Why We Ditched Our Beddy’s

April 25, 2023

If you have watched many YouTubers or started researching RV life, you have probably heard of Beddy’s. If you have not, they are a bedding set that has the bottom section that fits like a fitted sheet and the top zips onto it, similar to a sleeping bag, that has a flip out section for a drop sheet when sleeping.

They are amazingly convenient for making beds, especially in the awkward spaces of an RV. They are also a minimalist’s dream due to their simplicity and ease. Because so many raved about it, we spent the big bucks to purchase them, only to regret it.

The convenience of making the bed was all that the hype said it was. They zip quickly and seamlessly and the bed looks nicely made all day. They are deep pockets, which work great if you have a large mattress or add a topper for extra comfort, or your RV mattress is an odd size. For us, though, that is where the positives ended.

TEMPERATURE They are extremely hot to sleep under–a negative since we only RV in Florida year round. We chose the minky, which is their heavier version, but liked the feel of the material better than cotton. From researching, the cotton is supposed to be lighter and better for warmer climates, but the comforter itself is heavier than I like to sleep with in summer, and since we aren’t always on 50A hookup to run our bedroom AC, it meant we had to have an additional light sheet to sleep under, or kick them off entirely.

WASHING Due to their bulkiness, even if you are lucky enough to have an RV washer, these won’t fit in them. In fact, when we try to use a regular household washer and dryer, we still have to split them into 2 loads per set. Which meant for our 2 beds, we needed 4 loads, or had to go to the laundry mat for the larger washer and dryer. Depending on the laundromat, they wouldn’t always get completely dry, so that meant finding a way to hang them out to dry or spending extra on another dry cycle.

MAKING THE BUNKS RV bunks are an odd size. Even with the elastic fitted bottom section, they were still too big, making the wall side completely unusable. We did get the sheet clips that work like suspenders to attach them from the underside, but this means taking the mattress off the bed and flipping it around every time the bed needs made or torn apart for washing.

While we do love the Beddy’s in terms of comfort and simplicity, they just weren’t a good fit for our RV lifestyle, so have found themselves sealed in a vacuum bag until we have a house again or to pass on to a family member.

Since they are a substantial financial investment, be sure to think about temperatures where you will use them and how you will wash them before making a purchase. In a house where I could do laundry every day, I would absolutely have these, but they just weren’t a good fit for our RV lifestyle, traveling full time in Florida. If they were to come out with a lighter version for warmer climates (more coverlet than comforter), we’d be tempted to give them another try.

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The Daily RV Maintenance Habit You’re Probably Not Doing, But Should Be

January 16, 2023

RV life bring a long list of maintenance needs to keep everything in working order. One thing I see and hear a lot of people talking about is humidity. Whether it is summer or winter, moisture in an RV will not only be an issue, but if left unchecked, can cause major damage to your rig. When the outside and inside temperatures are at extreme opposites, condensation can and will build up fast. And since we full time in Florida, it is a constant battle.

If you don’t know, the ideal humidity inside should be 30%-50%. We purchased a small magnetic thermometer and hygrometer for only a few dollars and keep it on the refrigerator in the center of our rig. This allows us to monitor and adjust as needed.

Everyone told us to get a dehumidifier for our RV, and we did. It takes a bit of research to find the right size for your rig, but it helps a lot. We make sure to run it after everyone showers, as well as in various rooms as needed. Some people also like to use damp rid or other chemicals, but with dogs, we don’t like having it around.

But sometimes the humidity gets too low, so I do also have a humidifier (yay sinus problems).

Another tool we use that some people may disagree with is a Himalayan salt rock. These are great for absorbing humidity, plus they have a great light. I found one that has a small cup in the top to allow me to use oils for fragrance instead of burning candles.

After a year of RV life full time, and almost a decade of RVing as an adult, I can tell you this is still not enough to keep it at bay, so I had to find something else.

With our small, one room 16 foot travel trailer, we just took a small hand towel and wiped windows and walls down daily. But with a 37ft 5th wheel, it’s not as simple, and we found a smarter solution.

In addition to using the salt rock and dehumidifier, every day, I take the shower squeegee and yesterday’s hand towel and wipe down the windows and window sills. If the walls need it, we wipe that down, too.

This little trick takes only a few minutes a day and is something even younger children can help with, but it can save a lot of headaches!

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