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Hi all. We have recently bought a 2nd hand Challenger that came with a well-used Adventure Kings rooftop tent.
We have now slept about 12 nights in it (over 3 quick trips away) . We quickly identified moisture under the mattress as an issue so have added the Darche anti-condensation mat, plus a few of the "outdoor flooring" tiles - that interlock - under our hips for comfort. Still not enough in the comfort stakes so we need to spend a bit more to get that good nights sleep....

So I am hoping someone else has been here before....... I guess the 2 options will be a memory foam layer or a thin inflatable queen mattress on top of the existing one.
The key here will be thickness as when the tent is packed down, this will double so it needs to be on the thin side when flat.....

Any experienced RTT campers out the there who have solved this one?


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In my experience, sleeping on inflatable mattresses can be a bit cold. Well around here anyway

Personally I would put an inflatable mattress under the current one. Should increase the comfort without adding permanent bulk.
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Sorry, some clarification. I was referring to simple inflatable mattresses not self inflating. The self inflating types contain foam and are comfy and warm. But.....They don't pack down as small (thin) as those which contain air only.
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There have been good reports on the forum about Exped Megamats, like this one: https://www.snowys.com.au/megamat-10-duo. I imagine that you replace your whole mattress with it. There are other brands available as well, but this one seems to attract very good reviews.

Browsing around Snowy's I saw that Darche make a self inflating RTT mattress. https://www.snowys.com.au/roof-top-t...tress-rtm-1400

Alternatively, if you're happy to inflate and lift your existing mattress each time to slip under a couple of single mats underneath, there are plenty of non-self inflating mats that have decent R values (a measure of insulating property). This could be a useful option if you hike as well, as you'd be able to use them for both purposes.

Outdoorgearlab have great reviews to help make choices:

review of hiking pads: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topic...t-sleeping-pad
review including car camping pads: https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topic...mping-mattress
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My two bobs worth,
I use an Aldi, 35mm,inflatable mattress with an old wool blanket, doubled, on top. Doesn't get clammy and very comfy.



I inflate the mattress only enough to stop "grounding" hips, knee or elbow. Not rock hard.

A simple test is to inflate such that you can poke a finger through to the bottom/floor/ground. Adjust as necessary.
So when you roll over you don't hit hard surface, also if lying on back it is easier on heels.
A pad, pillow, under ankles (elevation), can also take the pressure off on heels and toes. Or let your feet overhang.



Also when I pitch my tent I place a closed cell foam pad under the floor of the tent, not directly under the mattress. Protects the waterproof tent floor from stones etc.
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Also when I pitch my tent I place a closed cell foam pad under the floor of the tent, not directly under the mattress. Protects the waterproof tent floor from stones etc.
A rooftop tent has a few other features under the tent floor protecting it from stones etc.

With a similar issue of comfort in our camper, I'll make a couple comments there:

Memory foam will (slowly) flatten, and readily reinflate.
But for cushioning you want the right density of mattress so some trial-and-error might be required. Consider a thin layer of dense foam and some moderate density over that. And memory foam over that.
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