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Old 08-31-2016, 07:50 PM   #15
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Here are a few of the pictures we get from the dinette with our FB. Not always like this of course, but sometimes...

Anyway, we report, you decide.

http://www.casarocinante.com/Travel/...14/i-XgLkmPr/A
http://www.casarocinante.com/Travel/...OA/i-7RJT2cC/A
http://www.casarocinante.com/Travel/...rk/i-2pHVpTR/A
http://www.casarocinante.com/Travel/...rk/i-Gnnprf2/A
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:07 PM   #16
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The 23 has the rear door position. We are quite often off the pad. Easy solution = mat and if it gets real bad, we drop some plywood load spread pads at the bottom of the step.

The one thing that is a problem are those wheel stops that some parks place at the back of the site. Steps hang too low to clear a lot of them.

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Old 08-31-2016, 09:26 PM   #17
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The view out the window is hardly the only consideration. That said, a view of the back of the tow vehicle is something I can do at home if I want, no need to take that with me. More often I am looking at other trailers from the dinette.

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Old 08-31-2016, 09:30 PM   #18
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Views are what they are, some good and some not, doesn't matter. After 1,000 nights sleeping in our Airstream we like the bedroom in the back where it's private and quiet, living room in front behind the sun shades.

Buy your Airstream on practical considerations, which one works better of you. The long-term seating comfort of the front or rear dinette bench seats stink. I've heard the 26U is better; if you think so that's the way to go.
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:41 PM   #19
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To me the placement of the bedroom is not an issue. The view varies at different sites, I can't say it's consistently better front or rear. The other things that are different in the layout are what's important, and that varies person to person.


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Had a FB. Loved it. Now have RB. Love it too. Sites and RV parks differ greatly and imho no way to consistently predict whether good view is F or B. Pick the layout you like best and go for it. If they damaged in transit ask for consideration ($ or add ons).
I like the messages here in that they both agree that what really is important will vary from person to person. I can't agree more.

We have camped for more than 30 years, the last 7 years in our Airstream and have pulled it (the Airstream) more than 30,000 miles. We have spent all of this time in the west. Draw a line from South Dakota to Texas and we have been to the west of that exclusively. Years ago I read comments about the views from the front and the rear of your trailer are petty equal. I frankly could not believe this until I pulled into a very crowded campground in Idaho and got to experience the view out the back that looked into the back of another trailer not very far away. I finally realized what those people were talking about.

I have noticed that this is a position few folks from the west share. On this single issue, I will continue to say that almost always (at least in the places I have been) that the view from the rear is far better than looking at the back of your tow vehicle. YMMV of course.
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:43 PM   #20
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Depends upon where you mostly camp. We mostly camp in (western) State parks and forest service campgrounds. All are back in and in all case's the best view is out the back. The front view is of the truck, everytime. I've never camped in a RV park where the view is of the guy behind us. But we hardly ever camp in those plases unless desperate.

Again, where do you plan to mostly camp?
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Old 09-01-2016, 09:13 PM   #21
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The long-term seating comfort of the front or rear dinette bench seats stink.
That's for sure. We put sheepskins on them with a thick backing and had the cheap cloth replaced with good quality vinyl. That helped a little, but the cushions are still what you would expect in the cheapest RV ever made.

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We have RB twins. FB or RB would not be a deal breaker for me, but no twins would be a deal breaker. We find the rear BR in campgrounds gives more privacy and quiet for sleeping. Another deal breaker for us would be dinette seating. We just like more comfortable seating with TV on wall ahead. Those are just our personal preferences. There are really no wrong answers as long as it fits your personal likes.
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Hi, I have a rear bedroom model and love it. I would be equally happy with a front bedroom model. The best view is always from outside. Two concerns with the front bedroom models is: 1. At most camp grounds your rear door is close to being lined up with your neighbor's sewer hose. 2. At one camp ground that we stayed at, the doggie potty yard was a few feet from the back of the RV's with a chain link fence. I felt bad taking my dog to go potty while people sitting in the back of their trailer having breakfast. [that was not a good view]
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Old 09-03-2016, 04:25 PM   #24
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Despite our previous post with gorgeous views out the back of our 27FB, once in a while, this can happen:

https://twitter.com/airstreamlife/st...36355350536192

So, some you win, some you don't.
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Those back to back CG's are pretty rare in our experience, but we get to watch them eat too! You get to watch what's on their TV and see how the unwashed in SOB's live. It is like going to the zoo.

Presently I'm looking out at oak trees and thick brush at the Minnesota Airstream Park overflow area.

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That picture is frightening. My second biggest nightmare.

(The biggest is that the SOB backs right into me....)


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That picture is frightening. My second biggest nightmare.
We tweeted Rich to ask him what RV Park it was, in hopes of putting it on our "never camp there" list.
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FB or no ?

Good idea. Looks like a situation to avoid.

Ours is a front bedroom model, but still....I have an awning and bumper storage back there that would be unusable.

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