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Old 10-18-2008, 09:20 AM   #29
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Yeah, it is a good price for a 2007. Still about $14k north of my max current first-trailer budget though....

John, a curious question: is there a big difference between the 25' FB and a 27' FB? You and your wife should tour both. They seem to have very similar floorplans - having been in a 25', I'd have a real hard time wanting/needing something bigger. Lovely trailer....
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:30 AM   #30
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Hi John,

I would suggest installing the Hensley yourself. Just read the instructions. Then go to the topic string on these Forums called "the Ultimate HAHA users guide". It has a lot of great info on installing and setting up the Hensley. also, the Hensley techs are very good on the phone.

The Sewer Solution is a different sewer dumping method that uses a 3/4" dump hose instead of the 3" "slinky" dump hose. It is much easier and much more pleasant to use. I would never even think about going back to the slinky. Plus, the SS dumps upgrade without lifting the hose.

As for the OEM trailer tires, I am not saying replace them immediately. What I am saying is, they have to be carefully watched. They do not last like car tires. My OEM tires started failing after about 15,000 miles. I had three blowouts on one long trip. I was really dishartened by this as I have always checked tire pressure daily while traveling. I replaced them with 10 ply Maxxis. They went 22,000 miles before the first failure. Now I am looking at new tires again. I am considering going to 16' wheels and LT tires to get more than a year out of a set of tires. We do about 20,000 miles a year on Lucy, and always travel at 65+. If you don't plan on going very far, tires are not a major factor.

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Old 10-18-2008, 02:16 PM   #31
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By the way, what is the benefit of fantastic fans/ Are they exhaust fans or similar to ceiling fans? Are we better off with a second bedroom AC unit in the bedroom? Thanks again for all your help.

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If you order a trailer or have an option on a unit on a lot, definitly get two Fantastic fans installed. Many of the trailers will come with one standard non-powered roof vent and a Fantastic Fan installed at the other end of the trailer. The standard vents installed by Airstream have cheap plastic covers that breakdown very quickly from the sun's UV rays. Ours recently broke down and left the trailer and the rain came in and soak our mattress and rug while the unit was in storage. The Fantasic Fan has a better quality cover and should last a lot longer in the Florida sun. Good luck in your search.
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:58 PM   #32
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Yeah, it is a good price for a 2007. Still about $14k north of my max current first-trailer budget though....

John, a curious question: is there a big difference between the 25' FB and a 27' FB? You and your wife should tour both. They seem to have very similar floorplans - having been in a 25', I'd have a real hard time wanting/needing something bigger. Lovely trailer....
Hi Mutcth,

Is there a big difference? I don't really think so but enough of a difference that we prefer the 27'. The queen bed in a 25' runs east and west rather than north and south. At home we sleep in a king and have been told that a queen in an Airstream is quite an adjustment; so we are also considering twins. As far as other differences; there is more closet space and there appears to be a little more counter space in the kitchen including a slide out microwave. Think that may be it, though. I prefer the size of the 25' on outside but we prefer the size of the 27' on the inside.

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Old 10-18-2008, 04:04 PM   #33
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If you order a trailer or have an option on a unit on a lot, definitly get two Fantastic fans installed. Many of the trailers will come with one standard non-powered roof vent and a Fantastic Fan installed at the other end of the trailer. The standard vents installed by Airstream have cheap plastic covers that breakdown very quickly from the sun's UV rays. Ours recently broke down and left the trailer and the rain came in and soak our mattress and rug while the unit was in storage. The Fantasic Fan has a better quality cover and should last a lot longer in the Florida sun. Good luck in your search.
Thanks. That is good info to know. Can a vent be replaced with a Fantastic Fan "after" a purchase or does it need to be installed new?

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I prefer the size of the 25' on outside but we prefer the size of the 27' on the inside.
LOL! Sounds like some nice details in that 27'.

We also sleep in a king bed at home - the small beds in most trailers are somewhat frustrating. One Bambi I looked at had only one bed/dinette that was all of 40' wide. That wasn't going to work....

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Thanks. That is good info to know. Can a vent be replaced with a Fantastic Fan "after" a purchase or does it need to be installed new?

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I've heard of folks having the Fantastic Fans installed by their dealers and some did them themselves. Getting power to the fan is the only issue. Regarding the 27', have your wife take a look at the location and setup of the kitchen sinks in the 27' and then at the 25' FB, I think she will like the 25' setup is a lot better.
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Regarding the 27', have your wife take a look at the location and setup of the kitchen sinks in the 27' and then at the 25' FB, I think she will like the 25' setup is a lot better.
Hi,

The sinks are identical in the 25' and 27' International. I think you are referring to the difference between the double sink in the 25' Safari and the single round round sink of the 27' Safari? We do like that setup better but it is no longer available.

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Old 10-18-2008, 11:35 PM   #37
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Fantastic Vents

Hi, John. As for the Fantastic Vents, I feel that only one is enough because if I open both vents with the Fantastic vent fan on, blowing out, the air coming in the other vent is just about the same. My regular vent lid has not rotted away as some others with newer trailers stated, but the wind blowing from the rear blew mine off last week. My trailer is four years old now and a new lid cost me less than $20.00 so I feel at this time an extra $300.00 for another Fantastic Vent isn't worth it for the sake of the better lid. If my trailer was already built with two I would take it. If you want to open all of the windows and have both vents blowing out at the same time it might be better to have two Fantastic vents. As for the bed being smaller than the one in your house, picture everything in your trailer as smaller than your house and you can/will adjust. Not all, but some of us feel that the breaking point for 1/2 ton tow vehicles ends at 25' and above that we recommend a larger truck. Good Luck on your decission.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:41 PM   #38
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Well, we finally did it.

Pam and I recently purchased a 2005 International in very good condition (although I've learned that nothing is perfect). So, while we were dead set on the International 27' model year 2008 or 2009 we finally decided on a very nice used Airstream International 28' from a wonderful seller. This weekend we installed a Hensely Arrow along with the Hensley True Control and I towed a travel trailer for the first time ever! Actually, even though it rained for the first half of the trip it was a pretty easy tow and we were home after about 4 hours.

Now I have to practice all the basics; like hooking up and unhooking, where everything is located, etc. But we are extremely excited. We will be doing a little traveling this winter and then much more next year. Why didn't I think of this before reaching '62 years old?

I want to say "Thanks" to everyone for your input and assistance while we took about 3 months to find our "home on the road". I'm certain I will have more questions in the future if you don't mind putting up with a couple of Airstream "Newbies".
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Hey John...congratulations! Glad you have successfully made the move. Now you have a whole new wonderful journey ahead of you! Enjoy, enjoy!
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:25 PM   #40
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Welcome to the Forum and congratulations on your new (to you) International.

We went through some of the same questions about the 25, 27, and 28. The queen bed was not negotiable and as we are used to a king bed at home, we couldn't go much smaller. The queen, we discovered, is not a true queen—it's shorter. We also didn't like the stock mattress. We bought a 2" medium memory foam thing to go on top of the stock mattress and it's a lot more comfortable. It's also longer, and even though the end sags a bit, our feet don't go over the end. The sheets come out often at the bolttom, but it's still better. We didn't like the standard bedspread that comes on the Safari's (it weighs 300 lbs. or so and isn't that warm; we thought it something our mothers would like) so we bought a Pendleton bedspread and it looks better and is just as warm and a lot lighter.

We chose the 25' because it fits better in many campgrounds, is easier to tow and we wanted to stick with a Toyota truck (only comes in 1/2 ton), but everyone is different. We sure did like that 27' though.

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Halogen replacement bulbs???

Hi Everyone,

Any idea where I can find the little replacement bulbs that are in the silver reading lights? I think the same ones are in the ceiling light. They are clear with two pins. I looked at Camper World online and found something called a JC-10 Clear Bulb (12 volts, 10 watts). Can I also get these from other (maybe closer) sources? Is this the same as a low voltage landscape bulb?

Thanks for your help.

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I can't answer your question John, but one of our task lights (the ones that rotate) worked intermittently. I took it apart looking for a loose wire, but couldn't find it. The bulb seemed ok. Since it was on warranty, they replaced it. So it could be a loose wire. Of course, the easiest way to find out is to replace the bulb, so you're back where you started. Isn't there another RV store nearby? Maybe an electrical supply outlet?

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