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Old 12-03-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
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Front Bed vs Rear Bed AS

Looking for some discussion on the pros and cons of a front bed versus a rear bed AS. Did some searches and didn't find anything. Does anyone have any thoughts. What do you prefer and why? Is one style better for boondocking versus a RV park?
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:55 AM   #2
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When searching Airforms I usually go to Google and start my search there and include Airforums in the search string.

Here are some threads to start with.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...bed-62826.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...fb-131680.html

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Old 12-03-2015, 08:59 AM   #3
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There are arguments for either. I suggest you spend time at the dealer, and make the decision based on what feels right to you. There is no wrong decision here, just the one that best fits your needs.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:27 AM   #4
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Some folks like the lounge in the rear of the AS, some in the front. In my 25ft RTB, the main difference is mine has a larger bath room with a window but I lose about foot in the lounge area. As far as capacities they are identical.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:30 AM   #5
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My Demo last summer was a 27 Front Bed and now we are using a 28 Rear Bed. There are things I like about both, I am not sure you can go wrong with either. At our site in Malibu last week the view from the front bed would have been nicer but here in Laguna the view is out the side so the 28 is nicer.

I like the large rear exterior storage in the 28 and separation between the living area and kitchen. Hitch weight is a ideal on the 28 a tad heavy on the 27 but that can be corrected if necessary. If I am sleeping with the windows open I like the bedroom in the rear further from the road.

I like the night stands in the 27 instead of closets beside the bed. The pantry in the 27 is nice but we have empty storage in the 28.

In the end my heart is not broken to use either they are both great.

In the 25 you trade a shorter sofa and a larger bath on the rear bed. Other wise very similar.

I likely just added to the confusion didn't I?

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Old 12-03-2015, 10:07 AM   #6
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Most of the arguments against the front bedroom are from people who camp in parks.

I feel the FB is ideal for our boondocking and dry camping lifestyle, because the view is always out the back.



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Old 12-03-2015, 10:13 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 12-03-2015, 10:33 AM   #8
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It's really a toss up, but if you want a "rule of thumb" I would propose that if you tend to visit private RV Parks, the rear bedroom model might be best because then you are sitting in your dinette facing the street and can see the action while the rear of your trailer (where the bedroom would be) likely faces some huge white wall created by the Class A or Fifth Wheeler right behind you. On the other hand, if you tend to stay in state or national parks or boon-dock, then the edge goes to the front bedroom floor plan because 99% of the time in those settings the view is out the back and you can it enjoy while sitting at your dinette.

Of course most people spend time in all different kinds of campgrounds so you will not always have the ideal floor plan for all situations.
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:03 AM   #9
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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.
Your very right, I failed to mention that in my comment but it played heavely in our decision. The rear outside locker is very large & convenient!
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:48 AM   #10
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Airstream puts the outside locker(s) under the bed(s). We have a FB27 twin bed and the large front locker on this front bedroom unit is pretty useless because it's stuck behind the LP tanks, and it's nearly impossible to fit large items in there (lawn chairs, outdoor mat, bike wheels, etc).

The twin arrangement has two additional side lockers that are pretty handy, but shallow in the transverse direction and still can't hold big stuff. That's what our truck bed is used for.
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BoldAdventure, may I ask where those photos were taken? Stunning!
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:05 PM   #12
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My wife and I looked at both models when shopping for our 25' AS. As others have said, you really can't go wrong either way. But for us, we like the rear bed because it puts us a little further off the road in back-in campsites and puts the bedroom a little less in direct view of passers-by in campgrounds.
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Flip a coin, they both work well. The only choice between front bed or rear bed is in the 25's, so take a look at the other features of each, they may be more important. The FB 27's and RB 28's are the same size, quite different interiors, I would make my choice based on other features than looking out the window.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:14 PM   #14
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We chose the rear bedroom because when parked in a campground, I didn't want to walk out of my door and be looking at the guy next door's sewer connections.
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