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Old 02-19-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Watching TV in a FB Floorplan

I know this has been discussed a lot. I really like the 27FB floor plan but am concerned about watching tv. It seems that there is no good way (short of taking the table down each time) to get a straight on view of the tv. I would be interested in hearing from owners if this is a big deal or not.
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That and the uncomfortable bench seating led us to remove all the dinette/lounge furniture in our 25' front dinette and install reclining chairs and side table. Easy to do in our model, not so easy in the FB because of the furnace location.

Take a look at the 28' rear bed model which is the same length as the 27'. The 30' has a couple of seating options that are better.

As popular as the 25/27' Airstreams are it is too bad Airstream can't offer comfortable seating in them. They look really good and seem to accommodate a small crowd on the sales floor but can be a disappointment in extended use.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:52 AM   #3
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I have a 25FB and seating is a problem, comfortable seating that is. When on longer trips it becomes more noticeable for us. We just put pillows behind our backs and put our feet up on the bench. We typically do not watch a lot of television but when on the road we do more of this.

If money were no object, I think the answer would be a new 30 with the two built in recliners. I don't want to remove our table because we do like to eat there, play games and visit with friends over a meal.
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We had a 25FB that we spent over 1,300 nights in. The dinette/TV area is the same layout as the 27FB. We never had any trouble watching TV. We just put a couple of pillows at the window end of the dinette, and watched TV with our feet up on the dinette benches. I sat on the couch side and would often fall asleep while watching TV.

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Our use of the rear dinette area for watching is similar to Moosetags. The dinette area is our office, coffee/dine/wine area, web browsing and TV watching area. An extra pillow for the back bulkhead is nice, so only real negative I've noticed for reclining there is that the curbside bottom cushion tends to slide out (needs bigger velcro patch).

We just do not watch much TV however.

I think a couple of recliners or couch would work well too since we do not mind eating while sitting on the couch. We have talked about this some but are leaning toward just one day adding a small LCD TV in the bedroom for lying back for watching a long movie. (hint: my wife does not so much like idea of recliners)

Everything is a tradoff in such small spaces. With the Airstream layouts they all tend to be good tradoffs - my advice is don't over-think it
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my advice is don't over-think it
Now, that is probably the best advice of all!
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That and the uncomfortable bench seating led us to remove all the dinette/lounge furniture in our 25' front dinette and install reclining chairs and side table. Easy to do in our model, not so easy in the FB because of the furnace location.

Take a look at the 28' rear bed model which is the same length as the 27'. The 30' has a couple of seating options that are better.

As popular as the 25/27' Airstreams are it is too bad Airstream can't offer comfortable seating in them. They look really good and seem to accommodate a small crowd on the sales floor but can be a disappointment in extended use.
Doug is spot-on. The TV fits nicely on the little cabinet in our old 25 footer - but sitting on the gaucho to watch it may cripple me permanently. I have a little home theater at home with four comfy leather recliners. The fisrt thing I'm going to do when I get back in June is rip out the gaucho with gusto and install two of the theater recliners. I'm tempted to drive to Oregon from Arizona right now to pick them up.

What were they thinking with the gaucho?! It doesn't do anything well. Sitting on it for longer than an hour requires a trip to the hot tub. I imagine sleeping on it would require all out physical therapy.

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The fisrt thing I'm going to do when I get back in June is rip out the gaucho with gusto and install two of the theater recliners.
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Is there enough room in the 25/27FB to install recliners? I had assumed there isn't and that's why they are only offered in the 30'.
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Is there enough room in the 25/27FB to install recliners? I had assumed there isn't and that's why they are only offered in the 30'.
We had Airstream Service Center install the front components of the 30' recliner model in the front of our 2012 25' Rear Bed (note that on the Front Bed 25/27 the furnace is in the location of the folding table shown here). The width of all 25' - 31' late model Airstreams is the same.
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Is there enough room in the 25/27FB to install recliners? I had assumed there isn't and that's why they are only offered in the 30'.
We are attempting something similar to Doug's approach but Airstream thought only 1 recliner would fit well in our 27FB (Doug's is RB). We'll put the recliner on curb side near the entry door and leave the couch as is on street side but cut down the width of the inning table or remove entirely in favor of folding tables for eating.

Really - that set up is atrocious :-)

But I L O V E my Airstream!!!!!! :-)
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There are various solutions to this depending on the particular Airstream model. I was looking at a Eddie Bauer 27' and it looked like the furnace would be out of the way of a recliner retrofit. The single recliner on the entrance door side is a real easy and reversible modification and is quite popular, several have been posted here.

This is a better look at the folding table up against the wall on our 25' Rear Bed. The cabinet alongside was built by Airstream Service Center using Flying Cloud materials to match existing furnishings. The former lounge is gone and we don't miss it, but it's just the two of us.
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Is there enough room in the 25/27FB to install recliners? I had assumed there isn't and that's why they are only offered in the 30'.
I think the theater recliners are smaller than normal recliners. I measured them and the trailer and they fit nicely even with a small middle console. I bought them from La-Z-Boy several years ago.

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Just curious; is the television in question mounted on a long, swing arm? I added a flat panel TV on a swing arm in our 19' Bambi, and it swings out and turns around so it can be viewed from either the dining table in the bow of our Airstream, or the "bedroom" at the stern. However, the layout in 19-foot models is quite a bit different form the Airstream models being discussed.
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And Doug, how big is that TV set ?
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