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Old 02-28-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Radio goes shopping, again! - $20 mattress pad and a fix for harsh ceiling fan lights

Having been somewhat depressed by the high cost of mattress pads, I had considered going to a fabric store and buying a 60" x 80" piece of 1/2" foam. I pretty much like the RV mattress we have, especially the fact that it is heated.

While at Target this week I came across a "Comfy Foam" mattress pad. Queen size is $20, full is $15 and twins are even less. The foam surface has those tiny "egg crate" dimples. After a brief "test rest" I think this is just what we needed.


Also I have been muttering under my breath about the harshness of the light from our ceiling fan. I had been looking for some time for a softer light, possibly a frosted bulb to replace the original halogen spots with.

At Home Depot I came across this solution: A GU-10 based compact fluorescent replacement. This bulb draws only 7 watts (rather than 35 - 50) and produces very little heat, which might be nice on a hot summer night and reduces load on park supplies and generators.

As with many CF bulbs, the light is dim and purple-ish until the bulb warms up. I like the softer, not quite as bright (almost!) light. Some what pricey at about $8 each.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:31 AM   #2
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The EcoBulbs are really beginning to get interesting. I was shopping for some the other day but never found just what I wanted. Maybe I'm not sure what I want. I'm looking for some to put in our cieling fans in the "stick house". Have not decided which will work best yet. I see all these new LED bulbs coming out, a lot to choose from.

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Old 04-09-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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FWIW, when we bought our MH, the previous owner had replaced the orginal mattresswith a queen size mattress.
We added a pillow top mattress cover with an egg crate between teh cover and the mattress.
Actually quite comfortable for us.
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Old 04-09-2009, 07:52 PM   #4
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Default A tad more than $20

Radio, we just upgraded ours as well, as the cheapo factory mattress in our Gulfstream was just sumpin else to try and sleep on. So after looking around in stores and on the net, I gave this a shot , went for the 'free shipping' option, which got it here just after the 'windy weekend adventure' in FDR state park last weekend.
After the thing 'reinflated' itself out of the super tight shrink wrap, it's about 3" thick like the ad said. And WAY cushy. We're trying it out this weekend.
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