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Old 11-15-2010, 11:08 AM   #1
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Advice needed on model

I am not a newbie to Airstreams. I owned a 1964 Bambi II, a 2006 Safari 19" and used a Basecamp for 6 months as a mobile workshop. However, it is time to step up to larger size.

I am torn between a 23" Flying Cloud (love the walk around queen bed and is a must) or moving up to a 25" footer and possibly dropping the extra cash on an International. (only the 25" International has a walk around queen, the 23" foot International does not.)

Question, is the International worth the extra cash? I'm sure that is opinion and that is exactly what I am after. Your opinion. So, I am not looking for things like, "Well, that depends on this that or the other". I want honest to goodness opinions.

We are a family of three. My wife, son (16months) and I. We do a few days at a time style camping. Sometimes with the boy and other times by ourselves.

I have a 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi, with the full on towing package. I think I'll be ok towing up to and including a 25" footer and I really don't want to tow anymore than that anyway.

Anyway, I am ready to buy and I think this time of year is probably a good time.

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Old 11-15-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums

Hey, I don't have any advice regarding which Airstream to buy...I guess my brain doesn't work that way since I went to Winnetka U.

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My wife and I went for the 27FB international. Mine should be coming in Feb since we factory ordered. I too will be pulling with the 2010 RAM 1500 Hemi. A number of the folks here say that the 1500 is adequate for pulling as long as you are not aggressive.

My wife and I fell in love with Air Stream and settled on the International Celantro finish. Went with the 27FB pimarily because of the Galley Style Pantry and living space as well as the windows and walk around Queen Bed.

Its alot of money to spend on a toy. We rationalized it in our minds primarily because we bought in to the fact that this is a trailer built to last. And if we decide trailering is not for us (hard to imagne that) we at least know that resale on these units is pretty decent.

We just went for it. We hope we made the right move.

Good luck in your future endeavours.

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Old 11-15-2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, I will be more than happy to give you my opinions.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, that we bought new. We have towed her almost 70,000 miles, and she has visited all of the lower 48 states. As of tonight, we have 762 nights in her.

We actually prefer the Safari to the Classic regardless of the price considerations. We do a lot of both hot weather and cold weather camping and the Classic's metal interior and panoramic windows are counterproductive when it comes to insulation value. Usually, the only time we are in Lucy is when it is dark out, so the possible great view is a moot point. Plus, I think that the panoramic windows make an Airstream look like a giant Darth Vader Helmet.

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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, I will be more than happy to give you my opinions.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, that we bought new. We have towed her almost 70,000 miles, and she has visited all of the lower 48 states. As of tonight, we have 762 nights in her.

We actually prefer the Safari to the Classic regardless of the price considerations. We do a lot of both hot weather and cold weather camping and the Classic's metal interior and panoramic windows are counterproductive when it comes to insulation value. Usually, the only time we are in Lucy is when it is dark out, so the possible great view is a moot point. Plus, I think that the panoramic windows make an Airstream look like a giant Darth Vader Helmet.

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Not only that, but the more, and bigger, holes you cut in a structurally supporting shell, the weaker it is. FWIW, IMHO.
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My wife and I went for the 27FB international. Mine should be coming in Feb since we factory ordered. I too will be pulling with the 2010 RAM 1500 Hemi. A number of the folks here say that the 1500 is adequate for pulling as long as you are not aggressive.

My wife and I fell in love with Air Stream and settled on the International Celantro finish. Went with the 27FB pimarily because of the Galley Style Pantry and living space as well as the windows and walk around Queen Bed.

Its alot of money to spend on a toy. We rationalized it in our minds primarily because we bought in to the fact that this is a trailer built to last. And if we decide trailering is not for us (hard to imagne that) we at least know that resale on these units is pretty decent.

We just went for it. We hope we made the right move.

Good luck in your future endeavours.

Paul
Thank you for your advice. I hope you love your International!
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:06 PM   #7
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... Plus, I think that the panoramic windows make an Airstream look like a giant Darth Vader Helmet.

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You say that like it's a bad thing.
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your questions, I will be more than happy to give you my opinions.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, that we bought new. We have towed her almost 70,000 miles, and she has visited all of the lower 48 states. As of tonight, we have 762 nights in her.

We actually prefer the Safari to the Classic regardless of the price considerations. We do a lot of both hot weather and cold weather camping and the Classic's metal interior and panoramic windows are counterproductive when it comes to insulation value. Usually, the only time we are in Lucy is when it is dark out, so the possible great view is a moot point. Plus, I think that the panoramic windows make an Airstream look like a giant Darth Vader Helmet.

Brian
Duly noted. Makes sense. I am sort of leaning toward the International though, only because I had 19" foot Safari and a Flying Cloud would sort of just be a larger version of it. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing, as I loved that trailer. I think I am just thinking a change in the vibe might be nice.
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:10 PM   #9
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Brian,

BTW, I love the stipe job on Lucy!
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:45 PM   #10
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Dear AirHeadRik, I have the Safari 25 FBSE, which is sort of a cross between the International and the mouse - fur lined FlyingCloud/Safari base model. Prior to that I had an 05 22' CCD.

If you go with the 25 FB in ANY trim level the queen is NOT truly walk around. At floor level, the side of the bed facing the front of the trailer has less than six inches of foot space. You have to walk like an Egyptian around that side. It's a pain in the neck to change the sheets, too. With the 27 you get a true walk around.

I am seriously considering changing my queen over to twins. Twin beds are longer. They are much easier to make, both people can get out for the 2am for a comfort stop. All of the underbed storage is also more accessable.

If you have kids... well it's a trailer. Privacy? No. If you're at a campground and can send the child on a hayride, then a twin works as well as a queen for the horizontal mambo.

With a 1500 I'd probably stay with a 25 footer. Of late the finish level on the SE Flying Cloud and the International... not that different. It's just a matter of taste. I am not too impressed with the fabric appearance or durability on the International these days - though none of that is too expensive to redo if you have sewing skills. I do prefer the style of the overhead bins on the International. They are deeper front to back by about an inch. CCD laminated surfaces were better in the 2005 models than the Safari laminates, but I kinda think not so much any longer.

If you can find a gently used one, the real bargains are the ones with full awning sets, and those small window awnings really cut the heat in the summer.

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Hi! Just wanted to say that we opted for the 2010 25' FB International Serenity. The light-colored cabinetry and lovely decor just lift my spirits and make me happy to be in the trailer. It's very light, bright, and airy-looking. We were a little worried about the lack of walk-around space between the bed and the front wall of the trailer, but neither of us is a "large" person and we don't really have any trouble getting around the bed. We only make the bed once a day and change the sheets once a week, so it's really not that big a deal to us. We find the rest of the living space very adequate. I like to cook, and the flip-up shelf extension in the kitchen is a big help, especially when washing the dishes. We made a two-week trip out west in the trailer in September and felt as if we had room for food, supplies, and clothing. I love the drawers and little closet in the bedroom! Good luck with your decision - I don't guess you can really make a bad decision if you're getting any kind of an Airstream!
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Welcome.

If you get in to a 25', the Classics have the largest tank sizes available...this may be a factor also if you boondock. The Classics will also be the heaviest.

There can be a significant weight difference between models due to content, so check that as your payload will be limited towing with a 1/2 ton.

If we were in the market today...we would be looking at the FB layouts...very nice.

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I am less than a week away from pullin' the trigger. so far, I am leaning toward the International. More scratch, but really nice.
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Old 11-16-2010, 08:24 AM   #14
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The one you are leaning towards will make you very very happy! With an equalizing hitch and good brake controller you won't have any problems towing it with your Ram... I'm jealous...
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