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Old 05-31-2013, 11:38 AM   #43
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Susan, we most surely agree to disagree on the overall merits of the 25/27.

The op has another factor, two growing youngsters, that I suggest would make the 28 more comfortable, even though its virtually the same size.

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Old 05-31-2013, 11:47 AM   #44
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Good discussion here. I would add that it is hard to beat a twin configuration. You get about Hal a king bed to sleep on which should be more than enough and you gain so much more- changing room, easy locker access, and Three exterior storage compartments total versus one.

What about converting your current AS into a twin and saving the repurchasing cash?
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:25 PM   #45
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The other advantage of a twin is that it eliminates the bed configuration issue (cross-wise vs front-to-rear) that splits the 25FB and 27FB. As DINKS, we'd get a 25FB twin unless we full-timed.

That said, I've seen several bloggers with 25FBs who use their trailers extensively with their family comment on wanting a bit more room. Just Five More Minutes upgraded to a 27FB; Malimish still has their 25FB.

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Old 05-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #46
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These comments about the desirability of a lounging area more comfortable than a dinette make me wonder -- once again -- why Airstream doesn't make a 25' model with a comfortable L-lounge and the folding table (like in the 23' L-lounge model). An L-lounge and twins (or queen) is a nice floorplan.
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #47
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These comments about the desirability of a lounging area more comfortable than a dinette make me wonder -- once again -- why Airstream doesn't make a 25' model with a comfortable L-lounge and the folding table (like in the 23' L-lounge model). An L-lounge and twins (or queen) is a nice floorplan.
Agree 200% If we bought a 25FB, we'd take out the dinette, install an L-lounge, and put in the rolling table cabinet/cadenza that's in our 23 L-lounge.

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Old 06-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #48
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The 27FB Classic is 27' 9.5" long, so it is shorter than the other trim line models this size that are 27' 11". I wonder where that 1.5" of space is located?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:37 PM   #49
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We opted for the 27 FB with twins. This layout is a huge improvement over our previous 25 Safari

With the twin configuration you get 4 extra cabinets, and the trailer doesn't end at the end of the bed - but at the center nightstand.

The extra space is great for getting dressed, and can double as a lounge area if you have a bunch of folks visiting.

We camped a couple of weekends ago with two of our adult kids with no trouble.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:41 PM   #50
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prospective buyers for the fall listening...we have a near 3 year old and a 5 month old....so all interesting to consider here...

I had never considered my 2 car garage and going in using 2 spaces cross-wise, but I doubt mine will have the clearance....

Good luck with your choice.
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Old 06-04-2013, 06:02 AM   #51
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When I was six, our sixteen foot trailer was a magical traveling fort to various locations for me and my three siblings all. To be honest, regarding the OP's two kids; they wont care if you're in a 25, 27FB, a 28, or even a 23 or sport model. They wont care about the amenities, the trim style, the bathroom or kitchenette. They'll be too busy outside, getting muddy, into poison ivy, bug bit, dragging caught frogs into the trailer, catching fireflies and generally having childhood mayhem. You may care about the trim and amenities as your kids track mud into the unit (they will,) release frogs (they will,) or cause general mayhem. Buy the unit that will enable you to get the maximum quality adventures for both yourself and your kids is my opinion.
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Old 06-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #52
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I have a 2009 Flying Cloud 25FB and live near Seattle. With two girls, 6 and 9 at the time of purchase, I chose the 25ft model over the 27ft because the 27FB will not fit in the majority of National Park campgrounds. We have found the 25FB to be the perfect size and my wife and I have even shared one of the sleeper sofa beds several times with no problems. If you order the twin bed configuration, you can add the bunk bed option.

Main advantage I see with the 27FB is the ability to walk around the queen bed and a bit more storage. But, to me, this is not worth being kept out of a Yellowstone camp site.

Good luck.
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We've been to Yellowstone in our 27 and lots of other NPs also. We've never not been able to get into a NP because of size.
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28ft for us could not be a better usable floor plan.L shaped couch with separate dinette booth and a queen bed is great.Lots of storage also.
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Today I signed the order form and gave the local Mesa,AZ dealer a deposit for a 2014 Classic 27FB twin beds, golden ultra-leather, 1,000 watt inverter and second AC with 50 Amp service. It will be built starting 13 January 2014 so I can be there and photograph the gestation process.
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