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#1 JBetty

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:15 PM

What brand do you use?
How long has it lasted?
What's a reasonable price for a queen size?
Ever tried the elevated type? Do you need special size sheets for it?

I'm looking at the Aerobed brand, but am finding reviews complaining of leaks.

#2 deadheadskier

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:17 PM

never had one that didn't leak eventually. tried many brands

I'm happy if I get through one camping season

about tree fiddy

yes, tried elevated, regular sheets worked fine

#3 Joker

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:19 PM

Dee swears by her aerobed.

And I have to admit one time when I snuck into her tent to go through her dirty delicates, it was so comfortable I fell asleep on it :huh:

#4 JBetty

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:25 PM

tree fiddy! :eek:


We had an Aerobed that lasted 5+ years.
Guess that's reasonable.

#5 Jim

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:29 PM

We used an air/flom mattress from Cabela's which was not bad...
Better yet just get a all foam one(or 2), like we finally did, 4" is excellent.
Yes, they are bulkier but you can stuff them in a compression bag.

they come in different sizes http://www.amazon.co...s/dp/B0018XR86M

#6 Jambear

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

Man.....i dont even know how long Dee has been shlepping that same aero bed around but she busts it out for you if you sleep over at her place and it is pretty comfy. I know she has gone thru a shit ton of tents though. :lol: Watched he shred a zipper trying to get out of her tent one Vibes. She was doing the pee pee dance and couldnt open her mesh window tent zipper.

Finally she went all incredible hulk on it.

I laughed so hard i fell out of my chair. :lol:

#7 tyedyedee

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Dee swears by her aerobed. And I have to admit one time when I snuck into her tent to go through her dirty delicates, it was so comfortable I fell asleep on it :huh:


:ravn:



no, serz...i use mine anywhere from 2-10 times a year and have had it since 04 and never had an issue...i paid less than a hundred back in 04 and have used it as a guest bed and a camping bed and it has been through the paces, lemme tell ya :lol:
and, i use it at fests and even if i am there 4 nights, it never loses air!
i get better rest on it than i do my crappy home bed :plain:
if i had to upgrade, i would get one of those double tall ones but there is nothing wrong with the one i have that paid for itself in two years...the 6 years since that it has SAVED me tons of money (i used to have to get a new coleman every year :bang: and at approx. 50 bux a whack, it adds up)
if it wasnt for the aerobed, i would probably opt to stay in a hotel or not camp ))))my creaky joints(((( :blush:

you have slept on my aerobed...its comfy, right? :huh:

as far as the complaints, i wonder if they have started using inferior materials in the 8 years since i got mine? :dunno:

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:40 PM

I know she has gone thru a shit ton of tents though. :lol: Watched he shred a zipper trying to get out of her tent one Vibes. She was doing the pee pee dance and couldnt open her mesh window tent zipper. Finally she went all incredible hulk on it. I laughed so hard i fell out of my chair. :lol:


i loved that tent :plain:
too bad it wouldnt let me out when i HAD TO PEE! :joker:
luckily it was the last day of vibes :blush:

i even ran past dave (offering me bacon) and mel (offering me coffee) and tom (offering me, um...) to smack tony as i dashed for the flushies :lmao:

#9 Jambear

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:41 PM

It loses less air than you after 4 days. :bigsmile:
but not less water.

snicker......creeky joints. :lol: You know that fucker wont blow up and your going to be sleeping on the ground this year now right? :lol:

#10 Terrapin Station

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

Save your money J-Betty...with all the wrestling you do at night no air matress stands a chance. :naughty:

#11 JBetty

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:02 PM

I could have sworn you were there when I passed out the earplugs. :undecided:

#12 murg

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:05 PM

I got a cot. No leaks

#13 JBetty

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:11 PM

I got a cot. No leaks


Do they make them in queen size?

#14 DancingBearly

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

Have one with a frame but broke the frame. Still have the mattress. Going to do a clean out of cellar at the end of month and will see what shape the mattress is in. We don't tent camp no more so prolly going to give a way.

#15 JBetty

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

Are the built in air pumps any better than the external ones that you plug into a car outlet?

#16 gregoir

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:49 PM

don't buy one of the rechargable pumps. every rechargable pumps I have ever had has never recharged after the firt power up

#17 tyedyedee

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:03 PM

i have one with a cord
cuz they didnt have the ones with the built-ins when i got mine
i bought an adapter that plugs into a car lighter and use that
wasnt much and you can use it for other stuff too
takes literally 30 seconds, tops, to blow up my mattress
and you can lay on it when you are inflating it, in order to find the perfect level of firmness
the cord doesnt even go into the tent, as it is removable and clicks right off
the only "problem" i have ever had is that when its rainy or really hot, sometimes condensation
builds up underneath it so when you go to pack out, there is moisture which isnt a good packing condition
unless you are ok with taking it out as soon as you get home and drying it
but that is solved so easily
i bring a cheap hospital blanket or small bath mat/rug and place it underneath it
sops up any moisture and you can wash it and reuse it
plus it keeps the mattress from sliding around

one other good thing about it is that it can be a raft
i found that out the hard way at vibes 05 :lol:
i lay there trying to sleep and heard water but didnt realize it was IN my tent till the bed started to bob
so i took all the covers up so they didnt wick the water to me, and tried to sleep
semi-successfully...it was like victory at sea :lmao:
that was the morning i woke to find twisted heaps of ez ups everywhere, tents wrapped around fences
amazing wreckage :eek:
but the mattress, apart from being wet, was fine and still serves me today :smile:

#18 Jambear

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:17 PM

i remember that vibes!!!

i woke when i rolled over and went face down in the corner of my tent off my airmatress into 3 inches of water. :lol:

once i sucked in a little it woke me up.

still dont know how mel and chris were not killed when thise ezups went down.

#19 Speckta

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:18 PM

THis thread is worthless without some links.

#20 Karen

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 02:19 PM

Our air mattress got a hole at the last festival we went to back in November. We're off to Wanee next week so I'll check the spare to see if it's good to go. It's only a full size but it'll make for extra snuggling I guess!

The aerobeds are comfy but too bulky for travel for us. We fly to 2-3 festivals a year and have to keep the packing to a minimum.