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Old 09-15-2015, 06:50 PM   #43
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25 or nothin'

We encountered a similar dilemma. Our dealer advised us that the 25s offer the features of the larger units in a smaller package. He convinced us to go FB with twin beds (opens up the trailer to make it seem larger inside and gives you more maneuvering room in the bedroom, or extra bench seating), the full awning package (very nice in the sun), the inverter package and the microwave/convection oven (yes, it will blow the fuses if the air and electric water heater are running). When we picked it up, I wasn't sure it would fit down the road or into our driveway, but it was easier than I thought. We've used it in cold and warm weather. All-in-all, a great package.
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Old 09-15-2015, 06:50 PM   #44
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If you decide on a 25FC, not to give you more confusing options, but the 25 FB vs RB vs queen or twins has one of the most dramatic changes in layout, storage inside/outside, bathroom, couch, microwave/convection options etc. it is almost impossible to get the jest of these differences from the AS catalog or still photos.

Here is a link from Colonial comparing a Serenity FB vs RB. He does a pretty good job comparing. You can't get twins in a Serenity. You can YouTube his showing of a 25FC twin bed how outside storage options change with a twin configuration.

Also, if you get a rear bed configuration, not available on a front bed config. , there is another option that you can get from Airstream for $500. Again, they don't advertise it. I will send another reply with Picts showing it. It's pretty nice if you are looking for a ton more storage space in the kitchen.

http://youtu.be/rP1_RgI_NRE
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:32 PM   #45
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Go With What You Really Want

If money is not an issue, go with what you really want - the 25 or even a 27. There will be no appreciable difference pulling or maneuvering a 22 vs. a 25 vs. a 27.

If the price difference is what is holding you back, cancel your order for the 22 and buy a used 25 or 27 that is one or two years old and in good condition.

Getting what you really want will encourage you to stay with the RV thing once you get started.

As background, we started with a 27FB after first thinking we should try something smaller to get used to pulling a trailer. After our first day of pulling, we discovered that trailer length doesn't really matter. Our 27FB gives us all the space and features we need, we can do a U turn almost anywhere and we don't have any size issues that limit our choice of campgrounds.

Good luck!
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:42 PM   #46
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Also, if you get a rear bed configuration, not available on a front bed config. , there is another option that you can get from Airstream for $500. Again, they don't advertise it. I will send another reply with Picts showing it. It's pretty nice if you are looking for a ton more storage space in the kitchen.
This option is ONLY available on the 25 REAR bed configuration(s). This is due to the refrigerator, on the front bed configuration, sits on top of the wheel well. On the rear bed configuration the frig sits on the floor allowing a microwave as an option to be located on top of the frig. Here is the $500 option to use this microwave space in another way giving you probably one of the largest kitchen cabinet options available in an airstream.

This picture is a standard microwave configuration on a 25FC RB:

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This picture shows you the very large interior, to AS standards:-), gained storage area where the microwave was. To give you an idea of its size the pot inside is a 5 quart. There is also a 120v receptacle inside too! The inserted additional insulation inside I installed, that is why the skin looks a little funny.

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This picture is where I had the oven removed and had a Convection/Microwave installed in its place. You could opt to just leave the oven if you wished and would probably be less than the $500 total I spent.

I spent a couple of months in my 2016 FC RB Twin this summer. Never once did I ever wish or think I needed more space. And with this $500 option I loved that I never had to figure out where all those pots, Pans, Tupperware and big bag/box stuff goes.

I probably have over whelmed with TMI, but better to have more info. than not enough. Good luck!
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:24 PM   #47
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We have the 22 ft sport. Get the 23 flying cloud.or 25. Forget the sport. there is not enough storage.and the extra 8 inches is way worth it. We saw the 23 ft flying cloud after we had purchased our sport. My husband said he wished it was the 23 ft . If you can afford it...you won't be sorry.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:07 PM   #48
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Buy the 25

We have a 27 International FB. We.considered smaller for our first RV too, but learned our lesson from sailboats...but the bigger one instead of upgrading. The 8.5 width is fine and a 25 will tow great. You will be happier with the extra room.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:37 AM   #49
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How usable do you find the 48" width bed in the FC23 for two people? That would have been our first choice but for concern the bed is too narrow.

It's fine (in our 19-footer), and we are not tiny people girth-wise; but then we sleep on a standard size double bed at home. All of the shorter AS's seem to have a bed where the inside person has to crawl over the outside person to get out of bed in the middle of the night, but it's a work-around.

I think the 20' has more kitchen counter space with the kitchen in the back than we do w/ the 19' Bambi. Otherwise we have most of what we want. We boondock a lot, so having a lot of appliances just isn't on.

One thing we didn't like so well about the 22' Sport was that it just didn't seem as beautifully and solidly designed as the Flying Cloud, and the interior is noticeably narrower.

We really did consider a 23' AS due to the double axel, but decided that for our camping purposes, small is beautiful. I can see where even more space would be a lot easier to live in, but we didn't want to miss out on some of our favourite back-roads camping spots.
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:04 AM   #50
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Buy the largest AS you feel comfortable towing and using. We purchased a 25' and kept it for one season of camping, then went to a 30', both Flying Clouds. Never looked back (except when towing and a big smile crosses my face) at switching. We love the 30'. So, if you option is to go up to a 25' and no longer, I suggest you do it. Easy to tow, easy to back and there are more sold than all other sizes combined, it's the most popular size, therefore, if you ever sell it the re-sale should be pretty good.

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Old 09-16-2015, 01:09 PM   #51
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Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful replies! This is a most exceptional forum, where more knowledgeable RVers are willing to help us newbies.

I heard what you said and understand the so very sound logic.

Today I called and canceled the Sport 22FB and ordered a Flying Cloud 25FB twin. You folks are great! Thank you again.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:35 PM   #52
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Glad to hear you made a decision, and it is a good one.

We have a beautiful 25' FB SE and love it. As I said earlier, we have had three other Airstreams. They all suited us, but this one really does as it is easier to park, tow and the panoramic windows are wonderful. So are the vista view windows. Lots of light into the rig. No problem w storage as we did several mods, though it was fine as original but more storage is always nice.

We all know you are excited now and we hope you will post pics when it arrives.

Make sure you get a quality hitch, very very important. Hensley and Propride are at the top. Either will keep you safe as you travel.
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Old 09-16-2015, 01:37 PM   #53
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I agree the current 25 and 27 living area isn't the best for watching TV. Not too bad if you are in the street side of the dinette laying back against the back window with your legs stretch out to the side couch, not so much on the curb side. We are going to try this. Put the dinette table down and pull out the bed slide and pull out the side couch cushion. We'll sit next to each other and stretch our legs out onto the extended side couch.

Another issue is the speakers located on the opposing walls adjacent to the dinette. If you run the TV/DVD volume through the stereo system then you hear more out of one speaker. Would like to mount a sound bar over/under the TV but all seem to be too long

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Old 09-16-2015, 01:41 PM   #54
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Today I called and canceled the Sport 22FB and ordered a Flying Cloud 25FB twin. You folks are great! Thank you again.
Bob, are you getting the gas oven or the microwave/convection oven. 25fb can't have both. 25RB you can. I used to think I would prefer the convection oven to a gas oven but once I started using my oven with a pizza stone on the burner tray it made the gas oven useful and enjoyable.

My 2008 25fb has a hang down microwave which doesn't seem to be made anymore therefore Airstream has gone the microwave/convection oven option route.

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Old 09-16-2015, 04:00 PM   #55
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Bob, are you getting the gas oven or the microwave/convection oven. 25fb can't have both.

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We opted for the convection microwave. Airstream says some aren't happy with the oven because it doesn't easily cook meats all the way through, and we like cooking out on a Weber anyway. Also, the oven is a major consumer of propane.

We opted for the FB because the lounge is 12" longer, thus better as a bed if we ever need it for that, and the FB has double windows over the lounge; while the RB has a single window. The RB has a bigger bathroom and, as you say, it can have a M/W and the oven, or a large cabinet over the refrigerator. The wife didn't like the idea of looking at the pick-up from the dinette, if a RB floor plan. Too many choices!

I sincerely appreciate the time all took to advise us on this important TT selection. You helped keep us from making an expensive mistake.
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Old 09-16-2015, 04:57 PM   #56
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Good choice, the 25 is the smallest of the large Airstreams with all the amenities in a more compact, maneuverable space. And it's large enough to be adaptable to different configurations as your needs change. Twin or queen bed, dinette or recliner seating with a table between and/or to the side.

Either FB or RB works very well in this size, we can't see the pickup either because our front seating faces aft. Unless we swivel to see what's happening in the campground.
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