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Old 09-21-2014, 01:47 PM   #15
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We have a 2014 FB Eddie Bauer and the inverter is located under the bed as with the 25. We added some bedside inverter outlets for my CPAP. The other day I was looking at the inverter unit itself and was pleased to see that it is a 1,000 watt pure sine wave inverter and not the cheaper modified sine wave inverter. Kudos to Airstream for not going cheap on the inverter. That's one less piece of electrical equipment that needs to be upgraded!
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:11 PM   #16
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Good to see you back in the 25FB group! I was a bit surprised when you sized down to the 23.
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:21 PM   #17
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We agree the 25 is a good balance between too big and too small. I don't like the current dinette setup so we changed it, I am surprised they don't offer another seating choice. The queen bed arrangement is something we are also dedicated to, but the twin bed on each side is certainly an excellent choice for those who have difficulty getting in and out of it.

We have the 14' FC FB Twin also...the twin bed models offer more sleeping surface (70"X34"ea) than the queen (60"w) plus you get the added space between the beds which is very useful for dressing. Plus you get the 3 large outside storage bins with the twin models...many people miss that important feature. Only thing we miss is the 25' RB model includes a microwave above the fridge and also has window in bathroom, and slightly more space in the lave also... oh well...wish they offered a different living/dinning area, similar to the 28'. L shaped couch and separate dining is nice...we are happy for now...
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:59 PM   #18
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SuEllyn has been uncomfortable with the 23FB floor plan. It's a thing with the layout more than the size. Every time someone exits the dinette, it's in mid aisle. She always feels that she can't get through, or that she is in the way. We have been on our current trip for two months, and we have spent a total of 145 nights in the 23FB.

We feel that we have given it a fair try-out before deciding to return to a 25FB.

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Old 09-22-2014, 07:58 AM   #19
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Our 2005 25FB had the queen bed configuration. We actually prefer the queen bed, but opted for the twins to get the get the much more ample outside storage.

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Old 09-22-2014, 08:23 AM   #20
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OK; You haven't mentioned a name yet. Is this another Lucy ?
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:24 AM   #21
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"We retrofitted a unique 20 Amp duplex outlet that has two USB charging ports below the drawer in the night stand between the twin beds. "

I added a USB port on each side of the nightstand, powered by 12v. Turns out airstream did the same on 2015s I hear.


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Old 09-22-2014, 09:10 AM   #22
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In our 2015 International LE Eddie Bauer 25' FB/Queen, there is an outlet by the side of the FB, but it is NOT connected to the inverter circuit. There are also two USB ports by that same shelf.

The 1000w inverter on our 2015 (as opposed to our previous 2013 EB model with the 6-800watt) is located under the FB and it is rather noisy as there is fan cooling which comes on when the circuit is activated. As for inverter outlets, there is one by the FB TV, one by the main TV, one above the dining area - with the blue ray player / splitter, and IIRC one by the rear hatch (??). There is a control switch to turn on the inverter and activate the outlets; the switch is in the galley. Our Lifeline batts do very well with the inverter use. They are drawn down only 5-10% after having on both TVs, the blue-ray player, Clarion Stereo, and the splitter turned on for ~3 hours... as well as having the 12vdc cabin lights as needed ( the main TV must be turned on in order to have a signal to the Clarion and audio from the speakers in the FB)

The batts have not been utilized for powering the microwave as we use our generator for that purpose. That provides just enough time to top off the batts early in the morning, microwave whatever we like for breakfast (usually waffles, sausage, coffee, & hot choc), and sometimes give the electric hot water a boost, Solar keeps the batts at 100% even after use of the furnace in freezing temperatures (continental divide) this past weekend. As you already know, the biggest source of current draw is the furnace fan... but still the AGM batts in our 2015 EB were at 75% after an evening of DVDs and ~8-10 furnace cycles.

Only 55 days out in our Eddie so far this season, but the 25EB is a keeper! Plus the new ducted air is fan-tastic !!!

Maybe someday Eddie will meet Lucy!
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:30 AM   #23
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Based on this thread, I just installed a duplex outlet with 2 USB charging ports in the nightstand in my 2012 25 FB. Purchased at Lowe's, fits fine. I continue to be amazed at the cheap stuff RV's use, in this case the outlet that I removed. I wish there was a way to convert to ducted air....without buying a 2015.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:32 AM   #24
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OK; You haven't mentioned a name yet. Is this another Lucy ?
Yes, our new Girl will also be called Lucy. We will refer to the priors as Old Lucy (the 2005 25FB) and Little Lucy (the 23FB).

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2015 Lucy has the microwave/convection oven option. We have not had this in either of the prior Lucys.

As most here already know, SuEllyn and I are microwave people. We don't even buy microwave dinners that take more than one step. The two step dinners are too much gourmet cooking for us.

That being said, tell us how the microwave function works in this contraption. Is it a good microwave? What do you use the convection function for, and how does it work?

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Old 09-22-2014, 01:24 PM   #26
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I don't like gadgets with complex controls and our conv/microwave is a good example. If you figure out how to use it, the convection part works well, I think the microwave is pretty weak but we don't use the microwave much.

The incredible thing is we have to different ovens in this little house, one electric and one gas, to bake or roast something wherever we are.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:40 PM   #27
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When the factory replaces the gas oven with a micro/conv oven they seem too low to be able to comfortably use the pushbutton controls. You'd have to get on your hands and knees to see the controls.

Then on the other hand the gas oven generates so much heat in the summer time we don't use it and we carry along a smaller toaster oven to bake our late evening cookies. I could see a convection microwave being handy in the smaller AS where the factory places the unit above the 5 cu/ft fridge but they still keep the gas oven instead of creating more drawers or cabinets in those models.

Our 2008 Classic 25 has a microwave that hangs under the cabinet over the sink. It's larger than most microwaves we've seen in RVs. I wish it could do convection cooking so we could ditch the toaster oven and just have a toaster.

I could switch to Toaster Strudels instead of Toll House cookie dough for my evening treat.

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Old 09-22-2014, 03:00 PM   #28
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On the rear twin, the microwave is over the refrigerator. Not too low at all. And it has a regular oven.


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