest DreamTime XL's, for our fortnight's camping in Southern France, they fasten together to form a QueenSize bed, and I have to say they are the Muts Nuts, downsides are, large pack size and price, other than that they are truly superb, also noticed that the "Camping Magazine" September issue are giving a DreamTime XL away for free!.

Message posted by raf4806/8/2010 at 2:15pm
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Hi MairiJ,

Try putting your SI mat on top of an airbed, bet you'll enjoy that. I hate airbeds, I find they are much too firm, almost like laying on the ground. The SI on top will retain boddy heat, and give a more comfy bed. I also don't like the fact, that most have an inflatable pillow, that is then too high when I add my proper pillow. I did get round this by buying one with seperate pillow inflation though.



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Message posted by PeterM8806/8/2010 at 2:32pm
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I have used both the Coleman comfort and a a 5cm self inflator. I weigh 18 stone. I suffer from a bad back.. (who would guess hey?)

I camp frequently and for days on end.. so I need some comfort, plus my weight is far from average.

I find I can cope very nicely with the self inflator, though not fully inflated. The only problem is putting it away. It is far too much effort to roll up.

On the plus side, it is easy to get out of.

I have to admit that due to the difficulty in packing it, I am moving back to a blow up one.. The Coleman Comfort.

 


Message posted by kaz3306/8/2010 at 7:35pm
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After last year airbed hell we have invested in two outwell self inflating mats 10cm's, covered by a fleecy underblanket, sheet, two duvets and pillows.

Admittedly haven't given it an outing yet, but have tested on living room floor and I am confident that it will be warmer and more comfortable than annoying cold squidgy airbed.

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Message posted by Emerald106/8/2010 at 10:19pm
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The Actives im sure i read are outdoor classed slightly thicker material and can stand outdoor conditions better, as well as the rechargable pump, whareas the other normal ones have a plug attachment and if theres problems with EHU you could be in trouble.

Message posted by lorhen08/8/2010 at 9:56pm
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Im glad I found this thread as Ive been asking myself the very same question.  Im looking for a new airbed/mattress for my son as he was sleeping in the Kampa bumper bed which is fab - just wish they did it for adults as Im always falling off.  Ive been thinking about changing ours too as me and DH have 2 singles.  I hate the noise that the airbeds make plus they always feel a bit too hard no matter how much air is in them.  Im attracted by the Areobed but we have a superking size bed at home which is the reason for the 2 singles because we like our space so Im liking the idea of the king size one.  Im a bit worried about falling off this though at the extra height and for that reason had been looking at the mats but really cant see how these can be comfortable - anyone else got any more advice on the subject as Im totally confused.

Message posted by buzzard wisperer08/8/2010 at 11:23pm
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i bought the double vango SI from argos and then added a thin duvet over it. A vast improvement on the blow up mattress, really found it warm and comfy With argos you can return it if you dont like it if you keep the packaging.
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Message posted by PeterM8809/8/2010 at 12:04am
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I also had (still have) the very large double depth beds. They are comfortable, but very big in a tent bedroom. Also quite high actually, especially if the site has a slope to it.

The thinner beds are just as comfy,  makes any of them a bit more comfortable. I would avoid most doubles, My OH has been known to be thrown out when I got in...


Message posted by lorhen13/8/2010 at 9:05am
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I bit the bullet and ordered an Aerobed - at half price it would have been rude not to - I think this may just be the right decision - as you can see my kids have already approved

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