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Old 11-11-2020, 07:32 PM   #1
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Twin beds vs. a Queen bed

As we search for our new-to-us Airstream, we see there are more trailers with twin beds than queen beds...many of which are seemingly being sold by married couples. Why?

Are the queen beds surprisingly small or uncomfortable, compared to twins beds? While I love the Dick Van Dyke show, I don't like the idea of my wife and I sleeping in separate beds, but would love to hear other folks experiences and preferences on the topic before we buy.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:41 PM   #2
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Queen is fine for us, but we are both under 5'-10" and slim. Even so we will sometimes also use the spare bed with a topper, mainly due to the two dogs wanting to share space. I was wondering if the twin bed option could be modified with a center support and then a king mattress, that might be a great way to go but have to look at the dimensions again, and of course would be even more of a pain to change bedding.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:45 PM   #3
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We love the twin beds because of the extra room inside the bed area, as well as the extra outside storage. Have had both twins and regular, and the twins are easier for one of us to get up during the night without disturbing our partner. More overhead storage as well, and easier to access that storage.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:53 PM   #4
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When you get to the point in life when the restroom calls each of you 3-4 times a night, you'll have a better appreciation of twin beds. That's the advantage for us - the possibility of sneaking out of bed without waking each other. At home and in our coach. Will be the same with we get an AS.
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The queen dimensions are 60" x 75", and the twin is 36" x 80". Therefore, 2 twins give you 12" more width and (important for tall people) 5" more length. Perhaps more importantly, the queen bed is rather hard to walk around, while the pair of twins gives a nice center aisle for bed access. The obvious downside of not sleeping on the same mattress as your partner is the most common detriment of choosing twins vs. queen.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:55 PM   #6
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Lucy and Ricky

Well my husband does not like our twin beds...but I remind him there were some very logical reasons that WE sought out the twins over the queen.

Twins provide a more open feel and easier to get in and out of bed without disturbing each other

Twins in a classic provide more outside compartment space

Twins give us each a locker at the foot of the bed and extra overhead storage

And by size, two twin beds in width are larger then one queen bed, important to me when my husband is built like a football player.

We catch a fair amount of snarky comments about our twin beds to which I say...Lucy & Ricky had twin beds and still produced Little Ricky...be creative.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:58 PM   #7
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Well my husband does not like our twin beds...but I remind him there were some very logical reasons that WE sought out the twins over the queen.

Twins provide a more open feel and easier to get in and out of bed without disturbing each other

Twins in a classic provide more outside compartment space

Twins give us each a locker at the foot of the bed and extra overhead storage

And by size, two twin beds in width are larger then one queen bed, important to me when my husband is built like a football player.

We catch a fair amount of snarky comments about our twin beds to which I say...Lucy & Ricky had twin beds and still produced Little Ricky...be creative.

Agreed, my wife & I recently bought a 25' Excella with twin beds...yes, we're older now with night time bathroom visits, etc., etc. The extra storage will be a plus!
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:00 PM   #8
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Twin Bed Advantages

The main advantage to twin beds is the center isle. It gives you extra room when dressing in the am and the Twin Beds are 80" long vs the Queen at 75". Standard Queen Mattresses for the home are 80" long. I like the extra outside storage with twin beds. One more advantage on the twin beds is on a 27FB, you get about a foot of storage between the bedroom wall and the end of the bed for extra storage. We usually keep duffle bags of clothes there or whatever fits. On a 25FB, you don't have that extra space.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:20 PM   #9
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Also note that apparently "queen bed" dimensions vary a bit with the custom Airstream mattresses. Our queen bed is a bit longer than some, but has two radiused corners. The custom sheet dimensions give you some idea of the variation. https://airstreamsupplycompany.com/p...d-count-sheets
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:27 PM   #10
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We ought a 23fb in June. The queen is great for us and we prefer the same bed. Itís tight getting out on the front side, but not a big problem.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:49 PM   #11
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My wife and I have been married for 30 yrs. We share our bed with a 14 yr old dog. At home, we have a king bed. On the road, we have a 25í FB queen. No complaints on the queen size or orientation.

I see several posts concerning bedding. We use off the shelf queen sheets from a box store; SHEEX brand. These have deep pockets on the fitted sheet. No issues with fit.

Do like the storage in the twin units but we have adjusted to address our storage needs.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:54 PM   #12
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To each their own. We have a queen, and make good use of it...
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Old 11-11-2020, 09:20 PM   #13
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Depending on the model you're looking at the twin beds can add a lot of exterior storage. Twin bed trailers "feel" a lot bigger inside because you get more walking space in the center of the trailer. On our 25' the queen bed is sideways which can be a bit of a pain to get around in the middle of the night. We didn't consider the twins very hard when we bought ours, but looking at it now there are some big positives. Not sure we'd go that way, but wish we would have considered it more.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:58 AM   #14
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We have a 25í RBQ. Overall like the twin bed, since we have been sleeping in same bed 36 years. Itís particularly nice on cold nights. I slept on the side with the tiny isle, so to get up during the night I just scoot to the end of the bed. It is more of a process to change sheets due to the narrow isle. In 27 and up bed runs front to back so itís easier.
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For us it’s not wanting to go larger than a 25’ trailer. In the 25s and down if you choose queen, the queen bed runs across the trailer from side to side, or as others say east to west. When you get to 27, the bed runs end to end, or north to south. We didn’t like crawling over each other to get out of a east west queen, so we went with twins. The extra storage and roominess of the center isle are great benefits also. I’d still prefer to be in the same bed, but hip replacements and crawling over each other to get out of bed don’t mix well.
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Old 11-12-2020, 06:33 AM   #16
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We chose our trailer with the bed size in mind, among other things. We wanted a smaller trailer, but we wanted a queen bed. The 23 FB queen bed is very comfortable for two people, and getting up at night really isn’t a problem. I’m 6’4” and my wife is 6’0”, and we have no issues with the size or length of the mattress. In our particular trailer, there is a nightstand on one side of the bed (hers), but not the other. We like to have a cup of coffee in bed in the morning, so I made a custom wooden shelf insert that sits on a partially open drawer that I use in the morning to hold my coffee cup. I can see the benefits of the twin bed configuration, but we prefer sharing a bed.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:15 AM   #17
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twin beds

My 1960 Tradewind has twins. Airstream has been providing them for a long while so they must be popular.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:25 AM   #18
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Our queen bed is the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in 2012 23FB. Occasionally I sneak out of the house for an evening and sleep in the Airstream.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:43 AM   #19
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Queen = 27' and above

Being able to walk around the bed and getting in and out without disturbing your spouse is one of the reasons we chose a 28' over a 25' floor plan.
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Old 11-12-2020, 10:46 AM   #20
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Love our twin beds

With only 23' in our GT gives extra lounge space and length (I'm 6' 2"). Wife and I are really happy with this config. If our border collie wanders up in the middle of the night, we can still easily step over him to get to the BR as well.

I throw a downloaded movie on the TV at night, and comfy as a living room. Would definitely do it again.
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