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Old 02-20-2017, 11:54 AM   #1
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Another First-time Airstream Owner

My wife and I have put a deposit on a "new-to-us" 2014 FC 25FB to be named "Air Miles". We are very excited about our purchase and can't wait to get it home from the Airstream dealer. We need to patiently wait until the previous owners get their on-order larger Airstream.

We are not new to travel trailers as we are trading in "Miles", our 2013 Casita 17SD, on "Air Miles". We have put 15,000 miles on "Miles" in less than two years and have a 6,000 mile adventure planned for "Air Miles" this summer.

We can't wait to start racking up Air Miles!
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:26 PM   #2
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Old 02-20-2017, 02:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. We would love to see pictures of your new baby when you get her.

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Old 02-20-2017, 02:47 PM   #4
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Welcome to the "family"! Many of us also owned Casita's...great little trailer, but it can get cramped on a multi-day trip, especially if you have a large dog!

We got our 2014 25' FB Twin new few years back, and with any luck, will be upgrading to a 2017 model later this spring...perhaps a 27'; still considering if we really need the extra 2 feet...

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Old 02-20-2017, 03:03 PM   #5
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Moving to a FC25FB from a Casita is a process.

First step was to go to the Tampa RV show and fall in love with the FC25FB - that was the easy part.

Then it takes a few days to get past the sticker shock - do we really want to do this?

Next you need to get a real tow vehicle that can pull a FC25FB.

Then you need to find the right "deal" on a FC25FB. Was I just lucky to find a clean late model trade at a local dealer?

Then you need to wait to take delivery on your new baby because of the backlog on new Airstreams.

Here is a picture of Miles and my new tow vehicle "Monster Max" - a Nissan Titan XD Diesel. Soon there will be a picture of Monster Max and Air Miles. I can't wait to post it!
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:07 PM   #6
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Welcome to Airstream and the forum. What's this 6000 mi trip encompass? BTW, we have the same truck.
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Old 02-20-2017, 03:10 PM   #7
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We just put a deposit down on a 2017 Bambi--excited about joining the community and getting out on the road.
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Old 02-20-2017, 05:43 PM   #8
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What's the 6000 mile trip? Tampa to the Great lakes area. Going to spend time in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota. Camping along the St. Croix River and the North Shore of Lake Superior. Planning a short trip up into Canada. Then probably take the long way home to Tampa from there.
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MrJKQ, what's the fuel mileage on our truck pulling the FC25? At what speed? I got an honest 16.9 until a regen knocked it down pulling my Casita at 65 mph.
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We are not new to travel trailers as we are trading in "Miles", our 2013 Casita 17SD, on "Air Miles". [snip]
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Welcome to the "family"! Many of us also owned Casita's...great little trailer,[snip]
I feel kind of silly saying "welcome" to the AirForum since I'm so new around here myself. Just the same, a hearty "welcome" from one ex-Casitaite to another. I wonder how many of us "knew" each other over on the Casita Forums.

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MrJKQ, what's the fuel mileage on our truck pulling the FC25? At what speed? I got an honest 16.9 until a regen knocked it down pulling my Casita at 65 mph.
I'm about to embark on a Florida to Vegas trip, round trip about 6000miles+, at that point I'll be able to respond with some accuracy. As of now my towing has been limited to 1000 miles averaging about 13.5 mpg @ 65 mph towing, non towing a couple mpg more. I've hit 16 towing & 19 non towing but what I stated is long term. A diesel takes many miles to settle into decent mpg so the future will tell.
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Fortune Cookie and Cookie Monster - I love it!
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Old 02-20-2017, 06:26 PM   #13
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MRJKQ:

I get what you mean 13.5 average up to 16 . . . My Titan mileage varies greatly with load and headwinds. Its hard to pinpoint the mileage. I only have 1300 miles so far and towed a few hundred. I've gotten 21.5 mpg at 65 mph with a tail wind and 18.5 on the return trip with a headwind non-towing. I got 19.5 on the same trip with no wind. This was from Tampa to Sebring FL. Then I got 16.5 mpg towing the Casita home on the same trip with only 660 miles on the truck (no headwind). That trip is on two lane highways with 60 mph speed limits and small towns. I'm very happy about that fuel mileage towing and non-towing. Its about the same as I used to get with my Nissan Frontier towing and non-towing. I am hopeful that we will average 13+ MPG towing the FC25 with the Titan Diesel.
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Welcome to the Forum and the Airstream Universe!

We also have a 2014 25' Flying Cloud FB, twin beds in our case.

Nice looking rig you have there, it will look great with that silver bullet behind you. Have fun Up North as well . . .
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