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Old 05-25-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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23FB Under Bed Storage Access

Just curious how easy it is to access the under-bed storage, specifically, how do you reach the area highlighted in red in the below image? Does not appear to be very practical. Maybe there is an access door I cannot see from this perspective? Looks like a back breaker.
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:06 PM   #2
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Looks to me like you have found the access. At least you can get to it. I have a rear bed 23 that does not lift up and has over half the area under the bed with no access at all.

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Old 05-25-2015, 12:10 PM   #3
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No easy way; I think its use should be for bulky items that are not needed on a daily basis.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:21 PM   #4
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Could it be Airstream has not intended that space for storage. Front bed models can be loaded heavy in front. It looks like that space left empty would leave the remaining storage well balanced side-to-side, and possibly better results front-to-back.

Maybe your Owners Manual addresses loading, weight, balance.

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Old 05-25-2015, 11:23 PM   #5
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Probably should have mentioned that we are still shopping and are in the obligatory 23' vs 25' comparison stage of Airstream ownership. (Let's not go there; plenty of posts already devoted to that subject.)

The picture I highlighted was off of Colonial Airstream's site. We visited our local dealer this weekend comparing the smaller Flying Clouds and I did not notice this lack of access to the compartment under the 23FB bed. I actually have the owners manual from the Airstream website, but could not find anything on the subject.

Just seems strange they did not cut an access hole somewhere so that you could reach in with the awning pole and slide stuff in and out.
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:15 AM   #6
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The wife stores two aluminum folding chairs from Camping World and a folding table from LL Bean in that space..................I don't ask her how she gets the stuff in there, she just appears with the stuff after the awning is out.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:33 PM   #7
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Hmmm, you may be onto something there. Maybe I've been approaching this problem from the wrong perspective...

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Have you looked at the exterior for the hatch? I have a 2008 23FB and it is slightly different under the Queen That part could be accessed from the exterior hatch.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:26 AM   #9
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I think the outside hatch accesses a different storage compartment further under the bed. I am not sure this compartment is accessible from inside the trailer.

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Old 05-27-2015, 11:04 AM   #10
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The area you highlighted is practical storage. Yes, you have to lift the bed, but thanks to the hydraulic arms, getting to the area is not a back-breaker. We appreciate the extra space for storing bulky items that don't weigh much (e.g., daypacks).

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