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Old 02-04-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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Do we go bigger?

Thinking of bumping up from a 2011 27 International Signature to a 2015 30 Flying Cloud Twins. We are a bit concerned with how it is with road travel and general getting and moving about campsites. We would love any feedback for anyone already owning this unit, pluses or minuses. Thanks!
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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Thinking of bumping up from a 2011 27 International Signature to a 2015 30 Flying Cloud Twins. We are a bit concerned with how it is with road travel and general getting and moving about campsites. We would love any feedback for anyone already owning this unit, pluses or minuses. Thanks!
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:39 PM   #3
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Do you really need to go bigger ? If your asking about it maybe you don't realy need the extra room . I down sized and it's great ,again I'm not living in our trailer ,yes I do miss some of the other things in our old trailer but I love the less hassle of a larger trailer ,easier to get into campgrounds ,parking lots , I can even do a turn around in small campground parking lots. Less to wash ,less to heat less to cool,and more living in the great outdoors!
Good luck on whatever you decide.
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Old 02-04-2015, 02:53 PM   #4
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I moved from a 22' SOB to a 30' AS. Other than the one mental lapse in "hitting my marks" in the drive for the backing distance and trying to stuff a 9'6" tall AS into a 7 foot garage opening....well....

It just takes some consciousness for awhile, but I got used to it. It's not any harder to move around CGs that I am in 99% of the time. Moving past the site entrance enough to make the turn is still something I don't do frequently. Have to pull further down the road to make the backing turn. Al in all, it's a non-event after a few trips.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:34 PM   #5
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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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Old 02-04-2015, 04:12 PM   #6
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We went through a similar debate when choosing boats. The debate on which Airstream we wanted was short. 30', of course.

It is a very personal decision once you've resolved the towing and cost issues. If you can tow it, and you can afford it, then the question is - do you need the extra space?

For us, it was little things, like having a real shower stall, having more storage space, having a more comfortable "hang out" space. I am still researching whether replacing the queen bed with a king sized mattress is possible. That would be perfection.

Some folks spend most of their time outside. So maybe the extra space is not a big deal. I know my wife and spend a lot of time "inside", so having the extra room is welcomed. But it becomes a very personal choice. We are leaning towards an International vs. a Classic, because although the Classic is very nice, my tow vehicle will welcome the 1,000 lb. reduction in weight. But we looked long and hard at the 27s and the extra space we got made the decision easy for us.

However, I would add that I think it is rare to hear someone complain they have too much space...
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:48 PM   #7
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What specifically are the shortcomings in your 27? Would a 30 solve the issue(s)?

Some one said, "However, I would add that I think it is rare to hear someone complain they have too much space...". That rationale could only lead to a 40' Something-or-Another with four slides.

Airstreams are all tiny; spending good money for three more feet of Airstream doesn't make much difference unless there is a specific problem. We had a 20' which had no living room, so we bought a 25' then took out the dinette to make a living room.

I'm a fan of mid-size Airstreams for two of us, traveling half the year. Tows beautifully with a half-ton truck or similar SUV, maneuvers well with this combination or as a daily driver. More people and/or more time traveling I would be a fan of a 30' and possibly the burdens and costs of a larger tow vehicle.
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:03 PM   #8
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Yes, go bigger. We went from a 25 to a 30. Basically it pulls the same, backs the same, almost no noticeable difference. Bath is much bigger, more closet. We eat and use our computers at the dinette, and read and watch TV from the L-couch. Big difference having those two separate spaces. Shelf behind couch organizes all this things that use to clutter the dinette table. I believe I counted 19 windows. You will love the 30!
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:10 PM   #9
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Interesting, I just counted only 17 windows in our 25. Definitely a problem here.
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:10 PM   #10
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28ft has worked great for us.Never a problem with length anywhere we have been.
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:27 PM   #11
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We own a 2014 30" flying Cloud and are half timers. We debated between the 28' and 30'. The additional space in the living room was the deciding factor for us. I use it as a work space while on the road.

We camp mostly in Public campgrounds. in 150 + days of camping so far there has only been one time where the 3ft would have made a difference. We were trying to boodock in a National forest and wouldn't ya know the folks right in front of us got the only open stop we could fit into, We motored on down the road and found one just as nice.

I have had no problem towing with 3/4 ton PU. That might be the only down side. Unless your a flatlander you might want to have a 3/4 ton for towing.

Have backed it in to some pretty tight spots with real no issues. Ignore the helpful Henry's and have patience and you'll be just fine.

Either way you go life is always good when your streaming.
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We went from a Safari to our current Classic. Safari was 28' and the Classic is 31'. Other than having to adjust how we back into our drive at the end of a cul de sac, we really haven't seen any limitations from a campsite situation.

The one thing I have seen is that there is more area behind the rear axle to deal with. It's evident when exiting roads where you have to go up or down some steep angles. Most of this occurs when exiting roads to enter into gas stations. You really have to learn to eyeball these situations to minimize the dreaded tail drag situations where the rear end contacts the ground.

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Old 02-05-2015, 10:01 AM   #13
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twin beds adds a ton of room in the bedroom,and gives a lounge area rather then sitting at the table all the time
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:23 AM   #14
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Interesting, I just counted only 17 windows in our 25. Definitely a problem here.
Hi, I only have 8 windows and that's counting the one in the entrance door. [so warm a cozy in here]
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