Don't RV When You are Sleep Deprived!
It is more important to sleep well during RV vacations than you might think because sleep deprivation can cause accidents, and it can also make vacations much less enjoyable.
Unless there is some underlying health problem that causes insomnia, the most common reasons for loss of sleep during RV trips can be easily dealt with and resolved.
The Most Common RV Sleep Thieves
The most common reasons for the inability to sleep well are:
- an ill equipped RV,
- a bad campsite,
- a coach that is not level,
- an uncomfortable mattress,
- incorrect use of bedding,
- poor air quality,
- inability to control noise,
- intrusive external lighting,
- lack of a comfortable temperature and
- health problems.
A Poorly Equipped RV
The equipment and amenities in your RV greatly determine how well you will be able to sleep.
Ideally, you want those that will help you to filter out noise, eliminate odors and help you control the internal temperature of your unit.
Thermal windows, Fantastik Fans and high KW generators are helpful, but if your coach is not equipped with them you can use
insulated ceiling vent covers
An excellent way to control internal RV Climate
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portable floor fans
Great for circulating AC from front of RV to Bedroom
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ceramic cube heaters
Use this instead of wasting propane to run your furnace!
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and small air purifiers
To keep pollen and allergens away from sleeping areas
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to control the internal climate of your RV and make breathing easier so that you can sleep better.
The Wrong Campsite
You will not sleep well if lights are shining through your windows or you are parked too close to noisy neighbors who like to stay up late, drink and "chat".
Therefore, you need to examine sites carefully before choosing one.
A Coach That Is Not Level
No matter where you park, you need to make sure that your coach is level because when it isn't, there is no way that you will get a good night's sleep.
All travel units come with either manual or hydraulic jacks that can be used for this purpose, but you also should use leveling blocks, wheel chocks and a level to stabilize your RV.
The attached video shows you the correct way to level a camper, but there are others on YouTube that provide directions for doing so with motor homes and travel trailers, so take a look.
An Uncomfortable Mattress
Low and mid level coaches provide very thin, cheap mattresses that provide only minimal support, while more expensive units come with those that are sturdier and more well designed.
The good news is that since all RV beds are basically nothing more than a mattress that sits on top of an upside down box, you have the choice of replacing the one you have if you find it uncomfortable.
Therefore you don’t have to own an expensive RV to be able to sleep on a good mattress.
Replacement won‘t be cheap, but it will be worth every penny you spend.
It would be a good idea, if you find your household mattress to be comfortable, to buy the same type to use in your RV so that your body won't have to "adjust" to a new bed when you travel.
Poor Use of Bedding
You can have the most comfortable bed in the world, but if you misuse your bedding, sleep will still evade you.
To eliminate this problem, do the following:
- Leave the original bedspread and decorative bed pillows at home.
- Put a fitted sheet over the mattress.
- Put two sleeping bags over the sheet.
- Use the same pillows you use to sleep with at home.
- Keep one twin sheet and one twin blanket folded up under the pillows of each traveler.
- If you do these things, you will not be disturbing the other person who is in bed with you each time you turn over because your sheets and blankets will not be tugging at theirs.
You also will be able to use a variety of combinations to suit any weather situation you may encounter. For example, in
- very cold weather, sleep inside the bags and cover them with the blankets or
- very hot weather, discard all coverings except the sheets.
Poor Air Quality
If you are not a smoker but are camped beside someone who is, their bad habit will foul the quality of the air in your RV.
The same is true of being parked next to people who set campfires using trash instead of hardwood and in so doing stink up your travel unit.
Also, if you are in a facility that is located near a pulp lumber yard or cattle holding area, the smell will overwhelm you.
You can avoid sleep thieves such as these simply by paying attention to the air quality of the campground you intend to visit, moving to a different campsite or simply shutting your doors and windows and turning on your air conditioner.
When you stay in campgrounds, external noises such as barking dogs, loud radios or group singing can sometimes be a problem that affects your ability to sleep well.
You can eliminate the great majority of them simply by closing your windows and turning on your air conditioner. You may also want to use a set of ear plugs.
If doing these things do not work, find the park manager and ask him to talk to those who are keeping you awake. This only works, however, if the facility has quiet hour rules (which most do).
People normally pull into a campground during daylight hours and thus do not pay attention to the lighting that surrounds their site.
However, after dark, they may find that blinking signs from local businesses or even facility street lights may shine right into their bedrooms and affect their ability to sleep.
To eliminate this problem, you need to be more observant and park where lighting won't affect you, or cut some cardboard to insert into your bedroom window rails to block the lights.
When you are too hot or too cold, you will not sleep well.
Therefore, you need to find ways to control the internal climate of your coach.
Using appropriate bedding as well as the equipment mentioned above will help you to do this.
Also, when planning your trips, you should always do so with an eye to weather patterns so that you can choose routes and destinations that will lead you to more amenable temperatures.
Pain and discomfort due to health problems negatively affect one’s ability to sleep well.
However, using pain medications and health aids such as heating pads and ice packs can help.
It is also a good idea to stretch often and take rest breaks as you travel.
Your body does not care that you are vacationing, if you don't pay attention to its needs, it will not let you sleep!
Get Some Sleep!
As you can see, most RV travel sleeping problems can be resolved simply by identifying their causes and then taking steps to deal with them.
Hopefully you have found something in this guide that will help you to sleep better so that you can have more enjoyable RV vacations.
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