Stopping Moisture & Mold Under An RV Mattress
Mold is something every kind of RVer deals with. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a motorhome, 5th-wheel, travel trailer, van, or truck camper the risk for mold growth is always there. It’s an even bigger issue if you live in your camper full-time.
The first thing to get moldy is usually the mattress. Because of the temperature difference between the top of the mattress where you’re sleeping and under the mattress, there is usually a lot of moisture collecting underneath.
Most trailers and motorhomes have outside storage that runs underneath the RV bed box as well which only increases the temperature difference and moisture collection.
In our Class C motorhome, the entire bed sits above a huge storage compartment that can be accessed from the outside. You can really feel the cold coming in from underneath and on especially cold nights the mattress is freezing.
From what we know about mold growth inside RVs and the problems with moisture under the mattress we knew a mattress underlay was going to be a necessary addition to our camper.
I’ve written about how to prevent mold growth under an RV mattress before (click to see article) and have recommended the Den-Dry Mattress Underlay for helping to prevent mold growth.
Before I’ve used a dehumidifier and cans to air out underneath the mattress in our travel trailer but now that we live full-time in a small Class C I wanted an easier more permanent solution. So taking my own recommendation I got the Den-Dry mattress underlay and installed it under the queen size mattress.
Here is my full review of the Den-Dry Mattress Underlay and my tips for how to prepare and install it.
The Den-Dry mattress underlay is basically a large mat with hard spun polyethylene on one side and a soft felt material on the other.
Its purpose is to lift the mattress in your camper to allow air underneath so it will not only dry quicker but it will also prevent most moisture from collecting in the first place.
There are three size options: king, queen, and twin. Each size comes in one long piece and if you get the king or queen size you will need to cut the underlay in half to fit your specific mattress.
If you have a full size mattress I recommend getting the queen size since the twin won’t be big enough.
I’ll talk more about it below but it’s really easy to cut the mattress underlay to size. So even if you accidentally get one that’s too big or you have a short queen in your camper you will be able to cut it down to a custom size with regular scissors.
Den-Dry Mattress Underlay Review
Now for my review of the Den-Dry mattress underlay (click to view on Amazon) after installing it and using it every day in our Class C motorhome for a month.
In our RV we have a standard queen size full mattress we got from Ikea. It’s a full foam mattress with no springs and it’s very heavy.
I figure if the Den-Dry mattress underlay can hold up our thick foam Ikea mattress it can handle just about anything.
When we got it it was rolled up and sealed in plastic packaging. The instructions that come with it are very straightforward and easy to follow.
The twin size doesn’t need to be cut but anything bigger will need to be folded in half and cut to size.
The instructions say for a queen size mattress to cut the underlay in half.
I found the easiest way to do this was to roll out the entire underlay, fold it in half, and cut along the fold.
No measuring was required using this method and it was easy to cut with regular scissors.
Once I had it cut in half it was just a matter of getting it underneath the mattress in our RV.
According to the instructions, the hard spun polyethylene side goes down and the soft felt size goes against the mattress.
The mattress in our motorhome is in the corner and it was a little difficult to get the underlay underneath it just right.
After the first try, we saw that the underlay had bunched up in the corner. After trying to get it to lay flat a couple of times we realized the best way to get it to stay would be to use a screw in each corner.
It was easy to get it perfectly in place after that and it actually holds the mattress in place better now.
We’ve been using it for about a month now and I’ve checked it a few times to see if any moisture has collected underneath, especially after rain.
So far so good. The Den-Dry mattress underlay has been doing its job.
We used the same mattress in our old travel trailer without an underlay and there is a difference. We discovered moisture underneath a couple of times and had to set it up on cans and run a dehumidifier all day to get it dry again.
Now we don’t have to go through all that and I’m confident that the underlay is going to prevent any mold from growing underneath our RV mattress.
Since mold can ruin both the mattress and all of the wood in a camper the Den-Dry mattress underlay (click to view on Amazon) is absolutely worth it.
Have any questions about the Den-Dry Mattress Underlay or how to prevent mold in your RV? Leave a comment below.