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Old 10-05-2015, 07:40 PM   #1
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Opinion needed: 27FC or 28

We are planning on Long-timing (4 week+) trips, kids are grown but not quite out of the house. Brought the kids to 49 states mostly in out 16ft Scamp, but now it's time for mom and dad to upgrade and travel alone (mostly). Anyone who has considered these two please chime in to why you chose one over the other. I like the like with 28 with two "sitting" areas she likes the 27FB. (Tow vehicle is not a consideration, we currently have a 2014 Ford Expedition EL, but planing to travel with a 3/4 ton D)

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Old 10-05-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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Congrats 😃

Have you spent time in both? We looked at several models and for us, the 27FB clicked. Because we don't have kids (well, our Bloodhound might count as a kid) it's really a trailer for 2, so 2 seating areas wasn't high on our list of priorities.

We also liked the idea that for some campsites, backing in and having the view from the dining table can be a HUGE benefit for us.

Last, we had some custom work done on ours to remove half of the uncomfortable seating around the dinette and install a recliner. That and cutting down the table (since we're not having anyone use that as a bed) provided a very comfy seating area so when the campfire's out - a game of cards or binge watching MadMen is a fun experience 😃

Tour several models. The new 26u tugs at me a bit (if they did a front bedroom version). You'll find the right one for your family! At the end of the day - you can't go wrong 😃

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Old 10-05-2015, 08:09 PM   #3
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Opinions Needed 27FB or 28 Flying Cloud

We didn't consider the 27FB but jumped from a 25' Flying Cloud to a 28' Flying Cloud. We don't sit around and watch TV that much but the 25' and the 27' just really have no good seating for reading, or watching TV. Sitting at the dinette really gets old even with the longer lounge on one side. This was our primary reason for moving up to the 28'. You do lose the pantry in the 28', but other storage areas make-up for this somewhat.
The 27' and the 28' are both 28' as far as exterior length.

We spent 5 weeks this summer touring the southwest traveling almost 6,000 miles and we were so happy to have a sofa to sit on.
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Old 10-05-2015, 08:17 PM   #4
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I love the floor plan of or 28. Often times I'm working at the dinette and my wife and is lounging on the sofa. When boondocking or staying on a larger site we try to put the trailer so the large side widows and patio have the best view. I feel it is a big plus having both on the same side unlike the 27 or 30 models. The easier to access storage compartment and the wardrobes on each side of the bed are pluses. The downside to the 28 is that it has less storage in the kitchen over the 27, can't have both gas oven and micro, and one large widow can't be opened because of the entrance door. If I was to buy a new one tomorrow it would be another 28 or a full on custom 30 with an expanded 28 floor plan.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:50 PM   #5
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I would get the Eddie Bauer 27, take out the bench seats and put in swivel reclining chairs with a narrower-than-stock table between them. Sit in total comfort, sleep in an easy to access bed, cook in an adequate galley, swivel the chairs for dining at the table between you, and swivel some more for coffee while viewing whatever's out the back window or open hatch. Recline some more for reading and a nap.

For a comfortable traveler it doesn't get much better, and you ought to give the 2014 Expedition EL a chance to tow it; that's a nice riding and stable (full independent suspension) tow vehicle compared to a truck.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:00 PM   #6
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We just bought a 27FB. We are not much on recliners as some have mentioned, rarely watch TV. We like the table at the rear as a good place to read or mess with the computer. We also like being able to look out the windows while sitting at the dinette. The 27 has the wardrobe closets on each side of the bed as an option.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:02 AM   #7
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Totally agree with Silverbee. 28' Flying Cloud.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:08 AM   #8
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:09 AM   #9
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We just purchased a 28 International Signature. I love having another place to hang out, so the separate dining was sweet for me. We can eat at dining table then move to "living room" for movie, then move back to kitchen dinette for card games. This is especially nice when our son comes over. If he gets done playing games he can go back to the couch. The two separate areas make the AS feel so useful. We don't miss the extra pantry and have plenty of room for what we need. Hope this gives you an idea of what a 28 can feel like.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:13 AM   #10
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I prefer the 27, as the dining area is easily converted to a relaxing sofa, which can have a deep seat, depending on your pillow/back rest combination. I sat in the 28 sofa and it wasn't very comfortable. I also like the kitchen layout/storage/microwave/large wardrobe in the 27. Having said all that, I too am intrigued by the 26U's design, especially if they make it with twins, but I haven't seen it in person yet.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:42 AM   #11
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Truth be told we will all pretty much tell you we like the floorplan for the coach that we own!

We have a Flying Cloud 27fb twins and truly do like it. We travel/camp my wife and I, and often have our 5yo grandson and soon his fixin to be 2yo sister with us for close to home trips. The floorplan just works for us. We find the long couch very comfortable, and my wife prefers laying down to read or watch TV, so it works fine for that. It makes up easily to a GK bed, and when we need all the extra sleeping space for adult company like the GK parental units the dinette provides it when broken down. (somehow they don't visit us much when we have the GKs )

I use the short dinette side with a small footstool when needed if lounging and it works. We actually this past year have started using the bedroom more for evening tv watchin and such, as the twins lend themselves nicely to that. In fact, the twin layout really sold us on the 27fb over the 25fb. We definately wanted the fb, and the twins are so much roomier for sleeping, dressing area, playground room for GKs, etc. Would work better for pet(s) too I think than the queen.

To each his own of course! That's why Airstream makes a lot of floorplans! Now about that tow vehicle............. kidding............I'm kidding..............
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:04 PM   #12
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Having a 25fb with the rear dinette/side couch, which I'm not too keen on that living arrangement, the 27fb would be off my list if moving to a larger unit. The 28 has a larger bathroom than the 27fb. I'd prefer the 28 FC because it has cabinets over the dinette which the Internationals don't. I'd get the twin beds too. The downside to the 28 is no slide out pantry, just a hall closet, the shower has a stool that full width of the shower so less space to stand in vs the 27fb.

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Old 10-06-2015, 12:37 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Americal View Post
We just bought a 27FB. We are not much on recliners as some have mentioned, rarely watch TV. We like the table at the rear as a good place to read or mess with the computer. We also like being able to look out the windows while sitting at the dinette. The 27 has the wardrobe closets on each side of the bed as an option.
I can't imagine having an AS without seating so I can see the view. Recliners which face in, a bench seat, couch or other that face in is great for conversation with the cook, but not for seeing outside. I'm for the dinette as a place to work on my laptop, read or eat. Now I do that at my desk 99% of the time at home.

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Old 10-06-2015, 12:56 PM   #14
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We have had a 25' - 27 FB & now a 2015 Classic. I like the "two" seating areas in the 28'. I will tell you that our 27FB had major problems with the galley cabinets & drawers opening each time we traveled. Maybe it is my driving

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