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Old 11-20-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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EB owners - very specific Q - making up the dinette bed.

Understanding the number of EB owners to date active in the forums may be low, I would like to get a glimpse into how you house your guests when on the road? I am not yet an owner, but am considering between an EB-27FB and International 27-FB as my front-runners at the current time.

In particular I have a question regarding the rear bed converted from the dinette. My local airstream dealer does not carry the EB line, so only observing online diagrams and photos, it appears the back door hatch cuts into the seating pads by a good three or four inches. How much of a hinderance is this for a visiting couple sleeping in this space? It would seem to me to create an inability to fit bottom/top loose sheets, blankets, etc. to the space. Other than sleeping bags or placing a mattress pad to square off the area, what steps have you taken to accommodate overnight guests?

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Old 11-20-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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Ian,

Welcome to the forums.

In broad terms, most Airstream owners do not make up the dinette bed using sheets and blankets. There are several reasons: the need to strip the bed each morning, the odd size, the awkward access to the far corners.

While we do use sheets for our own beds, we have been using sleeping bags for the dinette and the gaucho.

Another alternative to consider is sleep sacks (like this) combined with blankets which provides a middle way between sheets and sleeping bags.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #3
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I do use sheets only when guests come along. It is a hassle to make and unmake it, but it is infrequently enough that I can't see spending for the bedsacks, etc. That may change with multiple grandchildren someday.

In the meantime. I use a single sized padded mattress pad with elastic and a fitted sheet set.

If you use it a lot, then Jammer has the right approach.....I still would use a fitted mattress pad to keep the cushions protected.

PS, I think there is enough "slop" in the way fitted pads and sheets fit, that the small irregularity in the EB would not be an issue.
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We have the 25EB and I am not sure I really follow how the door might cut into the sleeping area. We have not made it up into a bed yet but do anticipate having guests at some point and their directions will be to bring sleeping bags since we simply won't go into the hassle of providing sheets etc.

We got the EB over the other 25' models because we wanted the hatch and we wanted the more robust fabric on the cushions, think it is some version of Sunbarella (spelling?). So obviously my advice will be to buy the EB if you have a use for it's special features but if you don't, get something else.
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My 27 is on order, but I too have noticed the frame for the screen will intrude into my shoulder while stretched out tv viewing. I was thinking about a custom foam wedge that will cover (smooth) this spot for reclining comfort.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #6
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Understanding the number of EB owners to date active in the forums may be low, I would like to get a glimpse into how you house your guests when on the road? I am not yet an owner, but am considering between an EB-27FB and International 27-FB as my front-runners at the current time.

In particular I have a question regarding the rear bed converted from the dinette. My local airstream dealer does not carry the EB line, so only observing online diagrams and photos, it appears the back door hatch cuts into the seating pads by a good three or four inches. How much of a hinderance is this for a visiting couple sleeping in this space? It would seem to me to create an inability to fit bottom/top loose sheets, blankets, etc. to the space. Other than sleeping bags or placing a mattress pad to square off the area, what steps have you taken to accommodate overnight guests?

Thanks for your time,

Ian Poulin
Richmond Va.
Safford is the only dealer in VA - but Airstreams are a small sideline so they rarely have more than 3 to 5 in stock. Lame.

Ian, gonna send you on an adventure in Airstreaming. Go north to Lakeview NJ - Colonial Airstream. It's in the triangle near Philly even though the addr is NJ. ((PS If you don't want to drive that far or can't find the time to drive that far.... uh... would you actually ever USE an RV? Not that I haven't developed a penchant for "localish" camping. There are lots of pretty parks around VA and I can find several within 50 miles of my home base here in Va. Beach. But trust me, make an appointment and go! Have a drool cup handy so you don't mess up any upholstery!))

Do not buy sight unseen - they have the EB's in stock.... AND the Serenities and Internationals. You'll be sick if you don't compare them side by side and buy the "wrong one".

Mind you what is right for you is simple - it's not what anyone else recommends - it's what you want. All that said, if you are going to spend a lot of time in it, go for the 27, not the 25... more storage space, queen bed you can walk around and change sheets easily, storage space under the queen is more easily accessable. Disadvantage of the Eddie Bauer is lack of storage under the seats (I tend to collect stuff, so lack of places to squirrel it away might be a good thing. )... but one big advantage is that with zero carpet and that big back hatch you can sweep the floor with a leaf blower!
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My 27 is on order, but I too have noticed the frame for the screen will intrude into my shoulder while stretched out tv viewing.

I put a couple of the throw pillows at the end of the dinette seat when doing this and not noticed any problem from the door/screen frame.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:31 PM   #8
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Colonial is in LakeWOOD, NJ and they have a field of airstreams to look at. their website will help narrow the selection. great people to buy from.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #9
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Ian, gonna send you on an adventure in Airstreaming. Go north to Lakeview NJ - Colonial Airstream. It's in the triangle near Philly even though the addr is NJ. ((PS If you don't want to drive that far or can't find the time to drive that far.... uh... would you actually ever USE an RV? Not that I haven't developed a penchant for "localish" camping. There are lots of pretty parks around VA and I can find several within 50 miles of my home base here in Va. Beach. But trust me, make an appointment and go! Have a drool cup handy so you don't mess up any upholstery!))
A trip to Colonial is definitely on the books! I travel to Manhattan a Saturday a month as it is (last minute half-price broadway and off broadway shows.). Tend to split the trips 50/50 between driving and Amtrak so it would be easy to stay at the W overnight and take a leisure day at Colonial on the way south.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:36 PM   #10
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I've heard Airstreams feed six, seat four, and sleep two. On that advice I'd leave those clumsy EB seats and table at home and put my European recliners in. The hatch is the magnificent idea here.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:48 AM   #11
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Well, for my needs, I would want to allow for as many guests as I can without breaking campground or morality guidelines. Within the non-EB 27s, I like the idea of the dinette double and the long couch queen pullout. It seems with the EB, the dinette double is still doable - and indeed could be my primary bed at a campground with the screen down and the cargo door open. The EB long-couch though looks to not convert width wise, leaving it as a single bed only.

So my own personal decision is to see which is valuable more - an enclosed airstream which can handle more guests, or an open-air (relatively speaking) airstream for my toys and fewer guests. I already understand I can upgrade the International wheels to 16" so I ought to be able to obtain the same undercarriage clearance in fields, campgrounds, swamps, etc. One more thing to add to my list when I take the trip to Lakewood NJ; bring a dolly and scoot around the undercarriages to check out the differences....
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Then you ought to consider a 28' or 30' for less money than EB. More comfortable seating and actually can sleep six.

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Old 11-23-2012, 10:27 AM   #13
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Then you ought to consider a 28' or 30' for less money than EB. More comfortable seating and actually can sleep six.

doug k
The 28 I am actively wanting to look at. The 27/28 is the limit length wise; given I want to ensure I can shoehorn into the great western parks and reserves. Does anyone know the base retail of the EB? The price sheet I saw was about 74k MSRP for the 28 and 76K for the 27 (new.)

If they stop making the EB, I could actually see the EBs currently sold as appreciating in value when sold used...
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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Of all the reasons to buy an RV resale value would have to be the least. They all nosedive as you drive away from the dealer.

Buy the one you like the best, and get the options you like (there aren't many). Solar, awnings, inverter, 16" wheels all greatly increase your enjoyment of the trailer.

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