Can You Have a King Sized Bed in an RV?

Can you have a King Sized bed in an RV?Wondering if you can get a King-sized bed inside a motorhome or travel trailer?  We’ve been looking into the living conditions in RV’s including bed sizes, so allow me to share with you my findings in this post.

So, can you even have a King-sized bed inside an RV? Yes, you can! As long as you go for a larger rig such as a Class A motorhome, a large Class C motorhome or a 5th wheel trailer. Most manufacturers of these larger RV’s offer floorplans with King-sized beds.

Keep in mind that RV mattresses come in different sizes than residential mattresses. Which means your RV King sized bed will still be slightly smaller than the one you have at home. Keep reading to learn more about RV mattress sizes (including examples) and see which option would be best for you.

RV Models that have King-sized Beds

Before we get into the intricacies of the actual size of a King-sized RV bed, let’s take a quick look at some of the models where you’ll find King-size beds.

I’ve arranged this list by types of RV’s. This is by no means a comprehensive list – just a list of examples of RV’s that have king beds.

Generally speaking, King beds require enough floor space. That’s why you’ll never find them in Class B campervans. They’re just too small for these large beds. King beds are more commonly found in Class A motorhomes and in 5th wheels – the largest types of RV’s out there.

The way these large beds fit into RV’s is almost always by utilizing the extra floor space created by slideouts. A travel trailer or motorhome without slideouts is unlikely to have a king-sized bed.

Class A motorhomes with King beds

Class C motorhomes with King beds

Travel Trailers with King Beds

5th Wheels with King beds

“RV King” vs. “Residential King”

You may have noticed that the numbers on so-called king beds differ from one RV manufacturer to another. That’s why I made a point of including them.

Here’s the thing, the terms “King size” or “Queen size” are fairly flexible. There is no single regulated definition – even in your homes. That’s also why you may come across terms such as “California King” and “Eastern King”. The standards are, well, not very standardized.

To complicate things even more –

RV’s have separate mattress sizes. Mattress used by RV manufacturers are by definition smaller than mattresses with the same name used in residential bedrooms.

To help you out, here’s a table showing the commonly used mattress sizes for RV vs. residential use.

RV mattress sizes vs. standard ones

Type Residential Rv
King size 76″ x 80″

(California King 72″ x 84″)

72″ x 75″ to 72″ x 80″

(Eastern King – 76″ x 80″)

(California King 72″ x 84″)

Queen size 60″ x 80″

(Olympic Queen – 66″ x 80″)

60″ x 80″

(Olympic Queen – 66″ x 80″)

Double/Full/three quarters 54″ × 75″ 48″ x 75″
Twin/Single bed 39″ x 75″ 28″ x 75″ to 40″ x 80″
Bunk bed  – 28″ x 75″ to 35″ x 75″ inches

As you can see, RV mattresses are often a bit smaller. Not always though. In other words, when you’re told an RV has a king bed or a queen, ask about the actual measurements.

Custom-made RV beds

It’s entirely possible to get a custom-made bed for your RV. In fact, unlike fancy bedroom furniture that you buy in a store, RV beds are usually just a piece of plywood of the right size.

If there’s enough room inside your RV, nothing is stopping you from getting a custom-made bed that’s designed for your own comfort and required sizes.

If you’re exceptionally tall, a supersized California king bed might be right for you. Just get a local carpenter to create the bed surface for you and then buy a residential CaKing mattress.

Oh, and if that’s why you’re looking for king beds for RV’s – don’t forget to check out my post about the best RV’s for a tall person.

Looking for a mattress for your King Sized RV bed

If you already have an RV, you may be looking to replace the mattress you bought it with. People shop for new RV mattresses for many reasons, chief of which is: comfort.

After all, different people have their own preferences when it comes to just how hard or soft a mattress needs to be and what level of support it should give them.

Also, if you bought a used RV, changing the mattress to a fresh new one may be a necessary upgrade. Just to make you feel at home in your own bed.

So, with that in mind, here are a couple of tips for shopping for RV mattresses. They hold true for all sizes of mattresses.

1. Measure before shopping

By now you’ve probably realized just how creative RV manufacturers can be when describing their mattress size.

Just because you were told the bed is a queen or a king does not mean it’s the same size as a residential equivalent. It doesn’t even necessarily mean it conforms to any “RV industry standards”.

You simply must bring out the measuring tape and get the accurate numbers.

2. Measure the base of the bed.

Don’t settle for measuring the existing mattress. Especially if you’re replacing a used one.

Mattresses can flatten out to become wider, or shrink a little. Depending on which conditions they were kept in. Just because the current mattress is X by Y inches in size, does not mean the next one should be.

Take the mattress off the bed and measure the exact width and length of the bed base. That should give you an accurate size to shop for.

3. Buying online and not in the store

Assuming you are looking for RV sizes –  you probably won’t find them in regular mattresses stores. Instead, look up websites that deal specifically with RV mattresses.

They have a selection of mattresses available, that are lightweight and made to fit the slightly smaller RV beds.

What sheets do you need for a King Sized RV bed?

Happy with the mattress in your RV? That’s awesome! You can absolutely keep that.

When shopping for sheets, you should again carefully measure the mattress. Don’t assume that sheets sold as “King Size” will fit your RV king bed. Check and check again before ordering.

In Summary

If you’re looking for an RV with an extra large bed, those are in fact available.

If size matters to you, look for Class A motorhomes or 5th wheel trailers. Avoid regular travel trailers and Class B or C motorhomes. They’re generally too small to hold a truly large bed.

Double and triple check the specs. Don’t go by name alone and make sure the bed you’re getting is indeed the size that you want and need it to be. Look for exact measurement in inches.

If you still can’t find what you need, consider going with a custom-made bed to fit your own specific needs. Then shop online for the right mattress that will match that bed.

That’s it! I hope this post helps you find the right bed for your RV – so you can sleep well during the night and enjoy the road during the day! Happy Travels!

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