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Old 10-06-2015, 03:18 PM   #15
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Cabinets and drawers opening during travel is probably from to rough road, to rough a ride from the truck suspension and/or hitch connection, or too stiff tires. Or all of them. Maybe it IS the driver.

Not the style of Airstream, we've got a basic Flying Cloud with plastic hinges and latches and never had the problem.
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Old 10-06-2015, 05:05 PM   #16
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Our One Minor Gripe About the 27FB Classic

As somebody noted before, most like what they have and will tell you why. So let's start with what could be better on the 27FB for just the two of us.

There is only one thing that could be better for us about the 27FB layout and that is comfort while watching TV in the back dinette/couch/kitchen area. One of us can be very comfortable laying down on the long couch directly in front of the TV; the other, sitting on the short couch which doubles as the dinette seating can't lay down because that side of the couch is too short. Alternatively, the other can choose to sit at the table and eventually get a crook in their neck looking sideways towards the TV for an extended period of time.

We've decided to stick with the status quo as maybe that will encourage us to watch less TV. If we want to watch a long movie in comfort, we can always move to the front bedroom. Also, the current arrangement in back gives us plenty of sleeping arrangement versatility when multiple grand-kids are visiting at the same time.

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Old 10-06-2015, 05:52 PM   #17
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Ultimate Airstream option

We love the 25' FB Twin, but think the 27' would offer more space for sure. We love the 28' couch option, but do not want to loose the storage space, nor do we like opening a door to pull out utensil drawers, nor lack of microwave and oven. We think the solution, though costly is the Ultimate Airstream upgrade...but it is costly! Would like to get this set up at a reasonable price. To us, this is a very impressive use of lounge/eating space, adding more work surface, storage options, yet preserving additional sleeping if needed. You can also get a desk if you don't need that much storage...see pictures below. I like the 26U also, but no twins....I think this is more functional.










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Old 10-06-2015, 08:05 PM   #18
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We had a 25FC rear twin and used for a year and upgraded to a 28FC rear twin. All kinds of pro's and con's can be thrown around about a front or a rear bedroom. Ours works perfectly for us as it seems 50% of the time where ever we go, one end of the trailer is the preferred end for viewing or sleeping while boon docking. I kind of like the bedroom at the back if you are backed up to a stream from an airflow standpoint sleeping, but thats me.

What got us to change is in fact the sofa and the dinette. It was more practical to us to use, especially in some rain storms where the other couple we were traveling with could come in and we are all comfortable. Plus when it's just us two and a dog or two, it works. You have tons of storage under the front sofa and under both beds and on the outside (3) with the twins. The lack of pantry is a negative but as previously noted, there is plenty of useable space if you think through the arranging of things.

Good luck on your decision, as I am sure you will be happy with either. Hope to see you on the road down the line.

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Old 10-06-2015, 09:02 PM   #19
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This is how I modified our 27FB. Moved the heater forward, built bar an drawers, loves eat recliners that will be changed to swivel rockers in the future


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Old 10-06-2015, 09:19 PM   #20
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We faced that same decision back in 2012, once we decided to go a little larger than a 25. And after I asked my wife to think about the seating arangements of a 27 FB vs the 28 rear bdrm (2 separate seating areas being the huge draw) we jumped with the 28 FC and 30K+ miles later we've never regretted the choice. Plus we love the door being in the front. People told us we would miss the "view" when we back into campsites. It seems amazing to me how few times that has occurred and we travel/camp for months at a time. Love the wrap around widows behind our sofa as well..,
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:10 PM   #21
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Has anyone found a solution for the faux leather on the seating (ours is 27' FB). Sitting at the dinette, the material has no "grip", & you wind up slowly slipping off the seats, & having to readjust. We're thinking of some sort of rubber backed material that is comfortable, and looks good. Any suggestions?
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GypsyDad that's the Airstream I want - is that custom? What size? That just makes so much sense and good use of space! Thank you.
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GypsyDad that's the Airstream I want - is that custom? What size? That just makes so much sense and good use of space! Thank you.
Yes, it does make "so much sense" to many folks I talk to who own Airstreams! Airstream Adventures Northwest offers these "upgrades" through their dealership. Seattle Washington Airstream Adventures Northwest
click on the "Custom" button... Bay Area Airstream Adventures https://bayareaairstream.com/Invento...sp?Stock=A2607 has the pictures I included earlier.

I was contacted originally by Bay Area AS Adventures dealer in Fairfield, CA just outside Sacramento area...Cost I was quoted was around $7.5K (wholesale pricing) "IF" I also purchased a new AS from them....at first I thought that was not bad since I really want the new ducted air and directional vents in the 2016 models, but now wondering if other "shops" around offer similar modifications for cheaper pricing? I think AS would have a winner if offered in 25' & 27' models...we really hate the long lounge and think it is a waste of space...even our boxer hates it!
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:19 PM   #24
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I wonder if the addition of the cabinetry across the aisle from the kitchen under the TV causes the street side to be a lot heavier? You could put a lot of weight in those drawers and cabinets; extra pots and pans etc, not to mention the weight of the furniture. Maybe switching to 16" rim/tires would be advisable if you did this mod.

One thing about that rear U lounge is the odd shaped cushions have to be stored somewhere when not in use. Ideally they should design it to use the cushions when in the dinette position.

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Old 10-07-2015, 01:25 PM   #25
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Did you find it easy to get that love seat into the trailer?

How much space there between the loveseat and the street side cabinet?

Looking at the width of the loveseat and the amount of space from the arms to the walls if the furnace was left in the stock postion would it still interfere with the loveseat recliner? I think the furnace is about 18" deep. Could not a low box been built over the furnace?

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Old 10-07-2015, 01:37 PM   #26
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I wonder if creating a U-shaped bench seating arrangement would be any more comfortable than the stock straight bench seat configuration. It's still a flat plywood bench with a foam cushion on it. I would try out the new 26U and see if it's U-shaped bench seat is any better than the bench seat you have now before I would spend too much money on a conversion.

The desk next to the fridge is a pretty good use of that section of the bench though. Looks real good.
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:53 PM   #27
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We may consider a cabinet under the TV. With our 2008 Classic 25fg the stove is across from the side couch vs later model Airstreams having the sink stick out into the aisle. While a desk is nice I would prefer cabinets and drawers and to used as more kitchen prep area. You'd also have to find a better looking and more comfortable chair. Looking at the photo of the desk I don't know why the box under the seating area is so large. Isn't there just a heating duct and some wiring there? Couldn't the box be made smaller?

Just sent my wife links to photos showing a recliner in the back dinette area and she says NO! Guess I'm stuck with the dinette.

Yes, this U dinette may not be that much better than the standard dinette. But one person could lounge across the back and the other on the street side without taking down the tables like you have to do with the standard dinette.
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I wonder if creating a U-shaped bench seating arrangement would be any more comfortable than the stock straight bench seat configuration. It's still a flat plywood bench with a foam cushion on it. I would try out the new 26U and see if it's U-shaped bench seat is any better than the bench seat you have now before I would spend too much money on a conversion.

The desk next to the fridge is a pretty good use of that section of the bench though. Looks real good.
Issue with 26U for us is it has no twin bed option, no extra storage drawers or usable prep surface above the drawers, as is offered in Ultimate Airstreams Lounge Options I posted above. Plus, not sure of cost difference of 26U vs the "option"? Either way, we still like the twin beds...
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