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Old 07-08-2012, 11:58 PM   #29
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:56 PM   #30
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I love our 2012 27FB Flying Cloud! I find myself wishing I could full time right now! Retirement is just too far away but we figured - why wait that long? So glad we made that decision!

I've had plenty of user-error/ID-10T type issues, but nothing I can't recover from :-)

Been out about 4 or 5 trips so far - including our first Rally. I was originally planning one a month but after the first one, we had to figure out how we could squeeze more trips in!

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Drive your home into the woods, enjoy life. Repeat (often).

And Daisy loves camping with her people, though it's hard for her to wait so long for breakfast sometimes :-)


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Old 05-22-2013, 08:22 PM   #31
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It's driveable art...

We love our new 27' FB for many of the reason's you all have already stated. After an initial 6 week trip in our 23' Flying Cloud we came home and immediately upgraded to a 27' and are so happy we did. We head out next week for another 5 week trip to explore the beautiful NW.
I also love my Airstream because of it's beautiful lines. It's not often you get to drive the backroads of this wonderful country with a piece of art following you around!
Oh, the other reason I love my/our Airstream, my wife loves traveling in it!
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:08 AM   #32
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okay, new is a relative term, and in our case we have owned our '97 Safari for 2+ years and have loved every minute of it. We have changed a lot of things, but not because of problems, but to make it ours, to put our stamp on it. Maintenance is the key, just like anything else worth keeping, it is worth keeping up.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:24 AM   #33
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I sit here early in the morning because I can't sleep anticipating our 7-8 day trip beginning tomorrow. Remember that feeling you got as a kid waiting for Santa? I get that now as time to leave on a trip approaches. I wish we could full time. Seven months of ownership of our Classic 30 and no trouble after the original glitches. Hopefully this is an indicator of how it will be into the next 20 years. Buying an Airstream checks off another bucket list item.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:11 AM   #34
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I sit here early in the morning because I can't sleep anticipating our 7-8 day trip beginning tomorrow. Remember that feeling you got as a kid waiting for Santa? I get that now as time to leave on a trip approaches.
Wow - me too! I can get down right giddy just loading up the trailer.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:40 AM   #35
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I've had mine for 17 months and over 10,000 miles now, so it's hardly new anymore, but every day spent in my Airstream is retirement practice! By the time I actually manage to retire, I should already be an expert at it!
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:13 AM   #36
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Wow - me too! I can get down right giddy just loading up the trailer.
Truck is gassed up, washed, hitched to trailer, tire shine on both...ready to go. Today at work is gonna be rough. Tick. Tick. Tick.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:28 PM   #37
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My 2012 Flying Cloud is a piece of kinetic and sculptural art, that inspires us and fuels our dreams. That's what it's about, isn't it? A dream machine. Yes, I could have bought a long white corrugated box with obnoxious swoopy decals pasted all over it for about 1/3 the price. I'd never have the fun of watching strangers drool at a gas station though.

Why do people love looking at them? For the same reason the 707 inspired a generation of travelers. It simply looks ..... like it should fly or sail or cruise to any destination you can imagine. There's more to life than simple economic efficiency. Sometimes you need to splurge on the art as well as the function. If you wanted a real Atlantic crossing, you wouldn't want to be on a Carnival cruise ship, you'd want to be on the Queen Mary, or the QEII. That's what the Airstream is to RVs. What a delight to see one coming down the road!

We spent way more than we ever thought was prudent to do for our new 2012, not really sure how it would work out. Now we know - we got the deal of a lifetime! We've already logged well over 20,000 miles in 18 months. Loving every night of it. A few very small snafus, and yes, I junked the ST tires straight off, but otherwise, I am so glad we listened to our souls, and not just our brains. RVing would be threadbare without these dream machines.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #38
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My 2012 Flying Cloud is a piece of kinetic and sculptural art, that inspires us and fuels our dreams. That's what it's about, isn't it? A dream machine. Yes, I could have bought a long white corrugated box with obnoxious swoopy decals pasted all over it for about 1/3 the price. I'd never have the fun of watching strangers drool at a gas station though.

Why do people love looking at them? For the same reason the 707 inspired a generation of travelers. It simply looks ..... like it should fly or sail or cruise to any destination you can imagine. There's more to life than simple economic efficiency. Sometimes you need to splurge on the art as well as the function. If you wanted a real Atlantic crossing, you wouldn't want to be on a Carnival cruise ship, you'd want to be on the Queen Mary, or the QEII. That's what the Airstream is to RVs. What a delight to see one coming down the road!

We spent way more than we ever thought was prudent to do for our new 2012, not really sure how it would work out. Now we know - we got the deal of a lifetime! We've already logged well over 20,000 miles in 18 months. Loving every night of it. A few very small snafus, and yes, I junked the ST tires straight off, but otherwise, I am so glad we listened to our souls, and not just our brains. RVing would be threadbare without these dream machines.
I LOVE this post. We haven't even taken delivery yet, but this is where I am at. We wake up in the middle of the night, longing to hit the road, or be in it up at our property. My degree is in Industrial Design, and this trailer just speaks to me. it is visual communication incarnate. It is the transcendent essence of freedom and beauty in one package. We can't wait to join the fold; next week, and then the planning of trips and sights unseen unfolds.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:15 AM   #39
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I admire my trailer every day. As we travel to different RV parks I admire the other Airstreams as well. We are parked next to a fifth wheel- white with swoopy gold and brown graphics. Really? Which trailer is more pretty to behold?
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:27 AM   #40
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We love our new 2012 23FB international signature. We've never owned an RV but thought about it for a long time. 6 months ago we welcomed our first child (a boy) and decided we should jump in. After looking only briefly at other types of trainers, we knew what we wanted was Airstream.

As I write this, I'm laying in our AS, my wife to my left, the baby got up about an hour ago to eat and has fallen asleep in between us, and our 85# boxer is at the foot of the bed. The birds are chirping away and I'm catching a little morning news via HD OTA signal from the antennae. And surfing this forum via the iPhone app. I can't imagine a better way to spend my morning.

In full disclosure--we are camping in my in-laws yard!!! LOL. We call it "practice camping" and joking aside, we've been able to identify what works and what doesn't with the baby and dog and have gotten to know our trailers systems a bit better. Our first real trip is coming up in June. Can't wait.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:40 AM   #41
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I don't care about MPG. My airstream produces great SPG. (Smiles per gallon) Hard to quantify, but very real.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:46 AM   #42
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In full disclosure--we are camping in my in-laws yard!!! LOL. We call it "practice camping" and joking aside, we've been able to identify what works and what doesn't with the baby and dog and have gotten to know our trailers systems a bit better. Our first real trip is coming up in June. Can't wait.
Terry, you set the scene so well, then your "full disclosure" brought a smile to my face.

Congratulations on your new baby (boy or girl?) and your new Airstream!

By the way, we just completed our 3rd "practice" trip on our new Airstream. We're planning a 3-week trip in late August/early September. We can't wait either!!
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