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A BED THAT RISES ABOVE SLEEPING BAGS

The 43.5 million Americans who go camping every year may finally be in for a good night's sleep.

Aero Products International, maker of the Aero Bed, the inflatable bed in a bag that has become a staple of guest rooms and sleepovers, has introduced the even sturdier Aero Sport All-Terrain bed that can be recharged by plugging it into an automobile lighter.

At last week's International Housewares Show here, the company showed off its model designed to bunk down with tents, campfires and muddy riverbanks. The inflatable lifts sleepers 10 inches off the ground and above the creepy-crawly things so often found in the great outdoors, according to Ted Austen, director of marketing for Aero Sport.

Aero Beds were introduced in 1992 and have swelled to include double-height versions, kid-size designs and models with built-in sleeping bags. The All-Terrain inflates with a pump in less than 60 seconds and deflates in 15, should you need to make a quick getaway from an approaching bear.

Available in twin size for $69.99 and queen size for $89.99 (similar to the indoor Aero), they will be available at Wal-Mart and www.Amazon.com in a few weeks.

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