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Old 03-23-2014, 09:51 PM   #15
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We like the dark counters, and yes they are shiny. Shiny is good as all the light the skylight and vista views let in help the Airstream feel bigger inside. We're still experimenting with what to wipe them clean with, as they can streak some.........
I got the light (white) countertops on my 2014 20' FC as the deep tinted windows (and not many of them) make it too dark inside with the dark countertops. The white laminate though has a kind of strange texture finish on it, not shiny, more like water swept white sand. It is OK, but it does not excite me much. I am happy with the white though.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:50 AM   #16
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wncrasher, which dealer did you visit? We have our Safari stored in covered storage in Greer at Delta Storage. Out of Doors Mart in NC appears to have a good reputation. My trailer originally came from there but I have never visited that dealer. Chilhowee over in Knoxville typically has a decent inventory. I stopped by there once to check out the new trailers. The salesman that I worked with there was very knowledgable of his inventory and Airstreams in general. Colonial is always very highly recommended but it is a long way to drive from Greer to go looking at trailers.
The dealer I visited is in Greensburg, PA. It was only 20 mins away on a beautiful sunny day. The hump to Colonial is 5 hours. I should have got up early to do it, but alas I was too lazy.
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Old 03-25-2014, 12:27 PM   #17
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We purchased our 2013 Bambi Sport 16' new. One thing we like is even though it's the smallest AS the interior color palette (mocha blue)along with the big panorama front window keeps it from feeling dark and small.

Ours has the dark speckled floor but I like the contrast with the white counter tops and light wood cabinets. In the past 10 years Airstream has really brought back the cool modern interiors that make these trailers so iconic.

The only interior change I want to do is find a company that will replace the factory countertop and table top material in some type of granite material. The factory surface is very soft and is prone to damage.

I live in Orange County in So Cal and now have two AS dealerships close to our home. I have heard great things about Colonial so don't be put off if you have to travel to buy one. When we purchase our Casita in 2007 we had to travel 1,600 miles to the factory in Rice, TX because they don't have a dealer network.

We did our deal over the phone and was more than satisfied when we picked up the egg at the factory.

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Old 03-25-2014, 12:52 PM   #18
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Cute trailer!

You might want to consider skinning your counters in quartz (marketed as Silestone among other names). They use it alot in boats. You can get it as thin as 1/4" to save on the weight. I've thought about doing it in my Vantage.

It's extremely durable, requires virtually no maintenance and doesn't stain.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:15 PM   #19
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It is worth the time to go where there is a large inventory to peruse. I would suggest a couple of days at Colonial due to their large inventory.

I ordered the 2013 25FB International Serenity while overseas by looking at the factory catalog. If I had seen the cross frame bed in person, we would have started with the 27FB International Serenity with the bed in line with the frame and probably would not have had any interest in upgrading.

So we decided to upgrade to the 2014 Classic 27FB with twin beds. After the order was in place and we discussed our dislikes of the rear dining/tv viewing area for us that was just like the 25FB, we decided to go ahead to the 2014 Classic model 30 as the up charge months before the build date was only the difference in its list price of just over $3,012.

While looking at the trailers, one also must consider the tow vehicle and there is literally days of reading on that topic in this forum.

Good luck with the decision process.
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:47 PM   #20
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:21 PM   #21
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The Classic 30 twin is my favorite floor plan.
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:50 PM   #22
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We liked the 30 Recliner model but preferred the 25 for its size, so bought the 25 and had Airstream convert the front to a 30 Recliner configuration after two year's use. Some day we may convert the rear queen to twin beds if we need to.

Not likely to get the perfect for everything, always Airstream. Try to buy once, not too big and not too small, with an eye to how you will use it, where you will go with it, and what vehicle you will need to tow it as the years pass. Can a minor remodel take care of future needs.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:37 AM   #23
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I suggest spending lots of time inside the units you are considering. Get rid of the salesman so you have quiet time to contemplate your surroundings.

When seated, is that comfortable? Can you view the TV without twisting your neck? In the FB models, move the cushions on the dinette to view the TV. Is the length of the bench seat comfortable for you for more than five minutes?

Is the "best seat" in the house high enough for your knees? Some are lower than others. Is there adequate space for your legs and to do the necessary paperwork?

Are you tall enough to see the floor in the bottom of the roof locker? If not, a folding step stool has to have a storage location inside for easy access.

Is there a pantry installed/option? Get creative in thinking about what else could be stored on the wire shelves (we added several more shelves to our 25FB but then access can be an issue).

Note where the power outlets are in the trailer. Are there enough to plug in the electronics we all carry today?

If you plan the occasional remote camping experience (no hookups), then do you want a generator running to recharge the batteries, an inverter to run some AC appliances, and perhaps a solar system to recharge the batteries quietly, etc?

During our solar power conversion, we swapped out the single outlet AC power outlet for the microwave and put in a fully functional duplex outlet. That allowed for a simple extension cord type run behind the kitchen cabinet to an outlet in the closet for any rechargeable devices we might wish to have with us.

The power outlet modification could be done to the single outlet TV power sockets to make them a functional duplex outlet for some other device.

We also extended duplex outlets (using a GFI duplex outlet as the first new outlet in the extension) into the rear storage and street side storage compartments as well as the water service area in the street side rear of the Classic so a heating device would help keep that unheated area from freezing.

Take note pads and make two columns headed "PROS" and "CONS" on a page for each trailer you seriously consider. That may help in your forum research for the perfect trailer for you.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:02 AM   #24
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Avoid regrets and go big?

It seems to me after reading over the various threads in this forum that address the question: "which size unit should I get?" most of the responses from people who have traded their units after a few years indicate that the majority trade up in size. I'm sure that there are some who happily traded down in size, but the vast majority seem to be people who started small and then traded up to a 25 to 30 foot unit after living with their smaller unit for awhile.

The lesson I take from all these comments is that after carefully assessing your needs, start out with the largest unit you can afford unless you have a very specific reason for wanting the smaller unit such as: you only use it for a couple of days at a time on weekends, you are going to camp in very tight spaces, or you absolutely do not want to get the size tow vehicle needed to pull a longer unit.
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Old 04-22-2014, 12:39 PM   #25
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We like the light, airiness of our Serenity. More importantly, it is very easy to clean. We downsized to a smaller trailer for seven years and really missed the extra two feet and did not like cleaning carpet and fabric. With the menagerie we sometimes travel with space and ease of cleaning mean a lot.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:48 PM   #26
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I couldn't agree more with the suggestion to get rid of the salesman and just lounge around and contemplate HOW you plan to use your trailer. Also, I think it's absolutely true that most folks "settle" at one size and then wish they'd sprung for the next larger trailer. I was sure all I really needed was a 25. I ended up with a 28 -- and I've made major mods to it to make it "my own" -- mainly pulling out the attractive but extremely uncomfortable L seat sofa (that makes into a bed) and replacing it with recliners. The discomfort isn't immediately apparent, but if you sit on it long enough you find it's a bit wide and a bit high for more than a few minutes....and it faces the TV. Really, it boils down to what you plan to use your trailer for, how long you want to be in it, and how many need accommodating. Good luck in your search for the perfect trailer. The "least desirable" A/S is 100% better than the SOB. Yes, I'm prejudiced, but walk through a couple of those HUGE 5th wheelers and see how cheesy the interiors are, and contemplate that in around 5 years they will have fallen apart....earlier if their rubber roof gets a pinprick in it!
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Old 04-22-2014, 04:52 PM   #27
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BAB, I gotta believe that a lot of those SOB owners are relieved when their units fall apart so they can finally get an AS!

I agree wholeheartedly with your aesthetic assessment. When we began to look for an RV, we looked at a dozen or so SOB travel trailers and decided that their interior designers must have all worked at Montgomery Wards' furniture department in the 1980's. Yeech!

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Old 04-23-2014, 07:46 AM   #28
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Downsizing

I stumbled across this thread in which owners discuss their positive experiences in downsizing from 25's to 16's. I thought it deserved "equal time"

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295...ml#post1445583
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