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Old 05-31-2014, 07:53 AM   #211
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Looking forward to your thread, Brian. We love our 23fb SE.

Interestingly enough our favorite upgrade so far is 2 Maxxair II vent covers over our fantastic fans. Now during rainstorms, we leave the fans open and get lots of nice air. We bought the silver colored vents so they don't stand out too much.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:58 PM   #212
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Looking forward to your thread, Brian. We love our 23fb SE.

Interestingly enough our favorite upgrade so far is 2 Maxxair II vent covers over our fantastic fans. Now during rainstorms, we leave the fans open and get lots of nice air. We bought the silver colored vents so they don't stand out too much.
I would love to see a photo of your Maxxairs. I have been thinking about doing the same thing.

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Old 06-05-2014, 11:15 PM   #213
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I would love to see a photo of your Maxxairs. I have been thinking about doing the same thing.

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Ok. We will get some photos and post them soon.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:57 AM   #214
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We went to Foley RV this past Saturday and looked at everything on the lot. The SO decided on a 23FB International Serenity. I like the 25FB with the 23 in second place. So, I guess we'll be getting the 23FB! Great thread, keep up the updates.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:12 AM   #215
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We traded in our 2005 35FB on the 23FB. We had 1,360 nights in the 25, and decided we wanted to go leaner and meaner. We dropped two feet in length, six inches in width, and 1,500 pounds. New Lucy pulls easier with the old Suburban. The Duramax truck doesn't really notice any difference.

We have now spent about 75 nights in New Lucy. The living is doable, but we are still trying to become comfortable with the new floor plan. We have not yet taken New Lucy on one of our cross country trips. We are hoping to head out on a two month trip to the far west in the near future.

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What's your opinion on the mattress? I am 6'1" and it seems a bit short to me at 75".
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Hey Moosetags, like everybody else, waiting on your next adventure! I do have a question about the 23 vs 25 trailers. I have decided our 6.0 Minuet is a little too small for anything other than a weekend - 2 adults/2dog - and thought the 23 FB would be the perfect solution. Looked at one and was a little concerned about the bed. Getting in on the side next to the wall seemed to require steping on an angled slope of flooring at the front of the trailer. This didn't seem to really be a load bearing surface and was not far enough away from the wall for someone to walk on the flat flooring as they got into the bed against the front of the trailer. Later looked at a 25 FB and the bedroom arrangement seemed to be identical. As someone with experience in both, can you get into the bed next to the front of the trailer with out climbing in from the end of the bed or over the other sleeper? I know life is full on compromize and the 23 FB is still calling my name (if not the better half's). Thanks for you thoughts and I have really enjoyed your journeys.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:02 AM   #218
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What's your opinion on the mattress? I am 6'1" and it seems a bit short to me at 75".
I am 5'10" and haven't had any problem with the length of the bed at 75". Your additional 3" may make it a close fit for you. The 75" mattress length is pretty common in many RVs.

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Old 06-09-2014, 09:30 AM   #219
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Hey Moosetags, like everybody else, waiting on your next adventure! I do have a question about the 23 vs 25 trailers. I have decided our 6.0 Minuet is a little too small for anything other than a weekend - 2 adults/2dog - and thought the 23 FB would be the perfect solution. Looked at one and was a little concerned about the bed. Getting in on the side next to the wall seemed to require steping on an angled slope of flooring at the front of the trailer. This didn't seem to really be a load bearing surface and was not far enough away from the wall for someone to walk on the flat flooring as they got into the bed against the front of the trailer. Later looked at a 25 FB and the bedroom arrangement seemed to be identical. As someone with experience in both, can you get into the bed next to the front of the trailer with out climbing in from the end of the bed or over the other sleeper? I know life is full on compromize and the 23 FB is still calling my name (if not the better half's). Thanks for you thoughts and I have really enjoyed your journeys.

Hi Bob,

The queen bed in the 23FB and the 25FB are identical in size and position. The only difference is that the 23FB is 6" narrower than the 25FB. Therefore the is 6" less clearance at the foot of the bed. This is quite noticeable, having gone from one to the other. This difference is not a major problem, though.

The side clearance on the front wall of the trailer is sufficient to get in there when making-up the bed. It is not sufficient to swing your legs out to get out of the bed.

I have always slept on the side of the bed closest to the front wall. Getting in and out of the bed has never been a problem. I enter and exit from the foot of the bed. It is really quite easy. I have been doing this for over 1,400 nights between the 25FB and 23FB. The only caution that I will share is that when you stand from the sitting position at the foot of the bed, lean toward the back of the trailer to avoid hitting your head and/or shoulder on the bottom of the overhead cabinet mounted to the front wall of the Airstream. This is a technique that you will learn very quickly. If you are like me (and Pavlov's Dog), all you will have to do is NOT do this several times.

I hope that this helps.

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Thanks Brian, that is exactly what I needed. Hope our paths cross someday, you're travels inspire me.

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Old 06-10-2014, 08:13 AM   #221
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Just a thought.

The twin bed option has a hidden feature. One can actually have a much longer mattress made that will fill the length available. On our Classic, we could have close to a 90" long mattress and still have room to spare. It would overhang the shaped plywood support a few inches, but the weight (at least for me) is in the middle.
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That's what we would have on a 25FB but we are talking about a 23FB which could not have long twins in the bedroom.
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The twin bed option is a consideration, but only for the 25FB. The twin bed configuration is not offered in the 23FB.

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Old 06-11-2014, 05:43 AM   #224
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I'm a shade over 6'5" and I find the bed fine in the 23FB, however, we started out in a Bambi, and the corner bed was a killer for me. Plus my wife couldn't get out..
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