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Old 02-03-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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Layout/Bed Configuration Info Requested

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......
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:20 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, We had a 2005 Safari 25FB Queen that we used quite extensively. Over an eight years period, we spent almost 1,400 nights in the 25FB and towed her more than 120,000 miles in all of the lower 48 states. Some like the twin bed configuartio. We prefer the queen. You can't snuggle in twin beds.

We likes the FB floor plan very much. We had built a shelf set at the refrigerator end of the couch for a microwave and a printer.

We recently traded in the 25FB on a new 23FB.

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Can't snuggle ...?

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We prefer the queen. You can't snuggle in twin beds.
No ... don't you kind of have to . . . stack?
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:29 PM   #4
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Hope this isn't a dupe. I thought I just posted an answer. Which models are you looking at? Are you asking about specifications or about living in one? I happen to have the specs right here if you're asking about specs.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:31 PM   #5
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Opposing view.

We have had both, and are about to tear out the queen of our '09 27 FB to install twins.


With a queen, the bedroom is always a bedroom. One must turn sideways and shuffle around the bed, and that is in the 27. The 25 is even worse, with the bed east-west.

One must stand in front of the shower and block the bathroom to get dressed. If one needs something from the overhead, shuffle around the bed again. Stand on your head to see into the cabinet under the nightstand. Lean over the bed and drag everything out of the overhead to find an item.

To be emphatic, with are tired of it.

With twins, the middle of the bedroom is usable space to get dressed, get out of bed without crawling around and waking up the other, and all manor of useful things.

There is also more storage. If one gets a trailer configured from the factory with twins, it has side access doors to get in under the bunks. And, it has an overhead above both bunks, instead of the end cap.

We have been in a new 27FB twin, and simply love it.


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Old 02-03-2014, 09:51 PM   #6
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Although we've only owned the FB Twin, we did spend a long time "trying on" both bed configurations at the dealer after we finally settled on the 25' FB. I would concur with jdalrymple.

If I recall the Twin FB also the added front compartment and small usable compartments on the front sides.

We try to find campsites with back-in views, so the rear dinette with panoramic windows is very enjoyable, as we seem spend a lot of time there with wine, coffee and food.

Our 25' FB Twin does have a microwave/convection but it is an older model. We rarely use it. Most cooking is done on the outside propane grill.

No choice on an Airstream is a bad choice . If you are near a dealer take an afternoon to try them on for size. It is a lot of money. Do not be shy.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:55 PM   #7
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We have a 2007 25' FB Safari with a twin conversion. Love it! We are 2 tall people who love the full length of the twins. Also PO built a wonderful chest of drawers/night table to help fill the void of closet take over. Twins are good for a snuggle and then a good night's sleep!
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:03 PM   #8
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Wayward,
We used to live in Cary, many moons ago. (1977 - 83) - sometime during that time frame it was listed as #1 place to live). Bet it is still a great place to live.
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:54 PM   #9
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Twin or Queen? We have a queen and I doubt we would ever have twins. It is a personal decision.

We love our FB configuration. In almost all of the places we prefer to camp the view out the back is much better. We would be looking at the back of the truck and/or the road we came in on if we had a rear bed set up.

I did notice in the new 25 that is a reversed FB that they did change the seating arrangement and added a micro above the fridge I believe. We are not microwave users by and large but would not turn one down if I didn't have to give up storage space to get it.

The microwave/convection over would never work for us. We boondock too much and love the oven we have. Yes, we use it often.

We would like to get a 27FB for the added space and the ease of getting around the bed. As far as being cramped when dressing as someone mentioned earlier, hey, it is a trailer! I just went to an RV show and saw huge 5ers with enough slides to provide a dance floor in the kitchen. If you want space, go big.
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We used to live in Cary, many moons ago. (1977 - 83) - sometime during that time frame it was listed as #1 place to live). Bet it is still a great place to live.
Hi. We moved here in early 85. You'd never recognize the place! 140,000 people.

It is still a great place to live but you know......when it gets listed as the #1 place to live so many times, all the folks who screwed up the last place they lived, head on down here. They never seem to learn

More taxes, more government, more spending. We liked it better in the 80's but it really is nice still.

We were out camping in Alabama in Sept looking for a retirement spot. We camped by the river in Gadsden and took a few trips looking at land. Next trip we will go down to Gulf Shores.
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WE have a 2011 27FB. I won't comment on your bed configuration, but I'd like to pass along some impressions about dinette placement. With wrap around windows, the rear dinette config is spectacular. Many, many times we've found back in campsites with beautiful views and the read dinette allows us to enjoy them unimpeded by our tow vehicle. Get an FB config either twin or queen. The rear dinette opens you to enjoying spectacular vistas, even at roadside stops.
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We were challenged by the 25FB cross frame bed and went with twin beds when we ordered the new trailer.
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We had a 1975 Excella with twin beds and rear bath and now have a 2006 Classic with rear queen. IMHO, we preferred and miss the twin bed configuration. There was so much more walk-around space and more storage.
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Hi. We moved here in early 85. You'd never recognize the place! 140,000 people.

It is still a great place to live but you know......when it gets listed as the #1 place to live so many times, all the folks who screwed up the last place they lived, head on down here. They never seem to learn

More taxes, more government, more spending. We liked it better in the 80's but it really is nice still.

We were out camping in Alabama in Sept looking for a retirement spot. We camped by the river in Gadsden and took a few trips looking at land. Next trip we will go down to Gulf Shores.
After many years of working and transferring from place to place, we finally landed in this Spanish Fort area. Alabama has bragging rights to some very nice State Parks! Meaher SP and Blakeley SP nearby. Brierfield Iron Works SP (20 min. off 65 between Birmingham and Montgomery) is a nice stopover. DeSoto SP near Ft. Payne is also very nice. Cheaha SP and Monte Sano are both beautiful and when you are retired, you can spend several weeks visiting them all when they are quieter during the off seasons for most people. These are just some we have been to, but there are many more. And during the winter months you can explore the Florida Gulf Coast. You will get a taste of it when you visit Gulf Shores. Then before you know it, you will hear about the CANOPENER (check out Canopener 2014 and 2015 threads) held at Topsail Hill Preserve SP, FL.

Anyway, enough rambling - Enjoy your journeys!
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