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dkottum 08-06-2016 09:40 AM

Saved a bundle on purchase price which paid for a full slate of factory options and a recliner conversion at Jackson Center. The interior is always pleasant, takes any decorating scheme well, is durable and the cabinets have no issues in 1,000 nights camping.

Seemore2006 08-06-2016 12:05 PM

I only like the flip up cabinets as the sliders are a hassle for me and I'm not a fan of moving things around to take another thing out. They seem roomier and stay neater for us.

369goose 08-06-2016 12:19 PM

Flying Cloud a Interior Versus...
SteveSueMac, Did your FC come with the single recliner or did you add that? If so, where would you suggest finding the recliner as we are Hopi g to modify our FC with a recliner.


SteveSueMac 08-06-2016 01:25 PM


Originally Posted by 369goose (Post 1831638)
SteveSueMac, Did your FC come with the single recliner or did you add that? If so, where would you suggest finding the recliner as we are Hopi g to modify our FC with a recliner.



No, we had the standard couch that can convert to a bed with the table top but it wasn't all that comfortable and it's really just the 2 of us and our hound. The Kottum's did a pair of recliners which we might try in the future but it takes relocating some mechanicals in our 27FB.

So we had the one put in at the factory (drop shipped the chair there from Villa Int'l) and had them cut the table down to that piano lid shape.

Very happy with it! Good luck!!

Debit 08-06-2016 01:35 PM

We bought the 26" FC - model 26U. Loved the floor plan, u-shaped dinette, which wasn't an option in the International models. Also, the slightly larger bathroom and vanity appealed to us. We still get the slide out microwave, two TV setup, but with one that articulates out of the door, so you can watch outside under the awning. Wish we had the "cut-in" spice rack next to the stove. We opted for the black ultra-suede, which (we think) offers a very nice contrast to the lighter colored, bamboo surfaces. If the 26U was available in the Serenity, we would have seriously considered it. Love those colors and finishes also.

dkottum 08-06-2016 02:22 PM

The 26U has some nice features, good travel and living size. I saw the video of Patrick at Colonial pulling out the TV to watch outdoors and wondered how many bugs would fly into the Airstream with the screen door open (not that we appreciate campground neighbors who run TV's and radios outside).

Rgentum 08-06-2016 02:24 PM

To me, the dark (ebony?) cabinets & upholstery are gloomy & depressing, and I wanted to step into the trailer & get a feeling of light & airy.

As for the slide out drawers, coming back from the WV rally, we had the microwave slide-out cabinet slide out twice while travelling, dumping the microwave on the floor. I thought I liked the slide-out microwave cabinet, but now I need to put a keeper on the door to keep from finding the microwave on the floor a third time.

greghoro 08-06-2016 02:32 PM

Twin beds were only offered on Flying Cloud as a standard floor plan, which dictated our choice.


Len n Jeanne 08-06-2016 03:08 PM

Our first AS had the International dark interior. I suppose it looked more sophisticated, but when we had to spend much of a rainy day indoors, or were camping in the shoulder season when it was dark early and late, it was kind of gloomy inside. The FC is light, bright, and out of sight!

abqdor 08-06-2016 04:13 PM

Being our first Airstream, we opted for the lighter interior of the Flying Cloud. It was actually the bright airiness that drew us to the Airstream. Having shopped for almost a year for trailers we looked at a lot of SOB's, but they all had very dark interiors and moving up from a pop up with lots of windows, we wanted a light and airy feel. We're very happy with the cashew leather and lighter cabinets. The only problem my wife had with the trailer was a very dark bathroom in the 25' FB model since there is no window. We solved this by buying the longer oval window from Airstream that is found in other models and installed it in the door. Now there is much more light in the bathroom.

gecko 08-06-2016 07:03 PM

We have two different friends who recently bought FC's. Both said that they did so because they needed darker cushions because they have dogs, and it was less pricey than either of the Internationals, CCD or Serenity.

Personally, I think that the cashew interior with the light wood is a much lighter look. If we were to have chosen an FC, it would have been for the "warmer" feel of that interior.

But we purchased in 2009. We fell in love with the CCD signature, but ultimately decided the dark cabinetry would be counter to our love of bright. We anted up another 5k over the CCD for the Ocean Breeze. The white cabinetry , silver finished bulkheads, and light colored upholstery have rewarded us with the very brightest interior that Airstream offers--and we love it!

Nobody has mentioned this, but our International came standard with the three awning package that we find invaluable in its flexibility. I believe this is a pricey option on the FC?

I think the FC interiors are beautiful, too. We were just so tired of the wood in other trailers that we were drawn to the Internationals. Considering buying new again, we're waiting to see what will replace the Serenity. We like it, but like our Ocean Breeze much better.

Isn't it wonderful that there are so many great choices?

SMLJeep 08-06-2016 09:04 PM

Have a 2015 FC 23FB and are moving up to. FC 27FB. We don't like the sliding doors. Never liked them on closets in houses we owned and didn't want them in our AS.

Jwestman 08-06-2016 09:47 PM

We are not fans of air conditioning and so appreciate fabric instead of leather during the heat of the summer.

cptfish 08-19-2016 02:36 AM

We love both. Our first trailer was a 25' 2010 FC and now we have a 27' 2014 onyx International. I don't mind the darker interior in the onyx since it is shiny and we get a lot of light bounce and reflection. Have not had any problems with the microwave slider as some others have and so we love that. One advantage to the international is the upper cabinets are considerably larger. You Ishtar look at the upper cabinets in both.

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