Airstream 25FB Eddie Bauer Review
November 30, 2012
Filed under Trailer Reviews
In the world of trailering, Airstream needs no introduction. The iconic silver-bullet styling, high-quality construction and classy interiors have been turning heads for more than 80 years. So when the opportunity ensued to spend a family weekend in the new Eddie Bauer (EB) Edition trailer at our local KOA, we dropped everything and started packing.
We knew the 25FB EB would look great on the outside, but how about inside? Turns out it was equally impressive. From the rounded maple cabinetry to the solid-surface counters to the EB goose-down pillows and comforter, it’s clear the trailer was designed for RVers with a taste for understated luxury. Like all Airstreams, the trailer has a nautical feel to it; all the edges are rounded, the lav door has a porthole window and the aluminum skin is sleek and shiny. The upholstered seat and dinette benches are tastefully appointed, and boost the sleeping capacity in the trailer to four (we managed five, with the baby in the master room with mom and dad).
The rear of the trailer features a wide sport hatch to accommodate larger cargo, such as kayaks, fishing tackle and the like. There’s also a screen that can be pulled down to keep the critters out while the hatch is opened to let some fresh air in. The hatch is quite handy, and will almost make owners forget there isn’t any exterior storage on the trailer.
There is plenty of storage space inside, especially considering the trailer is designed for couples or small families. Large cabinets can be found above the sink and dinette, plus a cavernous wardrobe acts as the hall closet next to the shower stall. The under-bed storage in the master is among the most organized we’ve encountered; there are four sectioned areas, complete with storage bins and trays, and the cutouts on each side of the base of the bed allow you to access the bins without lifting the bed.
The bed itself is comfortable, and the separate TV in the bedroom makes for a nice evening retreat once the little ones retire in the living area. The large TV (complete with Blu-ray player) in the living area can be comfortably viewed from either seating position, or while preparing meals. There is not a lot of prep surface in the galley, but that’s to be expected in a trailer of this size. Our test trailer was outfitted with an oven, three-burner stove and a microwave that was housed in a pullout cabinet in the galley, which created an efficient, space-saving design. The storage below the sink has a cutout for a wastebasket, with ample shelving for various odds and ends.
The lav is rather small, but the manufacturer did the best with the space provided, even managing to sneak in some sliding-door cabinets next to the toilet. The shower stall is across the hall from the lav and did the trick just fine, though I did feel a bit confined and therefore didn’t linger. Naturally, the whole area can be sectioned off with a sliding accordion curtain so you can maintain some privacy while cleaning up.
Prospective Airstream buyers often experience sticker shock when they see the MSRP. True, it’s a lot of money compared to other trailers, and the lack of a slideout means space can get tight. But the longevity, craftsmanship and overall mystique of the Airstream is often enough to convince people to become owners. Couple that with the longstanding history and class of Eddie Bauer, and you have an upscale sportsman’s trailer that deserves your attention.
Exterior Length 25’ 11”
Exterior Width 8’ 5.5”
Interior Height 6’ 5”
Freshwater Cap 39 gal.
Black-/Gray-Water Cap 39 gal./37 gal.
LP-gas Cap 14 gal.
Hitch Weight 734 lb.
GVWR 7,300 lb.
Home base for our Airstream test was the Ventura Ranch KOA, in Santa Paula, Calif. The 76-acre Ventura Ranch KOA is open year-round and offers a rustic, mountain feel that is just 15 miles from the ocean. Our site featured a patio with a grill and fire pit, there are also shady pull-through sites in addition to tent sites, cabin rentals and teepees. The family-friendly campground was abuzz with activity throughout our visit. Visitors can zip-line, climb a rock wall, cruise around in pedal cars or jump around on the bounce pillow (additional fees apply). Santa Paula Creek runs through the resort and taking a swim is a great way to beat the heat. Nighttime activities include Bigfoot and haunted hikes, plus a movie under the stars at the pavilion. Be sure to attend the pancake breakfast held each Sunday.
Ventura Ranch KOA