Frequently Asked Questions

Table of Contents

  1. Advantages and disadvantages of foam vs spring caravan mattresses?
  2. How thick should a caravan mattress be? 
  3. Is it possible to use a standard mattress in a caravan?
  4. Are caravan mattresses fire-resistant?
  5. How much should I expect to pay for a caravan mattress?
  6. Are caravan mattresses hypoallergenic?
  7. What size mattress do I need for my caravan?
  8. Which mattress type is most suitable for a caravan?
  9. Are caravan mattresses waterproof?
  10. Can I flip my caravan mattress?
  11. How often should I replace my caravan mattress?
  12. Is it safe to use an electric blanket on a caravan mattress?
  13. How do I clean my caravan mattress?
  14. How do I know if my caravan mattress needs replacing?


1. Advantages and disadvantages of foam vs spring caravan mattresses?

When choosing between a foam mattress and a sprung mattress for your caravan, it's essential to consider your personal preferences and needs. Both types of mattresses have advantages and disadvantages, which should be weighed carefully before deciding which is the best fit for you.

Foam Mattresses

One of the most significant advantages of good quality foam mattresses is their ability to conform to your body's shape, providing superior support and pressure relief. In addition, they are lightweight, making them easy to move and store away, and hypoallergenic, making them an excellent option for allergy sufferers. 

Additionally, foam mattresses are often less expensive than sprung mattresses, which makes them a popular choice for budget-conscious buyers. However! Be aware less expensive foam mattresses retain more heat than sprung mattresses, making them less comfortable in warmer temperatures. 

Also, less expensive (low-end) foam mattresses will not outlive a sprung mattress, yet higher-priced (high-end) foam mattresses will. You may wonder how this can be. Foam is foam.

A typical scenario: You are shopping online, and there are two foam mattresses. They look identical, yet one is almost twice the cost. How can two identical-looking foam mattresses have such a significant price difference? 

The answer lies with a critical ingredient called a "blowing agent" used during manufacturing. This ingredient is expensive but dictates the lifespan of a foam mattress. Essentially the blowing agent creates the foam's structure.

If more of this ingredient is used when making a batch of foam, the more expensive the mattress will be, but the longer the mattress will last. Conversely, if less of this ingredient is used, the mattress will cost less but will have a shorter lifespan.

A more expensive foam mattress provides greater comfort by conforming to your body's shape and providing targeted support for your pressure points. It also has better airflow and breathability, which helps regulate temperature and prevent overheating at night. But, ultimately, when it comes to foam, it's important to remember you do get what you pay for.

Sprung Mattresses

Sprung mattresses provide excellent support, especially for those who prefer a firmer mattress. They are more breathable than foam mattresses, which allow air to circulate more freely, regulating body temperature. They are also durable, making them a long-term investment.

However, sprung mattresses are typically more expensive than foam mattresses, and their weight can make them challenging to move and store. In addition, they can be less hypoallergenic, making them unsuitable for allergy sufferers. Additionally, some people may find sprung mattresses too firm or bouncy, leading to discomfort and poor sleep quality.

Ultimately, choosing a foam mattress and a sprung mattress for your caravan depends on your needs and preferences. While foam mattresses may be better suited for those on a budget or with allergies, sprung mattresses may be a better choice for those who prefer a firmer and more durable option. It's essential to consider the advantages and disadvantages of both types of mattresses before deciding.