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Old 09-09-2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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We went to Southwest trailers in Irvine on Saturday and have some questions. We looked at the 27FB and 25 FB. Where do you store your outdoor stuff?
The 27 FB does not have an outside storage door. The 25 has a small one on the front curbside.
I'm thinking I don't have a place to store my BBQ grill, Beach umbrellas and the tow hitch bars. Equalizer type.

How do all of you transport your outside recreational stuff?
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:34 AM   #2
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We went to Southwest trailers in Irvine on Saturday and have some questions. We looked at the 27FB and 25 FB. Where do you store your outdoor stuff?
The 27 FB does not have an outside storage door. The 25 has a small one on the front curbside.
I'm thinking I don't have a place to store my BBQ grill, Beach umbrellas and the tow hitch bars. Equalizer type.

How do all of you transport your outside recreational stuff?
I have a van and all that stuff goes into the rear behind the rearmost seats. With an airstream coach riding lower to the ground than most SOB's, hatch space is limited to areas where something inside sits against the wall. For example I have a large rear hatch on my Classic. That opens to the area under the queen bed. So dependent upon your interior layout, hatch openings and the amount of storage in them will vary.

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Old 09-09-2007, 12:00 PM   #3
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we saw the 2008 27'FB yesterday also....there's a storage unit in the front behind where the batteries are. Not big but better than the exterior storage we have in our 2007 25'SS
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:02 PM   #4
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We went to Southwest trailers in Irvine on Saturday and have some questions. We looked at the 27FB and 25 FB. Where do you store your outdoor stuff?
The 27 FB does not have an outside storage door. The 25 has a small one on the front curbside.
I'm thinking I don't have a place to store my BBQ grill, Beach umbrellas and the tow hitch bars. Equalizer type.

How do all of you transport your outside recreational stuff?
Storage is a problem in most travel trailers as opposed to a MH or 5th wheel that have hug storage areas. We are full timing in a 30ft classic and find there is adequate storage for personal needs, cloths, food,etc. Outside stuff must be carried somewhere else. We tow with a pickup and use it for the things you mention except hitch hardware. That we cable lock to the tongue and put it under the trailer. While many of us do, an Airstream trailer is really not designed to live in,thus the lack of storage. The advantage of course is a lower trailer, easier to enter & exit and easier to tow. If you're a person who must "take it all with you" an Airstream might not be the best choice. -----pieman
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:04 PM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums, subfan1! The curbside storage you mention is about enough to hold chocks, leveling blocks, the jackstand base, my hazard triangles and my battery powered drill for lowering the stabilizers.

Only the 25' FB twin bed has two more large outside storage areas -- one roadside front (small door but nearly 4' long inside) and one at front behind the battery (wide door, nearly 5' long inside). Now, many more people ask about converting twin bed Airstreams into queens and not the other way around. But I have a twin bed by choice. I keep my hoses and water equipment in the roadside compartment. In the front compartment I store a 30A extension cord, the ground mat for under the awning, the awning accessory rod, a broom, camp umbrella chairs, the weight distribution bars and there's still room left over. I carry my Road Trip grill in the truck - it hooks to the LP tanks at the front of the Safari.

Don't overlook the benefit of the larger pantry and wardrobe space on a 27' FB. I'm not going to switch though.
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:08 PM   #6
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We went to Southwest trailers in Irvine on Saturday and have some questions. We looked at the 27FB and 25 FB. Where do you store your outdoor stuff?
The 27 FB does not have an outside storage door. The 25 has a small one on the front curbside.
I'm thinking I don't have a place to store my BBQ grill, Beach umbrellas and the tow hitch bars. Equalizer type.

How do all of you transport your outside recreational stuff?
Since your shopping, you might check out California RV in Fontana.

Good prices, good inventory, good service, always a smile.

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Old 09-09-2007, 12:08 PM   #7
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I have a 25 FB.

Heavy/bulky items go in the back of the truck.

The trailers storage area holds water hoses, tool box, outdoor mats, wheel chocks etc.

There are two storage areas under the bed in the 25. You can lift the bed while inside and you'll find larger item storage.
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:09 PM   #8
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We store things such as chairs and bbq grill in the bed of our Avalanche where we have a bed slide, so we have easy access. We also have space in the back seat that we have in a down position with a board to use as a floor for storage like the dog beds, dogs, satallite dish and tripod.

We have the twin bed model, but find plenty of storage in the AS for inside living. We can take almost everything we own. (Just kidding but it sure seems like it.)
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:53 AM   #9
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Less is best! I frankly look forward to leaving all of the junk behind in favor of the basic necessities the Airstream provides. It's always a refreshing change - offering a perspective free of clutter and the opportunity to awake your senses to simple pleasures.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:48 AM   #10
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Yes, the challenges, and rewards, of AirStreams! When we went from an SOB to our Excella, one thing I missed immediately was the big storage bin for my grill, chairs, etc.
But then we traded in the Suburban for the pick me up so I can put all that stuff in the truck (bikes, greasy old grill, firewood, etc). So we solved that problem.
The AS does have great interior space though; for clothing, food, refreshments.
All things in Life are a compromise.
We do not regret the AS at all, I suspect you won't either. You will learn to pack differently, and you will learn to love the AS life-style!

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Old 09-10-2007, 10:04 AM   #11
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I have a 25' Classic with rear twins which seems to have more outside storage than most models. It has the rear sliding tray, a large rear trunk storage, two good size compartments ,one under each bed, accessed from the outside plus two other compartments with drop down doors as well as a flag storge compartment.The FB models seem to have the least amount of outside storage, especially the Queen bed layout.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:10 AM   #12
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Less is best! I frankly look forward to leaving all of the junk behind in favor of the basic necessities the Airstream provides. It's always a refreshing change - offering a perspective free of clutter and the opportunity to awake your senses to simple pleasures.
I fulltime in a 25 FB and I've learned that most of the "must have" stuff simply ISN'T must have. You REALLY need two or three good knives, not a drawer full, two sets of sheets is plenty as are two extra towels. Will you really want to wear that old outfit next spring? No? Toss or donate. Do you really NEED a Jello mold in the form of a human brain? REALLY? When was the last time you actually baked a homemade angel food cake? Reality Check becomes a way of life.

BTW, Did you know a five gallon bucket with a tight lid can be a great washing machine while you're traveling? Fill with sudsy water, throw in a few unmentionables and drive 200 miles. Drain, wring cloths, refill with water. When you arrive at your destination remove cloths, wring out, and hang to dry. It isn't great for jeans or queen sheets though.

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Old 09-12-2007, 10:57 PM   #13
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We carry the bulky stuff (lounge chairs, patio rug, BBQ, etc) in the pickup tow vehicle, but each time we go out we take less with us than the time before...and we try not to take anything we don't really plan to use...that makes less to pack, less weight to tow, less to unload when we get there and less to unpack when we get home...less is definietly more...and in a Bambi, you really learn to pack efficiently...though we find it has plenty of storage space for our needs and "our little dog(s), too!"...

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We went to Southwest trailers in Irvine on Saturday and have some questions. We looked at the 27FB and 25 FB. Where do you store your outdoor stuff?
The 27 FB does not have an outside storage door. The 25 has a small one on the front curbside.
I'm thinking I don't have a place to store my BBQ grill, Beach umbrellas and the tow hitch bars. Equalizer type.

How do all of you transport your outside recreational stuff?
The pickup bed for the big heavy stuff is my choice.

Am I wierd or something. We have been a member here for almost a year now learning before we buy. But one thing I DO KNOW...I do not want to take ALL the things I have at home with me. I DO NOT WANT...a flat screen tv...I might get a cheap 12v/120 job for the local news just in CASE when I am in Corpus Chisty Texas and the clouds out over the ocean turn the color of mud I can turn the TV on and know when to get outta Town. I DO NOT WANT.....the upgraded sterio system.....I want piece and quiet. I want to get away....I want the A/C cause I am NOT nuts...I do not want to camp in the Desert of Southeastern Washington in August when it regularly hits 100+ without A/C. I want to sleep...eat....clean clothes...and shower too...I only want an Airsteam cause I have a desease (Aluminitus). I might not even want food if I get any damn fatter. NO damn microwave....I heat my oatmeal in a pan on the stove. Camping/boonedocking is getting away....with littel as possible....WHERE THE HELL IS MY HONDA EU6500i..its hot out.
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