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Old 05-03-2016, 02:10 PM   #15
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Our solution....what worked for us

Actually, our son's solution. Teenage boys want their own space.
2 adults, 3 sons, 1 daughter / 31 ft TT

Our sons insisted on sleeping in their own backpacking tents, or in the back of the Suburban (seats folded down). No way would they "touch" their siblings when it came to sleeping arrangements, even though they did this in backpacking tents (with grumbles).

So, I think I'd ask for their input. It's funny, though, all the times they grumbled have become fond memories of "remember when....?"

All the best to your camping days ahead!
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Old 05-03-2016, 02:10 PM   #16
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How about this FC20 in Scituate, right around the corner from you?

Go for it!

https://boston.craigslist.org/sob/rvs/5567258036.html

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Old 05-03-2016, 02:15 PM   #17
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I have a 19 flying cloud for myself and the wife. Its perfect.But no way would I get anything less than a 23 if I had your crowd.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:13 PM   #18
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Never drove the Audii, but so far my VW has been great, went everywhere I pointed it and never left me stranded though at times I kind of wish I would have gotten the V10 tdi.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:35 PM   #19
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I'm not a fan of the corner bed in the 19 or 23d. Its only 48" wide, looks like it would be difficult bed to make and one would be crawling over the other.
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The 23d has the 48" corner bed but at least it has the ability to sleep your two boys on the lounge and dinette area.
As a fairly new owner myself, I'll give my take on this. We bought the 23d. After this summer, it's really just going to be my wife and I, so any of the airstreams would have worked for us. We did get to 'tour' a 16-ft bambi that we were staying next to prior to buying our Airstream. It's cozy, but way to cozy even for us.

When we bought the 23d, I kept thinking "did we make a mistake in getting it since it doesn't have a queen, but has a corner bed." ... however, neither my wife or I find it that limiting. If you have to get up in the middle of the night, it is a bit of a pain having to crawl over the other person. But otherwise it's not bad... or at least we didn't find it too bad.

Our 17 YO daughter uses the pull-out bed so we don't have to take the table down every night. It works like a charm. The table really isn't too hard to take down, but it really is nice to not have to do that. With four people though, you will have to take down the table.

I'm a huge fan of the 23d only because I love being able to gather in one area and have room. We take the table down and sit in the 'lounge' area if we watch TV at night. We've tried not taking the table down, but it really doesn't work all that well.

All-in-all I can't help but sing praises for the floorplan of the 23d. Finding sheets for the back bed is another story. We bought a set that fits that bed and my wife is going to modify a set of queen sheets for it later.

As far as towing goes, all I can say is make sure your vehicle can tow 6000 lbs and you have the proper tongue weight and GVWR... But I can't help or offer more than that.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:45 PM   #20
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I'll leave the technicalities to others. Two plus a smaller dog is fine in a Bambi. Anything above that, you won't be happy. As others have suggested, think about having to spend the day inside because of bad weather. We've had ours for four years, just two of us, and it works......but gets tight on those rainy days. Go bigger.
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:52 PM   #21
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Hi from AZ. . .as I was told way back, buy big as you can afford & feel comfortable handling on the road. . . and that gets easier with a little experience ! And it seems a LOT of folks buy one, and after a little while, trade up to bigger one FWIW. . .And remember used is good, especially the 1st one. . . good luck & regards, Craig
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:02 PM   #22
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Hi from AZ. . .as I was told way back, buy big as you can afford & feel comfortable handling on the road. . . and that gets easier with a little experience ! And it seems a LOT of folks buy one, and after a little while, trade up to bigger one FWIW. . .And remember used is good, especially the 1st one. . . good luck & regards, Craig

I had a similar experience with my boat. I bought 3 boats in 3 years, wanting to get something bigger. That's why when I switched to RVs, I went for the 30 footer. It's just the wife and I, but we like our space. And one dog. He likes his space.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:02 PM   #23
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Like a few others, I truly love my 20ft FC (if love is defined as looking at her admiringly every time I walk past a window...or sit inside and look for things to do in the AS even when Daisy is sitting in the driveway). I'm 6'6" and camp mostly with my 7 year old and/or my wife. So for us this size is perfect...as was the price.
Now....if I had two older kids like you do that like to come along camping, and a larger dog, I would even bypass the 23 ft and go for the 25ft. The 20ft. wouldn't just be cozy, but be lacking sufficient sleeping space. AS sizes are the kind of thing we think we know what we want looking at floor plans and models, but often second thoughts/reality sets in after several days of heavy rains at some campsite with all of youse. Now, its time to go look at Daisy again. Safe travels and enjoy. jon
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Old 05-04-2016, 03:01 AM   #24
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We traveled cross country with two adults, teenager, and up to six smallish doggies in a 22' International.

It's doable, but making up the dinette bed is a pain. Walking dogs was the biggest logistical issue. Bit crowded if stuck inside with bad weather, but for the most part it works for us.

I agree buying the biggest one you are comfortable in and can tow properly is a better idea. I'm too cheap to trade up, and daughter no longer travels with us. Dogs are another story. 😄


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Old 05-04-2016, 08:30 AM   #25
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We currently have a 2013 FC 23' fb which we purchased new, put 25,000 miles on, and spent over 200 nites in. Before the 23fb, we owned a 2001 19' Bambi which we had for 2 years and prior to that a 16' casita.

The low tongue weight and larger bed in the 23fb are wonderful, but something that affected our decision at the time of purchase is that longer models are more difficult to fit into some non-RV park campsites such as those in National Forests and Parks. We do alot of our camping "dry" in those places and are happy with the balance that the 23'fb provides....short enough to fit in tight campsites, but roomy enough for our longer term comfort.

There are only two of us with 2 small dogs on these trips and I think any of the models you mention would be cramped with 4 persons and the dog.

Our TV is a 2006 Tacoma V6 4WD. Good luck and enjoy the adventure.
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Looks like a Flying Cloud Bunk or Classic 30 would be better for your family.
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:53 PM   #27
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We agonized over a 23 or 25 (I was most concerned with the extra tow weight). In the end we bought the 25. After 3 years, we traded up to a 28. There are just 2 of us and a lab. More room to live, more stowage space ... just sayin'.
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It all depends on how you plan to use your trailer. If you will be on the road a lot, then a smaller trailer is easier to deal with. However, if you will be living in it, the more space the merrier.

My wife and I learned during our boating years that we can live in a confined space, but not too confined. Our boat was 38' long. Our AS is 30'. But we don't expect to be literally "on the road" a lot. Most of the time we will be parked. So the more space the merrier, even though its just the two of us. And the dog.
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