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Old 01-30-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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Twin vs Double? What's your preference?

I'm just wondering...what seems to be the rationale between choosing twin versus double? Simply sleeping arrangements? Is there more storage or something with the twin? Which do you have and what do you like/dislike about it?

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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I have a mid coach twin. I'm a big guy (6'3") and while in a tiny bed on the road, I prefer to have a twin of my own vs. sharing a double with my wife. At home, we have a king bed to share, so it's not a problem

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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Currently have a double in the '82 Excella ... have ordered a '13 Int'l Sig with queen ... twins seem to discourage cuddly happenings ...
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Actually in some plans there's LESS storage with twin vs. double, especially in the older trailers. For example, the double plan for a '75 Argosy 24 has the streetside area across from the gaucho that folds down to the "double" filled with cabinetry except for where the window is, where there's a nice countertop that would be useful for various things. There's still some storage under the gaucho. In our Twin we have 3 bins under each bed.

However, neither of us is a dainty little thing, and not wanting a giant 5er that could accomodate a king-sized bed in like we have at home, the twin plan works well for us for sleeping.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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We had the mid coach twin beds in our 1974 Ambassador when we bought it. maccamper is 6'2" and the twin bed was short for him. What works for us is for maccamper to sleep in the front gaucho which gives him more room. I sleep in the twin since I'm 5' 1/2" and fit quite nicely in a twin.

What about the other twin? Well, since it's just the two of us and we didn't need two twin beds, we took out the second twin bed and put in a counter with an additional sink and lots of storage underneath. We use cushions on the twin bed to turn it into a sofa during the day so we have a second living area.

We make up our beds each night but we don't mind -- we just call it preparing the cabin for the evening as in an airplane and enjoy the extra living space during the day -- and the extra storage and food prep space.

We plan on keeping our "Emma Airstream" for the "duration" so we weren't concerned about resale value after taking out the second twin -- and we still manage to snuggle. (Whoops! TMI !)

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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What he said...

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I have a mid coach twin. I'm a big guy (6'3") and while in a tiny bed on the road, I prefer to have a twin of my own vs. sharing a double with my wife. At home, we have a king bed to share, so it's not a problem
We have the same situation. My husbands a tall, big guy. I'm not petite either. The king works at home. A double or short queen means no one sleeps well--especially if one of the cats decides to join us.

I think a double or queen probably has more storage, but there's a lot to be said for a good nights sleep.

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Old 01-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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My wife and I prefer the ability to be able to snuggle together just like we would be able to do in our home! Also, with a rear bedroom and a center mounted bed, you have a lot of versatile storage space underneath. Our first trailer was a 1984 Alumalite and had a center mounted double bed in the rear. This is my preferred floor plan.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:18 PM   #8
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For a better working atmosphere, in this one we have twin beds. Three bins underneath with slide out trays. And above each side are four upper storage areas. We left the foam mattresses in place but use large feather beds on top of them. (foam drives me crazy) Feather pillows to boot. So the twin beds on either side allow for lots of foot room to change and such. The plastic hinges on the other hand are starting to break at their fold, and I have the source to replace them later...meanwhile Gorilla tape holds whats left in place.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:28 PM   #9
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We have had both twins and a walk-around queen (have now) and much prefer the queen arrangement.

We found the twin beds more difficult to deal with when making them up, like the idea of one bed as we have at home, and like the ease of access to the big storage space underneath.

i don't believe we would care for the queen bed so much if it were not a walk around floor plan though.

Just what suits us - obviously there are pros & cons!

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:30 PM   #10
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We have mid-twins due to the year and model. They work great as the queen beds that we have seen, there would be more space with the single twin beds.
Would we change to a queen/king? maybe if we were to go full time for a year or two. But once you've invested upgraded and have the Airstream paid for, the justification to invest, regardless of new or used, there has to be some long term return.
Very happy with it as we have owned it 19 years and replaced the mattresses to high style memory foam which to me, really makes the difference.

We spent over 65 nights in it last year, so it all about what works for you.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:46 PM   #11
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30 footer late models only

we have had only 30 foot trailers; 85 twin; 95 "queen"; and 2000 twin. In the classic series, the twins have an outside storage locker under each bed. the queen model does not. both models have a rear storage locker; the queen locker is larger-almost too deep-ya gotta climb over front stuff to get to back stuff. Late model queens had a roll out drawer in it; this would preclude the use of a bike rack. The "queen" (in quotes because it is not really queen sized) is not any better for tall folks than the twins. The queen had three inside storage lockers; one under each side and one at the foot. the foot locker was too wide and the drawer unwieldly; plus it was not very deep. The two side lockers opened into a 6-8inch wide aisle that was difficult to see into (bed covers interfered) and awkward to use. the whole mattress of the queen lifted with gas shocks that were woefully under rated so that all of the under bed storage was accessible. Lifting the mattress was one option we never used-it was just too awkward. the queen unit storage just was not as usable as the twin. The twin units have inside storage under each bed as well; the 85 had multiple drawers, the 00 has one larger opening with two of the famous plastic bins. The twin hanging wardrobe closets are much easier to use than the queen angled jobs; the 00 on the road side has enough room at the foot of the bed to rig up a "foot mattress" for very tall people. the 85 did not have this feature as the bath was on the curb side and wardrobes took up the space on the road side. I suppose size 14 or larger feet may not clear under the hanging wardrobe-but that would just mean a minor carpenter's job to shorten the hanging wardrobe to accomodate really big feet.
the twin units have a large enough aisle between the beds to be very easy to maneuver in (both on the narrower 85 and the wide body 00). Now, to cuddling; use of trailer may determine your desires here. For us, the twin is MUCH better and has not ended our cuddling; but, we do not full time. I have added a 3-4 inch extra pad along the out side of the twin mattress on my side to give me a little extra roll over room. I find sleeping in the twin waay better than the queen, which also gave us claustrophobia (your head is under the end lockers and closed in on the sides by the queen angled wardrobes) the openess of the twins does not make you feel closed in. And, you get a night stand with the twins. Finally, for us, making up the bed clothes on the twins is waay easier than the "queen."
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:29 AM   #12
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Great info...thanks for the feedback!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:49 AM   #13
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We looked at both options but, decided on the queen and very happy we did! I like being able to walk around both sides of the bed. Easier to make the bed. Lots of storage!
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:25 AM   #14
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Hey lonewolf1977, I have a twin unit and specifically looked for a used model of that layout. I looked at new ones for some time and although there are people who prefer the queen, I consider the advantage in storage and interior walk-thru to be better. Some say that the twin is just too small, well my actual mattress measures 34x78 but by the time it is made up and placed there is about two inches gap in length and width (that gap space) so if you think about it, that is the equivalent to a half of a king bed- more than enough space to sleep. I can walk to the roof lockers and use the bedroom as a changing room unlike the models with the large square beds. And, as others pointed out, the outside access doors are nice too that are not available on the larger bed models- you have to lift the mattress up for the storage on those. I too have storage door compartments inside. Look at a late model twin and also a queen in the 25' with a focus on bedroom storage space access and you will see what I mean.

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