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Old 05-12-2015, 06:09 PM   #1
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Sweetie 2015 FC30 Twin

OK, it has been a month since my last post and a LOT has happened. The post New 2015 Flying Cloud 28A (Twin) is now New 2015 Flying Cloud 30 (Twin). Picked up our new FC28 Twin and headed to Branson, MO for a couple of days. Then onto Catherine's Landing in Hot Springs. Boy the Airstream follows my F150 like a homesick puppy! Sunday afternoon 4/19 a Hailstorm with golf balls came down for 25 minutes. Totaled the rig. So So Sad!

Went back to Bill Thomas RV in Wentzville, MO and left with my second Flying Cloud in two weeks! We really like the FC28 and could not find another with Twins. After a week in the FC30 Twin Janet fell in love all over again. Boy! 3' is significant in a travel trailer. More storage space, bigger bath and larger galley! Janet has named the FC30 "Sweetie". We can't wait for a proper honeymoon with Sweetie.
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:14 PM   #2
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WOW....that sucks...but then, that's great. What a mix of emotions!
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:33 PM   #3
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:42 PM   #4
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:27 PM   #5
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WOW....that sucks...but then, that's great. What a mix of emotions!
Ditto. What a start ... and restart.

You probably would have wanted to move up to a 30 in a year or two... Karma just gave you a goose to your destination Airstream.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:41 PM   #7
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:54 PM   #8
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:42 PM   #10
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Sweetie

Sweetie is in a 13x35 enclosure. 2014 F150 in body shop now for hail damage (took care of trailer first). Visit her every other day to polish and run A/C to keep the Houston humidity knocked down. Still blown away with all of the extra space and storage in the FC30 over the FC28

I have to admit I loved the maneuverability of the FC28

The jury is still out on the balance and flow of the ducted air - we have the "Houston" 2 A/C option.

Any opinions on an RV water softener for shore water and a high quality dedicated filter for a separate drinking/cooking faucet.

The ProPride 3 hitch is a dream one adjusted properly.

I only have a 15 amp service in my enclosure which is fine for dehumidifier, water pump and lights. I have a 50 amp system because of the 2nd A/C option

I bought a 30' 30 Amp extension and used a dog bone to connect to my 50 amp port, easy as an extension cord to handle and fits my 2 x Honda generators for single A/C OPERATION.

Still discovering Sweeties features. Twin beds seem to suite us fine. We enjoy the additional dressing area, full size night stand and dressing area which doubles as The dogs berth. "Visitation" hours are flexible and one person watching TV or reading does not disturb the other.

Janet discovered the extra 2' of galley area is significant. Two people can be in the galley at the same time to cook or clean (drat!)

After the truck is repaired and our three month remodel of the house is complete (and hail season over) we will have Sweetie out for a proper honeymoon.

David, Janet and Nyla (dawg)
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Great store guys. Glad it seems to have worked out.....

How are you liking the F150 pulling the 30'? I'm guessing it should be fine but thought I would ask.

Also while I'm asking - was it much of a trick to get the ProPride set up properly?

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Old 05-20-2015, 01:28 AM   #12
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Cloud9.... wow@! What a tale. Glad you were well-insured and that you now love having the 30.

We carefully considered 28 vs 30, when we ordered our 2016 Serenity, and decided for 30 due to the extra galley space, and extra closet and bathroom space. Can't wait for it to be built!

Enjoy your nuvo honeymoon with Sweetie deaux.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:39 PM   #13
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Great store guys. Glad it seems to have worked out.....

How are you liking the F150 pulling the 30'? I'm guessing it should be fine but thought I would ask.

Also while I'm asking - was it much of a trick to get the ProPride set up properly?

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Arcticfox,

F150 EcoBoost pulls like a dream. Sean @ ProPride drop shipped the PP3 hitch to Bill Thomas RV and installed on my FC28 Twin. After the hail total on the 28 I removed the ProPride and returned to BT and they reinstalled on Sweetie. Actually a simple install. Just follow Sean's instructions. They make a lot more sense after seeing the completed job. Quiet a few measurements. Since the PP3 is a universal hitch made to fit a lot of different trailers a few items will require some head scratching.

Example: The frame bracket U-bolts may have a conflict with the gas bottle tray ( it does on the Airstream); Sean suggest the tray be removed first but the U bolts interfere with the tray on re-install. Holes were drilled in the bottle tray. A forum member suggested shimming the tray to clear the u-bolts. I will make the change later for a cleaner install.

The most critical part of the install is simple but needs to be done correctly. Adjusting the Hitch Bar. This is the TV receiver height and TR ball height measurements for proper drop setting.

Obtain a torque wrench capable of 150-250 ft/lbs: you should check a few bolts periodically.

Caution about over torque on U bolts. Sean warns about this.

Big BooBoo - I used an impact wrench to run the weight jacks up and down. Makes a quick hitch process. Down side of being so smart... The 90 degree bevel gears on top of the jacks are held in place with a 5/32 x 1" roll pin. After a while the impact will shear. Can get new ones at Ace Hardware, Lowes or Auto supply. I have a couple of extra ones now and use a speed handle with a 3/4 socket to run he jacks up and down. I also look more manly! (^;^)

You may download Sean's Install PDF and watch some YouTube videos.

Once you complete install and get the jack measurement for proper weight distribution (front fender height same or less than when unhitched), head to the scales to validate. As suggested by another forum member I wrapped reflective tape around the jack at the proper height. I no longer have to use a ruler/tape and can see at night.

There is a lot of good information in the tow/hitch forum.

The PP3 hitch is worth every penny. Understanding how it works and pre-flighting before every pull will be rewarding.

I am totally satisfied with the 2014 F150 EcoBoost TV.

Regards, Dave
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Sean suggest the tray be removed first but the U bolts interfere with the tray on re-install. Holes were drilled in the bottle tray. A forum member suggested shimming the tray to clear the u-bolts. I will make the change later for a cleaner install.
I used nylon spacers to raise my LP tray.
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