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Old 08-11-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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2016 vs. 2013

We are considering getting our first AS. We are lucky enough we have an opportunity and flexibility to travel and explore for some extended periods of time upwards of 1-3 months likely. We are still sorting out how often and for how long but expect it to be waves of extended time.

We have been doing our research in the forums and learning from others shared experiences. We also plan to meet with some friends who have a 16' AS as they have a lot they want to share on what they would do different etc.

We started off thinking a 16' but have slowly settled into thinking a 25'FB FC is the best option considering tradeoffs between bigger and smaller models. My SO would like something she feels she could pull on her own if possible so the 25' is a little intimidating. She is willing to go to the 25' if I plan to spend more time vs. less on trips. Beside the two of us we occasionally will have two early teens join us.

We spent several hours at our local dealer going in all sizes and floor plans and felt the best about the 25'FB. We even considered the 23'FB but like the bigger fridge, windows and extra sitting space of the 25'FB.

We also are 100% sure buying new is not the way to go. However, are not sure how old to look. I have been thinking 2016 or newer since I like the duct air and larger tires. However, we found what looks like a great deal on a 2013 25FB with interior options we would compromise on. It's 40K less than a 2017/18 assuming msrp and 20K less than 2016's. I have been seeing. Is there that big a difference between a 2013 if its in excellent condition vs. a 2016/17/18 that its worth it? 20 - 40K is a lot of money that could go to travel cost. Also, any other input if we are on the right path would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-27-2017, 08:40 PM   #2
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We had a 2014 FC and traded up to a 2017 International. Having the ducted air makes a noticeable improvement in noise. I'd opt for the 2016. Otherwise, the trailer is very similar with just a few tweaks.
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Old 08-27-2017, 11:11 PM   #3
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Great questions.

We have a 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB which was the first year with ducted air. If you plan on using the AC then the ducted air, hence 2015 or newer, might be important. Noise effects everyone differently so I would recommend listening to both ducted and non-ducted air units to help you and your SO decide.

We just got back from a week of Airstreaming with our two adult daughters and our teenage son. The 25 works really well for 4-5 people. Four people is ideal as your teenagers can each have a bed (one on the reconfigured dinette and one on the reconfigured couch).

If you decide you want the ducted air and can wait until January to buy then a 2015 would be considered three years old, I believe, which would make it more affordable perhaps?

Keep the questions coming!

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Old 08-27-2017, 11:19 PM   #4
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Two other thoughts...pricing of new units can be found for 18-20% off MSRP so when you are figuring cost differences between different year models this number will help you compare. Secondly, if you go for the 25 and want a queen bed, as we did, make sure that you or your SO is willing to climb on the bed to get in and out of bed! If one of you is not willing to do this (practice in a unit at the dealership) then go for the 27 which orients the queen bed so both people can get in from the sides. If you go for twin beds then what I just wrote is not an issue!

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Old 08-27-2017, 11:20 PM   #5
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$40K will buy innumerable trips, fund activities on the road, and generally enhance where and what you do on the road making it a non-choice in my financial calculations. RVs break regularly as well as require maintenance, storage, insurance fees, etc., you have likely under-estimated. It is better to have a cushion than to stretch for minor differences.
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