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Old 07-20-2014, 08:48 AM   #281
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Have a great trip! We will look forward to updates on your experiences with the 23.

Thanks! We don't know, how much we don't know yet!! The forums have me pretty overwhelmed, but it's nice to know we have a community of so many knowledgeable and willing to help, folks here!
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:00 AM   #282
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Thanks! We don't know, how much we don't know yet!! The forums have me pretty overwhelmed, but it's nice to know we have a community of so many knowledgeable and willing to help, folks here!

Just remember that all of us started with no experience at some point. There is a whole bunch of stuff to learn when you start. Take your time, ask questions here on the Forums, and it will all become routine.

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Still good to know so many have gone before us and are full of great ideas and support! What are some of the most helpful things you remember being told when you started out?
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:07 PM   #284
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Nice. If you get a chance, can you post a picture of the side view? Enjoy them. You will love having the constant airflow...
Here's a side view of the trailer. They're translucent quality sort of makes them disappear.....kind of.
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Still good to know so many have gone before us and are full of great ideas and support! What are some of the most helpful things you remember being told when you started out?
Congratulations on your new Airstream Flying Cloud!

We are also newbies and gained a wealth of information from the forum members prior to recent purchase. Most helpful tips...read the Airstream manual...and repeat ....repeat. Buy hard copy or ebook of Airstream Newbie Guide ... our dealership provided a copy with purchase prior to pick up along with all the manuals. Many topics were somewhat foreign prior to first camping "shake down" but really helped having read manuals & newbie guide.

Take it slowly and enjoy yourself. Many of us learn by doing better than re-reading; especially tank monitoring system, convection/microwave, switching multiple power sources. Many experienced Airstreamers cautioned not to worry so much about buying all the extra gear but rather take only bare essentials & multipurpose items until you learn what your camping style & real needs are while camping.

Make checklists for preparing for take off (departure from dealer, home, leaving site)
Some of the operations seem simple but some of the stories & damage pictures posted as result of stabilizers left down prior to towing, windows left unlatched, leave newbies a bit nervous.

Few tips we learned first mini shake down...hook up day prior was good idea!
Keeping it simple & staying less than 2 hrs. from home was also recommended.
Take maps even if you think you know where you are going!
We leave next weekend for long weekend at the beach and have longer trip planned next month.
Be sure to take pictures before you leave to go home. We love pictures!!!
Again congratulations & welcome to this wonderful community!


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Our first trip will be about 5 miles away! Meaher State Park just east of Mobile, Al.
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Thanks so much for your reply Fcloud9! We have the newbie guide and will have a 12 hour drive to get "The Silver Lining" to do some reading! I think you are absolutely right, that the best way to learn is to just do it! I'll post pictures along the way!


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Old 07-28-2014, 09:56 AM   #288
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My husband and I will be picking up our first trailer (2010 Flying Cloud 23FB) next week! I am trying to learn as much as possible from the wisdom from this forum! There's just SO much information to sift through! I have read through all I think I have found regarding the layout of our AS and the debate on seating space (dinette) vs. bed/bath configuration. The corner bed was a deal breaker for me. Just thinking the dinette could be made into a daybed for more versatile use of the space. We don't sit at a table to eat at home, so thinking this would be a good option. Anyone else do this? Also any specific advice for us would be welcomed! Thanks!

Congrats on your purchase. Hope that you enjoy your FC23FB as much as we have ours! The dinette quickly and easily converts to a bed - we've done it dozens of times for the grandkids. We always restore it to dinette mode in the morning, as we do eat at a table. Their sleeping bags stow quickly underneath the fwd seat. The outboard seats (over the wheel wells) aren't an issue for younger children. The queen bed, with large pillows and the padded headboard that I made, provides a fine, out of the way, daybed.
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Congrats on your purchase. Hope that you enjoy your FC23FB as much as we have ours! The dinette quickly and easily converts to a bed - we've done it dozens of times for the grandkids. We always restore it to dinette mode in the morning, as we do eat at a table. Their sleeping bags stow quickly underneath the fwd seat. The outboard seats (over the wheel wells) aren't an issue for younger children. The queen bed, with large pillows and the padded headboard that I made, provides a fine, out of the way, daybed.
Great info! We will most definitely be customizing a padded headboard and other things to make our Silver Lining more homey! Thanks for your tips and ideas!

We are experiencing some cooler than normal weather here in my home state of Michigan! I've forgotten how variable the temps and weather conditions can be! But still enjoying having our new digs to stay cozy in!

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Old 07-30-2014, 06:30 AM   #290
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The queen bed, with large pillows and the padded headboard that I made, provides a fine, out of the way, daybed.
I agree.. This sounds interesting. Could you possibly post a pic or two of it concerted, and the headboard?
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Have a question for my fellow FC 23FB owners. Did anyone have any issues with their shower spilling some water because of the gap between the bottom edge of the door and the door frame? Thanks for any info!


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Have a question for my fellow FC 23FB owners. Did anyone have any issues with their shower spilling some water because of the gap between the bottom edge of the door and the door frame? Thanks for any info!


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We have not had an issue with this, but when we open the door after showering, it drips a bunch of water on the floor from the bottom of the door. If I immediately wipe the bottom of the door it helps some.

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Our shower leaks a little there. We put a rolled up towel on the floor against the shower base to catch any water that may leak.
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Jamujo, I wanted to say "converted" above for the pics..
As far as the shower is concerned, we do have a towel/mat on the floor by the shower, I've not noticed it getting very wet.
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