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Old 09-15-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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On Order, 30ft Flying Cloud w/ twin Beds

Question, What seating arrangement is the best . Recliners or the sofa. I also like Stressless recliners.

Also any other advice will be read and digested. I want this to be the last RV I have. I have a varied history of ownership and models.

Help me make it right.


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Old 09-15-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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If you expect alot of visitors and also need additional sleeping arrangements, the sofa would be best. If it will mainly be just two, I would go with the recliners. There is also the dinette for additional seating/sleeping.
If you are going to sit for long periods, the sofa becomes uncomfortable unless you have ottomans to put your legs up. These can also be used for storage.
I have a 25 FB; and we have had 12 in it. Just visiting, but crowded.

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Old 09-15-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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We bought a new Villa Lift recliner (the same one as in the 30' recliner option) and I put it in one side of our 2012 25' FC front dinette last week. The bench seating provided looks nice and seats several people, and has some storage. But they can be extremely uncomfortable after any length of time.

The new recliner is wonderful, scaled nicely to the Airstream interior, and at the right height to look out the windows when swiveled. The footrest is retractable so stays out of the way when not used.

So we ordered another for the other side. We will remove all bench seating to install, but our trailer is a trailer-for-two. We travel many months a year and need the comfort. I believe it will be one of the best things we have done for our Airstream.

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:11 AM   #4
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Thank you. It is so nice to get feedback from others.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:16 AM   #5
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I can't help here as my perspective is off. Our trailer is smaller than the recliner alone! Congratulations on the new Airstream to be though!
I read the part about "...varied ownership..." Will this be your first Airstream?
I am always curious what people are moving to an Airstream from.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:14 AM   #6
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5th Wheel to Airstream

I have RV'd for 40+ yrs. Had almost everything thats made. Been to all 50 States and every major National Park. Also all but two Canadian Provinces. All this has been done in an RV [ except HI].
Looking forward to delivery of my Airstream at the end of the Month. Will have to down size our personal belongings, but not something that is of great concern.
I will drop towing weight from 16K #'s to less than 10k#'s. With no mechanical slide issues to be of concern. And it won't be 12FT high.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:56 AM   #7
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I,too, have a 30ft Flying Cloud on order and had to make a decision on the recliners versus couch. We went with the recliners. I am 6'2 weigh about 220 on a good day and was looking for over all comfort for my wife and I. The up charge was $1,100 less than pulling out the couch and purchasing recliners in the future. I figured going the other route of replacing the recliners with a couch etc, would be considerably cheaper if I felt I needed that option.

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