I always travel solo on my SUV RVing adventures, and I use the REI Camp Bed 3.5 Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad as a mattress. Because I only camp alone, the need for a 2-person mattress to fit into the back of my SUV never came up, but I was recently reminded of them when reading an article on Adventure Journal that introduced me to the Klymit Insulated Double V Sleeping Pad, which retails for $160ish:
It’s 47 inches wide. The narrowest portion of the rear area of my SUV (the spot between the two wheel wells) is 44 inches, but I think the mattress would fit just fine with a little bit of bunching on the sides. Because I have what is probably one of the smallest SUVs out there (a RAV4), my guess is that this and other two-person mattresses would fit in most larger SUVs.
I was vaguely aware that 2-person sleeping pads or camp mattresses existed, but I decided to dive deeper into the realm and see what other offerings I could find on the market for those of you who do travel with a significant other. These pads/mattresses are listed from narrowest to widest.
- Exped SynMat HL Duo Sleeping Pad ($299) – 41 x 72 x 2.8 inches
- Exped SynMat Duo Sleeping Pad (Medium) ($250) – 41.3 x 72 x 32.3 x 2.8 inches
- Cabela’s Double Inflating Sleeping Pad ($130) – 46 x 72 x 3 inches
- Klymit Insulated Double V ($159) – 47 x 74 x 3 inches
- Klymit Double V ($129) – 47 x 74 x 3 inches
- ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Self Inflating Sleeping Pad – Double ($150) – 47 x 75 x 3 inches
- Cabela’s Deluxe Camp Bed (Extra Large) ($150) – 48 x 78 x 2.75 inches
- Kamp-Rite Double Self Inflating Pad ($113) – 50 x 77 x 4 inches
- Exped SynMat Duo Sleeping Pad (Large) ($279) –51.2 x 77.6 x 2.8 in inches
- GEERTOP 2-Person Self-Inflating Camp Pad Mat Mattress ($80) – 52 x 73 x 1.5 inches
- Lightspeed Outdoors 2 Person Air Bed Mattress ($70) – 55 x 79 x 6.25 inches
And then there’s the Wolfwill SUV Air Bed, which can adjust to fit a variety of sizes.
Of course the other option here is to simply get two single camping mattresses and put them next to each other.
One other thing to keep in mind when buying any camping mattress or sleeping pad is the amount of insulation it will provide. A mattress that’s full of air and nothing else will not insulate as well as a foam mattress, for example. Some pads are hybrids that inflate but also have layers of closed cell foam in them. How well a pad can insulate is conveyed in its R-value, which is stated on the pages above for many of the mattresses. If you camp a lot in cooler temperatures, the R-value is definitely something to look at.
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