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Old 06-01-2013, 01:22 AM   #15
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I found out the second bedroom wall light switch is a three-way for the hallway with the other end in the kitchen. The two over the bed spotlights are independently switched.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:08 PM   #16
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The reading lights in the 2013 Classic can be aimed and each have their own switch. There is only one switch on the wall. It is for the overhead light, which also has a rocker switch on the side of the ceing mounted light fixture. The wall switch is pretty much useless because it is on the far side of the wall-mounted TV from the door opening. It is easier to find/turn on the light from the switch on the light fixture. I guess the wall switch is where it is because the "wall" is just the thickness of the plywood- no where to run wires. As it is, the wiring to the wall switch is probably behind the Fiberglas shower enclosure.
I see why the bedroom and bathroom light switches are so far away. Pocket doors. Duh.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #17
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Decision reached

A dealership selection decision was made yesterday through which to acquire a 2014 Classic 27FB twin bed with Golden Ultra leather, the 1,000 watt inverter and the second AC with 50 amp service upgrade. Since our travel schedule for the fall is already fully booked, we are striving for an early to mid January build slot so I can be there at Jackson Center to take photos of the gestation process and have the unit arrive at the dealership in February.

Tomorrow, I will order two custom cut twin upgraded 8" mattresses from Rocky Mountain Mattress as there is a $299 discount for each mattress ordered on a Father's Day special. We like that specific model mattress on the existing trailer. The "savings" will cover all of the cost of two custom cut 600 thread sheet sets from the Airstream store and most of the cost of the mattress pads.

To pardon a pun, I will set the wheels in motion for five Michelin LT 225/75R16E LTX M/S2 tires and five Sendel T03-66655T wheels to migrate to our location along with a set of four Centramatic wheel balancers. I will personally visit the local Costco store to get the tires fitted to the wheels and then install them along with the balancers on the new trailer. The original sub five miles GYM tires and Airstream wheels will be sold, thereby reducing the net acquisition cost of this upgrade.

This forum keeps informing me of all the electrical upgrades and different solar systems that keep improving. I have a plan for many of those items to be non-dealership installed, some by me and the big solar project by professional installers.

I really envy the wood working skills shown by many members on this forum, but those skills are lacking for me. We have several "improvements" to have done along with the solar system like tweak the cabinets under the sofa to make them deeper and mount the Dish box and TV signal switch box in the wood facing in the street side rear ceiling roof locker.

We are both excited to have this unit built "our way" without options we did not want or need and then fine tune it through use.

We are looking forward to our adventure seeing the country and meeting new friends along the way.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:29 PM   #18
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Sounds good, switz, and it is pleasant to read that you can plan to do things in this manner (factory visit).

But what about brakes? Will A/S install discs for you?

As to woodworking one wouldn't want me on that job . . I got to watching a KREG infomercial today and I was suddenly Norm Abrams, ha!

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:46 PM   #19
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To twin, or not to twin? That is the question

We have been doing this for many years and many miles but have found that twins give us the most flexibility. The comments re they are hard to make up are correct. That is easily solved with a product called TravASack. It is essentially a 2 sided comforter (winter & summer) with a sheet that is velcroed in and can be removed for washing. They have solved all the problems for us.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:58 PM   #20
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Since disc brakes are not on the standard order form and the factory production is running at full speed and is nearly fully booked into next year, they apparently are not doing any customizations due to lack of time.

The order form was initialized and signed and my deposit check was issued today for a January 13 build start date of the Classic described above.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:45 PM   #21
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Pull out the twin mattresses
Loosely install boards across the span
replace twin mattress close togehter in the center
if boards 'bow', figure out a way to put another board in the center to the floor along the length of the trailer.
Cozy up...

If you need access to the 'storage', just flip mattresses toward rear along with boards..

YMMV... but if this works in a comfort factor, then change the 'bed' install.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:19 PM   #22
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Re: sitting up in Queen. I like to read in bed, so pile the pillows up in front of the window screen for back support and am quite comfortable. I thought the screen might start bowing out because of this, but it has remained taunt.

I like the island Queen because with a twin, you get that cold metal wall as a bed partner. Sure, you can pad it with cushions or something, but you would then lose some bed width.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:40 PM   #23
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Scheduled with a VIN number

Well, now it is official. Our order for the 2014 27FB Classic twin is now scheduled to begin on 9 January 2014 and be completed on 15 January 2014. We also have the VIN number.

We have cancelled the previously ordered factory 1,000 watt inverter. We plan a major solar/inverter system after the trailer arrives with a third party installer. We are thinking either a 450 watt or 600 watt solar system depending of roof space coupled with a 2,800 watt inverter and at least four Lifeline 6Volt batteries. That will help in off grid camping and travel.

So now the five month count down begins.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:59 PM   #24
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Wise choice, you will love your twin beds!
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #25
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We have a FC 25 with the rear queen. I think if I was to do it over, I'd go for the twin option. In the 27 the north-south queen is fairly easy access, but in the 25 it is east-west, and the access on the back side is pretty poor. There's also the issue of trying to access the overhead bin on the street side rear. You have to climb up on the bed to get at it.

Once more the old adage comes in to play - - you have to live with these things a bit to really know how it will work for you.

Make no mistake - we love the trailer. But the question was asked, and that's the one thing I would change.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:02 AM   #26
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The cross bed of our 25FB is the major reason we are upgrading to the 27FB Classic. The Classic model was chosen over the Flying Cloud (since none of the International trim lines have the twin bed option) because of the solid Hickory wood cabinetry, more storage in the bedroom area, Corian counter tops, 54 gallon fresh water tank, two 40 pound aluminum propane tanks for longer remote site staying power and other detail tweaks.
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:31 PM   #27
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I just bought a FB 25 B with queen.
for me it just not an isue sleeping in twin bed, I'll do with the storage and cabinet. In my actual SOB the bed is in front east west with three walls around and the storage over, I will have a lot more room around the bed
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #28
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Switz,

Enjoy the new (soon) Airstream. We were just in AJ last week for my dad's birthday. You live in a great area with so many fantastic year around options for camping. Unfortunately we just didn't have the time to pull our trailer out there from Atlanta. I know I am late to the show, but we love out twins in the trailer as well as our king bed in the house. We find our Airstream sleeping habits to be different from our house habits.
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