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Old 12-03-2015, 12:47 PM   #15
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We wanted the smallest trailer with a queen bed that was open around three sides. The 23FB gave us this feature along with a 39gal water tank and good storage. Our 19' Bambi has the corner bed which is hard to make up, but we still really like how easy this trailer is to tow and park.

With that said, I do find that the entry door located towards the rear does mean that you may not be able to back in all the way to the stops in some national forest/park campgrounds, whereas with the door towards the front you can back all the way to the tires in most cases. This is the only disadvantage to the FB we have found, but all things considered, we really like the FB.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:06 PM   #16
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My personal preference would be to have the living area in the back during the daytime and the bedroom in the back at night. Many of the areas we go to are backed up to a lake, river, stream, or some other cool view. For that reason I think it would be cool to have the living area in the back. At the same time, I really enjoy the privacy of having our bedroom in the back of the trailer. Ultimately, we decided we wanted the extra room of the 30' trailer and the whole front view vs. back view got pushed to the back burner. I think the 25 is the only one that gives you the option to choose anyway. If you decide on any other size trailer you are sort of stuck with what they offer. If you decide a 25 is the perfect size, then I could see this being a tough decision.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:49 PM   #17
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My thoughts are about noisy gas/diesel trucks in campgrounds. If you have a front bedroom you have to listen to the XXX who drive in the campground at O dark 30 with their noisy diesel or gas trucks or worse start them at 5 AM to let them "warm up" while they get ready to leave. That's why I would choose a rear bedroom.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:14 PM   #18
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We chose the 25FB even though I originally wanted the rear bed for privacy reasons. The reason? A larger, lighter living area and the great views from many campsites. With the 25' front bed you gain a big additional living room window. You lose a window and room in the bathroom. It was worth the trade-off for us. Our living space is quiet, bright, and beautiful. I spend more time in the living area than the bathroom.

Privacy in the front bed hasn't been a great problem. We shut the blinds and shades. And we can't predict where noise will come from. It could be from someone's campfire party behind us.

Whatever you choose, you'll love it.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:17 PM   #19
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This threads discussion so far has proved my point. This thread is in the boondocking section. And it's easier to point the back of your Airstream at your view than it is to point the front of your Airstream when you are boondocking. Road noise isn't an issue when boondocking.

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So those are my reasons. I would comment that I find the front storage compartment adequate for our use. I keep all of my tools and service items there. Chairs are stored inside the Airstream between moves.

People tend to like what they have. But I feel a little justified in the view out the back opinion on the subject of Boondocking. Cheers.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:22 PM   #20
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It depends on the campsite, or how/where you camp

You can back up a trailer up to the tree line. If you have a rear bedroom, you get more privacy, morning shade, and quiet. I don't need a view when it's dark or I am sleeping.

I like my trailer floor plan. Rear bath, front dinette/bed. I like having the toilet away from the bed.

The view????? Do I need a view??? If I am in my camper I am cooking, showering, going to the bathroom , or sleeping. I can't see myself, sitting in the camper looking out. ( My trailer is small and I eat outside )

Most of the time I camp when the weather is nice. I hang outside anyway.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:26 PM   #21
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The view????? Do I need a view??? If I am in my camper I am cooking, showering, going to the bathroom , or sleeping. I can't see myself, sitting in the camper looking out. ( My trailer is small and I eat outside )

Most of the time I camp when the weather is nice. I hang outside anyway.
This is actually a good point. It's all about how you use it really. I hear this one a lot too. We work from the road, so unlike the "I'm always outside crowd" we actually do spend a good deal of the week sitting at the dinette. Windows open, nice breeze, nice view, working on our laptops.

That's not everyone. But how "YOU" use it answers the question more than any of our opinions.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:40 PM   #22
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Front Bed vs Rear Bed AS

Based on many years experience, in several AS configurations, we also agree with BoldAdventure. We have found that the best views are (almost) always from the back.

Anyway, for us, the real reason we Airstream is so we can actually spend time outdoors so the bed/dining configurations have never been a deal breaker. If for some reason we find it necessary to spend inordinate amounts of time inside, say inclement weather, we are usually occupied with something other than looking out the windows (i.e.:sleeping.working, cooking or watching a movie, to mention a few). Fortunately with our newest FB having the big panoramic windows it's easy to see out front or back no matter where we are inside the AS. However, when we could finally purchase a brand new AS we did go with the FB for the views. Having owned multiple AS with front, back & even a middle bed/rear bath configuration it was easy to acclimate to either design. It simply comes down to your personal preference so whatever you decide just enjoy it and don't sweat the small stuff.

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Old 12-03-2015, 02:46 PM   #23
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We tow with a pick up truck that offers plenty of storage so the minor differences in the meager on-board storage offered by the RB vs. FB models was not a factor.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:47 PM   #24
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What was the deciding factor for us in getting a rear twin 25' was the rear outside storage compartment. The front twin has it in the front and access to it is impeded by the LP tanks.
I too choose the 25 rear birth twins for its significant storage options. The extra space in the bathroom was a bonus too.
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Old 12-03-2015, 02:54 PM   #25
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Hopefully by now the original poster has gotten the idea that we all love our particular configurations and there is really no right or wrong answer as you will quickly adapt to whatever you have and believe it to be the best in the world.

Now for something totally non-controversial, may I suggest a question about "diesel vs. gas," "Honda vs. Yamaha," "Chevy vs. Ford vs. Ram vs. Toyota vs. ..." or the perennial favorite: "Hensley vs. the rest of the world?"
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Old 12-03-2015, 04:16 PM   #26
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But wait. No one mentioned one of the best features of the front bed...NO Suicide door!
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Old 12-03-2015, 04:41 PM   #27
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Did you catch that last one? The suicide door is an issue we did not identify until someone posted that they found a door on the road. Lock those doors before you go down the road folks.

The one other issue to consider is storage and where it is located. Given a front bed, there is lots of space under the bed, but all that weight goes to the hitch as tongue weight. Not an issue with a big truck. Might be with an SUV. Disclaimer....we like our FB. Pat
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Old 12-03-2015, 04:44 PM   #28
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We always use the deadbolt and I have disabled the lock on the door handle. This avoids locking yourself out when the door handle locks itself and doors on the road.
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