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Old 12-21-2011, 11:15 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying 2012 25' Flying cloud to replace our 2010 23' FC, but that single round galley sink and its difficult-to-store lid pose real impediments to the purchase. I'd miss the double sink. Anyone been able to overcome the inconvenience in a creative way? I'd love to hear about options before we trade.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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Would it be posible to with a little creative cutting to install a double sink?
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:27 PM   #3
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My wife really dislikes the single round sink in the newer models. If we every upgrade to a newer model I will need to be prepared to perform a sink modification for a double sink in the galley. It would have been nice it they would have left a double sink as a option in the Flying Cloud.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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I like the round sink. It's bigger so I can fit more in there to soak etc - larger pans too. I took the cover off immediately - there is enough counter space so we just didn't need it. I think it's in our garage.

I put a dishtowel to the left of the sink when air drying dishes but I usually don't leave it there for long.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:57 PM   #5
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We have a single round sink and have done just fine with it.

In our tiny kitchen with a single sink, I have cooked full meals for up to 7 people, cleaned up after and lived to tell the tale.

We have two round dishpans which nest, one for dishes and one for cleaning purposes. We bought them both at WalMart, from the section with outdoor summer tableware.

We use a dish wand most of the time, to conserve water, but the sink is big enough to wash something large independent of the dishpans when needed.

We bought one of those dish-draining mats this past year, which works great and dries quickly.


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I've only had one A/S and it's got the single round sink. Storing the cover is a non-issue for us, it's on the counter covered with a little absorbant cloth pad and on top of that a disk drainer. Never thought of it as being in the way.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:53 PM   #7
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Thinking of buying 2012 25' Flying cloud to replace our 2010 23' FC, but that single round galley sink and its difficult-to-store lid pose real impediments to the purchase. I'd miss the double sink. Anyone been able to overcome the inconvenience in a creative way? I'd love to hear about options before we trade.
Unless you have your heart set on the FC, you might want to consider that the Classic Limited models have retained the double sinks. But the smallest Classic is the 27' new, or you could buy used and get a 25' that is a few years old. The last year they made the Classic 25 was in 2009.
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With the deft use of a large potato chip serving bowl, we have no need of a second sink in our 2011 28' International. Ever resourceful.
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Unless you have your heart set on the FC, you might want to consider that the Classic Limited models have retained the double sinks. But the smallest Classic is the 27' new, or you could buy used and get a 25' that is a few years old. The last year they made the Classic 25 was in 2009.
The sink was the the first thing that caused us to look at the classics. My wife absolutely was not going to accept what she called "that silly round sink". Once we looked at a classic, we realized that it was much more to our taste in many ways.

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Old 12-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #10
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My wife was concerned about going from our Airstream double sink to the the new single, but with some simple adjustment to dishwashing (lots of ways to do it), the big sink is terrific. Big and deep, it is much more useful than the little doubles in the other one.

It's like many things about the Airstream that are different from the house. You simply accept what it is, be a little creative and open-minded, and you are surprised how well it all works as designed.

Something interesting about these late designs is the cabinets, baths, closets, seating do not line up in a row the way a house does. They cleverly protrude into the floor space, then recede in a way that gives a feeling of much more spaciousness and interest than a boring straight alignment would give. That with the mirror effect of the aluminum walls and very generous windows make these little gems feel much larger and therefore more comfortable than they actually are.

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Old 12-22-2011, 12:12 AM   #11
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We had a 1/2 round sink with straight sides, about 8" deep, designed into a stainless steel counter top. It seemed to allow the most usable counter space. We looked into round sinks, but the surface of the counter they took up and the curved bottom seemed to not be such an efficient use of space.
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I love the single round deep sink because it doubles as a laundry tub. It's also big enough to wash my hair in. Sometimes you just want to wash the hair w/o taking a shower.

It's easy to wash dishes w/o a rinse sink. I just fill the sink half-way with water and dishes, wash, then rinse under tap. You can do a lot of rinsing before the sink gets full.

I love the Flying Cloud features - especially the reflective walls.

Don't let a sink "sink" the upgrade to a 25' FC.
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:43 AM   #13
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I'd prefer a round sink

I have an earlier Safari 25 FB with doubles. I'd prefer the round sink. Being deeper there's less splashing when you wash up pots and pans and using a drain cloth or dish cloth to hold rinsed dishes is just fine. Add a dishpan if that makes your wife more comfortable, but if she tries the big round one for a month, she'll never want to go back.

An unexpected bonus of the round sink is that there is more storage space under the sink because there is less plumbing - max space saving when the sprayer is built into the faucet. And when you get into serious cleaning mode, there's only one sink to scrub out with Barkeeper's Friend!

I must admit that not having a big kitchen, I finally just bit the bullet and started drying my dishes, silver and pots & pans. In a small space the kitchen can look messy with just a few items sitting in a draining rack. In reality, drying things and putting them away immediately doesn't take any more time than putting them away before you can cook the next meal. And your silverware doesn't get spotty or dull.

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We like our round sink - it is one of the features of our TT that made us decide on it.
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