Thanks for the detailed writeup and awesome pics. I have been contemplating getting the tesmat, like the fact it includes boards on the 'head' pieces to support your head, and that it can be compressed into a small-ish bag. Appreciate info on it's comfort, or lack thereof. Maybe I should just get a cheap air mattress instead. Taking my first roadtrip this weekend, but no camping this trip. Soon hopefully.
Tesmat is really easy to setup and put away for sure but we found it to be a hassle to set it up and then put it away, especially when you're in a campground filled with bugs and mosquitoes. The three pieces slid around too so it could get in the way of the hatch closing and got annoying to have to go adjust them again. One tip I found during the trip was if the hatch didn't close all the way, I can do a little gentle push from the top or inside the hatch with the black trim and it would latch instead of keep opening it and closing it over and over again until it latches. Learned that after a few mosquito bites.
I also think we brought too much clothes so downsizing would certainly help a lot.
For next time, I would just setup the bed to be the most comfortable as it can be without having to move it at all much. We'll bring like three days worth of outdoor clothes for the both of us with a jacket each to fit under the trunk compartment on the bottom, toiletries, keep the sleeping clothes on top of the bed, and enough food/liquids to fit in the frunk. We should be good.
Most RV camps and even some camping site have laundry services so we'll utilize that.