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Self inflating mats

Postby New to camping » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:27 pm

My wife and I slept on a self inflating mat last june, she thought that the mat was cold. Do they require anything underneeth to insulate them or should I just try flannel sheets next winter? Your comments are appreciated.
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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:49 pm

Flannelette sheets and a woollen underblanket complimented by hot water bottles should do the trick.

Normally I would say they don't need any insulation under but if it is only a thin mat then better to be safe than sorry.

I have 2 expensive ones, a DMH and an Oztrail and neither IMO require anything extra under them. I also have a cheapie from Aldi and I would put a cotton mat or similar under this one in winter.

In saying this I still reckon hot water bottles are always a winner...


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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby Poodle Jewel » Mon Sep 29, 2008 3:08 pm

Insulation in winter is always a good thing,i carry a piece of carpet with me plus a piece of foam on top regardless of the type of mattress air or self inflated.
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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby wannabee » Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:47 am

A closed-cell foam camping mat provides good thermal insulation plus a (very) little bit of extra padding. They weigh almost nothing and roll up to a fairly small size.

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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby Berny » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:49 pm

I took a self inflator on one of the RTA BigRides I did and it soon became a self deflating mattress unfortunately. I had a foam underlay roll thankfully which helped with comfort and insulation.

We only use inflatables when camping now, much more comfortable.

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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:04 pm

Berny wrote:
We only use inflatables when camping now, much more comfortable.

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You'd hardly need those in your caravan though Berney....
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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby Berny » Mon Oct 06, 2008 9:56 pm

No, but we still have a tent and we still like to camp that way when it suits us. We've had some great times roughing it.

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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:37 am

Think I am getting too old to rough it any more or maybe I have just lost my sense of adventure in the comfort arena!!
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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby coyotte » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:33 am

may seem a stupid question :

but i just bought a " self inflating mat" on ebay (caught again )

it came with no instructions --- how does it work ?

it has one valve and regardless of how far i turn, it takes around two hours to partly inflate .

thank you in advance for any help

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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby Jo&Kev » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:50 am

Hi Coyotte

We have a couple of self inflating mats that we bought from a camping store. The chap we bought them off said that the first couple of times you use it you should give it about half a dozen breaths, to help expand the foam in them. Once you have used them a few times you still need to give some of them a couple of breaths to get them to expand fully.

I think it has something to do with the foam needing a hand to expand after the mat is rolled by a machine in the factory. We love ours, we blow up the air mattress and throw the mats on top. Keeps the cold from getting to us!

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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby coyotte » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:05 am

thanks for the quick reply boy scout

just what i needed to know

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Re: Self inflating mats

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:21 am

Also a good idea to put them out in the sun with the valves open, they will expand even better.
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