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Old 02-03-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Help with 2016 FC 28W

Never owned an airstream.(current lance 2295) I have been considering a 28W for the wife and I travels. TV is a 14 F150 Ecoboost maxtow.
Any info that you can give me on purchase , towing , owning , maintaining etc would be nice before I pull the trigger.

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Old 02-03-2016, 02:41 PM   #2
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Welcome MOS,

We purchased our 28FC in December in Texas. Our choice for changes to a dealer order close to us and timing, as we were going FT. We purchased a F350 SRW as we would need the extra load capability. We also went with a ProPride hitch.

although we've nay towed 500 miles to get to our winter ground, it was very uneventful. The additional 5 feet from our previous TT didn't cause any issues but the long wheel base of the F350 just got getting use to.

We feel that getting in the mountains we will be a nice ride with this combo. Also getting into some areas may be easier than with a 30'er.

So far we've had 3 strong storms and not a leak anywhere. We do miss our pantry though, but making do. Larger tanks should be a plus.

Our dealer let us make changes to an order they had that suited our time frame. Mica/Cashew, 16" Michelins, 2 AC's. They even installed the hitch.

Let me know if I can answer anything else for you.


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Old 02-06-2016, 10:50 AM   #3
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We purchased our 28 FC rear queen last October. This was an upgrade to our 20 year old Jayco 1206 pop-up camper in which we traveled with our 2 kids all over North America. It was, and is, a wonderful camper but we are now in our early 60s and the kids are gone and we decided to upgrade. Wow--what an upgrade! We were used to towing a trailer, a 12 foot box. This 28 footer takes some getting used to as it is so much longer, much heavier, and you can't see over it. We also had to ditch our 15 year old Tundra as we felt the extra weight would simply be too much, especially since we plan on traveling through mountains as we tour in our new rig. We opted for a new GMC 2500 diesel 4x4--mostly because of dealer preference--suspect any of the current diesels would be fine. Thus we have a totally new rig that is much longer and heavier than our previous rig. We have only been able to camp about a week in it since purchase. In short, we love it! Very comfy and the layout kinda reminds us of our beloved pop-up, especially the kitchen area. The 2 tvs are really over the top for us as we never thought about tvs before while camping, but hey, we have adapted just fine and have enjoyed watching our entire Star Wars collection all over again in the evening. The bedroom is very comfy and we like the two clothes closets on either side and the storage over the bed as well as under it. The nooks with USB chargers are great for your cell phone, wallet, rings, etc. We like the separate toilet/shower arrangement. The kitchen is good--would love to have that slide out cabinet with racks that some models have, but this model didn't come with that. We don't miss a real oven and have found that the microwave convection does everything we want it to do. The dining room table is comfy enough--the couch not as much, but will make a good place to nap and we need the ability to sleep other folks periodically. We have the light tan color scheme and like it. We like the overhead bins that are very convenient and roomy. Having 2 ACs (50 amp of course) is a real luxury. They are actually heat pumps and work quite nicely for temps even down to the 40's so you don't have to fire up the furnace. Heck, the thermostat even lets you zone the trailer!

Things we are not so crazy about:

The door opens onto one of the large window by the dining room table. Not a good design as you really can't open that window for fear of breaking it when someone opens the door.

The water pump is very difficult to access--almost under the refrigerator. It can barely be reached by removing a panel in the closet next to the fridge and then reaching in as far as you can. Really a pain when you have to winterize.

The 50 amp power cord is a monster (we are used to the much smaller 30 amp cord on our popup), but this is simply the price you pay for having the extra AC unit and in our opinion, worth the hassel.

The trailer tows very smoothly with our GMC 2500 diesel and is not affected by the large trucks on the interstate. We have a Husky weight distribution hitch with sway bars, sold to us by the dealer. This thing is massive--quite heavy--but seems to make the trailer quite stable with no detectable sway.

Backing takes some getting used to. I could back our 12 camper easily. The FC responds to the helm much more slowly and you simply must have your partner outside to direct you.

All in all we are quite happy with our purchase(s). Only sorry our camping season was cut short by winter. We negotiated a good deal on our unit, as it is a 2015 and the dealer was receiving the new 2016s and running out of space. Only 2 small flaws have i found, a small tear in the vinyl floor in the bathroom and a squeaky place near my side of the bed--both fixed by the dealer. We camped in some driving rain for 2 days and no leaks! Can't wait for Spring.
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