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Old 10-11-2020, 10:17 AM   #1
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Third time’s the charm!

Well, this is our AS story, and should be the last installment.

My wife, and our poodle started our AS story at one two night camping trip in a Nest, we found on the used market. We traded it on the way back home from that trip for a 2020 25ft. FC. It served us well on a recent 3 wk. CO trip, but as we all know, on a trip like that, you learn what you really prefer.

So, after thinking it over and deciding twin beds and two AC units would be ideal, we made a trade this weekend for a 2021 28 ft. International RB Twin, with 50 amp service. The twin bed option is like having an additional room and the seating arrangement in that configuration is a plus in our opinion.

Fortunately we had already made a trade with another ASF member, trading our 1/2 ton Tundra for his RAM 2500 Diesel, which made this upgrade much more comfortable.

Live and learn they say, but we have a good dealer and were treated very fairly on our trade-in, so the damage was not as bad as it might have been and since this is our future lifestyle choice in retirement, being comfortable and content is what it’s all about.

A few 30 amp devices (dog bone, surge protectors, etc.) will be in the Classifieds soon! Stream on!
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:27 AM   #2
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:13 AM   #3
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Well, this is our AS story, and should be the last installment
Famous last words. I prognosticate that you'll be hankerin' for a Classic by next summer....
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Old 10-11-2020, 12:18 PM   #4
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Well, this is our AS story, and should be the last installment.

My wife, and our poodle started our AS story at one two night camping trip in a Nest, we found on the used market. We traded it on the way back home from that trip for a 2020 25ft. FC. It served us well on a recent 3 wk. CO trip, but as we all know, on a trip like that, you learn what you really prefer.

So, after thinking it over and deciding twin beds and two AC units would be ideal, we made a trade this weekend for a 2021 28 ft. International RB Twin, with 50 amp service. The twin bed option is like having an additional room and the seating arrangement in that configuration is a plus in our opinion.

Fortunately we had already made a trade with another ASF member, trading our 1/2 ton Tundra for his RAM 2500 Diesel, which made this upgrade much more comfortable.

Live and learn they say, but we have a good dealer and were treated very fairly on our trade-in, so the damage was not as bad as it might have been and since this is our future lifestyle choice in retirement, being comfortable and content is what it’s all about.

A few 30 amp devices (dog bone, surge protectors, etc.) will be in the Classifieds soon! Stream on!
c. Do you are saying your tundra would not be sufficient for the 28? We have a 2020 1794 equipped for pulling about 9000 it’s and the 28 comes in well under that. We’re thinking about a 27
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Old 10-11-2020, 08:51 PM   #5
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I'm saying that when I anticipated traveling a lot in the mountains of CO, MT, and WY, the Tundra Limited I owned would have been stressed far more than the RAM 2500 Diesel, and in turn, I'd be operating at the upper limits of it's capability in certain climbs and descents. I didn't feel totally sold on the idea of using it with the 25 ft. FC, and certainly not the 28 ft. unit.
Please note I'm not making a judgement for you or trying to impart one, I'm telling my story, using my standards.
I'm far more secure driving more truck than I need, than driving one that's sufficient for that job. It's a personal choice about personal safety and not meant as I'm right and anyone else who doesn't agree is wrong.
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:06 PM   #6
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I get it! My trailer is called The Aluminum Tent 3, as it was my third in 2 1/2 years. Congrats!
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:54 PM   #7
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Sure. I understand. We had a dodge one ton with duels we ordered from the factory set up for pulling. Can’t argue with your reasoning one bit. Did you consider the 30? I’m vasolating?
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We are on our third one also. My approach has always been “smaller is better” so we went from a 19CB (Safari 04) to a 23FB (FC 2011) to a 25 FBT (2020 GT). I really think this is our last AS, but you never know. My brother, on the other hand always looks at things differently. He would first look at the largest model available.
Congrats on the new AS. I hope it’s “the one” for you.
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:06 AM   #9
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Jerry, no we didn’t consider the 30, although if money were no object the Classic 33 might be the choice, but alas we will have to be satisfied with the 28’ International. Just joking of course, we’re blessed to have the means to be in an AS at all. Can’t wait to pick it up this Friday!
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Old 10-12-2020, 08:32 AM   #10
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Sure. I understand. We had a dodge one ton with duels we ordered from the factory set up for pulling. Can’t argue with your reasoning one bit. Did you consider the 30? I’m vasolating?
Jerry one thing to consider with the 30 is every couple of feet make it harder to find spots in national parks if that matters. we have a 27 and there are more 25 ft spaces than 28/8 ft ones and even fewer 30ft.
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Old 10-12-2020, 11:03 AM   #11
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We started with a 2013 25FB International Serenity ordered while out of the country. The drawing of the cross frame bed showed walking space beside the front edge of the bed. Actual space was narrower at floor level than the width of my foot. The roof lockers over the bed were not noticed until I sat up in bed the first time. We were not too happy with the dinette seating when trying to see the television.

We decided to order a 2014 27FB Classic twin bed because we loved the hickory wood cabinetry and the space between the beds. Upon reflection, the dinette was still the same as the 25FB so we changed the order to a 2014 31’ Classic with twin beds for just the difference in list prices which was under $3,000 at the time which was a bargain compared to trading a 27FB in on a 31” later. So we are most happy with this decision.

We added a 2015 23D International Serenity to allow us into older RV parks where length can be an issue. So we have the best of both worlds for us. Both units have been extensively modified including solar panels and lithium batteries for off grid capability.

We have the Hensley Arrow hitch from the 25FB on the 23D (which is at the same elevation as the 25FB after upgrading the 23D from stock 14” tires and wheels to 15” SenDel wheels and 15” Michelin tires) and a Pro-Pride on the Classic and now tow either unit with our 2012 RAM 2500HD Cummins.
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Old 10-12-2020, 11:58 PM   #12
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Thanks. I hadn’t thought of the parks and trailer sizes etc.. we live in the northwest and spend summers on the lake and intend to leave the winter and go south in the winter etc. we’re near retirement. I keep going back to the 27 as I know I’ll add batteries and solar.. weight is always a concern. We do spend our weekends in the summer on our 37’boat so we are RVers at heart and we do love to travel. The question is will we be comfortable in the 27.. I like the apholstry in the 30.. otherwise I probably wouldn’t even consider going over the 27. What fo you think about used vs new? Buying from private party vs dealer?
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Old 10-16-2020, 09:34 PM   #13
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We had our run-through on our new 2021 International this afternoon and leave tomorrow for a two night trip to a TN State Park.

The feel of the Interstate in this configuration is that it's so much more open and practical than our FC. Part of that is the extra 3 ft. and some of it is the bed configuration.

The RAM didn't notice any difference.

Can't wait to get going!
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Old 10-20-2020, 12:13 PM   #14
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Posting again regarding the difference between our original 2020 25ft. FC FB, and our 2021 28ft. International RB twin.

It hard to overstate the added comfort and convenience that the International affords. From the seating area to the bedroom area, it’s just more open and inviting. The bed area adds another “room” that those with twin beds understand.

The 2021 decor in the Int. is very nice and the fit and finish are a step above in our opinion. We couldn’t be more pleased.
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