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Old 03-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #29
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We've been on the road full time since 9/15/14. In regards to the above post about the rear door going past the gravel or pavement of the site, we've never had that happen once. Yes, you have to be careful to park "short" to avoid doing this, but it's never been an issue. We move every week or two so have been in quite a few campgrounds.
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:45 AM   #30
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A video about this topic.

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Old 03-02-2015, 08:36 AM   #31
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That's a great video comparing the two models (FB vs. RB). It's just a matter of personal preference.

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Old 03-02-2015, 09:30 AM   #32
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I certainly hope that by now the OP has gotten the answer to his fundamental original question:

"Is there a clear advantage to a FB vs. a RB?"

The answer is a resounding: NO!

Time to bring up a new non-controversial subject:

"What size Tow Vehicle?"
"What type of hitch?"
"Diesel vs. Gas?"
"Honda vs. Yamaha genset?"
"Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge vs. Toyota vs. Smart Car?"

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:07 AM   #33
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There's no mechanical/towing/etc. reason an FB or a RB should be better or worse than the other. The interior layouts are different, but the probably have the exact same frame and they're definitely built the exact same way.

I wouldn't hold a RB up as a standard for smoothness or anything like that. Our dinette chairs are always somewhere else, sometimes flipped on their backs, when we open the door after a trip. (In our trailer, the dinette has two separate chairs rather than built-in booths - it was an option during the 90s, but ours is the only one I've seen with it.) And, we have to shove the mattress in the rear bedroom back into position after each trip. So, I conclude that both the front and the back of the trailer are pretty bouncy on the road. We've never had anything broken.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:24 AM   #34
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The RB in the 25FC has a shorter lounge than the FB. Could a 6' 2" tall person sleep on the lounge in the RB model?
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:31 AM   #35
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Even on the FB the rear lounge is only 66". I'm 70" and my feet extend to the dinette cushion. Makes it hard to use a fitted sheet.

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Old 03-02-2015, 10:38 AM   #36
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I certainly hope that by now the OP has gotten the answer to his fundamental original question:

"Is there a clear advantage to a FB vs. a RB?"

The answer is a resounding: NO!

Time to bring up a new non-controversial subject:

"What size Tow Vehicle?"
"What type of hitch?"
"Diesel vs. Gas?"
"Honda vs. Yamaha genset?"
"Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge vs. Toyota vs. Smart Car?"

Sure, FB vs. RB is non-controversial, IF you ignore the fact that the FB design has been known to spontaneously combust and sling molten aluminum all over the interstate... AND 9 out of 10 serial murderers prefer the FB design. The tenth one kind of liked an old Shasta, but went with a Spartan instead. ALSO, FB's have been known to kill puppies and kittens. The choice here is obvious...

-Red, GIVE ME AN RB OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:37 PM   #37
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Sure, FB vs. RB is non-controversial, IF you ignore the fact that the FB design has been known to spontaneously combust and sling molten aluminum all over the interstate... AND 9 out of 10 serial murderers prefer the FB design. The tenth one kind of liked an old Shasta, but went with a Spartan instead. ALSO, FB's have been known to kill puppies and kittens. The choice here is obvious...

-Red, GIVE ME AN RB OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:05 PM   #38
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I certainly hope that by now the OP has gotten the answer to his fundamental original question:

"Is there a clear advantage to a FB vs. a RB?"


Bob, this question was never asked by the OP.

Thanks to everyone else that responded on topic.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:20 PM   #39
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Thanks all for your opinions and insight.
I guess I was mainly just wondering if the location of the bedroom would have any noticeable impact on cost to operate. I.E. maintenance, upkeep or trailer-ability. I suspect it is unlikely, but wondered if experienced owners had thoughts on this.
We have had 2 RB and 1 FB models, no impact on cost. I think the best counsel was offered in post #2: go with what floats your boat.
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:28 AM   #40
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:39 AM   #41
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Just to throw out another option...I really like the 28 (listed as the 27'11)because the dinette is on the side and looks INTO your campsite. I really like this options because I camp solo and can see whos approaching my site and or door in advance. You can see this layout on the Colonial Airstream site.
We also chose the '28 for all the same reasons plus we really liked the front lounge area. It feels like three separate areas, bedroom/galley/lounge.
We like privacy of rear bed. As far as views we open up all the curtains and have a 360 degree view.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:50 AM   #42
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I don't and have not experienced any technical difference between the FB and RB as asked. My one big suggestion is bed configuration. As we have moved into the "senior" years getting up at night has become the norm and with that in mind when shopping for a new AS we only looked at AS which provided us the ability for either of us to get out of bed without climbing over the other person.

Aside from that a FB or RB is strictly personal preference. Suggest you visit a show or dealer, sit in both, imagine living in each. Spend hours if necessary - it's big bucks being spent here.

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