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Old 06-11-2015, 08:07 PM   #1
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Modification of an 2008, 23FB into an 23 Twin

Hi, I just want to show the community my mod of my Airstream 2008 23FB.

I found difficult to move around the bed of the 23FB as it is sold. So I decided to changed the setup for 2 twin beds. And when I say twin beds, it is real standard 39 inch beds not 34 inches as the Airstream install into the 25FB and other twin models.

So for those of you who would like to give it a try, here is a picture of the final modification.

Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
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VERY NICE. I really like what you did. Look at the open floor space. The bath is behind you? You definitely improved that stream! The fact that you stayed standard on size is good too. What about length, standard size as well?
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:41 PM   #3
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Very nice, looks great.
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Terrific modification. We have the front L-lounge model with the rear corner bed, partly because the standard front bed always seemed a bit too acrobatic for us.
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VERY NICE. I really like what you did. Look at the open floor space. The bath is behind you? You definitely improved that stream! The fact that you stayed standard on size is good too. What about length, standard size as well?
Left side is standard, right side is 4 inches smaller because I wanted to keep the 2 drawers but I had to shrink the drawers a bit. If I would have removed the 2 drawers, I could have had a standard size on the right side.
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Left side is standard, right side is 4 inches smaller because I wanted to keep the 2 drawers but I had to shrink the drawers a bit. If I would have removed the 2 drawers, I could have had a standard size on the right side.
The drawers look like this now.
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Old 09-06-2015, 04:21 PM   #7
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Thank you

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Old 09-06-2015, 04:36 PM   #8
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Incredible. I want one. I've thought it could be done ,but didn't have the 23 to measure it out in. Wish we lived closer,would love to see it.
We thought we would like to move up to the 25 twin.But we would need a new tow vehicle and trailer. Too much $$. But getting a used 23 and converting to this would solve my problem. Beautiful !!
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Easy to do

Hi, thank you. It is easy to do. All you have to do is to remove the previous frame bed and build 2 twin frames. You need basic tools that's all.
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I've always wondered if twin beds could be installed in a 23 fb. Great job. Where did you get your custom mattresses?

I wish I had the time, tools and expertise to do this on my 25fb. Going to have to contract the work.

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I've always wondered if twin beds could be installed in a 23 fb. Great job. Where did you get your custom mattresses?

I wish I had the time, tools and expertise to do this on my 25fb. Going to have to contract the work.

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Plenty of storage under both. I bought standard twin mattresses that I cut with an electric knife. Perfect fit. If you want to drive in Sherbrooke, it would be a pleasure for me to do it for you.
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When you modified the drawer width did you have to remove the wardrobe from the wall? Is the wardrobe and drawer frame a one piece assembly? When we do our 25fb twin we plan to remove the drawer frame under the hanging closet to make room for the mattress and use the drawers in the nightstand. Our drawers are 10" wide and both will fit side by side in the nightstand. Another wide drawer will be built below the two small drawers. We are going for the 34" x 78" mattress with a 24" center aisle.

What is the length of your shorter mattress?

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When you modified the drawer width did you have to remove the wardrobe from the wall? Is the wardrobe and drawer frame a one piece assembly? When we do our 25fb twin we plan to remove the drawer frame under the hanging closet to make room for the mattress and use the drawers in the nightstand. Our drawers are 10" wide and both will fit side by side in the nightstand. Another wide drawer will be built below the two small drawers. We are going for the 34" x 78" mattress with a 24" center aisle.

What is the length of your shorter mattress?

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Hello Kelvin, sorry for the delay. I had to remove only the left panel and then cut it the required lenght (to fit the bottom of the hanging closet), cut the front drawer panels to fit the new dimension) and reinstall the drawer sliders. I am sure you can use the drawer frame for your nightstand but I dont know what would be the apparent color of the right panel which is hidden. If you remove completely the drawers, you will probably need a support to help holding the upper part (hanging closet). When your project will be completed do you mind sending me some pictures at my personal email address: joce4me@hotmail.com Do not hesitate to ask me more questions if you have some. Good luck.
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When you modified the drawer width did you have to remove the wardrobe from the wall? Is the wardrobe and drawer frame a one piece assembly? When we do our 25fb twin we plan to remove the drawer frame under the hanging closet to make room for the mattress and use the drawers in the nightstand. Our drawers are 10" wide and both will fit side by side in the nightstand. Another wide drawer will be built below the two small drawers. We are going for the 34" x 78" mattress with a 24" center aisle.

What is the length of your shorter mattress?

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The shortest mattress is 72 inch long
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