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Old 04-28-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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Newbie here, let me apolgize if this has been covered before. And I must have not done a search correctly.

My wife and I will be buying an airstream within the next year. I hope. My question is more a lifestyle question which is why it is posted here.

Why do soooooooooooo many of the older airstreams have twin beds and not a double? I can udnerstand the lack of queens due to when that became popularly available.



Looking through the classifieds as we do our reserach and get ready to buy I keep dismissing Vintage and newer models that have twin beds. I'm not trying to vacation with Dez and Luci, I don't want twin beds.

I guess I'm wondering what was on the minds of the designers? And not trying to be rude, but I think there was definitely something that wasn't on their minds.

What gives with all the twin beds? I just don't understand.
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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welcome to the forums...

this is a LONG covered topic here are just a few of the threads...

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many issues to consider.

1. layout (it's very hard to put a QUEEN in a rear bath model)
2. floor space (the isle means more floor space even in rear/front twins)
3. length (twins are generally LONGER beds compared to any a/s (double/queen)
4. making the bed is easier with smaller mattresses
5. twins allows friends to go camping without becoming buddies...
6. twins can serve double duty as day sofas
7. OVER the bed/sleeping area storage configurations differ and are sometimes better in twin versions...
8. older traylas are NARROWER, planting a double/queen may result in 6 inches of walking space at the perimeter
9. some models with double beds trap one partners AGAINST the wall (and some folks LIKE that)
10. and so on.

but most of the PRE 80s models with FULL plumbing have REAR bath rooms,

so twins (or even bunks) can easily go in the center of the units.

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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Newbie here, let me apolgize if this has been covered before. And I must have not done a search correctly.

My wife and I will be buying an airstream within the next year. I hope. My question is more a lifestyle question which is why it is posted here.

Why do soooooooooooo many of the older airstreams have twin beds and not a double? I can udnerstand the lack of queens due to when that became popularly available.



Looking through the classifieds as we do our reserach and get ready to buy I keep dismissing Vintage and newer models that have twin beds. I'm not trying to vacation with Dez and Luci, I don't want twin beds.

I guess I'm wondering what was on the minds of the designers? And not trying to be rude, but I think there was definitely something that wasn't on their minds.

What gives with all the twin beds? I just don't understand.
I think the answer is that the twins fit better with the older trailers. As the trailer bodys became wider there was more room for bigger beds.
I had an Argosy with twins and now have an Argosy with a double bed. There is a lot more storage in the double bed model as the one side has a wardrobe and drawers that take the place of the one twin bed.
If interested, it is ready for the road, everything works, new axles and it's for sale .
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:47 AM   #4
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Twin beds are longer. If you are over 5'10 a twin is more comfortable for sleeping. The queen is actually a short queen not an actual size large bed. It is also easier to manuver with the twins when getting dressed, etc. if you are a large person.
These are just my opinions, there are more pros and cons out there.
Use the search button at the top of the page and click, type in "beds" or "bed sizes" or "queen vs twin", or any combo like that and you'll get lots of reasons and opinions on the subject.
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I see 2air got you covered while I was still typing. His link is all you'll need to answer all your questions.
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Thanks for all the replies. Every board is different and I think I just really hosed my search. I appreciate everyone's patience with my first email.
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When we bought our trailer the only negative of consequence in our eyes was it had rear twin beds. We figured we would convert it at the first opportunity and problem solved.

5 years later and nary a tool has been lifted. Turns out it works okay for us. At home we have a king-size thermoelastic bed so we can get up, read, play ping-pong without disturbing each other...

A double (which is all we could fit in our narrow body) would feel mighty crowded so we have stuck with the twins which, as noted, are longer than a double. Not a great distance apart for visiting either...

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The reason so many older Airstreams have twin beds is bloat.

50 years ago we all weighed less. 50 years ago we were more athletic.

50 years ago two people could make it happen on a twin bed.
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I've noticed that total square feet of bed (not including the gouchos and/or dinette surface) per trailer is higher in models with twins.

And speaking of gouchos, if you want to "make it happen", what's wrong with the goucho?
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Hi, we have a Queen bed at home and a Queen bed in our trailer; Because the King and Queen still like each other.
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The reason so many older Airstreams have twin beds is bloat.

50 years ago we all weighed less. 50 years ago we were more athletic.

50 years ago two people could make it happen on a twin bed.
50 years ago I was 3 and she was 2..... So just one twin bed would have fitted both of us..... I don't want to say what we'd have made happen on the bed then though, and I certainly wouldn't want to clean it up.....
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