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Old 02-05-2015, 01:30 PM   #15
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Smile go bigger

We decided to do from 28 Flying Cloud to an International 31. Why? Our principal reason was because we preferred two arm chairs to the usual bench at the end of the unit. Instead of remodelling we puchased a new one. The dealer just loved us.
The additional desk in front of one of the seats was a bonus, but it allows me to work on my computer and leave dinette for its inteded use. The armoir and the more spacious shower were added bonuses.
Parking is not an issue, tight is tight, so I try to find a pull through if possible. Would not wish to hurt the trailer or my pride.

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Old 02-05-2015, 02:12 PM   #16
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I have had a 28 Excella, 30 Classic and a 25 Classic, in that order. The 28 was narrow body and I wanted to upgrade to a dinette and Queen bed which I got in the 30. Then I felt as though we did not need the extra space, extra weight and so I sold it and bought a 25 Classic with the same dinette and Queen bed. This is the ideal one for us as we are not full-timers. If you are full-timers then the larger unit may be the obvious choice. The campsite access from my perspective is similar no matter which one we had.
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Old 02-05-2015, 03:14 PM   #17
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This is a very personal issue...what rig to buy...
We had a 29' Classic narrow body; then a 30' Classic wide body, then a 28' Classic wide body, and now a 25' Safari FB wide body. We enjoyed them all!!!

We loved every one for different reasons...though we really love the one we have now.
The reason...much lighter, brighter, easier to tow..still have plenty of space where we need it, living space, split Ba and kitchen with a nice sized fridge/freezer. Still have a nice queen bed. We can get into campsites larger rigs can not.

I will confess that my husband built 5 new drawers in unused places, so we have as much storage as ever. Though I have recently realized, (yes it took me this long) that I do not need to take everything I own and so I make a genuine effort to keep up to date with all supplies, clothes and needs.

I found I do not need 2 pounds of sugar, 5 pounds of flour, 6 blankets, 6 lawn chairs and so much more stuff that I could never use it all. I now have the amounts of extra stuff that is usable in a reasonable time. Oh, surprisingly I also have realized that if I do not have it (most likely won't happen) there are stores everywhere that will have whatever it is I think I do not have.

So we love the panoramic windows front and rear. It is so nice to sit at the window and watch the water, mtns. birds, squirrels, or whatever is behind us, we could not do that with the rear BR. Very relaxing...especially nice when the weather isn't. None of the other rigs had this layout, the BR was always on the view.

So bottom line, you have to decide what you want...no one can tell you what to buy. There are advantages to all the sizes and layouts, you have to decide what is important to you. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 02-05-2015, 04:09 PM   #18
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I bet its easier to go from a 27' to a 31ft AS then a 17' Casita to a Classic 25fb (26')like we did.

If you were to take your past experiences with your 27 would you be able to fit in the same campsites, pull into the same gas/diesel stations, park in the same parking spots with a 31 being 3 feet longer?

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I myself went from a 17 ft. casita to a 23 ft. as and never looded back! except when backing. as slow aspossible as fast as nnecessaty.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:39 PM   #19
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After spending five months on the road and 15,000 miles in 2013 with three dogs, we decided 25 feet wasn't enough room. We upgraded to a thirty foot international and have never been sorry. The dual air conditioners actually cool the inside down. It tows well behind our 2500 HD. I do have to be a little more selective about our campground choices though.
One piece of advice though. When the wife asks if you want her to ground guide while you back up, "Naw, I got this" is the wrong answer.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:54 PM   #20
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Went 25' to 30' and Love it.


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Old 02-06-2015, 07:37 AM   #21
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We moved up to a 30 fairly recently. We love the extra light and the extra room. We find that it tows better than our 27 FB AS perhaps due to weight distribution?? In any event, towing is good, backing in to the driveway took just a little adjusting. We love the L couch and the extra storage will especially be appreciated as we plan to travel more consistently in the near future. Our current TV works fine (F150 EB) currently although we are considering moving up to a 3/4 ton since we intend to do more mountain travel. The twin beds really open up the bedroom.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:58 AM   #22
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Went from 25' to 30' and now 30' again in 2015. Dual air also provides dual heat pump. It's only slightly more challenging to back into some places with a 30' as compared to a 25'. I can still drive thru Walmart parking lots, up and down the parking lanes if I need to, just need to be careful and SLOW.

If I had my choice I would always opt larger, we got the single queen, with two lounge chairs up front. Like the layout and found as with our other 30' no real storage issues as we don't take much with us even on 8 week trips.

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Old 02-06-2015, 08:33 AM   #23
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Upsizing

We upsized from a 23' to a 30' classic limited. What a world of difference. But, if you are uncomfortable with towing, and one can say this about towing any size vehicle, you will be uncomfortable towing a 30 foot trailer. On the other hand, if you have comfort towing, and have a 3/4 ton towing vehicle you will not have a problem anywhere. Our last trip was 5000 miles, and 25 or so different campgrounds, parks and/or parking places. We never found a place where we couldn't park and never had a problem parking. If you think you might have problems backing into spaces, either select pull throughs or, even better, put up some cones in your yard or a friend's field and practice backing up. You will find, after a short practice session or two, you can park any place. And towing, the trailer follows you wherever you go, albeit you have to remember you have 30 extra feet hanging off the back of your tow vehicle and have a little common sense in watching where you go. Don't try and put it in a 9' high garage, don't try and turn around in a 40' parking space - use common sense. Like one commentor said, I have never heard one complaint about "EXTRA SPACE!!!"

Trade up and enjoy!!!
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:02 AM   #24
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I went from a 25' Cloud to a 30' Cloud because I tend to hang out in the trailer. In the 25 footer the dinette was the catch all for everything and not really that comfortable. With the 30 footer I now have two recliners and with the fold out table have a great deal of extra work space. Kind of like adding another room to the trailer. Also more kitchen storage and of course the ducted air with two AC's/heaters just makes for a better experience for this half or more timer.
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:49 AM   #25
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We did it!!

Thanks to all for your responses in our question about going bigger. We did it!! We are sooo excited for more storage space, more room for the dogs to move about just to name a few. Just in time for our trek south for a month!! Can't wait
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:17 PM   #26
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Congratulations. You'll be surprised how much you like it. Enjoy and happy travels.


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Old 02-07-2015, 09:49 PM   #27
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No regrets going from a 25FB to a 31' Classic which is only 5' 1" longer than the 25FB.
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Just a footnote. At a rally last year we were all showing off our trailers and I went into a 30'er and just loved it. I asked the owner why did you go with a 30 footer and he replied " I thought I would just start out where everyone else ends up."
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