mattress solution

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by tallguy66, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Light Load Member

    Oct 18, 2018
    The mattress that comes in my company's trucks has always been an issue for me, as well as the gap on both sides. I'm wondering what other drivers do that like to sleep comfortably. I was thinking to measure the bottom bunk area so I could cut a piece of plywood in half and place it ,so everything sits flush. From there I imagine it wouldn't be too hard to find a mattress that fits snug from wall to wall in the truck.

    Good idea? What do you guys do? Thanks.
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  3. Six9GS

    Six9GS Heavy Load Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    IDK. I drive a 2019 Volvo VNL760. The mattress my company gave me when I got in my truck fits just fine. Kinda a pain to put a twin sized fitted sheet on it. It appears it's a bit wider and shorter than a normal twin. But, with a bit of effort, I get it to fit well enough.
    Also, my company gives drivers new mattresses. They have zero expectation that you'll sleep on a mattress that's been used by another driver.
    I've had mine almost 2 years and it still seems just fine. It is a smidgen firmer than I prefer, but not enough to cause any significant problems. After almost 2 years, I'm kinda used to the firmer mattress now, but think I'd still prefer a slightly softer one of I had the chance.
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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    A firmer mattress is better for your back. The plywood with a mattress on top sounds like a good idea.
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  5. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    May 3, 2016
    Hot Springs, AR
    Forget the mattress, just sleep on the plywood. That’ll be firm!
  6. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Drop your trailer at a truck stop and bobtail to a mattress store.

    I bought myself a foam mattress and I love it.
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  7. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Come on, man. Even a coffin has padding.
  8. Jaebo74

    Jaebo74 Medium Load Member

    Feb 4, 2021
    Twin xl I believe it is. It should then fit wall to wall.
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  9. Brandt

    Brandt Road Train Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    I just got a Drift Edge mattress they come in two sizes 39x80 basically a Twin Extra Long size that fights in freightliner. Then 42x80 for Kenworth at Peterbilt I guess. The mattress has some foam but has more spring coils. Drivers are supposed to be able to sit on mattress edge without it crushing.

    It's kinda expensive but definitely you can sit on edge of mattress without it crushing. It gets it strength from 2 rows of spring coils all around the edge and in middle of mattress. It's a firm mattress so it should not not sink or sag in middle. I tried some of all foam mattress I was not happy. They seem to sag in middle of bed or you sink in the foam and they get hot. So hopefully this Drift mattress will be good. It has some foam.

    It's was still expanding in this picture, it has some foam and comes in box rolled up. That's why you see a little sag in the picture. Have to see how it holds up. They claim they tested it for 350lb driver to last 10 years. All mattress company claim really long warranty but we probably never actually get that from them. My last mattress in truck had coils and extra solid foam around the edge to hold up to sitting on edge and it was 8 years old. I have foam mattress at home it's ok, but I don't like how soft edges are on these new all foam mattress are. The foam mattress at home seems to get hot when sleeping. A couple of truck stops sell this one or you can order it online also and get it a little cheaper. I'm not sure what size Volvo mattress is today

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  10. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

    Apr 4, 2017
    I buy some of my groceries based on reusability of the packaging. A pound of peanuts or peanut butter pretzels are often sold in cube shape plastic jars with like 6" wide screw-on lid. These jars are great for a variety of uses involving liquid, from brushing teeth in truck, to soaking your favorite shirt after you spill pizza sauce on it until you can get it to a washing machine, to in case you have to poop or vomit in the truck.

    I always keep several of these, and the perfect storage place is the gap between the mattress and wall. You should have a few extra blankets for really cold nights, cover the jars with a blanket and now your mattress extends to the wall. No more gap.

    Other fillers can include winter jacket storage, those long skinny pillows, or if you stock up on v8 you can stash the extras there too. Or just 100% blankets if you have enough of them.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2021
  11. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Keep the short mattress, that peice of wood is on some angled risers and lets me open side door and pop my grinder saw and half inch impact.

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