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Old 05-18-2018, 06:14 PM   #1
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FC 26U twin extra storage--good or dangerous?

Please help resolve what seems to be a contradiction I may have detected in my researching the merits of various AS trailers. I hear so many on this forum cite the extra outside storage that is gained on the twin bed version of the Flying Cloud 26U as being a distinct feature with a desirable advantage.

Yet, I have read many comments in these forums and other sources of trailing advice that it is dangerous to add weight to the trailer rear of the axles and that adding such weight can be a contributing factor in trailer sway and loss of stability.

So my question is what is how can this extra storage be utilized safely and avoid adverse effects.

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Old 05-18-2018, 06:19 PM   #2
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Store light weight stuff in them.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:52 PM   #3
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You are not going to store enough weight in them for it to matter. I have the queen, go for the twins. Only regret I have about ours.
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Old 05-18-2018, 06:54 PM   #4
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We have the 26U with twins...great lay out. The extra outside storage is not large enough to store heavy items in there anyway. No problem with extra rear weight. I use one side for electrical cables, etc and the curb side for small odds and ends. Works out great. Carrying a lot of fresh water is a bigger problem.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:49 PM   #5
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Not for storage of gold bars, but I imagine the gear stored in them by most people (including myself) is comparable to the weight of the stuff folks store under the queen bed.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:05 PM   #6
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At around 6800-7000 lb loaded for travel, my 26U Twin runs 925-950 lb on the tongue, so there's no issue of stability with normal things in those aft storage compartments. If you carry a lot of anvils you should keep them in the shower or the full-height closet so they're close to the axles.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:19 PM   #7
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We have the 26U with twins...great lay out. The extra outside storage is not large enough to store heavy items in there anyway. No problem with extra rear weight. I use one side for electrical cables, etc and the curb side for small odds and ends. Works out great. Carrying a lot of fresh water is a bigger problem.
Pretty much "ditto". The 26U also has the storage area in the front of the trailer to counter some of the behind the axle weight (maybe). However we don't really store heavy weight 'stuff' anywhere except in the pick-up bed (3/4 ton). That's a whole different discussion but not for here please.

Getting back to the OP, this is our 2nd twin-bed A/S (other-'04 25' Safari Twin) and one of the major reasons for us is the extra outside storage. The extra inside storage and usable floor space are another bonus to the twin-bed floor plan as we see it.

We love the lounge/booth up front compared to the 25' Safari sofa and side table set-up. Just needs some minor tweaks for our liking but that seems to be SOP for most A/S owners!

Enjoy your 26U, it's a good floor plan.
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Get the twin beds, the outside storage is well worth it and also the area between the beds for getting ready is a great way to go also. Use one outside storage area for wheel chocks levelers and miscellaneous, use the back one for power cords extra water small toolbox and the other for outside cooking utensils. Works great
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Would suggest a 50 amp power cord be as close to the wheels as possible vs under the twin night stand. That is a lot office torated wright way back there. Just my experience.

Even better is put it in the tow vehicle forward of rear axle.
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[QUOTE=switz;2103416That is a lot office torated wright way back there. [/QUOTE]

I think auto spell got away with you there. I don't get it.
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I think most of the warnings deal with adding a hitch or rack at the rear bumper which would add weight to the rear.

We have a rear twin 25' and got in mainly for that huge rear storage. Get it.
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Curb side is my wine cellar and bottled water, street side is shore electric cable, catv and sat cables, sway bar wrench, chocks and levelers. Rear compartment potable and flush hoses, TP, etc.

Not much weight.
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Written like a temperate-climate guy... in Texas if I carried wine in the outer compartments I'd arrive with vinegar May-September. Wine and chocolate travel in the truck or the fridge for us.

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Curb side is my wine cellar and bottled water, street side is shore electric cable, catv and sat cables, sway bar wrench, chocks and levelers. Rear compartment potable and flush hoses, TP, etc.

Not much weight.
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