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Old 05-08-2016, 05:18 PM   #29
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It's a matter of opinion & personal preference. We decided on rear twin bed option. The twins expanded the floor space front to back & more cabinets overhead. In the rear bed option the bath has a window but slightly smaller lounge area & that worked for us. Think about that bath window as it opens up that little room making it much less confining when shaving or just washing your hands.

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:13 PM   #30
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Just a question about both the 25FB Twin and 25RB Twin, why aren't the windows over the beds symmetrical from one side to the next. Is it because the trailers are set up the queen beds?

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:28 PM   #31
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Hi, we have the rear bed and we are very happy with it. I don't think one is any better than the other. Just different. The best things that you will see and do are not from inside of the trailer.

Hi, in response to some of the comments and because my trailer is a 2005 model. Mine came with a stove top, an oven, and a micro-wave; Most trailers give you two of the three. Mine has one complete bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet all in the same room. My trailer has a vented refrigerator, so no noisy fan. Things change yearly so just saying front or rear bedroom can be different year to year. Being close to my wife is more important than an isle down the middle for us. Maybe in 20 years, when I turn 90, I might think about twin beds.

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Old 05-08-2016, 06:56 PM   #32
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I went back and forth between rear bed (Classic) and front bed (Pendleton) for quite a while. As a full timer, I had to really weigh the pro's and con's.

The best list that I could come up with for my situation:

Front bed/rear door Pendleton:

1. Rear hatch/dinette for the gorgeous views was paramount.
2. Although, rear door typically doesn't allow you to back in as far as front door and stay off the dirt.
3. You look sideways at the TV unless you lower dinette and make another sitting area. Not very practical.
4. Pendleton 27 FB front bed only. Wasted space having two walk ways on either side of bed.
5. Only exterior storage compartment was by hitch, behind LP tanks and not very practical.

Rear bed/front door Classic:

1. Rear bed may allow for quieter sleeping at (most) parking spots.
2. Storage! Twin allows for three rear exterior compartments and four more interior cabinets in bedroom. Twin Classic probably has 50% more storage than any other Airstream and 25% more storage than queen Classic.
3. Able to back in/park further back on spot and stay on concrete/gravel.
4. Classic has reclining sofa facing rear, so you really aren't staring out towards the road and tow vehicle anyway. Dinette windows face utility side of trailer.

Just for my priorities, you have to sacrifice quite a bit to get a dinette rear view. At first, I thought my Airstream would definitely be a FB, but I can now see why they made the Classic a RB.
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Old 05-08-2016, 08:22 PM   #33
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We had 19' Bambi for a year - rear corner bed and front dinette.

We recently upgraded to a 27' FB.

At first, I thought it would be really odd with the dinette in the back because we had gotten so used to sitting there and watching people walk by in the campgrounds. Then we had a few campsites with nice views out the back.

However, more recently, we had one where we were backed up to a wall of hedges. Not such a great view.

I don't think that there's a perfect solution. I do like the front queen with space on both sides - absolutely hated the corner bed.
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:00 PM   #34
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No wasted space - except that stupid wedge pillow in the dinette.

Space on either side of queen in 27FB is not wasted. That room means it is super-easy to make the bed. You don't have to crab about on the mattress at the same time you're trying to lift it and tuck in the sheets. If you get up at night, you also don't have to bash your head on the overhead cabinets or climb over your bed partner.

Get your sheets together my brothers and sisters, and bow to the superiority of the 27FB Queen bed.

Of course, the twins are probably just as easy to live with as our queen bed (assuming you can abide sleeping separately), but that sideways queen or corner bed is too inconvenient for us.

Oh, and for the noise-phobic: We have yet to be awakened by storm troopers, sith lords or feuding Avengers while sleeping in our FB. It's fine.

Lastly, more storage means more crap in the trailer. So far, we're OK without that...but then again we're campers, not full-timers.

Most importantly, buy the one that you like best. It's your money and your experience. Who cares what we think?
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Old 05-08-2016, 09:09 PM   #35
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FB or RB

Lots of good issues to think about. It is not as simple as choosing an FB or an RB based on the view alone. Everything changes when you go one way rather than the other way. Floorplans, storage, size of bathrooms,vented refrigerators and microwaves are a few things mentioned.

Everyone uses their trailers differently which will add even more confusion but for us, the FB is much better because of the view. MOST campgrounds we stay at have very nice views out the back of the site. We like to sit at the table in the morning, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the vista. Yes, there are times when this "view" is of a hedge or even another camper looking back at us, but those cases are very few compared to the others. I can tell you with certainty that the view from the front of the trailer is ALWAYS the propane tanks and the road we drove in on.

While most of the points made here are very good ones there are a few that I would classify as silly. First, the noise issue. When we are in a noisy campground, it is noisy everywhere. Walking from one end of the trailer to the other makes no significant difference.

Secondly, having a wonderful view from your bedroom is lost on me. We sleep with our drapes closed and do not spend much time in bed looking out the windows. Someone said, "A front bed will always have your bed next to the TV. Its as far as from the back as you can get. In the case of the neighbors campsite, if they are nosy, you may like it. In the case of the beautiful campsite, you'll miss out sleeping with a view." I have a 2006 25FB and my TV is not "next to the bed." As a matter of fact, there is a refrigerator, a closet and the shower between the TV and our bed. And, what do you mean by "sleeping with a view"? The only view I get when I am sleeping is of the insides of my eyelids or the occasional technicolor dream if I am lucky.

So, make your decision based on what kind of camping will you do, what amenities will you gain with a FB and what ones will you gain with an RB. It is a personal decision for sure.
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Old 05-09-2016, 05:14 AM   #36
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Rear bedroom caution: if you have a bike rack mounted on the rear of your Airstream and the bikes are in the rack, you have blocked your emergency window exit. You MUST remove the bikes each evening before retiring.
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:22 AM   #37
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Rear bedroom caution: if you have a bike rack mounted on the rear of your Airstream and the bikes are in the rack, you have blocked your emergency window exit. You MUST remove the bikes each evening before retiring.
I never knew that one. When I seriously shopped the RB, I didn't realize that the rear window was the emergency exit. I guess that I just assumed it was on the side like the FB.

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Old 05-09-2016, 08:29 AM   #38
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:53 AM   #39
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Rod, on our 25 Rear Bed thee is two folding screens, on at the bedroom entrance and one next to the kitchen range. When these screens are pulled the separate shower and sink/toilet are linked as one large bathroom. That section of the hallway becomes part of it.

However, on our 25RB I reversed the bath door by turning it upside down and remounting the hinge so it opens toward the bedroom, not the living room. For her and I we just open the bath door, open her closet door (a handy place to drape your dry towel over while showering) and the same linked bathroom effect is achieved, and open to the bedroom for dressing.

We have a nice large sink/toilet area with a window of its own, but do appreciate how the hallway and shower can easily and privately be added to the space making a very spacious bath unit.
Doug-very imaginative to redo the shower door! We've been using the bathroom door in lieu of the folding screen, but because we're in windy places a lot (we're windsurfers so wind seekers), the door doesn't stay in place when it's windy.

However, if you leave open the tiny cover to the slot that holds the forward accordion screen open, it makes the hallway the perfect width fir the bathroom door with the match depressed.

Has anybody ever installed a second latch retainer in the inside of the small door that covers the forward accordion door to retain the bathroom door in the open position?

Apologies fir going a little off subject. I think the FB vs RB has already been well covered here. We've been in situations where the FB would work, but since we also set up our RB as a lounge area by putting the pillows sideways up against the wardrobes, were very happy with our RB 28' Ocean Breeze.
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:33 AM   #40
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Rear bedroom caution: if you have a bike rack mounted on the rear of your Airstream and the bikes are in the rack, you have blocked your emergency window exit. You MUST remove the bikes each evening before retiring.
We don't, we keep a hammer in the bedroom. The idea of getting out Airstream windows in an emergency is almost laughable for many of us. They are restricted by size and operating mechanisms.

If this is a considerable risk for you, I would do what another forum member had done while we were at Jackson Center last month, put an entrance door in his (front) bedroom. He couldn't imagine throwing his large dog out the so-called emergency escape window and somehow crawling out himself. Now he can just open the door and walk out with his dog, a nifty and realistic solution.
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Old 05-09-2016, 10:41 AM   #41
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I just don't want a lot of windows where I sleep. I don't care if it's front bed or rear bed, so long as the windows follow the living/eating area.

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Old 05-09-2016, 10:43 AM   #42
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Love the idea of a 2nd entrance door for the front bedroom. Spendy, but really cool. However, I f we went that route we would put it curbside.

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