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Old 01-25-2016, 11:06 AM   #15
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When looking over the Internet, I thought the 23 was right for us --- until we went to a dealership & compared the 23 to the 25, with the 25 winning hands down. Both my sweetie & I (in prior marriages) have had RVs, & we wanted this one to be "our last." Furthermore, many dealerships had told us that typical RV buyers traded in their first RV within a few years of its purchase for something, typically, larger, and we didn't want to find ourselves in that position in the future. Consequently, we went back to the dealership & asked them to show us what was available in longer models. What we found was that we didn't like the dinette layout; it just didn't work for us. That eliminated the 28 & 30 but left the 27 (realistically, a "28" --- as I recall, the 27 is an inch longer than the 28), which offered more storage & a "north/south" bed, at an extra cost of approx. $6K & 600 lbs of extra weight. My sweetie (who makes the bed) really liked the "walk around, north/south" bed," & several dealers told us that one problem with the "east/west" bed in the 25 is that whoever sleeps on the far side of the bed inevitably hits their head on the overhead cabinets when getting out of bed, as well as the other person's having trouble getting out of bed (because their side is next to a wall). At that point, we settled on the 27 & hope it's "our last." So far, it's proven to be ideal for us. Had we liked the dinette layout, chances our we would have gotten a 28 or 30 instead. While it cost an extra $6K, the extra 600 lbs has been moot (although we pull with a Ram 2500 diesel, which feels like it could pull a tank).

My best to you in getting the one that's "right for you."

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Old 01-25-2016, 11:52 AM   #16
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Everyone we meet at rallies says that they wished they had gone with a longer trailer. If / when we go to replace the one that has been passed down through our family we are zoning in on a 25' FB. But if we think we are going to spend more time in the trailer than the occasional camping and longer road trip we may re-consider length.

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Old 01-25-2016, 12:43 PM   #17
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Hi from AZ . . . we had a Safari 25 for the 2 of us & I was happy with it. She was seduced by the additional dinette & a shower you can actually get into on the FC 28 ! we love the 28 ! it's not much harder to tow either. . . good luck, Craig
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:26 PM   #18
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The latest model 25 and 28 have the same size showers.
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Old 01-25-2016, 02:47 PM   #19
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If Airstream would make a 60'er, I would buy it. I know everyone has their correct opinion, but for the life of me, I do not see the appeal of a smaller trailer.

It is virtually the same towing. I've only once not been able to fit in a campground and that's cause it was almost sold-out.

Still waiting for the two-floor model!
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:22 PM   #20
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We had the exact same pre purchase thoughts and shortly before we made our final decision we were camping in our Roadtrek in N California and ran into a couple in a 25' FC and we visited quite a awhile discussing our plans to buy a new AS. The comment from both our new friends that really resonated with us was "if we had it to do over we would have choose the 28' FC for the front seating alignment and the extra storage. Three months later we bought our 2012 28' FC at George Sutton RV in Eugene, OR and have never regretted it.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:31 PM   #21
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This from someone that has "lost" some dollars on trading in. We started with a FC25, went to a FC27 and now have a 2015 30' Classic. The few extra feet is nice and doesn't seem to make a difference in towing or parking.
Either way enjoy the adventures..
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:34 PM   #22
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25 or 28, That is the question

One thought: check the specs for length. The 25 is actually 25'11" long. The 26 is actually 26'11" long. The 28 is actually 27"11" long, and the 27 is actually 28' long.

Another: Airstream significantly understates the tongue weight on their trailers. It's much closer to 15% of GVW.
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Old 01-25-2016, 03:38 PM   #23
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Looking at everything and with just 2 of us the 2014 25FC RB Twin is perfect and all anyone could ask for. Click image for larger version

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Old 01-25-2016, 04:54 PM   #24
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We have a 27 and will probably go to a 30. Just two of us and a pair of Yorkies.

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Old 01-25-2016, 05:29 PM   #25
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I love my 92 25 with twin beds but if I had a bigger truck I might like a 28 and convert to twin rear beds if it didn't have them...moral is, its about what you can afford and can tow.
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:35 PM   #26
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One thought is: The maximum length allowed in National Parks is 26'.
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:48 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by Silver Hawk View Post
One thought is: The maximum length allowed in National Parks is 26'.
This is a huge generalization and mostly incorrect.

A quick google search on various NPS sites confirms that may parks have upgraded. This should be expected as units larger than the longest Airstream are very common.
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Old 01-25-2016, 05:54 PM   #28
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Thumbs up A better choice!

Originally Posted by NC Camper View Post
After months of talking and looking at floor plans, two RV shows, and two visits to the local Airstream dealer, I thought we had settled on purchasing a new FC 25 twin. We decided on the spur of the moment to make one last fact-finding trip up to Colonial Airstream so that we could actually sit in the front and rear bedroom models since our local dealer is very small and only has three models on the lot. On the 8+ hour trip the Colonial my husband made an off handed comment that he thinks we need to consider the 28'. My thoughts at that moment were not for public consumption, but I vaguely remember saying something like, "Oh, and what makes you say that?"

After hours of discussion (it was a 1300 mile trip), I think it is boiling down to: he likes the separate seating room with the dinette and lounge, and my concern is 28' seems like and awful lot of trailer for (primarily) two people. We plan to be free to travel frequently with two or three long trips a year within the next 6-8 months (although I may be doing some computer-based work on the road). We have been tent campers (read as car campers with everything but the kitchen sink) for years and primarily enjoy the state and national parks. My husband thinks he wants us to do some boondocking, but I think we need to get to know the trailer and build up our capacity to go off-grid first. My husband also is adamant about buying new, and the smallest floor plan that we think will fit us is the 25', primarily because we like the twin layout.

I have learned a tremendous amount from my Air Forum "friends" in the months I have been following all the new posts. I wondered who out there has had experience with the 28' and the 25' and are there any thoughts/lessons learned you could share?

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated!
From the voice of experience:
GO with the 28 ft'er.
You will need the storage space, and the single bed on the 25' is an 'east west' bed that's very difficult to get in or out of, especially out. Don't know about a double bed.
Also no place for bedside items.
The 28' has a 'North-South' bed that's easier to use, and has better bedside storage for clocks, magazines, and so forth.
After four months, I traded my 25' FC in for a 30' FC. What a difference.

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