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Old 03-06-2018, 07:01 PM   #1
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Can't wait to get out and see more of this great country!

Can't wait to pick up our new 2018 Flying Cloud 23FB, in 2 weeks. It all started with a friend visiting an RV dealership last year to look at a tear-drop camper. It turned out they were also an AS dealer. A year later we were ready to jump in with a Basecamp but quickly moved from there to the 22' Sport and finally the 23FB (I had to talk my wife out of the Globetrotter). Maybe next time when we are ready to retire and spend more time seeing all this great country has to offer. For now, we will stick with long weekends and the occasional week or two. We have several trips planned already for the year, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Moab, and Yellowstone plus a handful of short weekend getaways. We are anxious to get out a try a little boondocking. It is probably the same in many places but depending on campground here in Colorado is a true test of advanced planning skills. It is also a great way, or maybe an excuse, to spend more time on my passion for photography.

I have enjoyed ready all the great stories, tips, and tricks from everyone. Thanks to everyone for sharing.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:15 PM   #2
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Welcome!!!!!!

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I also have a 23 fb. Love it.
I do weekend adventures,usually Saturday night camps and Sunday bike rides.
Just scout your local areas. I usually stay within an 80 mile radius. I leave after work Saturday. Set up camp. Scout out a great restaurant . Then head back to the Airstream and relax. Sunday is the super fun day. Head back home and flop.
Then it all starts again figuring out next adventure.
Rough life

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Old 03-06-2018, 07:24 PM   #3
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I like your plan Tom!
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:39 PM   #4
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Boy are you in for a treat!

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Wow,if you live in Colorado your adventure
possibilities are endless.
I do summer and winter adventure in Colorado.
It would be crazy adventure overload for me
out your way.
I think you will find your airstream to be the perfect instrument for creature comfort,relaxation and adventure.
I find it most relaxing,to just take my time hitching and unhitching. Drive the speed limit up to 62 mph. And just enjoy having everything I need at my fingertips.
I always use my fresh water and waste tanks. Dump whenever close to a sani-station. I have generators 2500 and 3500 Hondaís . But donít use them. I just use my house batteries and recharge with my truck idling if they get low.
I like to camp at city,county,state and national parks with a plug,if possible.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:10 AM   #5
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Funny,with all that generator capacity and you never use it. Does the 3500 give you enough to run the A/C if you want? We have a Honda 2200 which I figure is more than enough to charge the batteries without running the truck. The A/C would be nice at times but I am not sure it is necessary.
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Old 03-07-2018, 05:50 AM   #6
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Light and nimble

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I try to pack light and keep it simple.
If there is a way I can make do with onboard systems. Iím gonna try to work it out.
On your 23 fb,I would take 24x24 bar top right to the dealer and ask them to install it(4 wood screws).
My OEM top drove me insane.
You can still use the bed.
It makes lounging and enjoying that space amazing.
Check for hacks on the 23fb thread.
Enjoy!

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Old 03-07-2018, 06:37 AM   #7
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Sorry Tom. Not sure I follow. What is the "24x24 bar top right" ?
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. Congratulations on your new baby. May you have safe travels and many great Airstream Adventures with her.

We have been Airstreaming for twelve years and have 1,900 nights of Airstream camping under our belts. The thrill is still there, and we have not become bored with it yet. You're in for the Adventure of your life.

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Old 03-07-2018, 10:34 AM   #9
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Dinette top replacenent

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That valuable space at dinette is awkward
with the factory table top.
With a minor cost and replacement .
The 24x24 top opens up the dinette for lounging and guests.
This forum is loaded with wisdom,from guys like Moose,Switz,Ray E ,Otra and others.
Iím just a weekend warrior.
But you will always have folk here that love airstreams and share hard earned experience.
Thatís what makes the airstream community great.

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Old 03-07-2018, 03:52 PM   #10
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Of course! Makes perfect sense Tom and an excellent recommendation. That is one area where it felt really cramped and I had made a mental note of finding a solution already. Sorry I didnít catch that in your email.

With a few tweaks perhaps I can make it to more than 5 years in the AS like Brian.
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:33 PM   #11
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Good looking rig!
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Lookin' good!

FYI there is a thread dedicated to the 23FB, with lots of helpful hints and ideas:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...um-166374.html

The 23FB is on our radar if we ever want to move up from our FC20.

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That's a great looking combination!

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