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Old 10-18-2010, 12:57 PM   #1
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Feedback on 2010' 23FB Flying Cloud?

We have sold our Casita and are seriously looking at the 2010 23FB Flying Cloud. I'd appreciate any owner advice regarding any weaknesses in this model and what to look for as we negotiate the purchase. I do plan to install solar, as we prefer dry camping in National and State Parks. The 23' size was chosen to allow us to use such sites, which are often limited to 24'.

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Old 10-18-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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We have sold our Casita and are seriously looking at the 2010 23FB Flying Cloud. I'd appreciate any owner advice regarding any weaknesses in this model and what to look for as we negotiate the purchase. I do plan to install solar, as we prefer dry camping in National and State Parks. The 23' size was chosen to allow us to use such sites, which are often limited to 24'.

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Joe, Dirty little not-so-secret about Airstreams is they include the TONGUE in the length. You can go to a 25 without breathing heavy when it comes to fitting in almost all National Parks. That said, the 23 is pretty well arranged... though I would strongly recommend you personally try the bathroom (sitting) for size. Most of us can't get the door closed when it would "most benefit others if we did close it!" That 5 alarm chili.. sigh.

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:05 PM   #4
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I agree with "foiled". All AS vary from the model stated length. We have the FC 27FB and love it.

The 25' FB is the same layout, and the same size as the 27FB, but for the state room. The bed lies across the trailer instead of lengthwise to save length.

If you like the the smaller trailer, by all means choose it. But, if your choice is based only on the advertised length, take a look at the larger units. You might like the room.

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:14 PM   #5
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Hi Joe. One problem we would share with our Safari SE 20 and the 23FB Flying Cloud is that there is no place to sit except the dinette. I wish there was a decent lounge, or preferably recliners. It looks to me like this is a problem with all front bed models, although many are comfortable with that extension of the dinette seat they call a lounge.
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:36 PM   #6
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We've camped at many state and national parks in the West, and believe me, there are times when it is a tight fit for our 22' Airstream. Most parks DO have sites for larger travel trailers, but those sites are often filled. We've had to squeak into sites between trees even at Yosemite. The problem is often backing the tow vehicle and AS into the site on narrow, tree-lined park loop roads. So... I take exception with the idea that 25' and even 27' foot trailers with fit just about anywhere. In the western mountains, that isn't always the case.
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Joe, Dirty little not-so-secret about Airstreams is they include the TONGUE in the length. You can go to a 25 without breathing heavy when it comes to fitting in almost all National Parks. That said, the 23 is pretty well arranged... though I would strongly recommend you personally try the bathroom (sitting) for size. Most of us can't get the door closed when it would "most benefit others if we did close it!" That 5 alarm chili.. sigh.

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Agreed!! Thats why we went with the 25' Int'L. We looked at the 23' and ALMOST pulled the trigger. Actually was about to sign on the dotted line and got up and looked at the 25'. SOOO glad we did. We got the FB also. Best decision. Everywhere we have stayed the view is in the rear, plus when you sleep at night you can keep an eye on your Tow vehicle, is you stay hitched.

We've been to several state parks from Florida to Arkansas to Texas and have never ran into a problem on length. Hope this helps.

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We, too, nearly bought the 23' that had the "lounge" at one end and no dinette as such, but rather a moveable/storable table. However, we thought the bathroom was a little too tight (where would you even be able to put a bath mat??), and we knew in the long run that the double corner "crawl-over-me" bed would get old. We decided, as Shane did, that the 25' FB would work better for us. Although we've only had ours since July, we've been on a 2-week trip out west in it and have also taken some weekend excursions and we LOVE it!!! So glad we opted for the 25'. It's perfect for us. (Our children are adults with their own families so they don't travel with us anymore!)

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Old 10-23-2010, 01:41 PM   #9
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We've had our FC 23FB for a few months now and nothing negative comes to mind. It's been absolute heaven!

We chose this model because of the size of the sleeping area (2 Cardigan Welsh Corgis plus 2 adults) and the fact that there is actually space between the bed and the front wall. We liked the fact that the bathroom (which is quite spacious, especially the shower) and the sleeping areas are at opposite ends. It's also as small as you can go and still have 2 axles.

No doubt, as mentioned above, there is not much lounging space, but it's sufficient for a couple.
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:13 AM   #10
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Thanks for all of the input. After 10,000 miles and 45 nights in the Casita (sold in 3 days!) this year, primarily dry camping in Nat'l and State Parks, we have refined our ideas about what we want and the FC23FB seems to fit us well. My only hesitation is over the low ground clearance, but that of course provides the low center of gravity and stability. We'll place an order for a 2011 model (my quote for a ordered 2011 is actually better than the quotes that I've received on 2010's sitting on the lot, and I'll have the new LED lighting) and resume our land-based exploring next year.
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. You're going to love Airstreaming. Another slight advantage to the 23 is that it is 6" narrower than the wide bodies that start at the 25.

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Joe, Dirty little not-so-secret about Airstreams is they include the TONGUE in the length. You can go to a 25 without breathing heavy when it comes to fitting in almost all National Parks. That said, the 23 is pretty well arranged... though I would strongly recommend you personally try the bathroom (sitting) for size. Most of us can't get the door closed when it would "most benefit others if we did close it!" That 5 alarm chili.. sigh.

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One more point of view from a 23FB SE owner. We bought our 2008 model year ago and also love boondocking in state parks.

The two of us travel alone most of the time and periodically we have 1-2 friends join us but not often.

As others have said, we have found the bathroom spacious enough - particularly the shower. I am 5' 9" tall and I have room to maneuver - also nice that it has a seat in the shower.

We love the "queen" bed and are very glad we have that instead of the double although there really is only room to maneuver on one side of it. The person closest to the window does have to crawl to the end to get out at night.

The 2 drawbacks we have found are the only seating being the small dinette. We do find ourselves sometimes wishing for the L lounge on the 25 footer. The other drawback is that your bed is toward the tow vehicle and in many back in spots it is away from the view or near the entry to the spot so less private.

We sometimes think if we were to do it again, we might go for the 25 FB to have more comfortable seating and also sleeping room for 2 guests as well as a bed on the opposite side to take advantage of views. I'd suggest looking at both the 23 and the 25 one more time to make sure you are comfortable with the space - however after your casita it probably will feel spacious!

We go to lots of state and national parks and in most of the spots, we could have had a 25 foot unit.

Don't get me wrong - we love our 23 and have really enjoyed it a lot.

Good luck and welcome!!

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Old 10-25-2010, 01:38 PM   #14
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Thanks again for the input

All good points, and the differences among our short list of FC23FB, FC23, FC25 FC25FB, 23 Int and 25FB Int are important to sort through. Alas, there are always compromises. The FC23FB bath is a plus - very large, full width aft (no problem sitting), but that of course blocks the view aft of the site that you've backed into (except for when you're brushing your teeth). We like the fixed convertible dinette. The bedroom views do include the tow vehicle and access road, but also provide port and stb views. The difference in hitch weight between the FC23FB (467 lbs) and the FC25FB (837 lbs) is significant because we want to use our current tow vehicle (08 Jeep GC Overland, Mercedes 3.0L Diesel - 7200 tow, 720 lbs hitch capacity - excellent power, traction and fuel economy).
BTW - I think that most travel trailers cite Length Over All, which includes the tongue. This is the case with boats as well, which include bow pulpits in LOA.

Great response from this forum! Thanks!
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