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Old 11-20-2017, 02:56 PM   #15
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The front bed/rear bed thing has been debated on many threads. To us it's a non-issue. It's a crap shoot every stop which one gets the better view. And as J Edgar Hoover's brother said earlier, we are not in the camper for the view. We are out all day, and home for meals and sleeping.

YMMV.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:45 PM   #16
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I'm also ruminating over this decision. Leaning toward the rear bedroom for increased bathroom size and storage; willing to give up a bit of lounge length. We'll likely eat outside most of the time anyway. I like having the door toward the front, and perhaps the rear bedroom might give a little more quiet and privacy in many campgrounds if one likes to leave Windows and curtains open a bit.

As BillfromWI mentioned above, I'm a little leery of the tongue weight on the 25's, particularly if I end up with a 1/2 ton as TV. The AS dealer tells me that the 25's really do come in around the specified tongue weights, and there isn't much difference between the FB and RB, but I've seen people describe horrendous weights on their FB's when actually measured. Is it true the RB's have lower tongue weight? Can anybody post their actual measured weight on a recent model trailer?
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:48 PM   #17
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I wanted to buy 1 Airstream-
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And it will most likely end up an Heirstream...
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:48 PM   #18
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We had 3 25's before going to the 28' this past year. We had FB Twins in the last 2, as we wanted the rear dinning. Many places we camp have back in locations over looking water, is what drove our choice in the 25' FB Twin models. Wife does like the window in the Twin Rear bed unit; also the Microwave above the fridge and I believe you get a 4th storage compartment outside as I remember. We went up to the 28' Twin as we were tired of the dead space with the lounge for watching TV. Looked hard at the 27' and that is a nice unit also, but same lounge issues as 25'. The 26' is also very nice layout. As others on this thread have said, both are very nice and have slight advantages. Either Twin however, is much more functional unit with more storage outside then the queen models so not sure you can go wrong with either choice.
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:19 PM   #19
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:38 PM   #20
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We went with rear twins for a few reasons.

We thought the extra length in the sofa was unnecessary and liked the larger bathroom. Didn't like the floor level micro wave in the FB. But the biggest reason was access to the big rear outside storage. In the FB the LP tanks get in the way.

YMMV.
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We also liked having the microwave AND the propane oven. The larger bathroom with a window is also a plus - especially the window.

The pano windows in the bedroom are great for enjoying the scenery with a coffee in the morning. As for a view from the dinette - if the view is that great we will be outside for most of the day, not sitting at the dinette. We also like the door at the front which allows a lot more accessibility in many campground parking spots.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:33 PM   #21
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Thanks for everyone’s thoughts and feedback. I didn’t know the younger weight issue... which could be an issue depending on my ultimate tv. Haven’t been in a 27 yet, but now will definitely look. Thanks all!
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Old 11-21-2017, 01:15 AM   #22
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We have a 2018 25FBT on order that I was planning to pull with a F150 3.5 Ecoboost (tow package) with rear air bags and a load balancing hitch. I was also going to upgrade the batteries when we add solar so some extra weight there perhaps. The specs say the hitch weight is roughly the same between the FB and RB 2018s. Should I be concerned about being able to pull this trailer with this truck? Would the RB be better? I can probably change the order.
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:25 AM   #23
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25 FB Twin vs RB Twin

As we are actively looking at FC 25's all of these comments are very helpful - thanks to all of you. FWIW I test drove a 25 FB Twin at my local dealer a few days ago using my own vehicle - a stock 2014 VW Touareg diesel with Class III hitch, V6, 406 ft/lbs torque, 7,700 lbs towing capacity. A WD hitch setup was used. The Touareg sat level at rest and while driving with normal body height. The FC 25 FB towed like a dream, including acceleration, lane changes etc.
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Old 11-21-2017, 11:45 AM   #24
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We have a 2018 25FBT on order that I was planning to pull with a F150 3.5 Ecoboost (tow package) with rear air bags and a load balancing hitch. I was also going to upgrade the batteries when we add solar so some extra weight there perhaps. The specs say the hitch weight is roughly the same between the FB and RB 2018s. Should I be concerned about being able to pull this trailer with this truck? Would the RB be better? I can probably change the order.
lots of posts here with folks (including me) who like the F150 EB 3.5 with the 25's. No issues there with the engine and towing capabilities. What you want to verify is the payload on your door, and make sure your within payload specs; this includes your tongue weight, your self and passengers weight, and gear in the bed. That is key if you want to be within specs.

As for front bed or rear bed...advantages to both, as listed in the previous threads...what do you and your wife find important: rear dining view, microwave, outside storage, window in bathroom?? Both are great size trailers.
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:02 PM   #25
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My problem with a FB is the door is in the rear. That might limit how far back you can park in a campground.
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Old 11-21-2017, 12:21 PM   #26
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One thing I like about our FC 25FB twin is that during the day we have a change room with tinted windows, no need to draw the blinds.
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Here is the text of one of my earlier posts about 2014 FC25FB hitch weight:

We have a 2014 FC25FB twin with factory solar (52 lb. Lifeline batteries). The tongue weight is 1252 lbs. loaded for a three week trip and with an Andersen hitch (less than 60 lbs.), and about 75% propane and 50% water. Add about 7 lbs. for the missing propane. Add 150 lbs. for the missing water, but most of that would be on the axles. The 1252 lb. weight is from the Airstream production line scale—I had them weight it while I was there for warranty work.

My first TV was a 2013 F-150: Steer GAWR 3,900, Drive GAWR 4,050, GVWR 7,700, Max Trailer WR 11,300, GCWR 16,900, and Cargo WR 2,000. I know these numbers don’t exactly “add up”, but they are what Ford quoted.

My first hitch was an Andersen that I switched to a Blue Ox with 1500 lb. bars. Certified scale weights are shown here:

Unhitched: Steer 3,500, Drive 3,340
Andersen Hitch: Steer 3,120, Drive 4,900, Trailer 5,600
Blue Ox Hitch, 1,500 lb. bars, zero links showing: Steer 3,500, Drive 4,140, Trailer 5,860

As can be seen the drive axle was over loaded with either hitch. I could have lived with 100 lbs. over with the Blue Ox however the trailer ride was apparently smooth with the Andersen but I think the Blue Ox setup would have shaken it apart.

The Ford was a great truck but there just wasn’t enough of it. I traded for a 2016 GMC 2500 Duramax and reinstalled my Andersen hitch. Nothing is over loaded.

We have been to Alaska and back and throughout Newfoundland (the worst roads in Canada in my opinion) with this rig with no interior damage and minimal cargo rearrangement.

I still have a very slightly used Blue Ox for sale and I’m motivated to get it out of the garage if anyone is interested.
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FB, easy choice for us. Better view from rear
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