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Old 08-24-2015, 07:46 AM   #1205
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I'd get a hitch setup from one of the Oregon Airstream dealers. They're both well thought of.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:59 PM   #1206
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Thanks AP, that was my hunch but wanted to hear an experienced opinion.
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Old 08-24-2015, 11:37 PM   #1207
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New Lucy is still experiencing some problems with holding onto her air conditioning vents during bumpy runs. SuEllyn has started putting small pieces of two-sided tape on three of the eight clips on the vent. None of the vents that she has done this to so far have fallen again.

Here is a picture of where she has placed the tape.

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Old 08-27-2015, 03:42 PM   #1208
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New Lucy is still experiencing some problems with holding onto her air conditioning vents during bumpy runs. SuEllyn has started putting small pieces of two-sided tape on three of the eight clips on the vent. None of the vents that she has done this to so far have fallen again.

Here is a picture of where she has placed the tape.

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Brian- do you think this problem is just "retrofitting" the directional vent covers in 15' models or inherent on the design and affecting 16' models also? We are looking at a 16' model now...

(by the way, been in NorthWest MT now 2 weeks~ dismally smoky! Can't wait to head south to San Diego Monday; several camp sites we visited, Placid Lake, Sealy, Lake Inez, Holland Lake, had vacancies since reserved camp sites were vacated early; what a bad year up here.)
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Wow, all up to date! I have been reading with great interest this thread off and on for the past couple of weeks and have finally reached the end (all 87! pages as of now) Like many others have said, thank you Brian for sharing your experiences and your "tweaks" to your airstream. As a certified RV and airstream noobie the information shared is truly invaluable.

So my wife and myself are looking to acquire our first airstream this winter/spring. We were looking at a new 23FB. My wife loves the International decor so we will probably spend the extra $$ and go that route but from what I understand, the layout is the same as the Flying Cloud.

My question to you, at the beginning of the thread you described about the 23FB floorplan not working for you and the main reason why you switched back to a 25FB.

Could you elaborate about what aspects made the floorplan less than ideal for you and your wife? Sarah and I are what you would call "front porch people" and I can see us sitting under the awning all the time, the reason I liked the 23FB was that the dinette windows overlook the "front porch" of the airstream. Also, from what I could gather, the interior of the 23 seems to be 6" narrower than the 25. Is this noticeable and was it a reason why you switched back to the 25?

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Old 08-27-2015, 11:57 PM   #1210
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Wow, all up to date! I have been reading with great interest this thread off and on for the past couple of weeks and have finally reached the end (all 87! pages as of now) Like many others have said, thank you Brian for sharing your experiences and your "tweaks" to your airstream. As a certified RV and airstream noobie the information shared is truly invaluable.

So my wife and myself are looking to acquire our first airstream this winter/spring. We were looking at a new 23FB. My wife loves the International decor so we will probably spend the extra $$ and go that route but from what I understand, the layout is the same as the Flying Cloud.

My question to you, at the beginning of the thread you described about the 23FB floorplan not working for you and the main reason why you switched back to a 25FB.

Could you elaborate about what aspects made the floorplan less than ideal for you and your wife? Sarah and I are what you would call "front porch people" and I can see us sitting under the awning all the time, the reason I liked the 23FB was that the dinette windows overlook the "front porch" of the airstream. Also, from what I could gather, the interior of the 23 seems to be 6" narrower than the 25. Is this noticeable and was it a reason why you switched back to the 25?

Thanks again,
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Hi Errol,

When we had Little Lucy (the 23FB) our main issue was the fact that you stepped out of the dinette into the aisle and kitchen. We found this situation a lot less usable that the 25FB. It just seemed like we were always in each other's way when trying to move around the living area.

There were several other minor issues. The one door 5 cubic foot refrigerator was not as convenient as the two door 7 cubic foot refrigerator in the 25.

The 6" narrower width of the 23FB made the foot of the bed space noticeably small/

The shower inside the bathroom was not as convenient as the across the hall shower in the 25.

We had had eight years in a 25FB, and we found the 23FB just not arranged right for us.

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Hi Errol,

When we had Little Lucy (the 23FB) our main issue was the fact that you stepped out of the dinette into the aisle and kitchen. We found this situation a lot less usable that the 25FB. It just seemed like we were always in each other's way when trying to move around the living area.

There were several other minor issues. The one door 5 cubic foot refrigerator was not as convenient as the two door 7 cubic foot refrigerator in the 25.

The 6" narrower width of the 23FB made the foot of the bed space noticeably small/

The shower inside the bathroom was not as convenient as the across the hall shower in the 25.

We had had eight years in a 25FB, and we found the 23FB just not arranged right for us.

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Great thanks for the info! I was thinking the larger bathroom might be a plus but I can see your point and looking at the floorplans, there is a lot less space between the dinette and galley in the 23 than between the galley and lounge in the 25.

We are planning a day trip down to Colonial Airstream within the next few weeks so we can see in person but I think we might have no choice to go with the 23 because of our TV limitations.

One last quick question, sorry I dont mean to hijack anything but would you notice those differences if you started out with the 23 and moved up to the 25? I can imagine once you are used to a layout and have everything dialed in, that it could be a tough transition to a smaller platform.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:22 PM   #1212
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Great thanks for the info! I was thinking the larger bathroom might be a plus but I can see your point and looking at the floorplans, there is a lot less space between the dinette and galley in the 23 than between the galley and lounge in the 25.

We are planning a day trip down to Colonial Airstream within the next few weeks so we can see in person but I think we might have no choice to go with the 23 because of our TV limitations.

One last quick question, sorry I dont mean to hijack anything but would you notice those differences if you started out with the 23 and moved up to the 25? I can imagine once you are used to a layout and have everything dialed in, that it could be a tough transition to a smaller platform.

That's a good question, Errol. It is difficult to answer since I downsized to get into a 23FB. Maybe if I had started with the 23, I would have gotten used to it.

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That's a good question, Errol. It is difficult to answer since I downsized to get into a 23FB. Maybe if I had started with the 23, I would have gotten used to it.

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Thanks, I guess I will just have to compare floorplans when we go to look in person.

Ultimately, it will probably be my wife's choice, I will have some input but the final decision will most likely be hers haha. As the saying goes, happy wife...
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Wow, all up to date! I have been reading with great interest this thread off and on for the past couple of weeks and have finally reached the end (all 87! pages as of now) Like many others have said, thank you Brian for sharing your experiences and your "tweaks" to your airstream. As a certified RV and airstream noobie the information shared is truly invaluable.

So my wife and myself are looking to acquire our first airstream this winter/spring. We were looking at a new 23FB. My wife loves the International decor so we will probably spend the extra $$ and go that route but from what I understand, the layout is the same as the Flying Cloud.

My question to you, at the beginning of the thread you described about the 23FB floorplan not working for you and the main reason why you switched back to a 25FB.

Could you elaborate about what aspects made the floorplan less than ideal for you and your wife? Sarah and I are what you would call "front porch people" and I can see us sitting under the awning all the time, the reason I liked the 23FB was that the dinette windows overlook the "front porch" of the airstream. Also, from what I could gather, the interior of the 23 seems to be 6" narrower than the 25. Is this noticeable and was it a reason why you switched back to the 25?

Thanks again,
Errol
I really like the international but the upper cabinets in the flying cloud are much more useable. There are more and access is easier. Keep that in mind.
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I agree about the upper cabinets. I much prefer the lift door cabinets in the Flying Cloud over the fiberglass sliding doors in the International and Classic. I would go so far as to pay extra for the Flying Cloud style upper cabinets.

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I really like the international but the upper cabinets in the flying cloud are much more useable. There are more and access is easier. Keep that in mind.
Hey Scott, thanks for pointing that out. I will let her know when we make our trip down, I am sure we will check out some flying cloud models and while we are there, heck, we may even tour a land yacht for hahas if they have one!

I am more practical and I can see the easier access with the cabinets on the flying cloud but if my wife likes the international, I am sure she will be happy to live with the inconvenience
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The International trim line roof locker cabinets all have a rounded front edge inside that mirrors the radius on the outside. So the floor level of the cabinet has less storage area than the space a few inches higher. Creative loading is required to fully utilize the space in the radius area.

Sometimes the sliding cabinet doors are found resting on the floor or bed if the roads are less than smooth. That lumpy road condition seems to fit an ever increasing percentage of the roads today.

We found that there was a lot more storage capacity in the International roof locker cabinets than in our 2014 Classic, but that was compensated for by the 2014 Classic model 30 having many more roof lockers.

If one thinks outside the box, one can remake the drawers under the dinette seating in to ones that are both deeper and longer.
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Hey Scott, thanks for pointing that out. I will let her know when we make our trip down, I am sure we will check out some flying cloud models and while we are there, heck, we may even tour a land yacht for hahas if they have one!

I am more practical and I can see the easier access with the cabinets on the flying cloud but if my wife likes the international, I am sure she will be happy to live with the inconvenience
Agree; FC cabinets are much more accessible when door is open vs sliding a door half open as in the International. You can easily see and get to everything when loading or unloading when the door is open. You can always add Corian countertops if you like that touch. In the end, it will most certainly come down to what the wife likes!
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