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Old 08-16-2018, 11:22 AM
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Default Cots or Electric blow up beds?

Simple question, Which is more practical? to a tent camper.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:28 PM
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I remember years ago having blow up mattresses that lasted for years. We didn't abuse 'em, but we didn't really baby 'em either. Check for sticks, rocks and roots before setting up the tent, a couple of furniture pads underneath for extra protection and it was good to go. But that was years ago. The last two mattresses I tried both leaked horribly. I guess I should say one only leaked horribly - the other blew out a seam, even after taking all the aforementioned precautions. All that to say, I don't trust air mattresses anymore. I'm single so, for me, it's not a matter of needing "dual occupancy". If that were the case, I'd go for something like the Teton mattresses I mentioned in another thread.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:47 PM
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I just purchased an air mattress to use in my, also new tent. I've used both cots and air mattresses at various times when tent camping in the past, but that was many years ago. I'm hoping both tent and mattress last me at least a few years. I'm hoping to upgrade to a tiny camper in about that time frame. I haven't used either yet, but if the mattress fails, perhaps I'll revisit a cot. I just think as comfort standpoint vs cost, air mattresses are a bit better.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:58 PM
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I tried a cot with a fitted pad at REI I think it was called the Kingdom Cot 3. found it very comfortable. Thought $150 was a bit steep and it still had a large foot print even when folded.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:05 AM
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For the longest time, I just slept on the ground with a mat. Then I progressed to a cot, which no matter which one I bought, hurt. My son convinced me to try an Intex air mattress (pump is built in) and I will never go back to another way. I LOVE IT!
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:42 AM
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So can I assume you always stay on sites that have electric, or do you carry a generator?
Blond moment Edit. you could use a battery air pump. Doh.

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Old 08-17-2018, 12:57 PM
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So can I assume you always stay on sites that have electric, or do you carry a generator?
Blond moment Edit. you could use a battery air pump. Doh.
I tend to stay at State Parks, so I usually have electric.
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Old 08-17-2018, 06:48 PM
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For the longest time, I just slept on the ground with a mat. Then I progressed to a cot, which no matter which one I bought, hurt. My son convinced me to try an Intex air mattress (pump is built in) and I will never go back to another way. I LOVE IT!
My air bed is an Intex with built in pump as well, I'm glad yo hear you're happy with yours. I also stick to SPs, and most likely have electric, but I do have a battery pump just in case.
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