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Would a sleeping pad or cot be better than an air mattress at holding the body weight of a 250lb man?

My wife and I sleep in a tent. I have tried 3 different (Queen Size) Air Mattresses camping, none of them worked out very well. By morning they were deflated and my wife and I woke up always from camping with very sore backs from sleeping on the hard ground in our tent. I am heavy 250 lbs( muscular build) , but extremely active I run/ jog about 20 miles a week + lift weights . My wife is about 130 lbs. I have paid anywhere from $30 - $100 for camping air mattresses, bought 3 different ones. They can't hold my large size and are completely deflated in like 1 -2 hours. My wife would have to keep waking up in the night to reinflate the thing it seemed like almost every hour during the night! We tried 3 different air mattresses from 3 different companies, they all sucked at holding my body weight!

I was thinking some padding is better than nothing. Even though a foam pad is less padding than an air mattress, it doesn't deflate so I am thinking with like 2 of them stacked on top of each other might be better? Maybe sleeping on a Cot that can hold 250 lbs? I am sick of waking up in the morning sleeping on the hard ground and having awful back pain when I go camping.

One mattress was a 10" Queen size Intex air mattress, a Coleman QuickBed Elite 9.5" rated at 600 lbs able to hold (laughing), A much thicker Intex air mattress with air pump for like $100 at time I think even that didn't work!!!!!

My wife and I went camping almost every weekend last year May through September and we are planning on doing it again this year.

Any advice?
 

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We fit 2 full sized people and a medium sized dog when we tried using one. Not all that much room between the wheel well humps in a pickup bed.
I briefly thought about modifying a couple of cots to fit over the humps to get slightly more room, but decided it wasn't worth the effort.

It was OK, you can cook on the tailgate, but I prefer a ground tent, personally... can still cook on the tailgate...

Enjoy!
 
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Would a sleeping pad or cot be better than an air mattress at holding the body weight of a 250lb man?

My wife and I sleep in a tent. I have tried 3 different (Queen Size) Air Mattresses camping, none of them worked out very well. By morning they were deflated and my wife and I woke up always from camping with very sore backs from sleeping on the hard ground in our tent. I am heavy 250 lbs( muscular build) , but extremely active I run/ jog about 20 miles a week + lift weights . My wife is about 130 lbs. I have paid anywhere from $30 - $100 for camping air mattresses, bought 3 different ones. They can't hold my large size and are completely deflated in like 1 -2 hours. My wife would have to keep waking up in the night to reinflate the thing it seemed like almost every hour during the night! We tried 3 different air mattresses from 3 different companies, they all sucked at holding my body weight!

I was thinking some padding is better than nothing. Even though a foam pad is less padding than an air mattress, it doesn't deflate so I am thinking with like 2 of them stacked on top of each other might be better? Maybe sleeping on a Cot that can hold 250 lbs? I am sick of waking up in the morning sleeping on the hard ground and having awful back pain when I go camping.

One mattress was a 10" Queen size Intex air mattress, a Coleman QuickBed Elite 9.5" rated at 600 lbs able to hold (laughing), A much thicker Intex air mattress with air pump for like $100 at time I think even that didn't work!!!!!

My wife and I went camping almost every weekend last year May through September and we are planning on doing it again this year.

Any advice?
I just ordered a low profile (7") heavy duty cot and a self inflating mat having switched from (US Made/high quality?) self inflating/air sleeping pads after they deflated over night, one the first night another after a month. I am only 170 lbs so this shouldn't have been an issue for the pads. At least with a cot, I won't end up on the ground......
 

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...Tried self inflating pads, they Kind of work but these old bones appreciate thicker foam pads...
For best sleeping I use the 1.5"-2" foam pad that came with the Coleman cot along with a, cut down to fit the cot, long finger hospital mattress pad.
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The hospital pad is very bulky to transport rolled up... 'though I haven't tried vacuum packing it... (trash bag and vacuum cleaner for suction).
The thinner cot pad on the cot is not quite enough (for the hard spots at hips and sometimes shoulders)...
I weight about 220, it varies...

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