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Old 11-15-2013, 07:39 AM   #99
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Moosetags,
I'm glad you started this thread. I've learned more about our 23FB in these seven pages than a lot of other "research" as produced.
We love ours, it's proven to be exactly what we wanted. (Travel light, haven't turned on a TV, sleeps great, and we can get to a lot of out of the way places.)
We came from a 19' Bambi, but I'm 6'5" and a corner bed, small bath was just too uncomfortable for me.
I actually think the 23FB pulls easier than the 19' Bambi (with our 08 Toyota Landcruiser.)
I'm looking forward to hearing more about your impressions after you've picked it up an logged a few thousand miles.
FYI, we were in Rocky Mtn Natl Park when the Sept floods hit. The only way out was over Trail Ridge Road, and then over the pass south of Winter Park. No problems, with the AS or the smaller brakes. We are still running the GYMs, without a problem, knock on wood.
It's good to know there are options out there, I now know about after reading this thread.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:55 AM   #100
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Moosetags,
I'm glad you started this thread. I've learned more about our 23FB in these seven pages than a lot of other "research" as produced.
We love ours, it's proven to be exactly what we wanted. (Travel light, haven't turned on a TV, sleeps great, and we can get to a lot of out of the way places.)
We came from a 19' Bambi, but I'm 6'5" and a corner bed, small bath was just too uncomfortable for me.
I actually think the 23FB pulls easier than the 19' Bambi (with our 08 Toyota Landcruiser.)
I'm looking forward to hearing more about your impressions after you've picked it up an logged a few thousand miles.
FYI, we were in Rocky Mtn Natl Park when the Sept floods hit. The only way out was over Trail Ridge Road, and then over the pass south of Winter Park. No problems, with the AS or the smaller brakes. We are still running the GYMs, without a problem, knock on wood.
It's good to know there are options out there, I now know about after reading this thread.
Jeff
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for chiming in. It is reassuring to hear from another member with a 23FB that the floor plan works well. We are a little apprehensive, coming off of almost 1,400 nights and 120,000 miles in 2005 Safari 25FB.

We are looking forward to downsizing. As we have unloaded Old Lucy, we realized that about 40% of the stuff in her was never used in the last eight years. Some of it we didn't even realize that we had on board. Needless to say, much of this will not be going into New Lucy.

We will be taking possession of New Lucy next Wednesday (Nov 20).

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Additionally Jeff, we were close to your location in September when the Colorado floods hit. ON September 12th, we were camped in St. Vrain State Park in Longmont, Colorado. About 7:30 in the morning, a Park Ranger knocked on Lucy's door and told us that we needed to evacuate as they expected the park to be flooded later in the day.

We packed Lucy up in the pouring down rain and were out of the park in about an hour. We headed north on I-25 up to Cheyenne, Wyoming just prior to I-25 being closed.

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"Thanks for chiming in. It is reassuring to hear from another member with a 23FB that the floor plan works well."

Well, how about this? We've owned TWO FC23 FB's since 2009. We traded our 09 for a 2011 Bambi 16 when we relocated and didn't anticipate having the room to park the 23FB. Last summer as we returned from 10 days at the Grand Canyon we spent lots of time talking about how much we liked the 23FB, so we detoured over to the nearest Airstream dealer and traded the Bambi for a 2013 FC 23FB. We just returned from a trip to Durango, and yep, we were right, the 23FB is the right trailer for us.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:36 PM   #103
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"Thanks for chiming in. It is reassuring to hear from another member with a 23FB that the floor plan works well."

Well, how about this? We've owned TWO FC23 FB's since 2009. We traded our 09 for a 2011 Bambi 16 when we relocated and didn't anticipate having the room to park the 23FB. Last summer as we returned from 10 days at the Grand Canyon we spent lots of time talking about how much we liked the 23FB, so we detoured over to the nearest Airstream dealer and traded the Bambi for a 2013 FC 23FB. We just returned from a trip to Durango, and yep, we were right, the 23FB is the right trailer for us.
Glad to hear that you like the 23FB so well. The 2012 23FB that we are getting was originally purchased by a man who had traded in his 19' Bambi for it in March of this year. After two trips with the 23FB, he decided that he liked his 19' better. He had just traded the 23FB on a 2014 19' Bambi when we happened along.

We will be picking up our new 23FB next Wednesday.

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Old 12-02-2013, 07:53 AM   #104
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Brian,

Please provide details about the "state of the art rear view camera system" in your New Lucy.

Thanks!
I'm sorry for the delayed response. We picked up the 23FB on November 20th. We didn't get to try out the rear view camera system right away. The camera system that came with the trailer is a Voyager Digital Wireless rear view camera (Model WVOS511). It seems to work very well. The reception up in the tow vehicle is flawless, but the picture does become somewhat distorted in the rain.

It's a rather pricey unit that retails for $679 on Amazon. This one came with the trailer.

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Glad to hear a backup camera can work well. The OEM one with our 2013 FJ Cruiser might be able to tell us a guerilla was behind us, but otherwise I see a bunch of lines that resemble a tennis court, some washed out areas and not much else. The lines are supposed to show something like the track of the vehicle as we backup, but the info supplied says not to trust the lines or much of anything else. Looking around is still the best thing to do.

I think you have to be really careful about which brand you buy and Toyota apparently wasn't.

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We also have a camera that came in the Silverado. It aids in hooking-up, but only if the truck camper is not casting a shadow on the hitch bar.

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Soooo,, what do you think about it? Able to tolerate the tight feel compared to the taller, wider, longer 25'?
Inquiring minds want to know..
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Soooo,, what do you think about it? Able to tolerate the tight feel compared to the taller, wider, longer 25'?
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So far, so good. We've got about 10 nights in New Lucy. We're still getting used to the different layout. After almost 1,400 nights in Old Lucy, we were kind of set in our ways. We think that we're making progress, though. We really don't feel cramped. The bed is the same and sleeps great. All else is secondary.

We will report further as we get more experience with the new, trimmer Lucy.

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Glad to hear a backup camera can work well. The OEM one with our 2013 FJ Cruiser might be able to tell us a guerilla was behind us, but otherwise I see a bunch of lines that resemble a tennis court, some washed out areas and not much else. The lines are supposed to show something like the track of the vehicle as we backup, but the info supplied says not to trust the lines or much of anything else. Looking around is still the best thing to do.

I think you have to be really careful about which brand you buy and Toyota apparently wasn't.

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Didn't realize that guerillas were operating in the Colorado mountains. Are you sure they aren't just some lost Texans who failed to head South after the first freeze?

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We continue to adapt to the 23FB. New Lucy's shower is is very nice. It is a little bit larger that the one in the 25FB. I wish that it had the little exhaust fan like in the 25FB, but the Fantastic Fan right outside the bathroom door draws out most of the stream.

The new style windows are much nicer that the old type windows. They work much better and they look great.

There is a spare water filter cartridge in the cabinet. I can't yet figure out where it goes.

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We continue to adapt to the 23FB...

There is a spare water filter cartridge in the cabinet. I can't yet figure out where it goes.

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Our Moen water filter cartridge connects to the the fresh water connection under the sink for the filtered water dispenser on our lobster sink.
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Thanks for the under sink photo. The under sink are on new Lucy is laid out differently.

Here are a couple of photos. The new filter cartridge is what we found left under the sink. We still can't figure out where it goes.

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