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Old 12-31-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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FB or RB?

We are launching onto the world of Airstreaming as we start our long-dreamed-of opportunity to travel throughout US and Canada as we are now retired.
We would very much appreciate the opportunity to benefit from the experience and wisdom of seasoned a/s owners in helping us to conclude on FB or RB. We are looking at 25 ft to 27 ft trailers, but first think we need to decide on which configuration we'd like.
Any thoughts shared on how others made this decision would be welcomed.

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:14 AM   #2
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FB for us. But the response to your question will be near 50-50 I bet. We like back-in camp spots on the perimeter of the park. So most of the time the best view and the most privacy will be out the rear windows. And most of your waking hours (in the camper) will be spent in the dinette area. So we like the dinette in the back.

The 25 and 27 models are great. You will enjoy your Airstream with whatever you choose.

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:26 AM   #4
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We love the rear twins and the forward gaucho. Pull through or back-in it the best for us.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #5
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The 27FB models have the bed in line with the frame while the 25FB models it is across the frame. Access to the front side of the bed in our International Serenity 25FB became an issue for me. I would awaken my wife trying to crab walk down the bed in the middle of the night for the restroom break. Sitting up in bed, I would hit my head on the overhead cabinet. Access to that same cabinet required climbing upon the mattress.

We initially decided to change to the Classic 27FB with twin beds, but decided we wanted to be able to sit and see the TV comfortably which was not possible from the dinette seats for us. So we jumped to the Classic model 30.

Get some time in these various models, like a few hours sitting in each model to see how the seating feels, how the space feels and if there are kids or pets, where they will hang out.

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Old 12-31-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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In a general way, most camp sites are laid out with the assumption of a trailer door near the front. For instance, when a concrete pad exists for a picnic table, it is usually oriented to the front. If any of that matters, it might be one reason to choose a certain config.

For us, we noticed a subtle difference in the floorplans between the 25FB and the 25RB. The FB had about 10" more space in the commode. You might think the floorplans would be the same with just moving the bedroom, but in fact they weren't. The added space in the commode was HIGHLY appreciated and we chose that.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:01 PM   #7
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Definitely FB for me. We love our 25 FB. All the state parks and places we go are back in spots so the view is out the back so we keep the curtains open by the dinette and enjoy the view. But you're going to hear others say the opposite. It's up to you.

It is true in the 25' that the bed is sideways so someone has to crawl over the other. That is a negative. But it's up to you. We love our 25FB.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:09 PM   #8
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In back-in campsites, it is nice to have the bedroom as far from the road as possible due to noise. Almost every morning in almost every campground, you encounter the "first lighters" who are bound and determined to be underway before the dawn.

Many are stealthy but most are not. Some insist on running their prime movers (especially diesels) for at least 15 minutes before leaving. Others communicate loudly as they pack. Sometimes they, or their dogs, set off all the other dogs in the area.

It helps to wear earplugs and to be in the back of the trailer. Well, it helps a little...

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Old 12-31-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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For us, it was a no brainer to buy the 27' FB. Most of the time spent in your trailer will probably be in the kitchen/living space. As stated earlier, most camp spots are back in. So the question for you is: As you sitting at your table, do you want to see the view of the campground or the back of your tow vehicle?
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:51 PM   #10
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For us, the deal breaker on the rear bedroom was the lounge area had but one large window, where the front bedroom lounge has two.

Of course, the bathroom in the rear bedroom is a bit roomier, but as the salesperson mentioned, "Where do you spend most of your time?"

And the rear bedroom has that dreaded suicide door.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:31 PM   #11
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We would have only the rear bed. Quiet sleeping area, privacy and sunscreens at front living area, larger bath, exterior door opens properly toward the front of the trailer, the rear mount bicycles don't block our view.

And if you use large RV resorts as we do often on our six month winter trips, you will probably be backed up to another big RV behind you, such as a big window fifth wheel looking down into your Airstream living room.

We also found the front dinette to be an easy conversion to recliners and folding tables.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:49 PM   #12
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We avoided the 25FB for exactly the reasons stated above. The East/West configuration of that bed was sure to cause issues, so we went with the 27FB. We chose the FB configuration for reasons like those cited above - a chance to back the trailer into a spot with a beautiful view out the back and a dinette from which to enjoy it.

The 28 looked nice too, but we also preferred the dinette layout in the 27FB. Ironically, the 27FB and the 28 are almost the same length nose to tail, with the 27 coming in at 1" longer, so don't choose between these based on length.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:57 PM   #13
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We also found the front dinette to be an easy conversion to recliners and folding tables.
Nice job there. Did you post any details about what you did there? I wouldn't mind that setup myself. I worry a bit though about losing the original layout when it's time to sell or get a 27. I suppose it could all be put back.

Anyway, nice job.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:10 PM   #14
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As someone already mentioned, the bathrooms are a bit different and the commode has more room around it in the rear bed models. That was important to us. A salesman for a different brand of trailer advised us to be sure to try a "sit test" in any model of trailer we were considering. This was important to us as we are wide body folk, and my husband is tall and found the extra knee room more comfortable. We have a 28 ft and it is really no longer than the 27.

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