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Old 06-11-2011, 12:44 PM   #57
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We think that you will love your 25FB as much as we love our Lucy. We are currently in Wyoming with Lucy and tonight will be our 872nd night spent in her. When the 27FB came out several years ago, we looked very hard at it, but decided that Lucy was actually better. The extra storage in the 27 would mean that we would carry some more junk that we never use. We also looked at the 23FB when it came out, but decided that the shower within the bathroom wouldn't cut it for us.

If, God forbid, Lucy were to get stolen, we would replace her with another 25FB. Maybe we could even get one with the punch bowl sink.

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Old 06-11-2011, 12:57 PM   #58
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Brian, we have the shower within the bathroom and think its pretty neat deal. I'm contemplating a couple different arrangements in a new trailer, why wouldn't the shower in the bathroom cut it?

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Old 06-11-2011, 01:19 PM   #59
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Brian, we have the shower within the bathroom and think its pretty neat deal. I'm contemplating a couple different arrangements in a new trailer, why wouldn't the shower in the bathroom cut it?

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Doug,

When we first got Lucy, we had never owned an RV before and were flying by the seat of our pants. We were just lucky that we settled on the 25FB which had just come out and was not a big seller with the door at the rear of the trailer. We got a good deal as Lucy had languished on the dealer's lot for 16 months when we came along and rescued her.

Lucy was one of the first 10, or so, FB's made. Her door is hinged at the rear. This was quickly changed to front hinging as the door hits the awning arm when deployed. As it turns out, we like this better than the open door covering the kitchen window.

I'm sorry that I digress. You asked about the shower not being in the bathroom. We have found that the separate shower works really well for us as one of us can shave or use the toilet conveniently while the other person is showering. We like this arrangement so well that when we looked at motor homes a couple of years ago, we would only look at models that were set up this way.

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Old 06-11-2011, 01:35 PM   #60
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We have found that the separate shower works really well for us as one of us can shave or use the toilet conveniently while the other person is showering.
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Old 06-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #61
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Thanks Brian, that makes sense. I'm always looking for ways to expand the function of the Airstream's features.

I'm weighing a 25 FB against the 23 dinette thinking along your lines, the larger trailer just has more room for more junk. As for bigger bedrooms, that is the last place I would spend money and space on. We slept well in our 42" VW camper bed and our 48" Safari 20 bed, as well as the queen size at home. But that's not to condemn those who can't.

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Old 06-11-2011, 03:09 PM   #62
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If I recall correctly, the bathrooms with the shower had a cramped toilet area too.

Our "sofa" (i.e., gaucho) is not very comfortable, though we are ok with the dinette seating. The quality of the fabric is not good, they don't line it and the cloth can slide around. We bought some sheep skins and sit on those—keeps the dirt off the cloth and is more comfortable.

We took out the cushion closest to the TV partition and put a cabinet there for a printer and a microwave—we got the idea from moosetags. It frees up counter space and allows a printer. Between the cabinet and the partition there is enough space for magazines, books, maps, etc., plus we mounted a magazine rack on the other side of the cabinet for more stuff. The magazine rack is a clear plastic one we found at The Contained Store. The cabinet was actually a very deep 2 shelf bookcase we found at a unfinished furniture store and ordered out their catalog. The top of it also is good counter space. You can't use the gaucho for sleeping once you do this modification, but this is not a problem for us.

We lived in the 25' FB for 8 weeks last year and had enough storage and didn't kill each other, so it works for us.

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Old 06-11-2011, 04:29 PM   #64
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Here are some of ours'. SuEllyn built this unit from 3/4" marine plywood. As you will note, we have not gotten a chance to put a finish on it yet.

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I removed the cushion; Brian and SuEllyn put their cabinet on top of it. Actually SuEllyn did the work and built their cabinet. Here is what ours looks like except I didn't have the magazine rack yet.
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Boy, today I was back at the dealership and snooped-out a 19' Bambi and a 23' International. The beds looked so small.

I have no regrets about my 27' with it's Queen-sized island bed. It really is a bedroom!
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:00 PM   #67
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Boy, today I was back at the dealership and snooped-out a 19' Bambi and a 23' International. The beds looked so small.

I have no regrets about my 27' with it's Queen-sized island bed. It really is a bedroom!
And the guy with the 28 will wonder how we get by with that dismal living room, and the guy with the 30 . . .

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On another thread I asked if anyone knew of members that had reverse traded, ie gone from a larger trailer to a smaller one. We started with the 17 Sport in 2007, liked it fine. Then moved up to the 23FB, which seemed like a palace to us. Like it fine. Then we talked some about the 25 Eddie Bauer, interested in the big door in the back. But passed on it. Now we are discussing going the other way, to consider a Bambi 16.

This is all due to a change in tow vehicles, houses, parking places, etc.

I am wondering if others have done something like this.
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Old 06-13-2011, 02:33 PM   #69
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All 3 of our Airstreams have been 25 footers. I have a few more options when it comes to parking.
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Does anyone know the official length of both 25FB and 27FB EXCLUDING the coupling and drawbar, but INCLUDING the rear bumper ? (The official drawings from Airstream with dimentions of both 25FB and 27FB would help a lot and would be highly appreciated).

Also, I am trying to find out which of 25FB built 2005 onwards (except Classic, due heavier weights) are available in Twin Beds configuration, i.e. Safari, Flying Cloud, International, Ocean Breeze, Serenity, Signature) ?
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