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Old 05-17-2015, 04:28 PM   #15
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Love the layout of the 27 over the 25. Absolutely love the Classic but not wanting another 30' trailer.
What difference did you find more preferable over the 25'. Just curious. I find of the new models the 25 and 27 very similar. My notes: The two feet of space- one foot is open space at the foot of the beds, the other foot is more wardrobe space (one side) and more counter space (other side). The 25' offsets some of the counter space with a pop up counter end that, I do not believe the 27' has with the longer counter. All for about $9K +/- difference. Does the 30' new model share its redesigned twin under storage with the Flying Cloud?
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:00 AM   #16
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Your correct. It's as you said with the extra wardrobe and room at the end of the beds for storage. Hadn't noticed the counter space though.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:04 AM   #17
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What difference did you find more preferable over the 25'. Just curious. I find of the new models the 25 and 27 very similar. My notes: The two feet of space- one foot is open space at the foot of the beds, the other foot is more wardrobe space (one side) and more counter space (other side). The 25' offsets some of the counter space with a pop up counter end that, I do not believe the 27' has with the longer counter. All for about $9K +/- difference. Does the 30' new model share its redesigned twin under storage with the Flying Cloud?
To add another opinion, you are correct, the additional length is in the bedroom, wardrobe, and counter space. The 25' does makes up for some of the counter space with the pop up counter, however that seems to be in the way of the door to us. We really appreciated the extra counter space last weekend and the extra wardrobe room seems like it could be invaluable if the weather gets cool/cold.

One other difference is that the slide out pantry is wider, giving enough room for the optional microwave. We didn't need to choose between a gas oven for boondocking and a convection-microwave for when on the grid. So far we are very pleased to have both.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:13 AM   #18
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Just took delivery on our new FC FB Twin. Storage galore. We stocked it yesterday. My F250 was crammed to the hilt transporting stuff to the storage yard for the trailer. I doubt we used 30% of the available room.

Heading out this weekend for our inaugural trip. Will advise.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:39 PM   #19
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Congratulations on your new AS. Keep us all posted on your camping trips. Don't be afraid to post the great stuff too.
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:47 PM   #20
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We took delivery on our 2015 International Signature 27FB just 20 days ago. We ordered it with TWIN beds, oven, microwave, three awnings and 16" Michelins, purchased an Air Safe hitch and Centramatics; towing with our 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel. You already appreciate all the Ram offers. Balancing choice of a tow vehicle combined with decisions concerning which model of Airstream were difficult for us. Let me encourage you to do your homework, consider your habits and needs, and spend a LOT of time at various dealerships. Repeat again and again. Scour these forums to consider others' perspectives. There are many seasoned and knowledgeable folks who are generous with their time to share their experiences. Then make the decision best for YOU.

Looking at dealers across the country (Colonial, Wentzville, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix and Boise) we repeatedly surveyed every Airstream model. Despite finding things to like in other smaller models, we continued to return to the 27FB. We love the three exterior storage compartments up front. Likewise, we appreciate the twin floor plan with (from our perspective) functional interior bedroom storage, easy access to the roof locker, room to dress or move around the bedroom. We were deliberate in our desire for two skylights, two fantastic fans and single air conditioner. (There are as many opinions as forums members. You will find other members of the forums who don't want two skylights, for example.) All that said, and as many have stated previously, the choice of floor plan is a personal one. If we weren't traveling with two four-legged friends, we might have gone with a 23' or 25'. Personally, I couldn't figure out how to utilize the 25' Airstream's 4-inch wide pantry, and we rarely eat out, so kitchen storage with additional space to cook was important. The kitchen pull out storage above and beneath the pull-out microwave is ample in the 27FB.

Once you find what you like, challenge yourself to keep looking for a while in attempt to poke holes in your theories. Don't be rushed. The looking, planning, dreaming and research are essential parts of the process. Upon making your final decision, don't look back. Above all, savor the journey.

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Old 05-27-2015, 07:59 AM   #21
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Great post Allyson. I do all the research on these TT and have about beat our local dealer to death with questions. The good part of that is we won't do business with them as we have discovered (probably already knew) the business was turned over to the son and he runs it for the love of money not repeat business. So...I have a salesman in Boise that stays in contact with me about sales of both new and used. Although they are over 2,000 miles away, and the local dealer is 25,i would rather drive to Boise and come home without making a purchase, rather than give a dime to this dealer here.
I love the floor plan of the 27fb twin and so does the DW, however she loves the three slide we have now in our 32' TT. Of course she doesn't drive or sweat her arse of setting it up or even dreading the day the slide motors crap out when we are hundreds of miles from home. I have pondered the many benefits of and AS, even though they have their issues as well, and come to the opinion that simplicity is a way I want to go. The price is more than double of the current TT we have but I relate our current TT and an AS to that of 1969 Ford Mustang and a brand new Dodge Neo. The Ford will be around an awful lot longer and still be a desired model. Unfortunately the current TT are destined to be hunting lodges and disposed of in the forests of the country and will eventually rot away.
The DW loves the twin beds and do I for the extra room. I guess it's just an issue of time.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:12 AM   #22
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I just bought a 27FB, what I appreciate is the longer kitchen, and the fact that from the bed, you can still "see" the dvd player in the front. I know this might sound silly, but I feel in the 25, you would have to reach around the corner (if you could) to control the DVD player and/or stereo while in bed watching a dvd. You would also be required to pull the tv out everytime, whereas in the 27, you don't have to pull the tv unless you just want to, and you can easily control everything from there (can you tell we're "movies in bed" types? ).... I also appreciate the two night stands, and I just like the way the bedroom looks from the front. Minor stuff, I know, but...

After having slides, replacing slide motors, fuses blowing, switches taking a dump with the slide out in a walmart parking lot at the onset of a holiday weekend.... I appreciate not having slides.

After almost stepping out into a 5 foot drop off when my steps didn't extend, having to crawl under them and beat them with a hammer (again in a walmart parking lot) I appreciate my manually pulled steps all the more.

To say.... I solidly love the simplicity. I feel like I exchanged all the complicated systems and motors for a solid zen-like interior of quality stuff, a lot of natural light, a sink that actually drains, nice stuff - and was still 10's of thousands of dollars under my "rv'ing" budget.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:46 PM   #23
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All hail the manual stuff in a camper. I dislike the electric stab Jacks. I would prefer a cordless with a 3/4 and spend half the time setting them. Now an electric awning is the only option that I would prefer.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:35 PM   #24
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After sitting on my backside all day driving to the RV park, a little exercise setting up the trailer with all manual devices starts to limber me up a bit. I do not even like a drill as a speed wrench for the stabilizers. I like to feel when it bottoms and then give it a quarter turn and check again the next morning for any settling.
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Old 05-29-2015, 12:32 AM   #25
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Wait until you see the new 2016 26 U it will make you appreciate why the deal fell through. Many will cancel their pending 25' orders and flood the market with 26' orders.
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:19 PM   #26
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Can't wait to see what the 16's are all about.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:52 PM   #27
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My TV antenna seems to be up by 4-6" and I cannot find any way to lower it. Weird thing is, when I overnighted at the dealer picking the trailer up, I could swear that I found the control to raise/lower it and rotate it. I have gone through the trailer front to back at least four times now.

Is there an inside handle or something and where is it?
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:51 PM   #28
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Well it looks like the 16's are the same just $5k+ more.
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