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Old 05-05-2015, 02:03 PM   #15
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Went through the same when looking at preowned Airstreams. Started looking at a FC 20 then FC 23D and 23FB. Since we didn't think our 2005 4Runner was up to the task for even a 23 and needed to upgrade the tow vehicle we decided on a 25 and ended up with a 2008 Classic 25fb with queen. 2013 was an expensive year.

Looking back on our decision we wouldn't have like the rear corner bed and bath.

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Old 05-05-2015, 02:49 PM   #16
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Our tale is similar to others. Started small with a 2012 19 ft Flying Cloud, but the corner bed was just too inconvenient on long trips.

We opted for a new 25 with twin beds because:
- Independent bed ingress/egress means your spouse isn't disturbed when you arrive late or get up early.
- The center aisle affords ample standing space while dressing, making bed, etc.

We chose rear vs. front twins due to:
- significant increase in externally-accessible storage compartments.
- the majority of that storage is aft, which helps to mitigate the amount of weight that lands on the tongue
-- we don't pull with a truck, so keeping tongue weight in check was essential to us. We're at 800 pounds, fully loaded.

Ten weeks out west this winter led us to conclude that the 25 rear twin was the right answer for us.

As to the debate about front vs. rear view, our experience suggests that its in the right/wrong place about half the time. Not a deal breaker for us. Weight distribution was.

Good luck with your decision. Welcome to the party! Its always a fun place to hang out.

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Old 05-05-2015, 03:05 PM   #17
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Very happy with our 25' Twin. Seems to be more room and access to the beds is easier. Would quote the same comments as above plus if you have to dogs they can sleep on the floor between you. We considered the Queen bed when looking but very happy we went with the twin beds.
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Old 05-05-2015, 03:48 PM   #18
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Ditto, both of above. My first look was at the 23D, liked it but that corner bed sent me to the 25 RTB, so much more storage & the isle between the beds gives the feeling of a much larger space.
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Old 05-05-2015, 04:02 PM   #19
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On the 25 Twin there are 4 outside storage spots. Two street side, one curbside and one (large) in the center, either front or rear depending on where bedroom is. These plus the bumper tray and slinky tube.
Unless yours is unique Silverlabs, our 14', FC 25' twin FB model only has 3 outside bins plus bumper storage. The 25 twin RB does have 4, as you state. We love the twins; more room in bedroom, and actually, a queen is only 60" wide; the twins are each 34" wide so total of 8" inches sleeping room! (but who's counting!) As for 23' vs 25', Moosetags is a good barometer in his 25' Lucy thread since he went down to 23' and back up to 25' . This being our 3rd 25'; only thing I seem to miss in this set up is 3 things; (1) I like the microwave in the RB model, but could get a combo convection/microwave instead of the oven I guess. (2) love the new ducting vents in 15 and newer....we are seriously considering a 16' model for the vents and louvers in the air conditioning. (3) love the "custom kitchen goucho seating" package offered as add on this year by Airstream Adventures custom line....but I digress...get the twin 25'; the dogs will be fine...our boxer sleeps on the lounge area or sometimes jumps in bed when she can get away with it...
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Another vote for the bigger trailer-
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:10 PM   #21
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gypsydad - Ours was a RB twin bed as initially indicated and had four. Was thinking the FB had the same with the only difference was the center was behind propane tanks. Sorry for incorrectly assuming regarding the FB. Probably another reason we chose the RB as I like the o/s storage. Thanks for catching.
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We just recently moved up from a 19' (2008 used and our 1st RV ever) that we loved and learned with. The bed was the biggest problem--the corner (which is the same as the 23')is most difficult to make and my husband finally started sleeping on the dinette because we were keeping each other awake. We are older but love to take grandkids and the extra beds work out so well in the 25. We did have to change our tow vehicle from a Highlander which pulled the 19' nicely except on Colorado long grades. We are currently towing a 25 twin. Love it but would probably choose a front bed for the views if we could choose anything we wanted and $ was no object. Very pleased with the twins for the room and for sleeping more soundly. We sleep in a king at home so this is great. Storage really nice as well. Two Westies don't take up the room 2 labs do, but they fit nicely just about anywhere :-)
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:17 PM   #23
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gypsydad - Ours was a RB twin bed as initially indicated and had four. Was thinking the FB had the same with the only difference was the center was behind propane tanks. Sorry for incorrectly assuming regarding the FB. Probably another reason we chose the RB as I like the o/s storage. Thanks for catching.
Having had 3 25's, we are very attentive to storage; our 06' and 08' had only one small one. We cherish the outside storage...love the large compartment in front or rear on the newer models....we can put lounge chairs, screened rooms, shade, etc...we have the Fima bike rack in the rear so wife thought if we would have got the RB model, it would not open....I could go either way after having both. We do back in a lot so rear dining is nice. I do think the microwave above the fridge is nice however...
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I think the rear hatch will open with the bike rack, at least it does on my buddies 28. When I changed to the 2015 28, we again got the twin. It has three large outside storage spots vs. just the rear on the queen. I too really enjoy having the storage options.
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I think the rear hatch will open with the bike rack, at least it does on my buddies 28. When I changed to the 2015 28, we again got the twin. It has three large outside storage spots vs. just the rear on the queen. I too really enjoy having the storage options.
28' vs 27'- vs 25....we like them all...28' has the best outside storage and seating options but we think 27 has more inside storage, counter space and we did not like having to open a door in 28 to get to the drawers in kitchen....picky....now, have you looked at the "custom kitchen upgrade" offered after market by Airstream Adventures? $7200 and would like it to come as an "option" direct from factory, but I like what they did with that long lounge seat in the 25/27' models...the drawers and added counter space plus the goucho lounge and adjustable tables are very nice....if you lounge and play games, while watching TV...very attractive to me, if you can't have the 28' L-shaped couch! They need a "woman" in the decorating planning department at AS!
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If you've got the tow vehicle for the 25' I'd go with that. Twin beds for a reason? I'd go for the 25 or the 25FB with the full size bed. More comfortable sleeping and living.
I'm limited to 23' max due to my TV, don't want to buy a new one(TV that is). And I'd LOVE to buy a new 23' FB but won't because of the 14" tires. It really limits your tire options, and Good Year Marathons have a terrible reputation for failure. The wheel wells on the trailers have very little clearance for switching to 15" wheels. Been done but to tight clearance tolerance for me. With the 25' you can look at getting LTX tires or even increasing the wheels to 16" and have room for them.
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Thanks so much everyone!!

For those with a 25', what do (or did) you tow with?

We currently have a 2005 Tahoe LT 4WD with tow package. If we step up to the 25', we'd like to maybe delay the purchase of a new vehicle if our current Tahoe can handle a 25' trailer. Our hitch does say "600lb tongue capacity / weight distribution 1500lb tongue capacity", but we've seen & heard a LOT of mixed reports on that & the weight distrubution hitches. We just don't want to get the 25 and feel forced to also purchase a new TV.

Also, for inquiring minds, we do like both the queen & twin models, but the twins just seem to click for us for many of the reasons others have mentioned - center aisle space, open feeling, not disturbing one another trying to get in or out of bed, doggies sleeping on the floor in the middle, and we have a king at home, so you get spoiled with that. We do suspect that in the 23D one of us would often resort to the couch bed simpy for a little space bc going from a king to less than a full is snug! Esp if you are a bed hog
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What is the rear gear ratio? We have a 08 Tahoe with 3:73 4spd auto and rated for 7500lbs
If you stay mainly on flat land there in Texas and maybe the occasional hill, you'll be fine with a 25 footer.
Lots of people here tow with a Tahoe


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