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Old 09-15-2016, 07:56 PM   #1
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A Tour of our 2010 Flying Cloud 30 for Full-Time Living

We've been living in our 2010 Flying Cloud 30 for 3 months now. We LOVE it. We filmed a tour of our tiny home. Hopefully this gives some perspective shoppers a good idea of what we like and what we don't.

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Old 09-15-2016, 08:31 PM   #2
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That's a very nice video. It's great to see other ways of arranging your trailer.

I think you'll miss all that space when you move to the 25...
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:34 PM   #3
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Oh, I KNOW we will. The thing about the 25ss is that is't like a mini 30... at least the front part. If we ditch the dinette and put another desk in, it'll be just like our current setup, only a tiny bit smaller.

We're ok with a smaller bedroom, but I'm going to struggle to find a place for my guitar, I'm going to lose all my under-bed storage, I'm going to lose my big pass-through tailgate hatch, and I'm going to miss being able to sleep without touching a cold aluminum wall.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:25 AM   #4
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Oh, I KNOW we will. The thing about the 25ss is that is't like a mini 30... at least the front part. If we ditch the dinette and put another desk in, it'll be just like our current setup, only a tiny bit smaller.

We're ok with a smaller bedroom, but I'm going to struggle to find a place for my guitar, I'm going to lose all my under-bed storage, I'm going to lose my big pass-through tailgate hatch, and I'm going to miss being able to sleep without touching a cold aluminum wall.
Why are you considering downsizing? We are looking into full timing but are not certain what size AS we want either. 25-30 ft.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:29 AM   #5
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Tomorrow's video will explain it in detail, but here's the reader's digest version.

We're getting a new van that we can stand up in, and the van can't town over 7000 lbs, which is as HUGE downside. But we really want the van.

If our new van were capable of towing this, we wouldn't hesitate to keep it. We are 100% loving this Airstream. There's not a thing we'd change (other than adding solar, which we'll do on the new one). If someone told us we could have any airstream in the world, and our new van could tow it, it'd be this model, a FC 30. We LOVE it. We can boondock for 2 weeks before our tanks our full. Try doing that in a 25 footer!

We're really going to be sacrificing a lot to move to a smaller airstream. All the full-timers we meet say 25 is too small. A lot of people like the 27-30 foot models for full-time living. Most people start in a 25 and end up in a 30. There's just so much more room, and the tanks are so much bigger. The 30 footer is only 2 feet longer than a 27. I doubt you'd feel a difference towing (I believe the 30 actually has a lighter tongue weight, which is good). We fit in spots meant for 25' SOBs because a 25' in any other trailer really measures 29 feet.

If you do get a 30 footer, consider adding the 3" dexter lift. It has saved our bacon so many times, and it has enabled us to get into campgrounds that even a 25 foot model can't. We'll be putting the same lift on whatever airstream we get next.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for the walkthrough! Well done.
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Old 09-19-2016, 12:32 PM   #7
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Great video!

Got a 2014 AS 27 International in April and absolutely love it. We do not full time in it....yet but have thought about it. If you guys are ever in the Denver area, we should grab a beer!!

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Old 09-19-2016, 02:00 PM   #8
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Thank you for doing this. It was great! We have been RVing for 3 yrs now and have met quite a few people who are doing it full time. It is something we are giving some serious thought to so your comments and seeing what equipment you have has really helped. Re your tow vehicle. Here is what we are using and it might give you some pause for further consideration.
We have a 1998 34 ft Excella widebody. Love it, love it! We are pulling it with a 2016 Dodge Caravan. We have travelled from Centra to Eastern Canada along major highways as well as secondary roads with lots of hills. No problem other than speed. We were told the Caravan would work as long as we were OK with slower speeds when going up hills and not expecting to exceed 60 to 65 mph on the flat, without really working the engine. We have just come back from a trip of over 4,000 miles traveling with 2 other friends with SOB trailers ( 27 & 32 ft ) pulled by pickup trucks. We got better mileage and they both said "yes, they could have passed us easily but it would have meant working their engines much harder." They were content to let us lead the caravan. Before giving up your 30ft AS have a conversation with CanAm RV in London, Ontario, Canada. www.CanAmRV.ca They are experts on towing packages and will be happy to hear what your challenges are. Definitely worth getting their input before you make a final decision. Good luck with your travels. I look forward to seeing more of your adventures.
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If our new van were capable of towing this, we wouldn't hesitate to keep it.
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We are 100% loving this Airstream. There's not a thing we'd change (other than adding solar, which we'll do on the new one). If someone told us we could have any airstream in the world, and our new van could tow it, it'd be this model, a FC 30. We LOVE it. We can boondock for 2 weeks before our tanks our full. Try doing that in a 25 footer!
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We're really going to be sacrificing a lot to move to a smaller airstream. All the full-timers we meet say 25 is too small.
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Most people start in a 25 and end up in a 30. There's just so much more room, and the tanks are so much bigger.
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I don't get the logic of trading in your full time home, convinced it will be a downgrade, so you can buy a new van that won't tow it.
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Everyone we know who has been fulltime is actually downsizing, and finds smaller to be more appealing overall. Larger just come with more headaches and challenges. Some of our fulltime Airstream friends have even moved onto truck campers.
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I'm all in on that trend.

(I'm not fulltiming though)
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We are full timing...traveling, not sitting...in a 25'...wouldn't change to a bigger one for anything. 25 is just right for us...ymmv.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:11 PM   #13
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I would imagine that there's a big difference between people who fulltime and still have to work 40 hours a week in their trailer, and those who don't. If I didn't have to spend so much time in here during the day, I would have a MUCH smaller trailer. Since I do "have" to work in here, it's nice to have the elbow room to be working at the desk while my wife is cooking.
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So inquiring minds (at least mine) want to know why the van you want is more important than the trailer you love. Not trying to troll.

And thanks for,sharing the great video!
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