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Old 05-01-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Are bunks just for kids?

We are both retired, good health, and want to hit the road in an Airstream. We've been looking, talking, debating, deciding, ad nauseam. It's time to pull the trigger. We started out thinking we wanted a FC25 but we're thinking a Bambi would be more flexible and usable. We're narrowing our search down to the FC20 or FC19 Bunk.

The FC20 looks great from a kitchen/bath standpoint, but we don't think we can sleep in a 48" bed. So the FC20 would mean using the dinette as a bed nightly; you're either in night or day mode. Then we noticed the FC19 bunk, and my wife thinks she's nimble enough to use the bunk, leaving a more dedicated living area vs. sleeping area.

Any experience or comments on the FC19 bunk for us (not kids)? Not a lot around (new or used) so I'm thinking not many go this route. Thoughts?
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I should add our TV is a 2015 Ford F-150 SCREW with 3.5L Ecoboost.
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:01 PM   #3
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I have no comment directly on the bunk, but do want to ask if you have truly looked at and considered the 22 sport?

It has the largest bed of any airstream.

This would give you a larger kitchen counter space, bathroom with a window that opens, and loads of storage under the dinette benches.

If you wife thinks the bunk is not an issue, then the longer and wider bed of the 22 would seem to be an option as well.

It's bed is 54 wide and 80 long. We use queen sheets on ours. Since it is so long, you don't feel crammed into a small bed. And windows that open on 3 sides of the bed give lots of light and breeze
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:05 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reply, Piggy Bank. I enjoy reading your posts.

Based on the evolution we've gone through, I agree the 22 Sport should be reconsidered. We want a dry bath, so the 16' has never been a consideration. The Flying Cloud enhancements are desirable, but the sleeping/living night/day configurations are becoming one of the prime considerations.

Thanks for the input.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:45 PM   #5
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There is a weight limit for the bunk, if your wufe is below the limit I see no reasin why not. My Bambi table goes down every nite and although easy to do, I wish .i could leave table up.
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:13 PM   #6
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I had not personally seen the Sport 22 model before.It is the first newer Airstream I actually would like to own. Being a vintage Airstream owner for a long time, it is enticing with the size and weight, and what looks like a great floor plan.
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Whatever you do, go look at one and try it. I think we spent a total of two nites together in the Bambi 19 bed due to cramped space. A 19' is good for short trips unless you don't mind converting the dinette or can spoon like a sardine. Go back and look at the 25 twin which has 34" wide beds, same as sleeping on a king. Plus more room, storage and not that much harder to maneuver.
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:06 PM   #8
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If it's like my trailer the bunk is fine for my 9 year old but tight for my 18 year old, 5'-4" 115 lbs.
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Like you, we did not want to make up the dining area each night to go to bed -- too much hassle, especially when you are on different sleeping schedules (I get up early).

I am 5' 5" and average weight. I seriously tried to climb into the FC 19' Bunk and there was NO WAY I could get into it. It is just for kids.

We ended up getting a FC 25' TWIN and L-O-V-E it.
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We currently have a 25 FC FB 2015 twin. And love love love it. We upgraded from 22 sport. Yes the bed was large anf dinette fine but is was only 8 ft wide. It was great for a weekend. And bath was great but for traveling and more comfort for 6-8 wks trips we were not comfortable enough. Love love love our 25 twin
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Mission accomplished

Thanks for all the replies. I must admit I had a devious plan in mind with this thread and your replies couldn't have been better. My wife read them and said "okay lets get a 25".

Thanks for the help. ��
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Thanks for all the replies. I must admit I had a devious plan in mind with this thread and your replies couldn't have been better. My wife read them and said "okay lets get a 25".

Thanks for the help. ��
Good planning... from another FC 25 twin bed fan. There's plenty of room to get dressed between the beds, and that open area makes the trailer feel larger.
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my Airstream bunk is a factory ordered pullman from 1966. It works great for storage. It has a weight limit listed in the manual of 90 pounds. Seems generous to me. No one has slept in it as my kids are grown and well beyond that limit.
a side note - we did have occasion to use our fold out gaucho for a couple, and it worked great. Very comfy according to their report.
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