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Old 08-28-2015, 10:43 AM   #1
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25' or 28' ??

My wife and I are looking at Airstreams and leaning towards the FC line as she doesn't really like the dark wood of the International and we don't see why you would pay more for back-lit cabinets...

So have read in here and heard from other sources that 25' is the max for some campgrounds yet we really like the feel of the 27 & 28' inside and plan some boondocking, some campgrounds and generally touring this great nation for weeks on end...

We want to choose one that we keep for decades and not decide we need a bigger (or smaller) later...

Would love some seasoned insightful shared experiences. Our kids are almost off to college so it will just be the two of us.

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Old 08-28-2015, 12:33 PM   #2
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We have a 27 that "shrinks"to a 25 as needed per campground limit. �� We've never had a problem and we rarely camp in independent parks, but camp mostly in federal, state and national parks.

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Old 08-28-2015, 12:59 PM   #3
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We have traveled all over the country and have not ever had a issue with our 28ft.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:00 PM   #4
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We have friends who cannot travel without his/her bathrooms in their diesel pusher, "nice to have" as the salesman says. We traveled the country for 35 years with VW Camper vans. We now use and like our 25' Airstream Flying cloud with several modifications for our long-term comfort and far-from-home reliability. We travel widely exploring the history, architecture, natural wonders, and interesting people of this great country.

Both our camper styles were quite capable touring and camping vehicles, the important thing is the travel. Decide what YOU need, not to small and not too big, and stick with it, make it work when in doubt. Spend the money on travel experiences.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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I have a 25. It works well for a couple. With that said, I would get a 27/28 if I were buying new and could. Personally, I don't want to stay in a campsite that is so tight that I don't have a spare 3ft.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:18 PM   #6
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Our first ever RV was a 2013 25FB International Serenity which I ordered while out of the country, sight unseen. I could not get my feet between the front wall and the bed support to make the bed and the overhead storage roof locker would not allow me to stand upright, The same cabinet awaited my head when I sat up in the bed.

We decided that the cross frame bed was an issue for us and decided that a 27FB Classic would work with twin beds. The dinette layout was identical in size and layout to the one in the 25FB and we did not like seating sideways to the television. So we changed our order for only the $3,012 uncharge to get the 31' Classic model 30.

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Old 08-28-2015, 01:19 PM   #7
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Objectively speaking, here is a link to California State Park limits, and you will see that many are less than 25 feet.

Subjectively speaking, this is a very personal choice based on personal preferences. All I dare add is the thought that for some (like us) the quality of the campsite - not just whether or not you can park - is very important, and it is a fact that smaller trailers will give you more choices. Primarily for this reason, our answer to the 25 vs. 28 debate was to get a 23'.
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:20 PM   #8
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Oops! Forgot to add the link to CA State Park RV size limits: Maximum Trailer and RV Lengths
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:27 PM   #9
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We have a 28' FC and have very much enjoyed the floorplan and size. Being to big has never been a problem and thats after putting just over 50-K last year alone.

Would we change our unit for a 25? (no) This is not to say the 25' is not a good size but in my opinion you better have the twin bed setup or you will get really tired of the queen bed going east to west instead of north to south....

Next we would very much miss the dinette in the 28'. We find it not just nice to eat at. It also gives a lot more counter space for food prep room etc.

We know several people who have a 25'. They like them but once they have toured the 28', they all say the same thing.... "This will be the next unit we buy". Heck I know one couple who actually did it and traded off their less than a 1-year old unit for the 28 FC once they sent some time in ours....

Finally, we have been told that the 28' pulls about the same as the 25'. So that is not an issue and both are very pull-able with a properly setup F150.

In closing I see your from Washington. Airstream NW will be your major local dealership. They are a good group to deal with once you get down to it. We purchased our unit there and would do it again.... Just push then really hard on pricing as they will normally move if they think you could walk.

If you have anymore questions we are just a PM away.....

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Old 08-28-2015, 01:37 PM   #10
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It's personal preference …..but….

Not that you want to sell it, and not that it matters if you are or not but…

Why do smaller trailers sell so quick?
Why do bigger trailers, sell for so a relatively lower price?

Someone said…" A trailer is always too big when you are towing, and always too small while camping "
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:47 PM   #11
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With a 25rb you can back the trailer further into a campsite and overhand the rear end, something you can't do with a 25fb or 27fb because of the rear entry door. The 28 has a front door so you can back in further.

The only issues I have with the 28 is there is no microwave with the gas oven, the lack of external kitchen drawers, you have to open a cabinet to get to drawers and lack of a slide out pantry. Some have modified the wardrobe next to fridge for a pantry but that leaves you only two small hanging closets. Some have said the front L lounge isn't that comfortable but then then none of the side couch/dinette arrangements of the 25fb/rb, 27fb would be comfortable too.

If we could purchase a new AS the FC 25rb twin would be the one for us.

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Old 08-28-2015, 03:22 PM   #12
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25 ft. or a 28 ft.

We had a 2012 FC 25 foot with the rear bedroom. It was a nice trailer, but the more we used it the more we disliked having to sit at the dinette to watch TV. There was a longer seat on one side of the dinette, but this only allowed one person to stretch out. We also really started to dislike the bed orientation when we started to make it up each morning.

We were thinking of taking the 25 foot to Jackson Center and having the dinette removed and recliners installed, but after going through a 2015 FC 28 foot at the local RV show this past Fall and hearing the quiet ducted air we were sold. We love the separate dinette, and sofa and a bed that is so much easier to walk around. We never really used the gas oven, so the convection microwave oven was perfect for us. We use it all the time and find it not that hard to use. I do miss the pull out pantry in the 25 foot, but we have made do without it.

We just returned from South Dakota and Wyoming having spent the month of July there and never had a problem with the length. We are very happy with our decision.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:46 PM   #13
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We have been full timing for over two years now and been around the continent several times. We haven't found a campground yet where our 28 would not fit and a 25 would (we prefer national/state/county parks). We originally considered a 25 but fortunately we found the 28 and we are very pleased. I also like the 27FB (especially the pantry) but the extra bedroom hanging lockers in the 28 have been handy to have.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:59 PM   #14
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Its my understanding that the current standard method of measuring trailers excludes the tongue and the rear bumper. However, Airstream doesn't adhere to this standard and continues to measure from ball to bumper as they have done for decades.

If my understanding is correct, a 28' Airstream will be considered to be 25' by the campground based on the two methods of measuring.

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