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Old 05-01-2019, 03:01 PM   #1
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26U vs 26RB

Hi everyone! My wife and I are looking to purchase a 26RB; however, I just noticed that some places have a 26U. Does anyone know the differences? Airstream website doesn't even have a 26U listed to compare.

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Old 05-01-2019, 03:08 PM   #2
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They are one and the same. Airstream seems to have changed the designation this year, but the U referred to the U-shaped lounge/dinette setup at the front, which the current "26 RB" designation retains. The floorplans appear to be the same as the previous 26U designation.
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:29 PM   #3
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One suggestion; check out the Twin bed model...at least 2 more outside storage bins, bigger overall sleeping area (68" vs 60" in a queen), and room to change inside between the beds; also easier to make up. You can always snuggle in the U lounge!
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One suggestion; check out the Twin bed model...at least 2 more outside storage bins, bigger overall sleeping area (68" vs 60" in a queen), and room to change inside between the beds; also easier to make up. You can always snuggle in the U lounge!
Right on...we have the 26U twin bed layout and really like it. Stay away from the east/west bed.
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We would love to own a 26RBT, just gotta use our 30' a little longer.
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:38 AM   #6
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I really like our 26RBT (was 26U at time of purchase). Unfortunately, my understanding is that AS is discontinuing this model for 2020. Guess it makes it a 'rare' model now!
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In looking at Colonial Airstream's website, they show several 2020 FC26 models inbound.
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Old 06-04-2019, 10:25 AM   #8
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Hi everyone! My wife and I are looking to purchase a 26RB; however, I just noticed that some places have a 26U. Does anyone know the differences? Airstream website doesn't even have a 26U listed to compare.

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26U was a unique designation for the U-shaped seating.
But then Airstream likes to designate queen or twin, so they changed about 2018(?) to 26RBQ to designate rear bed queen.
I don't think they've ever made a 26 front bedroom.

BTW, since I have your ear, I automatically choose the queen, and many things I love about it.
However, I wish I'd have tried a twin, because you gain the hallway, two additional outside storage compartments, and cabinets you can actually reach. The downside is I'm not sure how sleeping against the cold metal would fly, but the dog could have one side, freeing up space under the table where she sleeps now.
Try everything as if you were actually staying in it. So far, I have no regrets on the 26!
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Be aware that the toilet on the 26 is electric because the toilet is behind the axles while the black tank is in front of the axles.
Maybe I'm a luddite, but I like the old fashioned type where you step on the pedal, and ....adios.
I do think the 26 has maybe the best shower ever!
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Mollysdad, you said previously you didn't like, or even use, the macerater toilet. Since you now have no regrets, have you changed your mind on it?
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Mollysdad, you said previously you didn't like, or even use, the macerater toilet. Since you now have no regrets, have you changed your mind on it?
No. I try very hard to avoid using it for serious work. Since I'm not boon docking, It's pretty easy to stop at groceries and big box stores when I'm out anyway.
Now, that may only be in my head (no pun intended) since I've never had a problem, but how can I put this tactfully(?),... it just seems to have reduced functionally. There!

I just think the good in the 26 outweighs the questionable.
I'm not sure why Airstream doesn't put the black tank behind the axle, the fresh water between (where it is) and the grey in front (where it is). The tongue weight of 900# is plenty to offset the added weight of the black tank, IMO.
Although I guess it would make dumping the tanks at a common valve impossible.
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Just to provide some more anecdotal info regarding the macerator toilet, we've used ours every day through 320 nights of camping with no problems and no regrets.
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Just to provide some more anecdotal info regarding the macerator toilet, we've used ours every day through 320 nights of camping with no problems and no regrets.
I like mine, too. Although I did have the relay fall out rendering the toilet useless. Get yourself a spare relay. But, all in all I am fine with the macerator toilet.

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Does anyone know if the FC 26's still have a macerating toilet? On the airstream site, it is listed as just a porcelain toilet. Thank you!
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Does anyone know if the FC 26's still have a macerating toilet? On the airstream site, it is listed as just a porcelain toilet. Thank you!
Probably so... I doubt that they moved the black tank, and the toilet's still in the same place so I assume they're still using the electric toilet.
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Just to provide some more anecdotal info regarding the macerator toilet, we've used ours every day through 320 nights of camping with no problems and no regrets.


Ditto. Best RV toilet I’ve had. Plus, it makes dumping the black tank much easier!
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Does anyone know if the FC 26's still have a macerating toilet? On the airstream site, it is listed as just a porcelain toilet. Thank you!
The toilet is made of porcelain....the "macerating" mechanism is how they chose to deal with the "waste" issue while moving to the blacktank across the trailer...some say it's a poor design compared to other AS's, but it seems to work?
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The toilet is made of porcelain....the "macerating" mechanism is how they chose to deal with the "waste" issue while moving to the blacktank across the trailer...some say it's a poor design compared to other AS's, but it seems to work?
Well, it's a poor design for boondocking IMHO. It uses a lot more water than a gravity toilet... even if you save waste water from the shower to to conserve freshwater and help the occasional flush, the black tank still fills much faster than one with a gravity toilet. However, I've found that it usually fills at about the same rate as the gray in our use, so it's not a disaster or anything, it just reduces the length of time the trailer can be used off-grid.
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We just got back from a 6 week trip and in the time we have owned our 26u, the toilet is one of few things that we have not had trouble with. Both a/c units have been replaced twice, the temp sensor on the rear a/c was left in the ceiling, two GoodYear Marathons blew out on this trip (within 20 miles of each other on I40), the floor is squeaking, the rear a/c is leaking in hard blowing rain and the joint between the wall in the hall and the wall that the TV is mounted on came apart. Airstream has agreed to warranty this last item.

We saw more Airstreams on this trip than on all previous trips combined. While in Ouray, CO there were as many as 6 Airstreams in the park. In spite of our problems, we still love the Airstream. There is no other trailer that tows like an Airstream. We averaged over 15mpg on this last trip.
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We love our 2019 26U (Queen). I like the queen bed, even if getting to the back window is a pain. But I like to be cozy with the hubs back there.

No major issues so far. We travel with our two small boys (8 and 3 yrs) and our lab and the u-dinette works great for us.
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