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Old 12-03-2013, 08:17 PM   #15
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Having the queen in our 22' SS I sleep on the outside because of my frequent nighttime journeys. The DW has no problem maneuvering over me and I don't mind at all.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:43 PM   #16
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We had the twin bed in our first AS, a '75 Excella and now have a walk-around queen in our 2006 Classic. I miss my twin beds every time we go out on a trip. Hubby usually ends up on the couch cuz he likes more space.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:48 PM   #17
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We had a 20' with the 48" wide bed and it was fine, but it also had extra length compared to the 48" corner beds. It's the access for the inside partner that's a problem.

We have a rear queen bed now and it's overkill for a camping trailer. A standard size double bed would be excellent for sleeping, and make access better. But Airstream doesn't offer one, and this is most surely a marketing decision rather than practical. Not sure what they will do when people demand a Calif king size bed offering, probably take more useful space away.

In the 1950's it was classy for homes to have twin beds in the master bedroom, but that soon lost favor. Still a good idea for travel trailers from a practical view, but we're not practical yet. Maybe when we get old(er) we'll do a conversion to our Airstream. For now couldn't be better.

The guy who built bunks in his 19' is a genius. Make the best of what you have.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:49 PM   #18
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Hey, Ranger Jay, how about some pics of the bunk layout you built in your Bambi? It's interesting to consider.
Becky & I started out sleeping together in the corner bed. After a while, she wanted more room, and we started setting up the dinette each night for her. This year, we started sharing the bed again, and it's fine. Setting up the dinette and tearing it down takes time better spent on other things. We have a king bed at home, so sleeping close is a nice change.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:15 PM   #19
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The first Airstream we slept in was a 59 twind w/twins. It was very comfortable. We were able to keep the beds made up full time. Our sleep was very restful and similar to home but in separate beds. We used the aisle to dress in and could easily pass through to the bathroom. We just spent our first night in our own 65 twind in a double. Our sleep was not as restful, we had to unmake the bed to push in the bed to pass to the bathroom. (Okay we dont actually have a toilet yet) We think we would like twins someday but will miss the great closet space a double gives you.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:23 PM   #20
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34's Rule :)

I have a 34 foot triple axle that had rear twins.
I built a bridge across the aisle and made the entire back of the coach a bed.

I tried to get Kingsdowne in Winchester, VA, to make me a King mattress with two rounded corners for the rear...they wouldn't. But, I got a Simmons Beauty Rest Queen (a full size house Queen mattress) that fits in with room to spare. We put body pillows around it on three sides to take up the extra.

Now there's room for me, my wife, both kids, and the dog. I sleep better in that bed than I do the one in my house!

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:32 PM   #21
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Sleeping in the cross frame modified queen bed of the 25FB became a challenge as I am less than graceful crawling out from the front edge of the bed for the multiple nightly trips down the hall and always awakened my wife. And we had to climb onto the mattress to access the roof lockers above the bed.

Our solution when ordering the new trailer was/is twin beds.

Both trailers had/will have 8" custom cut to fit Rocky Mountain mattresses. They filled out the 600 thread Airstream sheets properly.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:33 PM   #22
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I built a bridge across the aisle and made the entire back of the coach a bed.

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Search for "superbed" and you'll see other people who have made the bed go across the aisle. After 3 2-month trips in a 54" wide bed, we upgraded to an Overlander Twin and plan to do the same.

There are others who have modified full size beds to make them into a queen with heavy duty drawer or A/C slides or the VTS Bed Slide.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:09 PM   #23
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Although we have a queen-sized bed at home, my wife and I have always been happy with the bed in our 2002 19-footer. Neither of us is short (hey, I used to be almost 6'2", but with age appear to have lost my non-shrink label), but are modest in girth.

Before buying the trailer new, we tested how WE fit on the bed and I think that is a good idea for any buyer.

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Old 12-04-2013, 01:20 PM   #24
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the twin configuration appears to be the clear winner for an Airstream. Room to move around in the room.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:30 PM   #25
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Yes, Sir. The twins are the way to go.
That is some 20/20 hindsight after getting a trailer with the island queen.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:49 PM   #26
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Interesting conversation.

We have the Interstate EXT, and when you fold the benches down to create the bed, it's, I believe, the size of a king sized bed. Quite large and luxurious.

Even so, we hate climbing out feet first. Next trip, going to try leaving the side benches up so that it leaves a middle aisle.
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #27
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Yes, it is. It is a different ball game in a trailer. Looks like you would still crawl in the end of the bed in an Interstate.
As an aside- Interstates are awesome. I would love to have one for a family car.
I think Interstates will take a part of the market share from Road Trek because they are so much nicer. The interior of this RoadTrek is just terrible.
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Old 12-04-2013, 02:25 PM   #28
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Hey, Ranger Jay, how about some pics of the bunk layout you built in your Bambi? .....
Here you go.

I made these prior to the 2007 camping season and they've stood the test of time (and many thousands of miles) since - but they aren't for everyone - I had made a conscious decision that they had to fit between the existing cabinetry and bed surface - which does not leave a lot of vertical room in either bed. If I were to do it again I would give more thought to modifying the cabinetry to allow for more vertical space for each bed.


A couple of accidental benefits:
  • the "bench" is great for changing - and also provides a bit more readily accessible storage space (both our computer bags and the camera bag).
  • you'll notice the head of each bed is against the fridge wall - this means we no longer have any complaints about cold air spilling down on our heads from the rear window (we do a fair bit of cool/cold weather camping through the fall).
There is a lot more information and more pictures of how it was put together here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f198...ml#post1017478

Be glad to answer any questions anyone has.


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