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Old 06-06-2015, 09:17 AM   #1
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EB 25' Worth The Price of Admission?

I am new to these forums, but not new to Airstreams. When I was young (52 now), my grandparents were active members in the Top of Georgia club and the Wally B club. I developed my Wander Lust complex from traveling the US with them during the summers.

To this point, my wife and I have had offered vehicles (currently a 2009 built Land Rover LR3) and a South African Conqueror Commander trailer (sold this month).

At 52 with two young children, we have decided it is time to "tame" our travels and enjoy indoor plumbing and a shower. We have scoured the web, and we landed on the 25' EB edition as the best "fit" for our lifestyle, and I guess just in the nick of time. It appears that the contract with EB has come to a close, and it is get one now or wait until someone with a 25' decides to sell.

I have found 1 25' foot 2015 new East of Colorado. The dealer isn't budging much on price (based on what others are saying is a typical discount at an AS dealership).

For those who own one ... Are they worth the price of admission?

I appreciate any quick feedback as I have a refundable deposit on the one I have located.

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Old 06-06-2015, 10:02 AM   #2
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We have a 2012 25'EB and are happy with it. As for the question- Are they worth it? I think you are the only one who can answer that. For us the fold up seats don't get used much but we like the fabric on them and the hatch is used all the time. We and I believe others have had issues with the latch on this hatch. Our hatch door didn't fit to tight and it didn't have any way to adjust this. I have made some changes to address this but it still let's a little dust in.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:38 AM   #3
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The hatch in the newer models reportedly work better but only time will tell. The hatch is quite useful if you kayak etc. but even if you don't, it's a heck of a feature.
Is it worth the price of admission? Truthfully an argument could be made that no airstream is worth the admission. It's about what you want and are willing to give for that experience.
It's only money and you sure as hell cant take it with you. :-)
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:59 AM   #5
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The EB was the one for us. It can stand up to my active grandkids and their spills. Really like the flooring. Love the hatch. The bathroom is a little small for a generous sized person though.We cover the cushions with a waterproof mattress cover and a fitted sheet when we have grandkids camp with us. This does a wonderful job of keeping them clean and stain free. Do not have the ultra leather, not an option in 2014 models. We went with the 27 model because it gave us a walk around bed, and a little more storage space. Also like the way the kitchen draws are not behind cabinet doors in the 27 model.
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:58 PM   #6
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Is the door worth $11K to you? Would you use it that much? Are there any alternatives to carrying your stuff (if that is a factor).
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:15 PM   #7
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greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We are long time avid Airstreamers. We've had two 25FB's (an '05 and a '15) that we have spent over 1,500 nights in and towed 140,000 miles. We have not had an EB, but seriously considered one when we bought the '15. We decided against it because the gain we would get by having the rear gate was negated by the storage lost. We considered the EB because we wanted to more easily carry our 16' tandem kayak. The deal breaker was that with the kayak in place, we couldn't access the bathroom on a rest stop.

Also, I would check with Colonial Airstream in Lakewood, New Jersey. They are a very large Airstream only dealer. In many cases, their price is the price to beat. They have a very large inventory.

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Old 06-06-2015, 04:47 PM   #8
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Man, I appreciate all the feedback.

Rodsterinfl: I am unsure how to answer your questions.
Best I can tell by all the shopping, I cannot find another 25 foot model that sports an active lifestyle (not even the Sport model). I am not interested in black or beige leather, food floors, etc.

A dealer in Salt Lake City told me today that the EB is being replaced with a Cloud model of the same spec, floor layout, minus all the EB appointments. But the price will be the same.

In all my searching, I can only find one user who had the door open on them, and I've had the same happen to me on other trailers when I was rushed and didn't do a final travel check (left a side door open, and it beat the heck out of the side of a trailer.)

Anyway, I do appreciate the comments. Keep um coming.

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Old 06-06-2015, 05:10 PM   #9
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We just picked up a 2016 27EB a couple weeks ago.
For us it was an obvious choice. We liked the FC 27FB layout, EB hatch, ducted AC with adjustable vents, but really wanted black ultra leather. The 2016 EB fit that bill.
Will keep you all posted on how things go in the coming weeks, months, and years!Click image for larger version

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Old 06-06-2015, 07:21 PM   #10
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Is the door worth $11K to you? Would you use it that much? Are there any alternatives to carrying your stuff (if that is a factor).

Is the $11K comparing the EB to a Flying Cloud or to an International model? Joe


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Old 06-06-2015, 07:51 PM   #11
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It's not worth $10,000 to carry a kayak which, in place, renders much of the interior very difficult to use.

On the other hand the seating is easily removable leaving a wide open living room with many possibilities, kayaks or recliner chairs or sleeper sofa or office or studio or . . .

No other model is so easily adaptable. If you inspect it for leaks, corrosion, damage, and maintain it religiously, it can last you through you lifetime. Then it may be worth the considerable premium. Not if you trade it in a few years (people often do), or don't keep up the maintenance. If you're going to keep it for a long, long time, you would like the 27' better and wouldn't notice the difference towing it.

Also with youngsters I would give the bedroom to them and work out sleeping in the living space for us. The place is yours in the evening when they go to bed or watch their own movies, and you have the kitchen to prepare breakfast while they sleep in. Something to think about.

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Old 06-06-2015, 08:01 PM   #12
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I hear you cheryl, but we have been in a 16 foot trailer with no rest room, only an outdoor kitchen. We will feel like we are in a palace in the 25 foot me thinks.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:25 PM   #13
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That is how we felt when we picked up our 27 EB.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:16 PM   #14
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As soon as you get that 25 footer the Airstream spirits will start their work. They are a devilish bunch. It's unimaginable how you will begin to see how a couple of inches here and there make a such a tremendous improvement. It will start with your wife, 4” more in the closet, I really could use that, 6” more in the bathroom, that's nirvana. The bedroom, she says, you have room to turn around. Now I'm not trying to upgrade all the 16' 19' 22' etc owners. What you have is what you want, different strokes for different folks, what you want and have fits perfectly. My only point is a new 25' vs a 27'. Both get into all the National Parks. If your time frame is 2 years and you want the 25', by all means go for it. Just remember the Airstream spirits are relentless, in 4 years you will be trading for the 27'. Oh, two more things, if it can tow a 25' it can tow a 27', there are Toyota's, VW's, BMW's and Porsche's on the thread that tow both. Also, there are other treads here debating the cost vs benefits of the EB vs other models. Good Luck and stay with us, the Airstream spirits will
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