Hello - Currently Looking for Twin Bed Model

nvestysly

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Hello Everyone,

I looked for a member introduction sub-forum or thread but didn't see one. If the moderator(s) want to move this thread that's okay with me.

My wife and I currently own an Airstream travel trailer and we recently sold a Class B Airstream 190 (a.k.a. B-190). We really enjoyed our B-190 but it was not the Class B for us. We realize we want a Class B Airstream that is (or can be) configured for twin beds.

We have quite a bit to learn about Airstream B vans. We understand the B-190 models but joined this forum to understand the Westfalia, Parkway and Interstate models. The little we know at this point leads us to late model Interstates based on the 3500 chassis but I have to admit I don't fully understand all the floor plans, etc. available throughout the years.

In addition to this introduction let me go ahead and throw out a topic...

We want a van with only a driver and passenger seat. We have no need to carry other people with us. We think if we only look at 2-seat vans rather than 3-seat or 4-seat vans that will lead us to floor plans that have more counter space, more drawers and cabinets, etc. We want rear twin beds - not fold out sofas or other "convertible" beds - actual twin beds albeit they are smaller than actual twin beds. It seems not many twin bed models have been produced even though the option is shown in brochures.

So that leads me to a second point...

Which Airstream Interstate models could be converted to a twin bed arrangement. I guess I can remove the rear lounge (?) seats and install twin beds. Am I on the right track?

Lots to learn. I realize I'm rambling a bit just don't understand which models are suitable for our wish list.

Thanks.
 
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nvestysly

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I appreciate the suggestion regarding Air Forums. I frequent that site for many Airstream issues and I certainly see some questions and answers related to Interstates. However, Interstates are such a small part of Air Forums that I hoped this site (sprinter-source) would be the "silver bullet" I was hoping to find regarding Sprinter related issues.

Each site has its advantages and disadvantages. I guess sprinter-source deals with so many other issues (and brands) it will not be the definitive place to address all matters related to Interstates.

Oh well, I'll keep poking around at this site, Air Forums and others to locate an Interstate for us and to solve problems and help other people solve their issues.
 

loren

New member
Have a 2006 Airstream Interstate 22' high roof, rear twin bed driver & passenger seats only. Excellent condition, 40,000 miles.
 

nvestysly

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Have a 2006 Airstream Interstate 22' high roof, rear twin bed driver & passenger seats only. Excellent condition, 40,000 miles.
I sent a private message asking for more details. Thanks.
 

nvestysly

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My wife and I spoke to a gentleman at the 2016 WBCCI International Rally in Lewisburg, WV regarding his 2016 twin bed model.

Like us, he was frustrated that he wasn't able to find many twin bed units on the market. He decided to order his. It was a good choice for him but too pricey for us at this point in our lives.

I'll keep looking for a good used unit with twin beds.
 

Boxster1971

2012 Sprinter 3500 Ext
After we used our Lounge model for a few years we realized that a twin bed layout would work much better for getting out of bed in the middle of the night. So I modified the rear seats a bit to make a U-shaped twin bed layout like found in the bow of a sail boat. I just removed the side seat jack-knife frames and replaced just the side seat bottoms on a simple aluminum frame hinged on the back. Its not optimal but works well for us and retains the ability to seat three more in seat belts on the rear lounge seat - something we use a lot. Here are some photos to explain what I did.

If you don't mind having your feet cramped into a small space you could just leave the side seats as is and do the same thing. Just need to remove the end cover on the side seats, a simple two bolt task.
 

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nvestysly

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Thank you for the pictures.

We are maintaining an open mind... Hoping to find a twin bed model but realizing we're more likely to find a lounge model. With a bit of creative woodworking I think we can remove the existing lounge seats and replace them with suitable twin beds.
 

nvestysly

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I contacted a dealer that has a 2016 Gran Tour w/twin beds in stock. The unit is new but is last years model as the 2017's are beginning to be delivered at this point.

The MSRP is $158k and the dealer is willing to accept $128k. That's a 19% discount and doesn't seem like a sufficient price reduction considering it's a model year old already.

Any thoughts?
 

Boxster1971

2012 Sprinter 3500 Ext
I contacted a dealer that has a 2016 Gran Tour w/twin beds in stock. The unit is new but is last years model as the 2017's are beginning to be delivered at this point.



The MSRP is $158k and the dealer is willing to accept $128k. That's a 19% discount and doesn't seem like a sufficient price reduction considering it's a model year old already.



Any thoughts?


I would consider 19% off MSRP to be a fair deal. But the choice is yours.


- - Mike
2013 Airstream Interstate from 2012 Sprinter 3500 tall & long
 

nvestysly

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Hello,

I haven't posted to this thread in quite some time but would like to speak to some Interstate owners regarding an van we found for sale. Twin beds in a 22' 2010 model. I have some questions if anyone is willing to call me via phone I'd like to speak to you. Please send a PM.

On a related note... Anyone out there with a twin bed NCV3 model for sale please post here or send a PM.

Thanks.
 

Boxster1971

2012 Sprinter 3500 Ext
I appreciate the suggestion regarding Air Forums. I frequent that site for many Airstream issues and I certainly see some questions and answers related to Interstates. However, Interstates are such a small part of Air Forums that I hoped this site (sprinter-source) would be the "silver bullet" I was hoping to find regarding Sprinter related issues.

Each site has its advantages and disadvantages. I guess sprinter-source deals with so many other issues (and brands) it will not be the definitive place to address all matters related to Interstates.

Oh well, I'll keep poking around at this site, Air Forums and others to locate an Interstate for us and to solve problems and help other people solve their issues.
Since you are back and still looking I will remind you that you will find a lot more about Airstream Interstates on the AirForums > Airstream Knowledgebase > Airstream Motohome Forums > Sprinter and B-van Forum. It is a very active forum with lots of folks that are very helpful.
 

nvestysly

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OOPS! I forgot to keep everyone informed on our progress to find a van...

The van we mentioned above is now ours! It had about 45,000 miles when we purchased it. The Carfax report did not indicate any problems. We are the fourth owner. Each of the previous owners put about 15,000 miles on the van and used it periodically as well as taking a "major" roadtrip in the van. It was well cared for and shows signs of usual wear and tear with a few scratches here and there.

The seller had all the service records, including several recalls that had been addressed.

We've had a chance to take two, two-week trips and the Interstate worked well for us. We've identified a few issues and we've been taking care of those as time permits.

One very good thing about this 2010 Interstate is that it's actually built on a 2008 Sprinter platform. That means no DEF! Every time I read about DEF problems on later model Sprinters I say a thank you. We're looking forward to many years of enjoyment with this van.
 

wayneskid

New member
Hi nvestysly, I have the same model and may be selling it. I sent you a PM just now.
 

Pahaska

New member
Which Airstream Interstate models could be converted to a twin bed arrangement. I guess I can remove the rear lounge (?) seats and install twin beds. Am I on the right track?.
I just now finished converting my 2018 GT to twin beds. It took me a week, working alone (I'm 86). I had earlier converted a 2015 Lounge to twin beds. That was a bit harder due to the height of the water heater that required that I add height to all of the cabinets beneath. The tankless water heater in the 2018 is lower.

It is really an easy conversion and the result is better than the factory twin because the factory twin loses the invaluable "trunk" under the rear floor.

We love the twins. They are narrow, but we are quiet sleepers and have no problem with the width.

For mattresses in the 2014, I used an electric knife to cut down foam mattresses. For the 2018, we ordered custom mattresses to fit. For sheets and covers, I cut queen items in half and bind the cut edge. Very cheap way to make bedding.
 

Pahaska

New member
After more than a year with my twin-bed conversion, I would not go any other way. The factory twins leave you with almost no storage. I cantilevered the heads of the beds and I have massive storage in the rear, as well as nice places for shoes and the like under the beds that was the foot room for the couch. I rotated the bed extensions 90 degrees and mounted them as headboards. No more pillows falling off the head of the bed.The twins.jpg
 
I replaced an electric king sofa bed with Temper Pedi. Articulating singles. They sell them as twins but the steel frames are single width and fit 3500 great with an aisle. The great thing is they articulate like a hospital bed so they are perfect lounge chairs for reading etc.
 

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