How to Sleep Well When RVing

There are many reasons why people don't sleep well when traveling in their recreational vehicles. 

The. most common ones are
  • owning an ill equipped RV, 
  • staying in a substandard campsite or a coach that is not level, 
  • using an uncomfortable mattress, 
  • incorrectly using bedding, 
  • having poor air quality, 
  • excessive noise ,
  • intrusive lighting, 
  • uncomfortable temperature and 
  • health problems.
There is nothing better than sleeping well when RVing
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, Fan-tastik Fans and high KW generators are helpful, but if your coach is not equipped with them you can use insulated vent covers, electric cube heaters and small floor fans to control the internal climate of your RV and make breathing easier so that you can sleep better.

Substandard Campsites

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 

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 the two products shown here along with a level to stabilize your RV.  
There are several types available, but those shown here are the ones we have always used with great success.  They last a long time, are sturdy and are reasonably priced.

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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.

improper 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
In very cold weather, sleep inside the bags and cover them with the blankets or
very hot weather, discard all coverings except the sheets

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.

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.

Excessive Noise

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).

Intrusive Lighting

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.

Uncomfortable Temperature

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.

This can be accomplished in a number of ways, some of which include having thermal windows and a strong generator as part of your RV package plus using equipment such as

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My husband and I use all of these products when we RV, and they really make a big difference in comfort levels.

Using appropriate bedding as well as the equipment mentioned above will also help you to deal with internal climate issues.

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.

Health Problems

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 well when traveling in your recreational vehicle so that you can have more enjoyable and healthier vacations.