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Old 04-28-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Moving up - 19ft to 23 ft

Its official - we traded in Roameo our 19ft Int'l to Homer our 23ft Int'l. I thought I'd share my first impressions on the experience.

First I'd love it if someone here bought Roameo - go check him out at US Adventure RV. 2008 19ft Int'l - well cared for. They were great to deal with - they have two airstreams for rent - a 16ft and one of the interstates btw in case you want to try one out. Roameo came from Bill Thomas campers and we love them too - they just didn't have the model we were looking for.

Our new trailer seems huge to us. Towing is very similar to the 19ft - we haven't traveled too much yet but Jim said parking was a little easier. The best part of this is we didn't have to change our tow vehicle to get more room.

We moved everything from Roameo in and still have tons of space un-filled. I do miss the counter over the fridge that I used more than I knew in the 19ft. Without it there isn't a "dumping ground" for keys, sun glasses etc.

We got a new book in our airstream bag of goodies that is pretty cool - the newbies guide to airstreaming - I wish I would have gotten it with my first airstream.

I'm a UX designer so I appreciate good design features - here are a few I love about the new trailer.

WINDOWS - there is so much more light in this trailer - its fabulous.
There is a new power cord that has a handle built in - its cool.
We got ultra leather in this one - I'm a little scared about caring for it but it feels great - anyone who has cared for theirs let me know.
The goodie box had a water filter and a connector that allows you to hook up a gas grill to your propane tanks - kinda cool - not sure if we'll use those or not - I want to try the water filter - just not sure how much space it will take up under the sink.
Its got a dual electric/gas hot water heater - not sure I understand that one yet exactly - I just turned them both on and got hot water.
The corian counter is beautiful - its what sold me on int'l vs. flying cloud - just don't like that plain white counter or the faucet on the flying cloud.
The verdict is out on that big round sink - its big but I hope its functional - I really want a divided sink - maybe I can figure out a way to do that with an addon to this one.
We're going to get a Fiamma bike rack added before our long Colorado trip next month - after that trip I'll share more about how I feel about moving up.
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:32 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Congrats on the new baby! May she provide you with many great Airstream adventures.

We are also now in a 23 footer. We came from the other direction; we downsized from a 25FB.

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Old 04-28-2014, 12:41 PM   #3
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Congratulations! Several of us with 23' models with the round sink have added a fold-up shelf to the counter to the left of the sink. It adds 11X18 inches of very useful counter space. We wanted to look Airstream-original so ordered the parts from Airstream for about $200 (be sure to get the hinges separate from the top so you can space them properly). For much less money, others have purchased appropriate hinges at a hardware store and used a cutting board for the counter top.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:31 PM   #4
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We have the round sink in our FC30. We love it. What we did to get 2 sinks - one for wash and one for rinse - is we bought the simplest oil change pan we could find at the auto parts store. If fits the sink perfectly, you can lift it out when doing the dishes, otherwise it sits in the sink (helping manage what goes down the drain) or underneath. It works for us, and with just one sink we have a few more inches of counterspace.

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:18 PM   #5
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Congrats on the new trailer! Ultraleather is very easy to care for -- we had it in our renovated Argosy -- just wipe it off. We also really like the big round sink in ours.

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:56 PM   #6
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Congrats on the new trailer. We also have a 23' with the round sink. We've thought of cutting a hole (~6 inch diameter) or a wedge in the white circular cover just below the faucet. We are hoping this would allow us to still use the cover as a cutting board, scraps could be pushed into a container in the sink (drain closed) and the water could still run. Has anyone done something like this?

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Congrats! It looks beautiful!
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:27 AM   #8
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We just did the same thing. Sold the 07 19ft Bambi last November and just picked up our 2014 23D with bunk.
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I keep my colander in the round sink. I wash the dishes in it to help strain particles.
And it's nice to have for washing and draining fruits and veggies. It's metal to match the sink. I placed a small clear sink mat under the feet of the colander to keep it from scratching the sink. It's worked well.
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