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Old 09-02-2015, 06:59 PM   #29
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That looks darn nice. I am not a fan of dinettes but I do like the layout in this model. In fact it is the only current model I would consider buying. Hopefully quality control issues will not sour your experience.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:39 PM   #30
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So far I've given it a thorough once-over and all is good. The only problem has been the rear speakers are pretty fuzzy - going to have to troubleshoot that - a loose wire somewhere.

I had colonial install the XM Radio adapter for the clarion stereo and it works great.

Took a few hours to set-up the satellite TV. Had to buy a new 2X2 HDMI splitter to replace the 1X2 supplied by Airstream so I can switch between sat receiver and DVD player. I wish AS did a better job of explaining the pre-wire. Once I figured it out, it was fine but it's not by any means obvious. That said, I like the pre-wire in the cabinet with the DVD - makes so much more sense than before with it sitting near one of the TV's. Shelf above the DVD is perfect to hold my sat receiver and, with the cabinet door open, the remote even switches from as far back as the bed.

Funny to have a unit without any 12V plugs - they are now all USB (and 10 USB plug points in total in the unit )

Like the macerating toilet - I had one in my boat and it worked well.

Overall fit and finish is good - just found one errant screw rustling about when cleaning.

Shower is huge - I miss the glass door but seems a fair trade for the larger size - what a difference from our 23FB.

Dinette will easily seat 6 (probably even one more) and with 1/2 the table set (as in my photo) plenty of room to use each side of the sofa like a lounge - more than enough room for my 5' 10" body and some. Better upholstered cushions are also noticeable - far more comfortable.

Ducted AC is very quiet and working well. I've been running it continuously for a week while I've bee inside setting up, etc. and even with temps outside in the high 80s, the unit has stayed in the low 70s.

A lot of storage - more than the 25FB I used to have. Both exterior lockers are really big.

I was surprised the range hood didn't have LED lights. Must come that was from the manufacturer - AS could spring the extra $10 to switch them to LED.

Water pump is an upgrade from my prior unit - much quieter.

I am a little worried about the skylight - the plastic material seems pretty flimsy - feels like a tree branch could fall and easily pierce it - seems lower quality than on my old unit.

Overall very pleased with the quality so far - seems AS used some of the items (macerating toilet, nice shower head, upgraded water pump, etc. ) from the classic and land yacht on this unit. Since this is the only 2016 I've seen can't tell if this is across all 2016's or unique to the new model.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:29 PM   #31
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I wish I could afford one. Just not sure it's worth the money to go from a 2013 25 FB. Nice write up.
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:18 PM   #32
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Took our first trip in the 26U this past weekend to the Northeast RVers Balloon Rally near Lake George with several members of our unit. Fun time though the 26U presented some problems:

1. Seems 3 rivets were never fastened on the screen door which explained the difficulty in operating the door. A fellow unit member helped fix it. This is an easy to see problem that should have been caught in QC.
2. water pump was cycling quickly every 15 minutes or so even when all faucets were off - after a day, I noticed a water leak under the hot water heater - no visible leak from any of the pipe connections but the styrofoam insulation under the heater is all busted and I wouldn't be surprised if the heater was damaged on install.
3. Sunday morning was cold and the furnace failed to run- would run for 5-10 seconds a few times then just quit.
4. rear stereo speakers didn't work.


While I love the unit, a few annoying issues that should have been caught in QC - this seems to be a common theme with newer units.

To the credit of Colonial (from whom this is my sixth unit) they jumped right on the problems and my unit is already back with their service being repaired in advance in my next trip.

Now I'm waiting to get it back ...
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Old 10-25-2015, 08:30 AM   #33
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Could you do me a favor and share two sets of photos? One of the dinette with one leaf removed and turned and one with the bed set down? I'd like to see both.

Still not sure it's a blow-out to my 28W, but it's very enticing. That all-in-one bathroom with enough room to shower and change may be the flip for me to go over to it in a year or two.

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Old 10-25-2015, 08:37 AM   #34
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I would really like this model in a twin- sheer perfection- perhaps.

Looking at the floorpan, they improve on everything I would like in my current model floorpan (I still like it too)- more seating, bigger bath. The only thing I am not sure of is counter space. Someone mentioned the table has options. What are they?

They would also probably have to shift something off that galley wall to make a twin model or make a smaller wardrobe to get that extra 18" or so.

hmm. Maybe they could alter my floor plan a bit- U couch, twins- the bath is the challenge.
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Could you do me a favor and share two sets of photos? One of the dinette with one leaf removed and turned and one with the bed set down? I'd like to see both.

Still not sure it's a blow-out to my 28W, but it's very enticing. That all-in-one bathroom with enough room to shower and change may be the flip for me to go over to it in a year or two.

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Not sure if you saw the 26U Youtube video shot by Colonial featuring Patrick giving an overview?

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Maybe just the angle of the photos but it appears more claustrophobic than other floor plans.

Regarding the Northwest photo the cabinet surface is much lower than the kitchen surface, you'd be bending over more for food prep. I'm wondering how much weight you could add to that side of the trailer once you load it up. Maybe switching to 16" rims and LT tires would be needed if you do this mod.

I could go with half that cabinet width for extra storage and a spot for entertainment equipment.

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Maybe just the angle of the photos but it appears more claustrophobic than other floor plans.

Regarding the Northwest photo the cabinet surface is much lower than the kitchen surface, you'd be bending over more for food prep. I'm wondering how much weight you could add to that side of the trailer once you load it up. Maybe switching to 16" rims and LT tires would be needed if you do this mod.

I could go with half that cabinet width for extra storage and a spot for entertainment equipment.

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I am not sure about the how high this is as I have not seen one in person yet. But look at the layout in this picture...looks fine for us. (by the way, this picture is in a 25'FC for sale at Bay Area Airstream website.) But, imagine this storage/work surface option with the U Lounge and table offered in the 26U...there I go, dreaming again!
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Notice how the counter top is just below the window frame. The window frame height on my 25fb is lower than the kitchen counter height. Not saying it's not useable. I wouldn't mind a cabinet like the first set of cabinets or some about 2/3 wide as this example. Looks like A straight forward mod.

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Notice how the counter top is just below the window frame. The window frame height on my 25fb is lower than the kitchen counter height. Not saying it's not useable. I wouldn't mind a cabinet like the first set of cabinets or some about 2/3 wide as this example. Looks like A straight forward mod.

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Yea, I like the drawer space as shown for our needs. I don't like getting down on the floor and fetching pots or items under the lounge the way it is now....getting too old for that stuff! It would be nice if AS offered a few options like a single or double bank of drawers, U shaped dining couch, split table (like in the 26U) right from AS, in 25 or 27'...we are paying a high price for AS...a little more customization seems could be done as "standard fitting" module type options without destroying a brand new unit and paying additional $7K~ or more for this option...Perhaps it could even be done at more AS shops...maybe I'm getting carried away again...but, hey; there is a new business option doing this at NorthWest Airstream Adventures already...why not make these a standard option from AS or easy install at all the dealers... just saying...

Pardon my input here; did not mean to "hijack" this thread from the 26U interests....
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Here is with 1 table
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wait -- there's no 12v plugs in this unit? meh! that may be a deal killer; unless they can retrofit some in for me.
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Should be an easy retrofit. Just pull the USB socket it out, snip the wires at the back, solder in a 12V receptacle... you get the picture.

Basically I am saying the 12V system is there, the USB outlets should have a 12V to 5V converter inside them. much like the little adapters you can get for your car.

It is early, I hope that made sense....
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