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Old 09-30-2016, 01:08 AM   #29
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My wife and I joined the Airstream community in January moving up to a 23D Serenity from a VW Westvalia. We had a number of 3 to 4 night trips before embarking on a 3 week trip up the west coast to Vancouver Island. At the conclusion of that experience we traded up to a 26U at a considerable $ penalty given depreciation and the California sales tax on both. As with previous comments we struggled with the corner bed, small bathroom and limited tank storage. We love the 26U and wish we would have had a chance to "test drive" the 23 before purchase. Go larger. Alan

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Old 09-30-2016, 05:44 AM   #30
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We love our 23FB FC. The front bed works fine for us. It's plenty large for me, and I'm a shade over 6'5". The rear bath is much larger, and it isn't broken up with a shower on one side and the toilet on the other. We find the dinette fine for two, we almost always have a great view from backing in the trailer, and angling it a little towards the lake or valley we are camped next to. It pulls great, and goes anywhere. When we are camping we are outside 90% of the time. We've had it for four years and haven't once turned on a TV. We dry camp most of the time, and find the water and waste water tanks hold enough, if we are careful. We just prefer to find out of the way campgrounds in the trees, and figure the smaller trailer would get us back to the "best" sites. (For us). We have stayed one night outside Rocky Mtn National Park in a parking lot type CG, that's just not for us, but it was packed with people having a blast. As they say, different strokes..

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Old 09-30-2016, 08:00 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by lindaebrewer View Post
BUT!!! BIG BUT!!! We took out the dinette & put in a couch that makes into a bed (adequate for 1 adult or 2 grandchildren) LOVE it. (BTW, Storage in the FC is more than we need.)
Could you please post a picture? We would like to re-configure the dinette area.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:15 AM   #32
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:52 AM   #33
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We are very happy with our 23FB. Advantages for us include the narrower width profile, 39gal fresh water tank, queen bed, counter space, roomy bath, good carrying capacity and storage. Features I wish it had include ability to upgrade to 16" tires and wheels (Michelin LRE) and more ground clearance. I have upgraded to the 15" tires and wheels from the standard 14" and have a Dexter lift kit that I want to install, if I can find someone competent enough that knows how to jack up an Airstream and do it right.

The 23' is just a nice travel trailer size for the two of us, plus dog. One would always like more room offered in the larger units, but with that comes more to tow. There are compromises with whatever you chose. You just need to find the balance that works for you.
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Old 09-30-2016, 11:05 AM   #34
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Well I've had both and I found that the 25 with twin beds was the ticket for us. Overall it Was a lot more comfortable. You said something about camping in hot weather. If that's the case I definitely would go with two air-conditioners. I live in South Texas. On a 100 deg day with little to no shade one AC just won't keep up. Either way enjoy yourself.

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Old 10-01-2016, 02:03 PM   #35
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