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Old 04-22-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Sport 22' vs Flying Cloud 25'

My wife and I are purchasing our first airstream this weekend. We really like both the sport 22 and the FC 25 RB. We have a family of 5 including a new baby, we have 2 older girls that will be moving to a tent soon. Were pretty minimalist but are looking for something to relax in over the summer. It will be used in the late fall and early winter for fishing and hunting trips!

What do you all think? What's the best fit for our family?
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:11 PM   #2
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We purchased a Sport 22FB in January of this year. It is me, wife, and dog (18 lbs). We love it, but we are full with breathing, living protoplasm. It really depends on how you will use it, and where: RV park, state or national campground, etc. if you expect to all sit down and watch a movie, you will probably be cramped. It comes down to expectations, and the style of camping you do.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:16 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Assuming you can afford either one, the 22 does not have the space, net carrying capacity, or liquid storage capacity to support a family of five, barely a short weekend. It could work with planning.

The 25 will do very well and when the family has grown the two of you have something ideal for long travels.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:19 PM   #4
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Thanks that's really good info. We live in the cascades and will have to endure some weather so there is a high potential for long afternoons sipping on coffee and playing cards.

Anything super important I should know before going to the dealership?
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:28 PM   #5
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I think that if you have a family of five, and weather, you will have to sip on something more than coffee to get through those times. We love our Sport, but we are outside a lot of the time.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:04 AM   #6
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Anything super important I should know before going to the dealership?
These things are very expensive, choose the one you really need and can afford so you don't have to do it again in a couple of years. There are some good options, awning package (awnings all around) and solar make your Airstream more usable, convention/microwave oven may be good for large family. If they have a model you like with these options already installed, work hard to get them near dealer cost.

If you decide on one, go over the trailer with a fine tooth comb looking for any defects, making notes with a pencil and notepad. Ask to have them fixed before delivery, and then inspect again to ensure they are. Try to avoid trailers that have been on the lot for nearly a year or more, they take some wear and tear from customers and tires, batteries, sealants have aged with little maintenance. The manufacture date is on a metal tag, usually street side forward.

If financing, money may be saved in the long run with the lowest possible interest rate. Be sure to get it. Don't get extended warranties, they are expensive and most equipment that lasts the two year Airstream warranty will be good for the long run.

If unsure about a choice, take a week to reconsider. There's no rush, a good choice can last a lifetime if you take care of it.
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We too love our Sport and have no remorse even after eight years of ownership. But, in your case the FC 25 may be a better choice.
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It has been suggested that potential buyers sit in the camper on the dealer's lot and try imagining long, rainy days (in your case, day after day) with the occupants you plan on camping with. That should do the trick. If it's about the cost of an Airstream, think SOB as you'll get much more room and bang for your buck. Happy trails and good luck.
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"Some Other Brand", a white box trailer. Not an Airstream.
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Oh... Thanks. I've watched my dad fly through other brands. I'm not impressed with the quality of most of them. More importantly, and my wife pointed this out: they are all depressing. Very dark interior space, limited natural light. I'm pretty committed to airstream at this point.
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my two cents: I'd go with the 25FB if you can- having seen a number of different plans at rallies, the rear living area is really nice, I think, the nicest plan- if you back into a space with a view, your living area takes advantage of it. The living area is also a lot roomier. I've looked at the 22 sport because our Pilot would tow it; given my druthers, the 25FB is the one of choice, really for the feeling of the interior, even more important with more than two people, possibly holed up during bad weather. One last detail- the sport doesn't have an oven and I believe the 25FB does. There has been debate about this, but I like to bake while camping and a real oven is important- this isn't true for everyone.
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my two cents: I'd go with the 25FB if you can- having seen a number of different plans at rallies, the rear living area is really nice, I think, the nicest plan- if you back into a space with a view, your living area takes advantage of it. The living area is also a lot roomier. I've looked at the 22 sport because our Pilot would tow it; given my druthers, the 25FB is the one of choice, really for the feeling of the interior, even more important with more than two people, possibly holed up during bad weather. One last detail- the sport doesn't have an oven and I believe the 25FB does. There has been debate about this, but I like to bake while camping and a real oven is important- this isn't true for everyone.
My wife bakes cakes, bread and cookies, in our convection/micro.
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My wife and I are purchasing our first airstream this weekend. We really like both the sport 22 and the FC 25 RB. We have a family of 5 including a new baby, we have 2 older girls that will be moving to a tent soon. Were pretty minimalist but are looking for something to relax in over the summer. It will be used in the late fall and early winter for fishing and hunting trips!

What do you all think? What's the best fit for our family?

FC 25' without a doubt coming from a family of 5.
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