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Old 12-10-2006, 10:42 PM   #1
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Question about extra-long beds

Hello Folks: Please excuse me if this question has been asked before, but I've searched the forums here and did not find anything on this particular question. So, here goes:

I'm wondering whether anyone knows of any current or past Airstream model that might have a bed that is longer than 75 inches. I'm 6' 3" tall, and even with a normal queen, my feet hang over the bottom of the bed. At home, I sleep on a "California King", which is 6 inches longer than a standard king, and it's just about right.

So, can anyone point me to a model that might have an extra-long bed, or should I consider buying an older trailer and re-constructing the interior to accommodate a longer bed?

Any thoughts or ideas would be most appreciated!

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Old 12-10-2006, 10:57 PM   #2
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You probably already know that there is a mattress called a California Queen which is 60"x84". For those who want to know, a standard queen mattress is 60"x80", and a short queen is 60"x75". My mattress platform could easily be modified to accept a 60x84 mattress by extending the platform 9". Walk around space would be tight but it is possible. See pic here: http://www.airforums.com/photo...00&userid=3264
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Old 12-10-2006, 11:08 PM   #3
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We have a 1992 Excella with twin beds. They are 80X34. My husband is 6'4 & has no trouble sleeping comfortably on it.
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We have a 1992 Excella with twin beds. They are 80X34. My husband is 6'4 & has no trouble sleeping comfortably on it.
Yes, Airstream twin beds tend to be equivalent to the XL twins so common in college dorms (J.C. Penney being the most common source for aftermarket sheet stock).

Hmm, even in cold Vermont you hang out the bottom of a bed that is 5" longer than you? Airstream twins tend to have a cabinet or compartment wall at either end of the bed. We have the 80" twins. I'm nearly your height and I slide down and get my feet scrunched. If it bothers me enough I just have to reposition -- it is getting less over time as I train myself. Bob Thompson is right that queen beds are tight fits from the start and that adding length would lose the minimal circulating space around the bed. It's very hard to make a bed without that narrow space. If you must go that way I'd think about a custom mattress (every town & city has a custom manufacturer) -- add the length and get California king sheets narrowed? I can only imagine the issues if you tried to add the king width too -- but each situation can be assessed only after you have the hard trailer measurements in front of you.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:54 AM   #5
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I'm wondering whether anyone knows of any current or past Airstream model that might have a bed that is longer than 75 inches.
In the 2006 16' bambi the front dinette bed extends to the full width of the trailer (7' 7" or 91") though the front is curved.

Of perhaps more interest is the rear bed. We had a tempur-pedic classic double long (54 x 80) cut down to fit between the rear hampers (~78") by savvy sleeper. Because the mattress is much thicker than the one AS provides the padded top of the hampers just slopes up gently from the top of the mattress...which allows us to throw our arms up over our head.

Or if you really wanted it all to be truly flat, you could just rip out the hampers and have a custom bed made to be 91" long (minus the curved rear).
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Greetings Bud and Welcome to the forums. The easiest way to see what size sleeping quaters is offered by AS is to go to the Airstream website and review the floor plans. All the mattress sizes are so indicated on the plans of each model. We have a 22' Safari and the bed measures 76" long. Being 6'3" I actually find it very comfortable and fit well. I wouldn't suggest buying a Bambi for a long bed since you wouldn't fit in it anywere else!
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I'm 6'5" and have queen beds at home and in the trailer. Any of the rear queen Airstreams will accomodate an 80" mattress without modifications. I think an 84" mattress would pretty much be out of the question and still be able to walk around the bed. As a matter of fact, I doubt you'd get it into the bedroom to put it on the platform.

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OK, so one of our fellow forum members wants to tear things out; well why not just pick-up a nice 1990's 26' AS, tear out all the inside, put down a mattress and then you can tow it with your little TV!
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I'm 6'5" and have queen beds at home and in the trailer. Any of the rear queen Airstreams will accomodate an 80" mattress without modifications. I think an 84" mattress would pretty much be out of the question and still be able to walk around the bed. As a matter of fact, I doubt you'd get it into the bedroom to put it on the platform.

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Hey Bud,
Not to worry. I'm 6'4 and know what you mean. The 48"x74" double bed in our trailer was captive on both ends, one being the kitchen pantry and the other being the headboard against the bath cabinets. I told the wife I was going to cut a big hole in the side of the kitchen pantry so my feet would have some room, but that idea was shot down . I can sleep pretty comfortably provided I lay at a slight angle on the bed. Whatever space the wife doesn't use, I do! In fact, if I sleep on my belly with feet stretched out, I have to be at about 20 deg. angle to fit. This really hasn't been a big issue for me though. I've been able to sleep well despite the shorter matress. However, if the wife was taller, two people needing to sleep at an angle could be a real problem! --dave
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Smile Wow, thanks for all the feedback so quickly!

Thank you ever so much for all of your valuable information. I can see I have a lot to learn. I will study your responses and begin to formulate a plan to become an Airstreamer!

Thanks again, and I appreciate the time everyone has taken to respond.

Kindest Regards,

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Why the very same, new 80" long, 11" thick custom visco-foam queen we had made for the Airstream, of course! And there's more room to get around the "foot" of it in the BF than there was in the Airstream! I wasn't ABOUT to give up my new mattress!

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Hubby is 2 inches shorter than you Mr. Too Tall Man from Vermont But he was born with knees - that bend

Sorry I could not resist.

I would go for a model I could custom fit my wall to wall bed in. By the time you get a big enough bed in and try and have walk around space - I find it a lot hard to walk around it than I would just flopping in it.

As far as sheets - those travasack systems are great I have heard - or you could custom make your own sheet so they are easy to make and pull taught on the mattress.

Why if you retro fit any of the twins in the rear with filler cushions you could have anywhere from a full 7' with the pre 70's to 8.5" with the wide bodies.

When we set up our Overlander in ther restoration we have decided to go with a custom dinette that converts into a wall to wall bed - thus Hubby will be happy and so will the two Labs and I get to sleep on the outside edge so that I can get up without crawling over Hubby - as I don't mind at all him crawling all over me......
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