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Old 03-13-2014, 09:55 PM   #15
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All of the options make your Airstream a more functional trailer. Ask your dealer to add them up and then negotiate like heck for the whole package. You may be surprised how much below list price for these goodies they can go to sell you an Airstream. And you will like them all.
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Old 03-14-2014, 01:54 AM   #16
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We opted for the ultra leather because it may be actually more durable than fabric, but we were not fond of the tan color, as it seems to show dirt and oil from skin after a while, and the black might get hot in the sun. Instead we ordered the mocha espresso and paid an upcharge.

Also ordered the awning package but have yet to use as temps have not exceeded 70 degrees since we took delivery.

I'd save my money and avoid factory solar. For the same price or less you can get far better aftermarket panels with more power, efficiency, and controllers. See AM Solar. We may not go this route, and instead opt for a generator.

The 2014's have 1000w inverters, and we ordered them.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:45 AM   #17
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Many that I know that do some dry camping say that a generator is mor cost effective than solar panels. Given that, why would you need a 1000W Inverter?

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Old 03-14-2014, 07:47 AM   #18
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All of the options make your Airstream a more functional trailer. Ask your dealer to add them up and then negotiate like heck for the whole package. You may be surprised how much below list price for these goodies they can go to sell you an Airstream. And you will like them all.

Any thoughts on how much off MSRP we should be able to get? 5%, 10%, 15%? Results seem to vary around the country.

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Old 03-14-2014, 08:00 AM   #19
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Waiting for the Flying Clud 27FB to be delivered in a couple of weeks. Got the awning package, second air conditioner, ultra-leather, and inverter. We got negative responses on the factory solar. We bought a small Honda generator to carry along. We'll add to all this as time goes by. Just excited and waiting for delivery. Jim
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:44 PM   #20
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Zamp Solar

Zamp Solar makes a portable solar unit for RVs. It is portable and does a nice job on charging and folds up for nice storage. Check out their website.
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:13 PM   #21
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Just a plug for solar here.

If you must have air conditioning when boon docking, you will need a generator. If not the quiet, hassle-free, gasoline-free solar systems combined with the propane systems of the Airstream work well together. We are very happy with the factory system, the only negative responses I have seen are price (which is negotiable).
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We currently own a 2012 19 foot flying cloud a must have option is the inverter as others have mentioned you have all the 120volt and 12volt wiring already in the walls ,it's almost impossible to install after (all the interior panels would have to come off to do it right) the inverter powers small appliances less then 600 watts the new 2014 has a higher output inverter I think it's 1000 watts I think that's a improvement ,as you can run more stuff like my daughters hair blower,but remember the higher the wattage means your going to use more power from your batteries . The negative part of the inverter is it's draws a small amount of power from your batteries even if you don't use it and it's off , all airstreams are pre wired for solar ,the factory system is more money but looks more professional it has lower output panel 57watts this is enough to keep batteries charged when not using trailer,and can extend the power in the batteries when used the time depends on your power consumption. If you go with the factory solar panel and you need more power you can add a panel later or add a portable panel ,the factory system on the 19 foot is one panel in front of a.c on roof .a lot of aftermarket options for solar are more power and cheaper per watt of output. I'm currently going to put one solar panel on the roof and a portable panel so I can move the panel in the sun and park the trailer out of the hot sun. The awning option depends on where your camping and if you use the a.c or not ,it can be loud at night ! Good luck and get airstreaming!
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:42 AM   #23
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I've got solar, the big AGM golf cart batteries, the two Honda generators and feel that I am FREE to go anywhere, anytime--although I dislike temperatures below 76 degrees. The extras are worth it to me. I finally bought a 2013 FB Flying Cloud and took delivery Jun 28, 2013 and have been full timing since. I added the Solar at Starlight Solar in Yuma, AZ. They use larger size wiring (2 and 4 gauge) to reduce resistance. The factory installed wiring is 10 gauge meaning more resistance and less charge gets to the batteries. Cost effective? Probably not, but what is the freedom to camp anywhere worth? The feeling to do so is nice.
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I had the awning package by the dealer. The dealer erred in installing the street side awning and made it difficult to latch it closed for travel. The factory corrected the problem. Of note the dealer also caused a roof leak in our new Flying Cloud, which the factory also fixed. I was very impressed with the workmanship at the factory.
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:26 AM   #25
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I had the awning package by the dealer. The dealer erred in installing the street side awning and made it difficult to latch it closed for travel. The factory corrected the problem. Of note the dealer also caused a roof leak in our new Flying Cloud, which the factory also fixed. I was very impressed with the workmanship at the factory.
Being the thread is about factory-installed options, this is one of the concerns about after-factory installations. Even dealers can be very inconsistent in ability to do it right.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:26 PM   #26
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We have the Ultra Leather and like it very much. We have had it 8 months and it seems to clean easily. We avoided the fabric as it may cause static electricity in the cold months; plus, we like the feel of the leather on the skin when wearing shorts. To us, the Ultra Leather is worth it. Oh, it seems to be quite hardy and durable as you can plop big books like the new Good Sam directory and such down on that does no damage.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:51 PM   #27
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On my 2014 FC 20' I ordered the range/oven (standard equipment) not the optional microwave/convection oven which was more costly and needs hookups or a generator to use. I like a gas oven.

I went with the light colored Ultrasuade material, which I liked the looks of and the feel of.

I ordered light countertops. Dark was a no cost option but to me makes a trailer too dark with the already deep tinted glass used in all of them (no option for clear glass, damn).

I ordered the inverter (1000 watts) as it had a lot of pre wiring done which I didn't want to do myself. It is a fair inverter, but has a huge 1.75 A standby current use, even when powering nothing. I have plans to change that with a second smaller inverter with a search function to turn it on automatically when a load is applied.

I live where heat from the sun is not a special problem, so the extra awnings on the street side and back window were not necessary to me.

I added my own solar system, using the factory pre wire built into all of the FC series.

I went to 16" wheels and tires as soon as I got the rig. Factory cost was too high.

So, for what it is worth, that was what I did on my custom order.
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idroba, hoe do you know the factory 1,000 watt inverter has a 1.75 amp draw in standby. That is a lot. Thanks
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