By Tony Barthel
Making the bed in the RV usually stinks. You’re on vacation to start with (who wants to make their bed on vacation?) and most RV beds aren’t really in a place where they’re easy to make. At the Quartzsite RV Show we came across the RVSuperbag, which can be described as a fancy sleeping bag that is designed to replace the bedding in your RV. The best part of this system is how easy it is to make the bed – you simply zip up the side.
Now that sounds like a sleeping bag, right? There is a lot to be said for sleeping bags. They’re cozy and they roll up. If you sleep in a single sleeping bag and zip it up, you can refer to yourself as a snore burrito. Okay, maybe that’s not much of an advantage…
The difference between this and your normal sleeping bag is that there are sheets that simply attach to the inside of the bag which can be easily removed and laundered. This is a nice feature and makes this feel much more like your bedding at home.
You don’t have to make the bed with an RVSuperbag
But the best part is making the bed – you basically don’t. You unzip the side of the bag and crawl in.
Many RVs have pocket beds where making the “far side” of the bed is an exercise in contortion. In this case, making the bed is optional and involves pulling a zipper.
I was impressed by the quality of the construction of the RVSuperbag – the zipper and all of the materials seem to be high quality. There are a variety of sizes and styles for the bag itself to match RVs and boats.
For the sheets, there are three choices of thread count: 200, 300 and 725. We got the 300 thread count sheets which are nice. Of course, the higher thread count is more luxurious, if that’s your choice. The sheets are held in place with Velcro strips built into the sheets and the bag itself.
As someone who must do some sort of calisthenics at night, I’ve found that my nocturnal dance party couldn’t dislodge the sheet from the bag. The fasteners are plentiful and well-placed. The whole thing is very comfortable. Both my wife, Peggy, and I like the ease of making the bed in the morning.
What about an RVSuperbag on a Murphy bed?
Our RV has a walk-around queen bed, but it’s also a Murphy bed. So we were curious if the comforter/bag would stay in place when we flipped the bed up. Sure enough – everything stays put with the straps on the bed and it’s ready for the snore-fest when you flip it down.
Another interesting aspect of this bag is that there is a winter and a summer side. The winter side is considerably thicker than the summer side. In the colder months, just flip it over and have the thicker side on top. In summer, reverse for cooler comfort. Someone has thought ahead!
You can zip up the sides at night while you’re snug in bed, or leave them unzipped. I like them zipped and there are zipper pulls both inside and outside the bag. Unlike every other sleeping bag I’ve ever occupied, the zipper didn’t seem intent on catching on the material in the darkness of night when one returns from a trip to the restroom.
Considering the quality of the whole thing, I was happy with my purchase. According to RVSuperbag founder Dennis Lynnaugh, all the RVSuperbags are made here in the USA. He tells me that the people who make these are able to support their families by this work. Even if you don’t sleep well based on the comfort of the RVSuperbag, you’ll at least sleep well knowing you’re supporting your fellow Americans by buying one.
We bought a king-sized bag for our RV queen mattress only to accommodate our extra girth and the whole fit is good.