waterbed mattress


My waterbed mattress has finally sprung a leak after 22 years of use. It was made in Canada and high quality. Now I'm confused which brand is a good one or which ones to avoid. I like semi-wave for a hard-sided waterbed frame. Is Strobel a good brand? Legacy Ruby? S-Series? I am leaning toward the brand with the longest warranty and vinyl mil thickness because I have no other comparison study. It looks like many are made in the USA but I'm not convinced about quality.
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Ya know, those can be patched. I had one that started leaking at a corner, used a large patch to completely cover the corner, never had a problem from it again. After fixing it, I first used air to verify the patch job. Still using it after 31 years. BTW, I have a layer of the faced Styrofoam under it and alongside, the stuff you use under vinyl siding. That way it doesn't warm the contents of the drawers underneath, and make the heater keep going so much. And I put my heater rather close to the side so that if I have to replace it, I don't have to drain the bed. There isn't anything magical about it being centered, other than the trouble involved with replacing it.

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Yeah I used to have to replace my heater about every 3 or 4 years before decided to insulate the bed. Downside was that my wife could no longer pull warm sweaters out of the drawers.
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WaterbedGuru had written this in response to http://www.thestuccocompany.com/maintenance/waterbed-mattress-389688-.htm :
Phisherman wrote:

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Hi Phisherman, Hmmmmm...only lasted 22 years huh...not a bad investment! A couple of hints based on more than 3o years of all facets of the waterbed industry: All brands are pretty decent if purchased from a legitimate retailer or they would no longer be in business. Full warranty of almost all water mattresses is 4-5 years then pro-rated out to the end of time. The pro-rated warranty is usually not worth shopping for or using! You end up buying at a small discount on an inflated price with the warranty starting date on your new mattress the purchase date of your old mattress; in other words no warranty! Read the fine print. Do you have your original purchase receipt from 22 years ago? You would need it and the manufacturer would have to be still in business with the same name. In general, if something is going to go wrong with your new mattress it will happen in the first month to a year. Second: mattresses made of thicker vinyl may not last as long as some thinner mattresses. The "sweetspot" seems to be 22 mil. Thinner mats obviously may not last as long but thicker vinyl needs more plasticizer to keep it soft and supple. Since plasticizer is volatile "new mattress" smell and will leach into the air over time, some of the thicker mats become brittle sooner than the 22 mil! If you or any of your readers have any questions shoot me an email or call 1-888-288-4523. Oh, disclaimer--we sell waterbeds, too! Regards!
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