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Old 08-18-2016   #1
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Attaching two Paco Pads/RiverBeds/Landing Pads to make a double-bed

So I've got an NRS River Bed and an Aire Landing Pad (on order, both 3" thick) that will replaced a queen-sized air mattress. But, it would be nice to be able to attach them to one another to get closer to a double bed kind of deal, without them sliding apart.

Has anyone rigged up a system to attach pads when laid side by side? If so, how did you attach them? Was it effective at keeping the pads from sliding apart and creating a gap in the middle? Was it still comfortable?

I was thinking of a couple options:
1) Attach the two pads at the top and bottom using the buckles on the straps through the grommets. This could probably hold them together, but I feel like it might still separate in the middle.

2) Velcro. I was thinking I could glue on a flap to the first pad with a strip of hook-velcro on the underside of the flap. Then glue on a strip of loop-velcro onto the top of the second pad. The flap would go over the gap between the two pads and attach to the velcro on the second pad (see attached image).

Whatcha think?
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Old 08-18-2016   #2
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If you choose velcro, there is an "automotive" version with a glue that doesn't wilt in direct sunshine. It works much better than the std adhesive backed stuff

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Old 08-18-2016   #3
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We use a double bed fitted sheet or Rhino clips. Both work great.
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Old 08-18-2016   #4
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A 9' strap does the trick, or two.
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I just use a fitted sheet and they stay together fine.
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Old 08-18-2016   #6
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We use a fitted sheet as well. River pads like these have enough mass and are stiff, they donít move all over or bend in the middle like trying to connect a couple light/flimsy thermarests together, they donít move all over on you. Once down they stay in place.
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Just in case you were not aware Jack's Plastic makes a double wide paco pad if that floats your boat.

Nice to have flexibility tho.
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Old 08-18-2016   #8
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I would try to find something besides Velcro for river use, the sand plays havoc on it after time and you will end up with sand filled Velcro that doesn't stick any longer. You and your honey should have a camp out party in your backyard and test out the sheets, it has worked for me too and I tend to spin around like a rotisserie chicken at night.
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Originally Posted by lhowemt View Post
A 9' strap does the trick, or two.
not that is is needed for just one night but a cam around the two in the center works just fine for extended stays. keep the buckle under the pads when sleeping
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We use a double bed fitted sheet, works great.

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