We’ve had quite a busy week here at our workamping job at J. Strom Thurmond Lake COE. We enjoyed every minute of it and probably will miss the work when we leave here in about two weeks. The experience has been wonderful and we look forward to coming back for another three months in October. Remember, there are about five million boundary line pins out there and we’ve only found about 300. ;c)
With all the tasks we’ve been involved with, we’ve had little time to do any work on the Journey. One item we’ve put off for way too long was replacing our lousy Sleep(less) Number mattress with a good, conventional one.
The problem we’ve had is the middle of the mattress dips down and you are constantly rolling towards it all night long. No matter what inflation number we’d set it at, it was just uncomfortable. Many mornings, I’d wake up with a very sore back, not what you want when you already have a bad back like me, and this mattress touts how good it is for folks with a condition like mine.
Opening up the Sleep(less) Number mattress, you can see the two individual air chambers and the gap in the middle. Nothing we tried helped and a call to their customer service said to just keep the mattress fully inflated to the highest number. That defeated the whole purpose of the mattress and if I wanted to sleep on something that firm, I’d just lay on the floor.
After much research and good recommendations, I decided to order a mattress from Mattress Insider. I followed the website instructions, carefully measured my mattress and determined it was a full size 60” x 80” queen.
I ordered the mattress online. Shortly after the order was placed, I received an email asking me to double check my measurements to ensure I wanted a 60” x 80” full size queen. I did and responded to the email that was correct.
A day later, I received a phone call from a customer service rep following up my measurements, triple checking that it was the right size I wanted. Yep. Pretty impressive.
The mattress came in a big box, weighing about 70 lbs..
Opening the box revealed the rolled up mattress.
Before I could unroll it, I had to remove the Sleep(less) Number mattress and dig out the air pump mechanism from under a cabinet next to the bed.
Much better, empty space and about 30 lbs. of useless weight gone.
Next, we placed the mattress on the bed foundation and started cutting open the packing tape holding it closed.
Once it was freed from the packaging, we rolled it out and it began to inflate to full size.
Pretty impressive, until something didn’t look right. It appeared to be a little short. My tape measure proved it.
After all the checking, rechecking and checking again, the company sent me a Short Queen, 60” x 75”!
I called the customer service number, they asked me to email them pictures of the mattress with the tape measure showing the size, which we did. I was then told that I’d have to wait until Monday when all the managers were back to work to see what they will do.
For one thing, I can’t deflate and re-roll the mattress to send it back, plus I wonder how long it will take to have them ship me the correct one? This is going to be interesting. The Sleep(less) Number bed is already in the dumpster so I guess we’ll be sleeping on our pull out couch for a while until the right mattress comes.
Always on a Saturday. You’d think I’d learn. We’ve already decided that when we travel, we won’t travel on weekends, not only to avoid traffic, but if we ever need help, say something like a flat repaired, we’ll have a better chance getting fast service on a week day.
Now I think I’d better do maintenance and upgrades to the Journey on weekdays, too. ;c)
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