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Old 10-11-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Why choose the front bedroom model?

I think I must be missing something. I prefer the back BR layout because of the separate couch away from the kitchen dinette, but most bloggers here have the FB. What am I missing?
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Here's why people like it: When you're sitting at your table, you're looking out the back window, which can be parked closest to a coastline or forest or other picturesque scene - versus your, say, tow vehicle (or in our case, with the dinette in the middle, whatever is next to the camper).
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:48 PM   #3
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It's simply a matter of preference. If someone gave me front bed trailer I would sell it and buy a rear bed. My reality is, I might get 1 good view out the back for every five views of the back of someones else's trailer. I like to be able to see the road in front of the trailer and see our truck. The closest I can ever remember to what would have been a good view in back of the trailer, was some cows in field. With a rear bed trailer, you know you are not likely to have another trailer 10 feet or less from you living area. That's a distinct possiblity in a front bed floor plan.

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Old 10-11-2012, 06:51 PM   #4
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It depends a bit on where you like to camp. If you tend to go to wild places where you back into a camping space, the view out your back window is likely to be more scenic than the front.

However, as someone else pointed out, when the bed is in the front, the door is closer to the back. So if you're in a tight camping spot where you've had to hang the rear end off the edge of the parking pad, the door might also be hanging over a slope.

Ours is set up so that we sleep in the front, enter right by the bed, have a dinette in the middle and the best views are often out the bathroom window in the back. We spend most of our time outside under the awning anyway, so it works out well for us.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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Like everyone has said, it all depends on where you do most of your camping So far, for us, most of our camping has been in state parks down here in the southeast. I would say about 80% of these parks you are backing into a spot that has NO view out the back at all. We also like watching what is going on as new campers come in So the back sleeping area has been best for us.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:02 PM   #6
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Most of the popular Airstream bloggers that I read (MaliMish, J5MM, Weaselmouth) have a front bedroom model because that floorplan has been on sale for multiple years and there are lots of them out there.

Once the 25FB and 27FB were introduced, they handily outsold other models. They're smaller than the 30' trailers, have a dedicated enclosed bedroom that the (no longer sold) 25SS lacked, and have dual panoramic windows that the 28' lacks. Other floorplans lack having both a couch and a dinette.

But I agree - if I was buying a new 25' trailer, I'd have a hard time choosing between a front bed or a rear bed. Would probably get the front bed, if only to get the second window next to the dinette.

I've been in enough varied campgrounds to say that the bed location isn't reliably better at one end or another. Sometimes it all depends where the noisy neighbor, or the smoky campfire, is...

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:39 AM   #7
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I like the fact that the entrance door is hinged towards the front of the trailer on an FB rig. The door can't pop open in the wind and be damaged while traveling down the road.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:55 AM   #8
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We have only spent a total of a month in our 27FB, but we really appreciate the layout. In some campgrounds, we have the best view while awake. We look for places to back in. The few times we haven't had a good view from the back because of trees or bushes, we still enjoy the privacy of being able to sit away from the the busy road with all the curtains open. The entire trailer is a buffer zone between us and the campground's general activity. In pull throughs, it doesn't matter.

And as for the front bedroom, I like knowing that any little fingers making jingling noises around the tow truck, the hitch, or the storage area are right next to my head. I don't even have to get out of bed to check the truck, or to check to see what's going on. I can put a laser dot on something without putting my pants on first....

We like the door being further from the street, too. Slightly more privacy, as the angle makes it more difficult to look into the trailer from the street.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:51 AM   #9
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I have often thought that I would like the front bedroom model for many of the reasons stated:
- dinette with a probably a better view
- bed closer to the front of the trailer - security of the tow vehicle
- the layout seemed to make sense

Then I was able to spend some time in a FB model. I came to the conclusion that I did not like it because:
- felt cramped, dark and tunnel like (I guess all Airstreams are tunnel-like in reality)
- some models have a single bowl sink
- the seating was not comfortable - no good place to lounge if the weather was poor
Overall, it just didn't feel right. We are very happy with our rear bedroom model. We had a 29' and now have a 30 Classic.
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Ditto what Gringo said. We've found most times we're able to get a nice view out the window or more privacy. I do try and do research on spots before we reserve or do a tour of the campground to look at empty spots before we go check in. If you're going to be working from your trailer and sitting at the dinette, this might be something to consider. The negative - we never use the couch area now that are kids are gone and no longer use it as a bed. We've had 2 34's in the past with the separate couch - and I found these to be a little more comfortable than the couch area in ours We're considering removing the cushion and having a cabinet built for that area just because we don't use it.
If we had to do it again though, we'd get another FB.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:22 AM   #11
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We were pleased when Airstream returned to a rear bedroom 25' model in 2012, it felt right and we bought it. Never another RV backed up against our dinette window, we can see what's going on in camp, door near the truck, much larger bathroom, both conv/microwave ovens, privacy in bedroom, converter not located under the bed.

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?? our 27FB has both conv and microwave, the converter is no where near the bedroom, and with the two sliders closed there is a massive bathroom with the shower, hallway, and bathroom all connected into one big space. Someone can shower, use the bathroom mirror, and walk into the bedroom to dress while people are in the dinette area. We pick campsites where it's impossible for someone to back up to the dinette. you literally cannot do that if the dinette is in front.

We've been thinking of changing the dinette area to two recliners, though. Just because there's never more than the two of us inside the trailer. Got company? That's what the awning's for.
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?? our 27FB has both conv and microwave, the converter is no where near the bedroom, and with the two sliders closed there is a massive bathroom with the shower, hallway, and bathroom all connected into one big space. Someone can shower, use the bathroom mirror, and walk into the bedroom to dress while people are in the dinette area. We pick campsites where it's impossible for someone to back up to the dinette. you literally cannot do that if the dinette is in front.

We've been thinking of changing the dinette area to two recliners, though. Just because there's never more than the two of us inside the trailer. Got company? That's what the awning's for.
I am having a bit of trouble with the highlighted statement. If someone was able to back up to the front of our trailer. we couldn't move our trailer, or hook up our TV until they were gone. What did you really mean?

When we (with our rear bed floor plan park in a back in or pull thru space. There is at least 25 feet plus the width of the road in front of us before there is any chance of another trailer in front of us.

I believe as you spend more time camping in your trailer, you will find there will often be times when its back end to back end camping or keep moving on down the road to find another place. The only way to be ensured of having no one close behind you is to look for pull thru sites.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:46 AM   #14
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I think this was the topic of a recent thread. Do a search and see if you can find it.

Why an FB? Someone earlier mentioned that it is a personal preference and I concur. Arguments about the round sink, the big bathroom, the microwave all beg the big question and that is why do some prefer the front bedroom over the back bedroom. For me it comes down to choosing to look at the back of my truck or the scenery. I have been camping for over 25 years and the state and national parks I frequent usually provide a better view out of the back of the campsite than the road in. Yes, there are some where the backs get a bit crowded but I still find the when I look out the front that it is almost always a view of my truck and the road I drove in on.

For me, I like the FB. I have a 25FB and we like the seating and the dining table in a place we can sit and watch nature out the back. The converter under the bed is an issue with the 25FB it has nothing to do with where the bed is. If this was a big issue for me I would look at a 27FB or simply move the thing some place else. It isn't, so I don't worry about it. Park and look at the back of your truck or park and look out the back. It is up to you.
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