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Old 09-10-2013, 06:46 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone had recently purchased a 28 ft. Flying Cloud. We are working on one with a dealer locally. We like the floorplan but wondered if this model has any downfalls we are not aware of.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:15 AM   #2
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A rear bed version of the 27' Airstream, I liked it overall, especially the side dinette. The drawbacks were the bench seat instead of sofa or recliner and somewhat heavy tongue weight. It was among my two finalists, bought the 25' rear bed because I could convert to recliners fairly easily and we got some great options for the price difference.

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Old 09-10-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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You might want to think about the 30. Of course I'm biased, we have the 30. But you do have more room and that is a real plus in the bath, when sitting on the john, etc. Just an idea to confuse you more.
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I actually liked the 30 foot better, but my wife did not like having to close off the curtain to use the bathroom. But, it was my favorite.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #5
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You might want to think about the 30. Of course I'm biased, we have the 30. But you do have more room and that is a real plus in the bath, when sitting on the john, etc. Just an idea to confuse you more.
And the 30' has a recliner seating option. Of course it's bigger by 3' and is more expensive, and may need a larger tow vehicle. Perhaps Airstream's most comfortable trailer for extended travel.

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The front window beside the dinette on the 28 can be opened. If the door is opened and swings fully around (like a wind gust), both the window and the door can be damaged. Some have stated they did not care for the sofa beside the kitchen sink as water and stuff fell onto the sofa. The 28 has one of the heaviest , if not the heaviest, catalog tongue weight.
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Thanks. We will watch out for the window/door interference. I was surprised about the tongue weight.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:52 AM   #8
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We originally purchased a 2013 28' Flying Cloud, but traded it for a 2013 30' Classic four months later. We should have done a better assessment of our needs in the first place. We loved the 28' Flying Cloud, especially the layout. But we wanted a more comfortable sitting area, and the L-shaped sofa is just not comfortable for relaxing and TV-watching.
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HI,
I've got an F-150 echoboost. How have you found it at towing your 28 and 30 foot?
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I've got an F-150 echoboost. How have you found it at towing your 28 and 30 foot?
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The F-150 EcoBoost towed the 28' Flying Cloud beautifully! When we got the 30' Classic, we decided to upgrade our hitch from an Equal-i-zer to a ProPride. But the F-150 also tows the 30' beautifully as well.
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Wow, and the classic 30 has a GVWR of 10000 pounds, ... 200 over the 9800 pound towing capacity of the echo boost with a tow package. Very encouraging.
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Time to play, I'm curious about your comment regarding the sitting area of the fyling cloud. ... i was thinking it would be good for lounging with several people. Especially if you change the configuration where you put the table top down and move the cushons around like a big ol sofa. Did you not find that to be the case?
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I actually liked the 30 foot better, but my wife did not like having to close off the curtain to use the bathroom. But, it was my favorite.
Get yourself some self adhesive "sandblast effect" film from the hardware store and that problem is solved immediately. Costs about $5 for the size of the window.
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Time to play, I'm curious about your comment regarding the sitting area of the fyling cloud. ... i was thinking it would be good for lounging with several people. Especially if you change the configuration where you put the table top down and move the cushons around like a big ol sofa. Did you not find that to be the case?
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I haven't found that useful or comfortable, except for kids' lounging and sleeping. Something of a pain to set up and take down. Looks nice in the pictures though.

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