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Old 10-16-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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First 2011 Post

This post is for all the 2011 owners. Apparently I'm the only 2011 Flying Cloud owner.
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Old 10-16-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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Happy New Year!

(dang! missed anOTHer one!)
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:43 AM   #3
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Hi! I too am a 2011 owner. We picked up our 25' Flying Cloud in August. I selected 2010 because there is no 2011 25' Flying Cloud to select. I have found 3 min0r issues with ours. The first is either the coupling or extension on the black drain valve is ~2" too short. The rear marker light assy flickers. Lastly, two weeks ago we found a rivet had popped out inside near the rear door. Otherwise we are very happy with our new toy.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:17 PM   #4
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Except for the underpowered AC, I am very pleased with my FC. I bought a new 22' CCD in 04 and had a lot of quality/craftsmanship problems. By the way, I had a rivet fall near my rear door as well.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:50 PM   #5
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Gotta 2010 25' here and yes the A/C is underpowered for Texas. BTW, also underpowered for the Florida Keys also....LOL

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Old 10-27-2010, 08:11 PM   #6
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Smile Another happy 2011 Owner

Ordered our 2011 27' FB Classic Twin from Bill Thomas Camper in St. Louis on March 26, 2010 and took delivery on June 4, 2010. We traded our much loved '03 25' Classic Twin. It was a wistful parting: since buying it from the original owners in May of 2005 we'd camped with it from Titusville, FL, home to Central Illinois, to Oklahoma City, to Michigan, to Franklin, TN, to Twin Lakes, Colorado, four trips from Illinois to the Olympic Pennisula of Washington State via I 80, I90, I94 and via Trans-Canada Highway, Banff and Jasper and Vancouver, BC and once home from Seattle via Rt1 along the Pacific and home via Sacramento and Colorado. It looked just as good when we traded it as when we picked in up in Titusville, FL.

We'd lusted after the front-bedroom arrangement that enabled the dinette that we've loved on trips this summer to Paducah, KY, to the Smokey Mountains with three of our grandaughters (ages 6,7 and 8) which could never have fit into the 25' twin, to Indian Lake, OH and then to Holland, MI to visit our son and family. (FYI - Oak Grove RV Park on the north side of Lake Macatawa is fabulous!)

We're delighted by the new rig -- pulled by an '06 GMC Duramax Ext. cab that still doesn't know it's pulling anything. I love the new Equalizer hitch. It's a fabulous hitch when it comes to anti-sway. We're hoping to do a caravan to maritime provinces and Alaska in the next couple years. ('may need to retire first!)

FYI - I noticed yesterday AirForums now lets you register as a 2011 owner.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:48 AM   #7
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I noticed the addition of the 2011 models last night also. When we first looked at our A/S in July I was a little concerned about it's cooling ability. It was a hot and muggy day, but I don't think they had the A/C on for long before we arrived. I'm sure walking in and out constantly didn't help either. When I was looking at the parts list for the 2010's, I noticed that it looked like the A/C could be either a 13,500 or 15,000 BTU unit, but the KOA models had/have a 15,000 BTU unit. I believe mine is the 13,500 BTU, I can recheck the sticker later...

The FB is better than I had first thought. The rear dinette windows offer a neat view as well as privacy, even with the curtains open.

Your idea about going to Alaska sounds awesome, if the timing is right we would be interested in joining you.

We too bought ours from Bill Thomas and it was a pretty good experience.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:09 AM   #8
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Amen on the good experience with BT Campers. I was very pleased.

I wouldn't worry about cooling. I'm confident that your rig has the 13.5 Btu AC and that's what we had on our '03 25' . . . and it could freeze us out in the hottest weather.

So far, apart from a malfunctioning shower door latch that confined my wife to the shower for about an hour 'til I came in then left and came in again and she finally got my attention and which was replaced at the factory since we were driving through Jackson Center, we've found nothing to complain about with the '011 trailer. I remain a great fan of this product.

Would love to find company for an Alaska junket . . . We're flirting with caravan alternatives . . . . 'takes a big bite out of the calendar however you do it. Likely we'll first try a somewhat shorter caravan, perhaps to maritime provinces, just to see how we like the caravan idea . . . which we've never done -- with WBCCA or otherwise. Right now, we think we'd enjoy the company and the (as we perceive) necessarily slower pace of travel.

That said, as is apparent from my post above, we like to put the AS on the road and go. We're not weekend at the local state park sorts of campers. To my mind, the AS (and the DuraMax) were made to go down the road and that's the way we've used them . . . but with passing years, I dare to think we'd enjoy a slower pace if we can find the time.
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Old 10-28-2010, 01:21 PM   #9
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Say farmboydkb........about that broken shower door latch.......when you finally got your wife out, was she very clean or very mad?
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:58 PM   #10
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62Bam: She was very clean and, well, 'not in good humor.

I'd come in once. The shower wasn't running. She hollared at me from the shower to ask if the granddaughters were with me. I said "No." She said, "Well don't let them in." I said "OK" and left. She remained in the shower for another 20 or 30 minutes until I returned again to the trailer. That's when she sounded upset . . .

Happily, she's recovered . . . and glad for a new shower (operable from the inside) latch.

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Old 02-25-2011, 08:15 PM   #11
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Look forward to joining the FLying Cloud "club". Trading our 2006 International 28 for a new FC 30. Only three more feet, but sure feels like a lot more space. We make the trade this coming Monday.
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:18 PM   #12
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Fc 2011

We also have a 2011. Ours is a 23 Flying Cloud. So far, no problems except for some missing rivets on the inside of the door which I replaced. I think this happened when the dealer adjusted the door so it would seal better.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:12 PM   #13
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2011 28 Flying Cloud

Hello Everyone.
After many many years of trying to buy an airstream the wife and I just purchase our first one on Saturday. We will be taking delivery on the 14th of May.
I have been a fan of these trailers for years,and I hope it lives up to my expectations.

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