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Old 01-24-2007, 10:43 PM   #15
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I really like the FB floorplans. 8 for drinks, 4 for dinner in an open spacious floorplan.

You are heading for a dealership to hang out in the trailers right??

I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 01-24-2007, 11:40 PM   #16
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Put the dinette into the bed configuration. Make Popcorn! Loll


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Old 01-25-2007, 07:34 AM   #17
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Nobody on the Forums ever starts a thread asking how to convert a queen-equipped Airstream into twins. It's always the other way around. With my twin beds I can more readily fit in 2-3 other friends on a fishing trip.

The 25' has a sideways queen that has never appealed to me due to limited walkaround space -- I know our old Airedale would get trapped in there. Two points: The 27' has a fore-and-aft queen bed that is a good improvement. And just occasionally I mull over keeping the three outside storage compartments of my twin arrangement but modifying the beds to something like a sailboat's forepeak. The twins are just so darned narrow for a couple to pass time in...

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Old 01-25-2007, 07:43 AM   #18
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The twins are just so darned narrow for a couple to pass time in...

thats when you employ the fold down couch... the best of both worlds
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:46 AM   #19
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This thread points out one thing loud and clear--everyone has different needs and taste. Buyer beware--walking into a show room or lot full of trailers without first really looking at what your needs are can start an expensive chain of events. ie; you buy some thing that catches your eye--then you find you need a different tow vehicle--then you find the trailer doesnt fit your needs, you tradeup--now you're short on tow vehicle again--a new floor plan becomes available{ what you should have bought in the first place} . When it ends you find you have what you really should have bought in the first place but thought it too expensive. This is not to mention the expence of multiple licence and title regestrations, sale taxes, hitches, and new insurance premiums. Oh I forgot to mention the 3 sets of towels and bed linens--sheets pillow cases--throw rugs--dish towels--paper towel holders--coat hooks and nick naks that don't match the interior colors of each new coach. Been there done that !!!!-------pieman
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:45 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by jcanavera
While it's sharp looking, I'd rather have the bedroom in the rear of the campsite. A lot more quiet back there and while the windows and light are neat, my life is spent more in the front side of the trailer and I like to watch what is going on around me. The likelyhood of those bedroom curtains being pulled full open are pretty remote for me.

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Looked at both, and bought the 25' classic with twins. I like the the beds in the back were it's quiet at night and I like the couch for watching movies. The FB model seem to have less outside storage especially with the queen.
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In the front bedroom, I feel much more snug up in my bed with head backed up to the truck while I snooze on the road. At a campground there is little road noise and traffic at night but I am closer to the mainstream of other campers while I sleep.
We have the 30' Safari (I know it's not what everyone else here is talking about, but it is the original front bedroom Airstream, IIRC there wasn't one before) and we have the island queen that is parallel to the length of the trailer. This means our heads are directly below the front window and just behind the trailer tongue. We camped about 22 or so nights so far and we haven't heard any of the noise that the fearful have eluded to. Noise just hasn't been a factor even when we have slept in late in the mornings.

So go with the floor plan you like and don't worry about noise unless you are a super, super sensitive sleeper.
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:51 PM   #21
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The original post doesn't stated if they were looking for new or used. And I honestly don't know if the FB is made in old as well as new.
On the noise issue, I can say positively that my '72 allows MUCH more noise in than my '98 did. In the '98, not much bothered us in a campground. I can't say the same for the '72.
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Old 03-02-2007, 07:04 PM   #22
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Thanks so much for the valuble information, the people here on these AS forums provide such insite and knowledge to make us new and future AS owners experience that more enjoyable........regards to everyone.
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Old 03-02-2007, 07:23 PM   #23
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Hey Mazz, Welcome in. Use this forum to its fullest. If you don't find the info you need. Be sure to ask away.
I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 03-02-2007, 07:37 PM   #24
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we have the 25' 05 FB..

We have enjoyed ours, no problem with noise while sleeping. And...watching tv actually is no problem at all. We just take out the one back cushion on both sides of the dinette, gives you more elbow room between dinette and cushion to stretch out. Hubby sits on the side with the tv, I am on the otherside of dinette, I got an ottoman for my feet, so I can stretch out too with a large pillow also for the both of us to lean on, and we're set for a night of TV watching. We are so glad we picked this model...
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Old 03-11-2007, 02:03 PM   #25
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twin bed

we havethe 07 classic 25ft twin bed....we liked the couch much better than the uncomfortable dinette/couch in the fb....and contrary to earlier post...i almost always pull through...hardly ever do i back in and i'd much rather look at my tv than what's behind me.
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:54 AM   #26
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I agree - its BEST to either find a friend, hit up a dealer - or SOMEHOW check out both the layouts in person to ensure you are happy!
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:58 AM   #27
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Since my last post over a year ago - and many, many nights in my 25FB (temps from negative 5 in Steamboat Springs to 105 in the Keys) with lots of time experiencing both big temperature extremes in Alaska - although I like the view from the family room in back - all those windows in the bedroom were a waste as I usually kept them closed since my bedroom was "public" being in the front - amazing how many people look into the 'stream when walking by. Nights watching movies and relaxing in the Family room had me closing that section at night (and during the day when you can see the view outside, unless it was snowing or raining I'm usually outside or even in the rain outside under the awning...) - so I'm gonna vote for Bedroom in back with one window now (wardrobe on either side of the bed) and my vista view up front.

We all will have our opinions - after living in one type and having the chance to migrate to another this is now mine.
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:18 PM   #28
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I switched sides too. I prefer the rear bedroom with a single middle window and the couch and wrap up front. I also often keep the bedroom windows shaded for privacy. This is the second time we have had twins and it was a choice for easily accessable storage inside and a huge trunk storage outside and a second day living area. Some day I might want to do a desk on one side and a full bed on the other but for now I like the length of the hallway and the open expanse in the front without a permanent table taking up all the walk room. Would love a 30' with dinette and couch but the 28' with credenza and fold down table and lap top table with pantry and microwave still has great utility and openness without having to pull a longer trailer. The middle bath with doors across the hallway between the front and bath and between the bath and bedroom make a huge enclosure of shower, toilet, sink and his and her wardrobes and some drawers. It's a definite spoiler and still leaves a generous front and an ample bedroom.

The rear door of a FB doesn't get shielded as much with the awning and often the back of sites drop off at the rear of the trailer. The entrance was narrower and the dogs ricocheted off the sides and sent the cushions flying in every direction. I think moving the rear door a bit more forward would be better too. The front door models have more space between the ends of the trailer and the doorways so you are not sitting quite that close to the door and the sofabed can be extended without obstructing or meeting the entranceway.

The front couch makes easily into a bed for a front bedroom in addition to the the rear bedroom. I had more comfort albeit no sprawling bed room with the rear twins with the traditional classic styling and floorplan. 3 months and it was just like home and that was in the dead of winter. No freezing of water tanks and the furnace did a great job.

The location of the front heating vent with an FB is under the table and I found my knees getting very hot and the heat stopped from rising over the table and my back and side was cold sitting basically inside the wrap in an FB. there is less glass in my model without sky lights and vista views and no rear wrap and the rock shields on the front wrap help insulate that are absent in rear wraps. Temperatures do hold steadier inside with more mouse fur and less glass and openings, warm or cool.

I miss the disc brakes though. there is a big difference in stopping distance.

And lastly as 2Air would point out, the rear bedroom makes a better avenue for fire escape off the bed or night stand through the window onto the bumper then high diving out the smaller side window.

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