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Old 02-04-2014, 08:37 AM   #15
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And now for an opposing view:
We like our bedroom in the rear, not the front. We like our privacy, so to speak, and have found in SOB trailers we've had that the front bedroom configuration can be very noisy since your bedroom is "on the road". We also like being able to look out our front windows and watch the world go by. It's all in what you want and how you like to camp.


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Old 02-04-2014, 09:56 AM   #16
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The twin beds make access to beds and storage much easier, but you sleep alone. We chose a queen bed with the knowledge these things can be converted should that easier access become needed someday.

We specifically chose the rear bed model because we like it that way. Not all rv parking has a great view out the back, and sometimes it's the view of a 5th wheel backed up to you looking down into your living space. The front living room arrangement always works.

The new front dinette 25's have a shorter side lounge to have a large bath with a window (same bath as in the 30'), conv/microwave over the fridge, and with the furnace located behind the sink is easy to convert dinette to recliners with folding side table, which we did.

So it's a personal choice. When you look at the various models, try to visualize everyday life and function in it, not just an ideal moment. They're expensive, think long-term ownership.

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Old 02-04-2014, 10:41 AM   #17
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Unfortunately Airstream no longer makes the Classic 25. We had a twin and a queen, the biggest difference was storage. You lost about 60% of the inside storage in the queen and about 75% of the outside storage. The rear storage in the twin held the chairs, outdoor mat and tables plus a few other things, easy to get to . For sleeping the twins are longer, and you do not disturbe your mate when you have to go. By the way the twin has a front couch that fouls down to make a play ground. Also the TV is in front of you and not to your side as in the FB. I'm all for the Classic 25 Twin.
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:48 AM   #18
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We love our twin beds! In addition to the many preceding comments, it just makes the trailer look longer, more open.

If you're looking at buying trends, give Patrick @ Colonial Airstream, in NJ, and ask him what he's ordering. Last I heard it was at least 50/50 trending toward twins.
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Old 02-04-2014, 03:13 PM   #19
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If we had it to do over we would have seriously considered twins.
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Old 02-04-2014, 03:53 PM   #20
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Lots of good input in here, and of course, much of it is personal preference. One of the reasons I went with the 28' was the BR configuration. I like the BR in the rear, and this particular floor plan gives you access around the queen size bed with hanging lockers on either side. Making the bed is fairly simple and you do isolate the sleeping space from the living space very neatly. Best bet is to go to a dealer who has a big selection and walk them yourself.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:14 PM   #21
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Seems like a lot of folks like the twin bed arrangement. I don't understand why AS does not offer that option in the International series.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:39 PM   #22
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We are new to it all, but chose twins

I'm 6-2 and a 75" bed just doesn't cut it. We had pretty much settled on a front twin, but we also thought about getting an E-W queen and lengthening it to regulation size queen. We were in the used market and the FB seems to have started in 2005, so we were looking at 2005-2007 models to try to keep the cost down. With cost as no object, a FB twin would be our choice but we found a REALLY clean 2001 Safari 25 rear twin at a great price so we jumped on it (last week). I'll have to let you know in a year or so if we wish we had gone FB. My limited looking at campgrounds indicates what others have stated, often the best view is out the back, but there are sites with good side views and pull throughs give you options as well.

Good luck with your search!


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Old 02-11-2014, 09:39 PM   #23
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Ours is an International Signature 27FB. We chose the queen config, and in fact traded away our previous motor home primarily because of its twin bed config. We also chose the FB configuration for the same reason that others have cited - fabulous views out the back from the dinette! We picked the 27FB vs. the 25 because we wanted the N-S config on the queen which seemed great, vs. the E-W, which seemed extremely inconvenient. We also liked the microwave in the 27 that was missing from the 25. Sure, we'll boondock sometimes, but when we have power, we want to use the microwave.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:04 PM   #24
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In all of our previous units, we went with the queen configuration. Last year we decided to go with a 25FB Twin. After 35+ days in the 25FB Twin layout, we feel strongly that this is the the best for us. The Twins give us a lot of additional outside storage which has proven to be a huge benefit. The Twin configuration gives us a lot of more usable living space for typical day-to-day activities, such as changing clothes, some quiet alone time, and keeping things organized and accessible. Having the open central "hall type" access works great for us. Everyone couple different, and for those of you that "cuddle/spoon" all night, then this may not be a good option. However, we have found that the twin configuration does not in any way keep us from getting "busy". We have also found that the twins result in both of us having a higher percentage of " hey i really had a good night!!" On a day to day basis, the twins has been a home run for us. However, I will admit, that the most awkward times are when we show our new Airstream to friends and they see that we have "twins". There seems to be an awkward period of silence???? Well I can assure that is their problem, not ours!! So carefully consider the advantage of more outside storage, more usable day to day living, and extra internal storage.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:06 PM   #25
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Definitely a queen.

Hi, the Queen and I still get along, so we bought a rear queen. The best views are from outside.*** Our model came with a stove top, an oven, and a micro-wave. [all three instead of your choice of two] Wife and I both agree that we like the fact that our trailer has one complete bathroom instead of a shower on the opposite side. I can reach a clean dry towel without leaving the shower or the bathroom. Also unlike several people on this forum, we use our trailer, not the camp ground rest rooms.

*** In a few camp grounds, we saw people sitting in the rear of their trailers, with huge windows, for the view; [mostly SOB's] Unfortunately for them, their view was facing the area designated for dog poop.

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Old 02-11-2014, 11:11 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by TWH View Post
Thanks for all the info on our questions about purchasing an Airstream...we have two more that we would appreciate comments on: Twin Bed vs queen in 25' pros and cons.......Rear-bedroom vs Front-bedroom pros & cons......looks like the front bedroom model does not have a microwave above the refrigerator and would require another option for a MICROWAVE.......any other comments would be appreciated...we are getting very close to the big purchase and find input very valuable from those that are living the Airstream lifestyle..thanks again for any thoughts......
We converted our 25 FB SE from Queen to Twins.

We both sleep better & find the unit feels bigger with a much more useful floor space for changing and what not.

We definitely love the Rear Dinette option as many of the remote campsites we like have the view to the rear.

See this posting on how we did our conversion:

BTW: I placed a microwave in the Curbside (Port) rear overhead locker above the table. I had to cut into the interior panel just a little bit to make it fit but it works very well in this space. It can be run off our inverter when off the grid.

Good luck with your decision.

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Old 02-21-2014, 07:21 PM   #27
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Boy oh boy lots of good thoughts here...we have the queen FB which is great until our 80 pound dog jumps into the bed with us! Then I wish we had twin beds so perhaps Traveller would sleep on the floor between us.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:58 PM   #28
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I made my own configuration, studio apartment style with a queen up front.

I was of the opinion that separate living and sleeping area was kind of a waste of space in a trailer primarily built for two.

The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

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