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Old 08-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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23D or 27FB

Hi All,

Trying to decide if there is $20K difference between the 23D and 27FB (International). Are there that many places you can take a 23 that you can't take a 27? TV is 2013 Tundra Crewmax with tow package. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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First question, yes there is great difference in length/width, liquid storage capacities, tire/wheel/brake size, inside storage. The greatest interior space difference is in the size, configuration, and access of the bed. You could live in the 27 for long periods of time with comfort.

Second, the 27 is 5 feet longer, more less, and takes that much more space. As for maneuverability, that is more a function of the tow vehicle wheelbase; the trailer just follows.

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Old 08-11-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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Go for the 27FB and don't look back, you will love it. The Tundra is a great tow vehicle. We tow ours with a 2010 Tundra CrewMax with the 5.7 V8 and it pulls the 27 without effort. We haven't had any problems camping where size was the issue and that includes National, State, County, etc., campgrounds. I have heard many stories of buying small then trading it in for a longer model within a year or two. Go big and you won't regret it.
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We have a 22' FC and we've been in a few campsites where our Airstream barely fits the site (around Los Angeles).
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Aw shucks. Go ahead and get a 30.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:54 AM   #6
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We accidentally bought a 34'' and, with three kids, love the space. I was really worried about access to provincial parks but not a problem so far.
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We have met al least 5 couples over the last years that started with a 23 and upgraded within 6 months of purchase to a 27.

That cute, cuddly little trailer runs out of space very quickly.

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Thanks everyone.

Now we just have to decide on the '13 Serenity on the lot (one A/C) or order a '14 Signature (two A/Cs).
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Hi All,

Trying to decide if there is $20K difference between the 23D and 27FB (International). Are there that many places you can take a 23 that you can't take a 27? TV is 2013 Tundra Crewmax with tow package. Thanks for your thoughts.
Why not split the difference & go for the 25? As far as I'm concerned, it is a good compromise between space/usability & length/size.

There is also a big difference in the two plans. If you like to camp where the view is to the back, the FB models give you great access to the view. The 23D has you enjoying a nice view of the back of your truck.

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Why not split the difference & go for the 25? As far as I'm concerned, it is a good compromise between space/usability & length/size.

There is also a big difference in the two plans. If you like to camp where the view is to the back, the FB models give you great access to the view. The 23D has you enjoying a nice view of the back of your truck.

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I completely agree on the usability of the 25' but not on the FB models. We took the 27 out of consideration because of the FB configuration, and bought our 25 front dinette.

During our 6 months a year travel, seldom do we camp with out truck parked in front of the trailer for long, but we do spend much time in RV resorts where units are parked back-to-back. We are looking out the front at the activity areas rather than viewing the back of someone else's camper, and them looking into our Airstream.

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I am sure that I have said this too many times.

A trailer always too big while towing and too small when camping.
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I completely agree on the usability of the 25' but not on the FB models. We took the 27 out of consideration because of the FB configuration, and bought our 25 front dinette.

During our 6 months a year travel, seldom do we camp with out truck parked in front of the trailer for long, but we do spend much time in RV resorts where units are parked back-to-back. We are looking out the front at the activity areas rather than viewing the back of someone else's camper, and them looking into our Airstream.

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Ha! Different strokes I guess.

We tend to avoid RV parks & those back to back sites looking for more private sites; Provincial Parks/National Parks figure higher up our preference list. A site like this is just begging for the FB plan.

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OTOH, if we are stuck in an RV park, I can see how looking out over the hitch could be an advantage.

It's good to know ahead of time where & what sort of 'camping' one will be using the A/S for... That makes it much easier to figure out which plan has the fewest compromises.

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Oops.

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Old 08-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #14
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I would also argue that the sounds of stream or ocean would make it perfect to have the bedroom window in the back; alone.
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