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Old 07-11-2015, 03:29 PM   #15
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Pick the floor plan that best suits you without regard to which end has the bed and which has the couch. When you get to the campground select a site that will give you the best arrangement. Many 5'ers have the living room at the rear, while most motor homes have the living room at the front.

As Doug said, if you are in a short site with a FB you may have to have to door past the paved area.
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:38 PM   #16
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Rear bedroom vs front bedroom

Exactly. a very personal preference. We've owned Airstreams for > 30 years. Our first '70's era '31ft Airstream had the rear bath so the largest bed was actually in the middle. Late 80's we upgraded to a twin rear bed. We used and enjoyed both of those very much. Last year we purchased another brand new, smaller, 25' FC with the front bedroom. We've had it less than a year and use it extensively. We do lots of beach camping as well as camping on lakes & other waterfront sites (for kayaking & gorgeous sunsets). We've been quite pleasantly surprised that we are enjoying the FB even more than we expected! Lying in our front bed we can see out the new panoramic windows all the way thru to the back view of the AS. And with dinette in rear the benefit we are enjoying with the new FB is that when on the beach we back into sites so we enjoy gorgeous sunsets, ocean & gulf views right from our dinette or set up our chairs right behind or beside our AS AND with curtains open we can see from beach thru to street side and our TV with barely a turn of the head. We too prefer to use the bedroom for two reasons that don't necessarily require a view from that room so FB offers nice add'l privacy.

That said, and credit to hubby's experience and skill level after many years, I can tell you we haven't experienced any of the "situations" mentioned such as the rear door not lining up with the concrete pad, nor do we find it necessary to pull way forward. Our TV still parks in front of our AS as it did with the middle & RB floor plans. Haven't found it difficult to hook up utilities with any of the three floor plans we've owned. Regarding noise with a front bed, if you are camped in a noisy site you will hear noise in either floor plan. At most the distance of where your bed is from the noisy street is only the length of your Airstream, less than 30 feet.

You will adapt to whichever AS you chose so no worries about the small stuff. Airstreams are made to enjoy and have fun, just gotta get out there and do it.
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:39 PM   #17
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I'm 6'4" the split bath/shower doesn't work for me. Can't move around in the shower. The older trailers with the bathing toilet on one side work for me. If I were normal size probably would go for the front bedroom, which many of our unit members with newer trailers have opted for.
David,

I have problems with your post. We short people resent tall people complaining about their height. At least you can reach stuff on the top shelf without a ladder or asking some tall person to get it for you.

I would much rather be 6'4". I would happily go without a shower. I'm guessing most normal sized people would think twice about complaining about how I smelled.

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Old 07-11-2015, 03:45 PM   #18
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LOL Ken
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Old 07-11-2015, 08:07 PM   #19
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We traded a 2011 27' Flying Cloud RB for a 2014 27' Flying Cloud FB just to get the extra sofa space and an excellent view out the rear windows. Love it
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:44 PM   #20
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We traded a 2011 27' Flying Cloud RB for a 2014 27' Flying Cloud FB just to get the extra sofa space and an excellent view out the rear windows. Love it
Wow you did all of that just to get the FB? You must really prefer FB!
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:57 PM   #21
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We went with a front bedroom. We usually boondock in the desert so the trailer rarely gets unhitched.

This leaves us the view out the back. Works for us.
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:01 AM   #22
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We went with the rear bedroom so we could have two recliners comfortably situated in the front and also have a dinette on the road side.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:35 AM   #23
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Brian, more good points. I keep going back and forth on FB/RB LOL.

Evan is that your trailer/parking spot photo? That is exactly what I am looking for. Gorgeous.
Thanks Zybane,

Yes that's our unit. This was at the North End of Haida Gwaii overlooking a remote beach. In the remote distance, islands of the Alaska Panhandle can be seen from the dinette table. (Unlike Ms Palin, we couldn't quite see Russia from our 'house'. ;-)

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Old 07-12-2015, 08:27 AM   #24
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After 75,000 miles in a FB, and many reviews of new Airstreams (which have enviable improvements) I still like the FB. The view is great (if you park it right), and why look at your hitch and TV in the morning with your bacon? The disadvantage is you gotta park it with the view in mind, and not every camp site is ideal for that. I generally select the "back in" sites rather than the "pull through" ones, even though pulling through is much more convenient. And I review prospective camp areas on Google Earth. Hey, why not? Life is short. Campsites to me are an experience not to be trivialized.
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"And I review prospective camp areas on Google Earth." We do, too. That also tells us if there might be any sharp corners to navigate while getting to our campsite. Of course, there is little out there to warn people about low-hanging branches.

Some State parks will have individual pictures of each campsite along with a brief description giving length, width, power, shade, and slope. That information really makes it easy to pick the right site.
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:13 PM   #26
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I'm sitting at the Dinette looking at Devils Tower right now as I type this out. You couldn't get this view at this campground with a front bedroom.

Last week, we boondocked along a cliff edge in Buffalo Gap National Grasslands looking into Badlands National Park. You couldn't get this view with a rear bedroom either.





Our choice was because of how we "intend" to use it. We don't really do "RV" parks.
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Old 07-12-2015, 01:44 PM   #27
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I have slept in the front on my mattress on the sofa and in the rear bedroom depending on who is with me. I have to say that I prefer rear bedroom. First, I like privacy in a bedroom and quiet. Both are compromised with front bedroom models. I also do not like a panoramic window in the bedroom though on some models that is not a choice. I am convinced that the big window is why many complain of a lack of cooling as heat is radiated from the glass. In most parks or places I have been, the noise is on the front area with people talking-walking by, driving by, etc. The part about looking out, I really do not care about. If I want to look at the surroundings, I go outside rather than look out the windows. I like to eat outside and sit outside anyway if it is not too hot or rainy. I also completely concur with the door position and pads in parks. In most places I have stayed with pads, the pad favors the front (catering to motorhomes me thinks) so the trailer rear is far passed the pad.
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Old 07-12-2015, 03:10 PM   #28
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After reading these posts and other similar threads from the past it always amazes me how differently we all use our Airstreams. No wonder Airstream offers both front and rear bedroom layouts. There are advantages and disadvantages for each layout dependent partially, at least, upon where you predominantly stay (RV Parks, Campgrounds, Boondocking, etc.).

Great info shared by all, as always. And I like it when folks add...If you're out there enjoying life, any Airstream layout will do the job!
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