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Old 05-22-2015, 09:35 PM   #1
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Hi guys,
Well, wife and I are talking about taking the plunge and buying a new Airstream. We are moving towards a International 25FB. Like the 27FB bed layout though but not sure of the price difference. Also, I like to dry camp and fit into some of the smaller campgrounds. I live in CA. And love Big Sur.
Also, this is a lot of money. Is $70K for 25FB International with full awning pkg, serenity, rock guards, 1000 inverter a good deal?
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:31 AM   #2
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You can get a FC 28 for that amount thru RVOne.

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Old 05-23-2015, 07:34 AM   #3
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We have done a fair amount of camping in Big Sur (in both of our Airstreams) and it is a prime case of the fact that smaller trailers have more good sites available to them. I suggest you call the campgrounds to get a better feel for the specifics. 28 feet is a big rig for Big Sur.

Size may be the most important of all of the trade-offs involved in selecting a model. There are just two of us, we still like camping, and we strongly prefer the more beautiful and private sites. Spend some time researching and thinking about what is right for you.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:24 AM   #4
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I am afraid the whole decision is much more than just size. If I was buying new, I would stick with a Flying Cloud as I could never justify the additional expense of just décor, especially since I would require awnings, etc.
We were very fortunate, however, to buy a very lightly used Serenity. Once my wife saw the Serenity décor, there was no other choice. It had all of the options so I could not complain and buying used, the price is much, much more reasonable.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:31 AM   #5
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Hi Ken. Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

The 25 has two great floor plans and several trim levels. We are long time 25FB campers. we had a 2005 and just got a 2015. We have about 1,500 camping nights and 140,000 towing miles on our Airstreams all over this great country.

The 25 has been able to get into anywhere we have wanted to go. In a boondocking situation, a single Honda 2000 genset will run the trailer if you don't need air conditioning.

That $70K price sounds pretty good for the 25FB in the International Serenity trim level, especially with the full awning package.

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Old 05-23-2015, 09:43 AM   #6
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Like the Brodskys, we prefer the FC to an International. Both from an expense standpoint, and decor. When we were shopping, the Internationals were very dark inside, plus I didn't like the sliding cabinet doors. The only regrets so far are not getting the full awning package, and not getting the faux leather upholstery.

The 25' is a perfect size, but I would also like to have a north-south bed.
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:27 AM   #7
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Hi Ken, welcome to the Forums!

We purchased our new to us 2014 International 25FB Serenity in March this year from the Portland dealer. It has full awnings, 1,000W inverter, two 60W solar panels and some owner installed interior items. The original owner traded it in after six months for a 27FB because of the orientation of the bed and need for physical flexibility to get into the forward side of the bed if your partner is already occupying the easy access side :-). We only have 600 miles on it so far and love it! Headed out for a three-week trip the end of June.
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In the 25' models, the twin bed option gets the orientation north-south. The 27/28 models have both the queen and twin beds in the north-south orientation. Note that only the International trim line series do not offer the twin bed option (a few have been built for a serious "adder" - I heard over $5,000).

Here is a link to the Colonial website to download the 2014 Airstream Catalog. The floor plans are still current.

There is a new 2016 Flying Cloud 26U model just announced at the dealer show that some may like available later in the year.

See post #3. It splits the length between the 25 and 27 Flying Cloud models.

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