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Old 10-09-2016, 11:37 PM   #99
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The main reason we want an ocean breeze is for the light Grey cabinets inside. If there were a good way to paint the cabinetry in a safari le, we could save a lot of money and still get a fresh looking interior. Anyone have a good way to paint the cabinets in a newer airstream? I realize it'll hurt resale, but if there's a clean way to do it, we will.
Just about any finish can be provided with a Vinyl wrap? Could be removed at sale. Would protect the finish in the interim. But suppose it depends on how serous you are about an alternative. Pat
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:30 AM   #100
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We too love the Ocean Breeze! But the cabinetry is primarily white, rather than grey. The exceptions are the galley cabinet doors and counter top which are "clay" colored--really a warm grey or grey-beige in our 2009 28'. The dinette is a 50's pattern of grey grey on white for an overall light grey effect.

Vinyl wrap is a very interesting idea! But of course, your fabrics for seating and curtains won't be Ocean Breeze's distinctive look.

If you actually like grey furniture, you could consider the Serenity. although it has a faint wood grain, the overall effect is grey or grey/beige. We just live the white, and are hoping they NRJ g it back in some upcoming model.
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Old 10-10-2016, 12:59 AM   #101
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I like the white/grey a lot. It's too bad they never made the 25ss in the serenity trim.

The 25ss, (the only model I'm interested in right now) only came in a few trims:

- Safari, all tan wood grain, like today's flying clouds
- ccd with white upper cabinets and black in the bedroom/bath
- ocean breeze


Ocean breeze is my favorite (more for cabinet color than anything). I could live without the cork floors and the curtains. I could go either way on the cushions. In other words, I don't need to replicate the ocean breeze look/feel, I just want a light, inviting interior.


I'll be removing the dinette for a desk, which seems sacrilegious with an ocean breeze... and I'd redo the floor. So while I'd still love an ocean breeze, I'd be ok to make a regular model look more light and inviting inside.

I would be plenty satisfied with a safari le with white/Grey cabinets. I actially love the flyong cloud/safari color scheme in almost every other model, but in the 25ss there's just too much of the same color going on, and the ccds are too dark in the back. I know, 1st world problems...

If there were a quality way to redo/repaint/recover the cabinets, that'll solve my problems.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:46 PM   #102
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If you're willing to spend the money, I wouldn't worry about color too much, especially on cabinets. Any good painter or cabinet refinisher will be able to do a good job repainting them.

I'm excited to see what you guys end up with!
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:57 AM   #103
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We stepped inside a fairly clean 25ss safari yesterday, and we decided we only want a 2006-2009 international, which is proving tough to find. fingers crossed we find something soon...
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:17 AM   #104
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We are curious if anyone has swapped the fridge in a 23d. I think if you pulled out the microwave you could fit a 5 or 6 cf fridge in there...



We are having such a tough time finding a 25ss that we are somewhat considering a 23.

I'm also considering a 25 and a 23. It appears to me that (at least in the new AS lineup) the 25SS is exactly the same floor plan as a 25FC, just with different trim. What is so special about a 25SS that one would consider buying a 23 instead of a 25FC?
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:41 AM   #105
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They stopped making the 25ss floorplan on 2009. There is no modern version of it.


By 25fc do you mean flying cloud?

The 25ss came in several trims - ccd and safari (safari looks like today's flying cloud).

The 25 flying cloud comes in a front bed, rear bed, queen, or twin layout.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:56 AM   #106
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I really want to thank everyone who contributed to this thread. We searched like crazy, nation-wide for a 25ss, but after 2 months we couldn't find any that met our criteria.

So... life must go on, and while we'd love to be in a 25ss, we'll be continuing on with our FC 30 (which is a FANTASTIC trailer). We'll be installing solar this weekend, along with a big battery bank, which means even if we find a 25ss tomorrow, it'll be too late. Maybe we'll switch one day, but for the near future, we're giving up on our search and continuing with our current, wonderful trailer. Thanks again everyone.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:25 PM   #107
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Good job looking with very thorough research. That 30 has room to grow and spread your stuff.

There's always a reason, it'll be interesting to see how it shows itself.
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Fender emailed me and said he prefers the 30!
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Fender probably does prefer the 30. We love the 30 too, so it's a win-win.

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Thanks. It's definitely felt that way on this one. I'd been pushing and pushing, searching craigslists nationwide, putting out tons of wanted ads, driving by dealers and putting alerts out. Nothing. I tried by best.

Watch... now that I've decided... a perfect 25ss will pop up tomorrow right after I attach all my solar. I agree though, it feels like I was fighting the cosmos on this one. We'll see what happens and why it played out this way.
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I'm really glad to hear that you're sticking with Sparky! Its a great trailer and I could see on your faces that you weren't 100% about that 25ss, more like you were trying to convince yourselves it would work... I think you might've regretted it.

Most people buy too small and end up moving up. Not many go the other direction. True you want to be minimalists... but sometimes you really do need space, even if its not for stuff.

Besides, if Fender is happy what else matters really?
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We think we could make a 25ss work. It'd really free up our options if we ever wanted a different van for a tow rig (like a sprinter) but there are some great benefits to keeping the 30, like the corner wardrobes, walk-around bed, tons of storage capacity, huge fresh Grey and black tanks, and lots of room for solar. And I can carry more stuff, which means less downsizing.

I still would have loved to have found a 25ss, but it wasn't in the cards.
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I think you guys are making the right decision. You have a beautiful trailer and, when watching your videos, it seemed you were too often trying to justify an unnecessary switch. Good luck. Can't wait to see your solar installation videos!
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