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Old 05-03-2005, 09:24 PM   #1
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My wife and I just started looking for an Airstream, currently trying to decide on the year (the 60's look real good, the 70's still look ok, and the 80's is getting expensive) but do want a 25 to 28 foot with a double bed in the rear. Did Airstream make anything like this?

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Old 05-03-2005, 10:11 PM   #2
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rear bedroom airstreams

To my knowledge the first rear bedroom 25' was in 1985 (and this was a rear corner bed). All of the 25' trailers prior to this year were rear bath w either twins or a side pull out amidships. Not sure when they started to make rear beds in the 27' and 28'. I know the 1987 27' was a rear bath.
In my opinion, the rear bath is not that bad of a floorplan in the 25', we have owned two. Do prefer the 25' rear corner if we had to make a choice(owned both a 1985 and 1987 rear corner bed model).
Hope this helps, maybe someone can fill you in on newer models.

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Has anyone seen one like this?

Hey 2Campsilver,

Welcome to the list.

I saw this one on Ebay:

I've never seen another like it. A 1970, 23' single axle, rear bed!

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Airstream experimented with rear beds in the 1950's on several models and then basically abandoned them in the 1960's.

Rear beds first reappered in the 1969-1971 timeframe (I am not totally certain on the dates) in the 17'-23' models were they appear to be a somewhat rarer option to the usual rear bath. In these cases the bed was a rear corner bed on the curbside with the rear bath stuffed in on the street side. As far as I know after 1971 or so rear beds did not appear on any Airsteams 23' and shorter until the late 90's.

As for 25' models, I beleive it is correct that up until 1985 they were all rear bath models. The first time they had a rear bed was in 1985 - first as either a rear corner bed on the street side, or rear twins. Later this changed to rear queen or rear twins. As far as I know all 25' Airstreams since 1985 have been rear bed models until the 2005 Front Bedroom model came out.

Most all 27' models were rear bath except for a few rare rear bed models in the mid 70's (about 1974-76?). Rear baths continued until the 27' model was discontinued in the late 80's. When a 27' model reappeared in the late 90's it was a rear bed model.

As far as I know most 70's 29' models were rear bath, but from about 1973 on a rear bed was a rarer option. Then starting in 1984 all 29' Airstreams were rear bed.

From about 1973 thru at least the early 90's, 31' models could be have a either rear bed or rear bath. I'd guess that rear bath was more popular until the mid 80's, with rear bed more popular after that point.

Both the 32' and 34' models that were first introduced in the early to mid 80's have been mostly rear bed, but a few rear bath models do exist at least into the early 90's.

I think for the 29'-34' models from the 80's onward, the options were mainly rear queen or twins, but there may have been a few rear corner doubles thrown in in the early years.

I should add that Airstream made some 28' models in the 90's that were rear bed. There weren't many years that Airstream made a 28' models between the 60's (when they were popular) and the 90's. For the few years that they did (early 80's?) I have no idea what the layout was, because they are so rare I have never even seen pictures of one.
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Rear bed models?

Greetings 2campsilver!

Welcome to the Forums!

Originally Posted by 2campsilver
My wife and I just started looking for an Airstream, currently trying to decide on the year (the 60's look real good, the 70's still look ok, and the 80's is getting expensive) but do want a 25 to 28 foot with a double bed in the rear. Did Airstream make anything like this?
There is another option within the Airstream camp if you don't mind a painted exterior, the Argosy. There were two options that might be of interest in the Argosy -- there was a front bedroom coach that offered a separate bedroom only in the front of the coach -- there was also the option of rear bedrooms in the larger coaches as well (an Argosy with the rear bedroom can be identified by the presence of the wrap-around rear window).

1978 -- 1979 Argosy 30:

1976 -- 1977 Argosy 28:

1977 Argosy 24 (Rear Door Model):

The 1975 Argosy sales literature that I have doesn't list any rear bedroom or front bedroom models.

Good luck with your search!

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