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Old 05-15-2014, 11:13 AM   #1
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Downsizing to a 25'

We just sold our 30' bunkhouse and are looking to downsize to a 25' front bedroom. We love the utility of the back hatch, but are wondering if it works as advertised. We haven't been able to see one in person yet, but would love to hear any thoughts or considerations current owners may want to share. Especially, anything they would of liked to of known before buying an Eddie Bauer edition.


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Old 05-15-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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We believe it works well and our customers are happy with the performance and utility.

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Old 05-15-2014, 11:59 AM   #3
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We just spent 3 weeks camping down south on our maiden voyage in the EB 25. We had the hatch opened every day so the back of the Airstream functioned as a screen room. When the sun came around we sat in lawn chairs outside under its shade. We never used the table so we had plenty of room for the endless parade of visitors taking the tour. Best of all, there's room for a pack n play for the grandbabies since the cabinet is flush against the wall. Then again, it's all about the hatch! Ps - Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park - 5 stars.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:31 PM   #4
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No experience with a hatchback, but my wife and I love our 25 footer. We spent over three months in it this winter - two months in a RV resort and a month on the road. It's small enough for most parks and it's large enough to be comfortable during extended stays. And it tows nicely with our ML500.

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Old 05-16-2014, 06:09 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies and the recommendation on the Virginia Haven Highland Park. We haven't been without an Airstream since 2002 and I am very anxious to rectify that situation! One reason the Eddie Bauer appeals to us is the ability to set up a large dog kennel inside the trailer. We are down to one dog and she gets separation anxiety when we are away from the trailer. So, we thought the ability to fold up seats would give us the room we need to put a hard sided or wire kennel in the trailer when we leave.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:07 AM   #6
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Downsizing to a 25'

Works great for the ease of loading as well as a screen room. No regrets in buying this model.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:10 AM   #7
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We have no experience with the EB, but we downsized in 2010 from a 30' Excella to a 25' Safari. We really like the 25' for traveling, but after spending 3 months in the 25' it started to feel small and confined. That's why we now have two trailers. One for extended stays at one or a few locations and another for extended travel to many destinations
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:30 AM   #8
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We are in our 8th month now traveling the U.S. in our 27FB. Assuming you are not full-timing, the EB and 25' are great floor plans. We use the back hatch all the time, and the extra living room space is great.
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:07 AM   #9
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The hatch and rear "cargo"/dinette area are plusses - depending upon your lifestyle. It is nice to be able to easily load a canoe, raft, or - gasp- some other motorized conveyance into the rear of the AS. We use plastic totes under the seats and feel that we have even more efficient use of space than we did on our FC.
One caution is the rear screen * it is easy for it to become fouled in rolling up - where one side of the screen gets ahead of the other. We used our rear hatch and screen every day of the 55 spent (mostly boondocking) in our EB last season. Everyone who sees it is amazed!
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:22 AM   #10
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@mefly2, do regular plastic totes fit under the fold up benches? We have been looking at many different 25' configurations and outside storage seems to be minimal. Being able to put things like hoses, blocks, tools, etc. in easily movable totes inside would make the lack of outside storage less inconvenient.

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