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14 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com Airstream Globetrotter 27FB Twin Not all Airstreams are created equal, although from the out- side they might just look like the only difference is the length of the model. With the 2018 Globetrotter 27FB Twin, Airstream again has reached for a touch of the luxury end of the market and come up a big winner. General Manager Bryan Melton says Airstream was hoping to capture a designer piece similar to the company's Interna- tional. This time, the design came courtesy of a company in the United Kingdom. "They said what we should do was take the iconic curves and shape of the outside and bring them in," Melton says. "If you take a look at all the radiuses throughout the whole unit, it's all in the seating and the comfort all round, it brings the elegance back into the Airstream where most of our trailers are just straight, narrow radiuses or just a 90-degree angle. It's really just all design. We took the opportunity to make some improvements." The curves are evident everywhere. The cabinetry is curved inside and out. On the inside of cabinets, designers strategically placed mirrors to help shorter people see inside the bottom of upper cabinets. Lights inside of cabinets automatically come on when the door is opened and shut off when it is closed. Galley corners are rounded, as is the entire dinette at the rear of the coach. The floor throughout the unit is covered in durable woven vinyl that has proven popular in the marine industry. Other luxury touches include a high-end residential faucet with deep stainless-steel sink, a stainless-steel Dometic cooktop, a Polk audio system and accent lighting throughout the unit. A three-way refrigerator runs off 12-volt of both electrical cur- rents as well as LP gas. Also in the kitchen, the microwave is tucked away inside of a pull-out cabinet. It turns on when the cabinet is opened and off when it is closed. The bedroom is perhaps where the Globetrotter stands apart from other trailers. The 27FB comes with a standard 60-by-75 queen bed, but the 27FB Twin changes things up, offering two 34-by-80 twin beds separated by a night stand. The bedroom takes advantage of the space provided by the twin beds by including shelf storage on one side and a hanging wardrobe on the other. The beds themselves have been upgraded to a luxury Tuft & Needle mattress. Again, the curves carry into the bedroom, with an attractive headboard. Globetrotter sleeps up to six and comes in four different interior color schemes. It has an MSRP of $99,900. What impressed RV PRO: Headroom is sometimes an issue when it comes to Airstream trailers, but the Globetrotter makes way for even a 6-foot-5 general manager to maneuver without worries of banging his head. The iconic Airstream look and feel can't be denied in their appeal and the use of twin beds in the model on display rather than the traditional queen enhances the idea that something out of the ordinary is on hand. S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E The Airstream Globetrotter takes the exterior curves that are a hallmark of the iconic brand and brings them inside. The result is an attractive upscale interior that is bright and airy. An unusual feature in the bedroom is the option of two twin beds instead of a single queen bed.

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