Ginger, or Mary Ann? Queen bed, or twins?
Both questions can incite lively discussion at rallies and in happy hour circles. But nearly every Airstreamer seems to have a firm opinion on the topic of beds.
Ours? Like the roominess that comes from sitting across the aisle on an airplane, or the comfort of lying on couches that face each other in the living room at home, we believe twin beds are the best sleeping solution for life on the road, for two.
Here are 8 reasons why:
1. Makes the Airstream look and feel larger.
I can remember looking at a bunch of Airstreams before we chose the Globetrotter 23FB. Seeing the foot or side of the queen bed from the hallway’s line of sight halted my gaze and made shorter trailers feel small. And sidestepping my way around the queen bed to get from one side of the bedroom to the other felt cramped.
But the first time we stepped into our 23FB with twins, it immediately felt bigger than other smaller trailers–and even a few 25 foot floor plans.
It still does. When you look down the hallway of our Airstream, you get a line of sight that continues between the twin beds all the way to the nightstand that sits between them and against the panoramic front windows. It’s a great design technique that adds a spatial impression of size to the interior. Especially when you consider that the body of a 23 foot trailer is also 6 inches narrower than trailers over 25 feet.
2. Eliminates the dreaded “climb-over.”
If your Airstream’s bed is situated against the wall, you know this pain. Often literally, as your partner’s knee digs into your shin bone, or you are flattened against the wall at 3AM during a dreaming fit.
I’ve heard quite a few couples complain about the challenges of the queen-against-the-wall bed. Many of them end up buying another Airstream for this primary reason. Choose twin beds and you will never have to climb over your partner to get to “your side” again.
3. It’s way easier to make twin beds than a queen.
My mom insisted that my brother and I make our beds every day so our rooms looked tidy. This habit serves me well, now that I’m traveling in a 23 foot Airstream.
Twin beds make this easy. There’s so little mattress width to lean over that even the shortest-armed among us (I’m 5’1” with arm length to match) can tuck in the sheets, blanket, and bedspread with little effort. If you’ve got a partner who resists making his or her bed daily, the simplicity of twins improves the chance of compliance (even if it doesn’t reduce the complaining about it).
4. Twin beds double as couches when you’re not sleeping in them.
Our beds become personal, 80” long couches that we stretch out on during the day. And Airstream supplied so many throw pillows with our model that we can comfortably prop ourselves up at the head or foot of the bed, choosing the direction with the best view.
Some of our favorite ways to enjoy this cozy, daytime set up: work or play on our laptops, read, watch movies, nap, look at the waves crashing onto a Mexican beach, or have deep conversations over a hot cup of tea.
5. Less griping on laundry day.
The odd shapes of any sized Airstream bed make pulling sheets and bedding off difficult. Before we got the Globetrotter I heard complaints from several women in our WBCCI unit about how hard it was to remove and replace bedding on queen beds, especially those that abut the wall.
But because of the bed size and ease of access, twins win when it comes to stripping and remaking the bed. Plus, bedspreads and blankets are smaller on twins, so they fit in a regular sized washer at home or the laundromat. No more driving around town looking for a jumbo washer that can accommodate larger bedding. In fact, the gathered sheets, top sheets, and pillow cases for both beds—plus a fair amount of socks, shirts, and PJs—can be stuffed into the Airstream Life laundry bag to make laundry day easier.
6. Won’t affect your love life.
You know you’ve been thinking about this since you started reading this blog. So let’s get the elephant out of the room. If you think the love lives of Airstream couples who opt for twin beds died long ago, or that they are having less fun during their travels, au contraire mon frère.
Just because we sleep in separate beds like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo did, doesn’t mean we don’t invite each other over for a visit. For us, there’s just enough room to double up on one bed, as needed. And while that’s not the case for everyone, twin beds do give you the opportunity to think a bit more, well, creatively than you might at home. Twin beds might be the right opportunity for you to spice things up a bit on the road.
7. No fighting over who gets the side with the nightstand.
I am still new to Airstreaming, but designing the bedroom with a nightstand on only one side of the bed still puzzles me. And while I do wish we had a model that comes with a nightstand for each of us, we didn’t have to flip a coin to see who would get the one that comes in the middle of the twin beds. We share it.
Granted, it's a bit small. But I’ve optimized the space with drawer organizers and added a two-level organizer on top. It’s Velcroed to the nightstand and it stays in place while towing.
8. You get more room.
In most new Airstreams, the queen bed is 60" wide by 75" long. That means each body in the bed gets 30" to wiggle around in.
Switch to twin beds and you get 34" of width in each bed—and nobody can invade your space unless you invite them. As bonus, twin beds are usually 3-5" longer, which leaves room for a small dog at your feet.