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Old 01-02-2004, 07:14 AM   #1
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Preference: Rear or Center Bath?

Which do you prefer, and your reason, please?
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Old 01-02-2004, 07:38 AM   #2
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Center bath

We have the center bath that is a walk through bath. The shower is on one side of the coach and the stool and sink on the other. There are pocket doors both into the rear bedroom and to the galley.

I prefer this set up because I and other members of my family are tall. We can use this area for dressing and the with the two pocket doors closed the bath area of the coach is large and easy to use.

I understand that the center bath is preferable also for the larger coaches because the wather and holding tanks are centrally located in the coach over the wheels.
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Old 01-02-2004, 07:46 AM   #3
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Center Bath

The center bath works for several reasons.

The weight distribution is better in that both the gray and black water tanks are positioned closer to the axels.

The primary reason I like it is privacy. When two couples are sharing the unit, the bath door and the sliding bedroom door can both be closed, thereby creating a suite type of arrangement where all parties are afforded a certain amount of privacy.

Also, when itís just the AB and me, if one or the other of us wants to get up early, or go to bed late, the rear bedroom affords a much higher degree if isolation, with the bath area acting as a buffer zone for noises arising from activity in the living area.
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Old 01-02-2004, 08:21 AM   #4
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Rear bath. Keeps the hallways wide open making more room for the coach that you spend most of your time in. Shower looks very cool being formed to the same shape as the rear curves of the body. In the most recent (3-5 years) Safari C has the fresh and grey tanks very near or over the axle. The grey is still in a reinforced area next to the rear axle.

So then there is the black tank on the Safari C . Since it is only 18 gals and a bit different than the grey and fresh tanks, I feel that the 155-200lbs it might carry is not enough to worry about.
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Old 01-02-2004, 09:01 AM   #5
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Just wondering. . .although I like the idea of better weight distribution from centrally located tanks, wouldn't the rear bath models be somewhat easier to work on if problems arise. Most of the threads on "water leaks" seem to always mention leaks around the "rear bath" area. With the bigger access panel on the rear, wouldn't there be more accessibility for solving problems?

Still new at this, so leaving lots of room for other opinions, for sure!
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(PS - I'm still removing old carpeting to see what's underneath and haven't gotten to the rear bath area yet.)
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Old 01-02-2004, 09:25 AM   #6
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we have a rear bath
I would have prefered just a toilet and a small wasing basin at the side and a big dubbel bed an the rear
unfortunate the interior is in a too good shape to tear everything
out and remodel the entire interior

most camping grounds have exelent showers I don't realy need a shower or a bad in the caravan

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Old 01-02-2004, 09:49 AM   #7
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Preference: Rear or Center Bath?

One of the things that attracted me to Airstream and Argosy from the very beginning was the comfortable rear bath - - even in my 6.0 Metre Minuet. The center baths in all but a handful of the modern Airstreams is just too small for me to have an enjoyable RVing experience. I don't care for the communal baths of most campgrounds so must have a comfortable full bath in my RV, and my definite preference is for the rear bath. Even with the potential difficulties with rear bath equipped coaches, I am willing to deal with any issues that might arise - - I have already had a rear separation issue repaired on my Overlander, and wouldn't consider trading it for any other floor plan. As a Free Wheeler, the rear bath floor plan is ideal for me, but I can see where there would be some disadvantages for a family traveling with this floor plan.

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Old 01-02-2004, 09:49 AM   #8
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I really don't think it makes much difference on the location for service....I think either way you're gonna have to attack the underbelly skins.
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Old 01-02-2004, 10:02 AM   #9
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Center bath

I have had both and I vote center bath.

I like the plan with shower on one side and the balance on the other with doors to close off the area as long as the toilet area has its own sliding door. This is an optional floorplan on the 28 and 30 footers and would be my choice.

The bath in my Classic 25 is unnecessarily small, though. It is the same as the non-wide body coaches. There is far more aisle space than is necessary. I wish that the bathroom had been about 2" wider; still leaving plenty of aisle space but giving a bit more elbow and dressing room. Even as it is, I still prefer the center bath by a wide margin.
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Old 01-02-2004, 11:39 AM   #10
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I hate my rear bath...so unpractical , if you don't pull the shade down , you will end up in jail for indecent exposure

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Old 01-02-2004, 11:43 AM   #11
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There is a difference between the older rear baths and the new units rear bath. I agree that I don't like the older units rear bath, but I like the one on the new Safari.

Also one thing I didn't care for on the center bath is that in particular in the Classic line, in most cases you need to go through the bathroom to get to the rear sleeping area.
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Old 01-02-2004, 12:34 PM   #12
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I like the idea of a rear bath as on my unit. It is a very large enclosed area with closet space inside the room, I can swing around and dress like a monkey without bouncing off the walls. The large rear window is great for...aeration. And the distance between toilet and gaucho affords a greater amount of percieved privacy. Mostly, I just like the spacious feel of the open uninterupted fusulage space allowed by this design.

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Old 03-07-2004, 08:22 PM   #13
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What was the first year for a center batroom? I am interested in a older Airstream 29 or shorter with center bathroom and not certain what years to focus on.

Any help, please!
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Old 03-07-2004, 08:55 PM   #14
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Welcome to the Forums azmo!

I know in the 70's they had both as options, but I think only on the longer 29' Ambassador & 31' Sovereign models...someone else may know better. Here's a link to the Airstream Corporate Site Trailer Weights List which makes reference to the differnt configurations...although it's not 100% complete, nor does it show plans.

You may want to check out the Vintage Archives to help you narrow down your search.

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