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Re: [RC] [RC] questions! - Kristen A Fisher

Me too - I find that every time I roll over on an air mattress, that new
spot is very cold and you need a lot of insulation on the bottom to keep it
from being uncomfortable when it is cold. Now this could be because the
mattress' bottom surface was the gooseneck of the (aluminum) trailer, which
I am certain NASA should study for its super-efficient heat loss properties.

BTW If you do use a propane heater inside be sure it is the one that is safe
for use in enclosed spaces with a catalytic converter.

Kristen

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rae Callaway" <tallcarabians@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "B. L. Kossowan" <bekosso@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 5:54 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] [RC] questions!


Interesting.  I have slept on an air mattress in 28 - 30 degree weather
and
I have NEVER been so cold in my entire life!  Even my sleeping bag, which
was rated for 0 degrees didn't help.  I had piled every horse blanket I
owned on top, but that freezing air coming from below (the air mattress)
just couldn't be stopped.  I will never use an air mattress on a cold
night
again.

Rae
Tall C Arabians - Central Region

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "B. L. Kossowan" <bekosso@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 11:37 PM
Subject: [RC] [RC] questions!


Raven wrote: "Just keep in mind, that if it's a cold night, the air
mattress
will be verycold, and it will "steal" your body heat."

I beg to differ, coming from an area of the world where the armed forces
have made a science of cold-weather survival. I have participated on
winter
maneouvres with an an artillery unit, when we had to camp in canvas
teepees,
six to a tent, with arctic sleeping bags and no tent heaters, while
outside
temperatures dropped to -40. The cardinal rule was to keep your air
mattress
inflated to preserve heat. Trapped air is, in fact, a remarkable
insulator.
I didn't sleep too well myself - one of the other "journalists" had a
leaky
air mattress and swapped it for mine while I was out lurking around. I
crawled out at 4 a.m. and spent the rest of the morning wandering around
camp. Thank God for the arbitrary tot of rum issued later that morning -
truly the Great Canadian Attitude Adjustment.

Cheers,

Brenda K.

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[RC] [RC] questions!, B. L. Kossowan
Re: [RC] [RC] questions!, Rae Callaway