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Full-time RVing: to keep the house or to sell

Friday, June 17th, 2011

When pondering whether to keep your house or sell it as you transition into full-time RVing, there are a number of factors involved, and a number of questions to ask yourself to help decide if you should keep your house, or sell it.

Financial Stability
Ask yourself, do I need the money from selling my house to support my full-time RVing lifestyle?
Do I make enough money to support both a house and a full-time RV lifestyle?
Can I rent the house while RVing?
Do I have a large enough parachute in case something negative happens to the house or RV while on the road?
Are market conditions good for me to sell the house?

Lifestyle
Am I 100% confident in the lifestyle choice? If not, can I afford a trial period of 6 months or 1 year of RVing?
Will I return to the same town regularly?
Can I get used to sleeping in a different place every night, albeit in the same bed?
Do I have a comfortable home made in the RV?


From RMM

Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, if all signs point to ‘sell’, give it another few months to be 100% certain in your choice. After that, happy RVing!!

A couple RV’s I wouldn’t want to sleep in

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

 

I bet there is a nasty rv mattress in there too 

We talk to full time RV’ers every day who would like a Rocky Mountain Mattress RV mattress. It is always fun to see pictures of our customers and their RV’s (and no, we have not serviced the “homes” you see here).

Which brings us to these RV’s… now we do respect everyone’s right to have a ‘home away from home’, but when you take that home with you on the road, you should probably ask yourself questions such as:

· Is this mobile home already mobile? – If not, leave it that way…
· If I were to get in a car accident, would this ‘mobile home’ look as if a hurricane blew through? – If so, leave it anchored to the ground…
· Are there real shingles and wood siding on my ‘mobile home’? – If so, you probably don’t want to expose them to too much of the elements…

 

funny rv picture 

We’re sure this is a perfectly comfortable, normal RV. However, I don’t think I could sleep comfortably at night knowing that a 20-foot cow was perched somewhere above me. Especially one with such a creepy look on its face.

Fire retardants used in the mattress industry

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Fire retardants used in the mattress industry - specifically, the fire retardants used in many of the all-natural latex mattresses.


From RMM

All mattresses on the market are required to withstand a 2-foot wide blowtorch open flame for a period of 70 seconds, as of 2007. For cost reasons, many of these manufacturers opt to use toxic fire retardants that contain a combination of the following:

Boric Acid (reproductive and developmental toxin, used as a pesticide)
Antimony (causes heart and lung damage, possible carcinogen)
Decabromodiphenyl Oxide (causes hair and memory loss, possible carcinogen)

Not us!

In contrast, natural latex mattresses are all-natural and provides the same safety standards without compromising on quality or safety. The Rocky Mountain Mattress latex mattress lineup uses a fire retardant made up of:

Wool
Cotton
Wood Pulp
Natural Silica

American made memory foam vs. Chinese made memory foam

Monday, June 13th, 2011

In the world of memory foam manufacturing, there is a clear and noticeable difference between American made memory foam and Chinese memory foam.

Quick Summary: American memory foam will last longer, as a result of almost always being made with 100% visco-elastic memory foam. Also, American made memory foam is produced in a vacuum, giving the product consistency of quality and support.

Chinese manufacturers will often add clay fillers to their memory foam that cause it to break down quicker, forming depressions. In addition to this, there is speculation that certain Chinese foams contain carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).

Therefore, Rocky Mountain Mattress carries only USA made memory foam. We have elected to carry Bayer Memory Foam and Foamex Memory Foam. Both memory foam brands are made here in the USA and have excellent reputations for producing quality memory foams that last.

memory foam and latex

CHINESE VS. AMERICAN MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES (the longer version)

Mattress Density: You Get What You Pay For, Buyer Beware, and Higher—Not Always Better

Density is an important word in the memory foam mattress world. Memory foam density is an important indicator of durability and performance quality. But a true measure of density depends on who is manufacturing the memory foam and their level of commitment to creating a consistent, quality product.

Density numbers have a small window wherein lies the “sweet spot.” High density is generally equated with a quality product, however, there is such a thing as too much density. Two of the main complaints of memory foam mattress owners is the temperature of the foam during sleep or the slow rebound time when turning over—both arguably annoying factors in an interrupted sleep, and both the result of too much density.

Usually, mattresses are not a popular import item because of their bulk and the cost to transport them. The advent of memory foam eliminates those problems; its very nature allows for its extreme compression during shipping thus significantly cutting space and cost concerns. Currently, the U.S. is being inundated with Chinese memory foam that advertises “high quality” or at the very least, “adequate” density, but when put into use is turning up questionable characteristics. Some complaints include: slowness to rebound, increased (and unwanted) firmness as the room temperature decreases, hot spots after laying on it for a period of time, oily residue on the mattress surface, and the presence of chemical odors. The chemical smells are most concerning as there is very little regulation of purity or safety in the manufacturing of Chinese memory foam. The smells take a very long time to dissipate (if ever) and have various potentially harmful sources, one of which is the alleged use of pesticides used to kill insects. There is great speculation that Chinese memory foams contain cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens), another possible odor source. Mattress industry insiders also trade concerns about reports that Chinese memory foam may contain lead, stone dust and clay fillers to fabricate the appearance of a higher density—which commands a higher price. The result of this “enhancement” is a quicker formation of depressions and a rapid breakdown of the foam.

The inception of memory foam has a long tradition of bearing high standards as it was first developed for NASA and then used commercially, primarily in health institutions. For many years it was simply too expensive; the manufacturing process remained difficult and unreliable. Today, with our increased knowledge and technology, it has become more widely available. Buying American made memory foam is much safer than its imported counterparts because it is required to meet standardized quality control regulations. Most American memory foam is vacuum-produced, resulting in an even, quality consistency, and yielding a 100% pure visco-elastic foam without the questionable fillers used by other manufacturers.

We spend a third of our lives sleeping. For a 60 year old, that’s 20 years! Chinese memory foam may offer a product that carries an enticing discount, but there may be price to pay in quality and an even bigger cost to your health. You can find our made in the USA memory foam mattress toppers at http://www.rockymountainmattress.com/toppers-c-22.html and our American-made memory foam mattresses at http://www.rockymountainmattress.com!/memory-foam-beds-c-21.html.

All-natural talalay latex vs. blended talalay latex

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

All-natural talalay latex vs. blended talalay latex and a look at the manufactures producing each:

All-Natural “Talalay Latex” is a very rare product, with only two manufacturers currently making true all-natural talalay latex. Dunlupillo and Latex International currently are the only two producers making all-natural talalay mattresses. So what is the difference between the two?

All-natural talalay latex is made from 100% latex rubber from rubber trees.
Blended talalaylatex can have a percentage of synthetic latex blended into the product.

What is ‘talalay’? Talalay is a process by which latex is formed into a mold. It is a high quality and consistent method of creating shaped latex, in this case into mattresses. The process itself:

  • Liquid rubber is whipped into foam and poured into a mold.
  • When closed the mold has rods that go through the foamed rubber.
  • A vacuum is placed on the mold, which removes air bubbles/pockets and distributes the liquid rubber evenly through the mold.
  • CO2 is run through the rods, freezing the foamed rubber and locking in the consistency.
  • Heat sent through the rods, providing even temperature and yielding a consistent latex cores without air pockets or uneven firmnesses.

Latex Mattress Material

Choosing the right thickness in a mattress topper – 2, 3, or 4 inches?

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Choosing the proper thickness of a memory foam or latex topper involves a few decisions that you have to make. These are:

Do I prefer a softer mattress, or a firmer mattress?
If you prefer to sleep on a harder mattress, a thinner memory foam mattress or latex mattress topper would be a better choice, allowing the firmness of your mattress to still be felt while providing a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Do I sleep on my side, back, or stomach? Here is a simple guide:

Stomach Sleeper = 2″ Topper

Back Sleeper = 2 or 3″ Topper

Side Sleeper = 3 or 4″ Topper
(you need the extra depth to adequately provide pressure-relief for shoulders and hips when sleeping on your side)

Multiple Position Sleeper = 3″ Topper
(3″ is the most common thickness because most people spend sleep at least part of the night on their side)

Once you’ve answered these questions, you should have a good idea of exactly what firmness and thickness of memory foam mattress topper will best suit your particular needs.

The last question should then be, “Is my mattress in good condition?”
If your mattress is not in general good condition – it’s bowed, lumpy, or damaged; a mattress topper will not fix the bed. You should consider purchasing an all mattress instead of a mattress topper.

Different types of memory foam topper samples

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