We did it! We bought a pop up camper! Despite my wish for a PUP needing a renovation, we ended up purchasing a 2007 Fleetwood Santa Fe. Not brand new but in VERY good condition. My husband wanted one in good shape with great canvas and that’s what we got. I am still going to make changes to this pop up camper. Over the winter, we will install new vinyl laminate flooring and paint the cabinets. I spent the last few weeks cleaning the interior of the pop camper as well as stocking and organizing the PUP. We will be taking it out on our first weekend trip some time during the next few weeks!
After making sure it was clean, I got straight to work on the beds. I fully expect our first trip to be a bit of a test run since we aren’t quite pop up camper experts yet. But one thing I am sure of is that we all want to sleep comfortably!! I did a lot of research on how to make PUP beds more comfortable. Here is how I accomplished creating sleep spaces that rival our beds at home……
How To Create Comfortable Pop Up Camper Beds
- Memory Foam Mattress Toppers – You will need 2″ memory foam mattress toppers (or 3″ if you have room for it**) for both beds (I bought a king memory foam mattress topper and a full mattress topper for the smaller bed). LOVE them. It’s made the beds so comfortable my husband slept in it 2 nights while it was parked in the driveway. 🙂 They are a bit pricey but absolutely worth the investment. You will notice that if you measure your pop up camper beds they most likely aren’t the same size as standard mattresses. These memory foam mattresses will most likely be too big. To fix this, I laid the PUP mattress on top of the memory foam mattress and traced it using a sharpie. Then cut it using scissors and it’s a perfect fit!
- Jersey sheet sets – I got ours from Target. I wanted something that would be cool in the summer but also warm in the winter. Jersey sheets are great for this!
- Blankets and lightweight comforters – Get these from a store like TJMaxx to save money (or use extras you have at home). Some people get heavy comforters for their pop up camper beds but I am a big fan of layering. The only thing missing from our new pop up camper is an air conditioner. I did not want to commit to an expensive comforter when we won’t use it most nights. I bought a queen blanket for the king bed and it is plenty big. For the full bed I purchased a lightweight full comforter. Even though it is a bit large a twin would have been too small.
Know How Much Room You Have!
**Use the Kleenex box test to see how many inches of space you have in your pop up camper when fully closed and latched. Place an empty tissue box on your mattress and then fold the camper up as you usually would. Take out the crumpled tissue box when you open the camper and measure the height. This is the amount of space you have for the mattress toppers.