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Old 04-27-2014, 05:39 PM   #71
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PharmGeek - do your tank sensors work? Neither our gray nor black sensors seem to register much of anything, which makes me a bit apprehensive about dry camping.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:04 PM   #72
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If you do a search on tank sensors you will find lots of complaints. They don't work. Don't trust them.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:47 PM   #73
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I have not fully tested yet - I'll let you know after our next trip in 2 weeks

I'll do due diligence to check in detail
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:35 AM   #74
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On our 25FB, we did a freshwater test of the black and gray water tank "meters". With the water column up to the knife gate valve in the toilet, we were not 3/4 full. The water was up into the shower before it registered 7/8 full. Had the dealer calibrate the system under warranty and it was close to accurate for the balance of the time we used the unit.

We have yet to test the new trailer's reporting system.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:47 AM   #75
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I was surprised when I first saw the indicator panel.....I had before purchase watched a great youtube channel about "how to calibrate..." - but then saw no such feature to allow me to do this....

HOW TO: Calibrate RV Tank Monitors - YouTube
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:35 PM   #76
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Ps - so far I can only confirm that my monitor for grey water does not seem to work - it's empty and reads full...
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:14 PM   #77
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Ps - so far I can only confirm that my monitor for grey water does not seem to work - it's empty and reads full...
why am I not surprised....

I found some calibration instructions for the monitors, but it sounds like a huge hassle (and waste of water). Did you see they're getting rid of the miniblinds AND using a new monitoring system in the new ones? Hah.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:26 AM   #78
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*shaking my head*
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:32 AM   #79
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Also - watch out folks - this is worth checking into day 1

The overhead storage doors - they are screwed on to hardware hinges with 3 screws - had one side of a door rip out of that hinge (not when flopped out aggressively either) - I re screwed it and it is holding ok but after surveying all other hinge screws some are tight and others are loose as if over tightened perhaps with an drill (that's my guess)

Folks - find those loose ones - go ahead and do some wood for and what not
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:47 PM   #80
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We are back from our first real trip in our 2014 FC Bunkhouse, and figured we should share our observations and issues while they're still fresh in our minds... Please feel free to add your own observations/comments/questions!

Overall, we love the layout of the trailer, and it feels so much more functional for our family than the 27FB. We did miss the pano window over the dinette this trip - would have had a lovely ocean view - but not enough to regret the trade.

Here's an area by area breakdown:

Bathroom
  • The lack of storage is completely ridiculous. We’re trying to figure out what sort of small shelves to mount to the wall by the shower.
  • The toilet in this trailer is much more robust than the one in our 2012. Also appreciate the solid ceramic seat vs. the old plastic one with crevices. The macerator makes the lights throughout the trailer flash a bit, though.
  • The faucet is very small and close to the sink bowl. Would like to replace this.
  • The sliding shower door is interesting.
  • Not sure I would have placed the towel bar inside the shower...

Kitchen
  • The fuse in our hood blew early on in the trip. Apparently we need to get a fuse with a slightly higher capacity.
  • Forma paper towel holder fits nicely inside the pantry door. We also put a Forma over-the-cabinet-door hand towel holder on the cabinet under the sink. Forma Wingo Wallmount Paper Towel Holder
  • We’ve had multiple drawers come off their tracks and land on the floor while towing. We upgraded a bunch of the cabinet latches to 10lb ones, which seems to be helping.
  • Would be really nice to have a counter extension over the couch area.
  • The faucet pull out sprayer is… better than nothing, but I wish it was an integrated spray head on the faucet. Might be replacing this…

Bunks
  • Our 6yo cannot climb into the bunk without a boost. We are going to install a climbing hold for him to use to get up there before our next trip
  • We swapped the double for a twin and layed down 4 Flor carpet tiles between the bed and the bathroom wall. The kids like having this as a walkway/place to set stuff/etc.

Living Area
  • Our door bolt is pretty tough to use. We tried some silicone spray, but it feels like an alignment issue.
  • Not really sold on the mini-blinds. We've had a few fly off while traveling. We had pull down shades in our previous Airstream - neither is perfect. Going to try making some curtains…
  • One of the springs on the cabinet that holds the entertainment stuff seems too tight. The screws have pulled out of the door front 2x now.
  • Ikea Pluggis bins fit well in the overhead compartments.
  • The thermostat in our International had an outdoor temp reading option, but this new one does not. Weird.
Bedroom
  • The little cubbies by the bed are nice, but we haven’t figured out how to make the wardrobes useful yet. I think little tap lights in them would help.
  • What I wouldn't give for drawers in here...

Outdoor
  • the compartment above the hitch has alignment issues and can be very difficult to open/close.
  • The claw piece of the awning arm broke when closing. This part is apparently designed to break to prevent more damage. Will have to be more careful about the awning arm placement when closing.
  • We switched from 800lb bars to 600lb bars for our weight distributing hitch and it seems to have made the ride a bit smoother.

What Ikea Pluggis bins did you use?
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:40 PM   #81
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I have a 2007 Suburban 1500 4WD, it suggests a towing max capacity of 8,000, I want to buy this 30 ft bunk, but I need to know that my Suburban would be able to tow. I do have the tow package, but is it going to be too much for the engine?? Help...
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:44 PM   #82
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Max payload?
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:52 PM   #83
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I would think the Flying Cloud 30' bunkhouse would weigh more than 8,000#- more like 8,600#- 10,000# GVW-
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Old 05-18-2014, 07:06 PM   #84
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Dry weight is 6400

GVRW = 8880

This per specs on airstream website

Payload is arguably more important to answer first as it is not controversial as opposed to towing capacity

I have not been able yet to weigh my 2014 bunkhouse with usual gear loaded - not sure of functional weight

I'm pretty sure the 1/2 ton for most bunkhouse owners will push the limits on payload but do your own math
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