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- B190 Year: 1997
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1997, as we know, is the first year of the new, shorter top. The Airstream literature for that year omits the size of the bed, but recently, Michael Farrington on the FB group measured and he came up with 5'3"x4'6" (63"x40") with the bed slid out.
The 1998 literature specifies 55"x64" for the bed (I think those numbers are reversed compared to the others). The 1999 literature specifies 65.5"x80".
I'm willing to ignore the slight differences in widths and just say they're all about 64" wide. Since the fiberglass top is angled, it would vary depending on where it's measured.
The length is another story, though. '97 is 40". '98 literature says 55". '99 says 80".
I found this picture of a '98 from an ad on RV Trader a few months ago. Note the space beneath the cabinets to allow the bed to slide back. That's how Airstream solved the short-bed problem. Yesterday, I concluded they had solved it for the '98 model year, but your picture (also being a '98) makes it look like they might have changed it mid-year. (It's also possible the ad with the picture below is somehow wrong, but the VIN given in the ad is for a '98 Ford van.)
I can't explain the discrepancy between the 40" and 55" in the '98 literature. It's possible there's a more subtle change that's hard to distinguish in pictures for that 15", or perhaps the literature is wrong.
1995 Airstream Excella 30' trailer
WBCCI #13270, Washington, DC Unit
The end bumpers to stop the sliding portion of the bed from damaging the wood at the end of the cutout are broken. If anyone has a picture or knows the part number to get replacements, I would appreciate the information.