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Old 10-26-2020, 04:58 PM   #1
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Flying Cloud 25RB - 30 amp or 50 amp??

Hello Everyone,

We sold our Sport 22FB and plan to buy a Flying Cloud 25RB. We're wondering if we should choose the 50 amp option where the trailer is equipped with two 13.5k BTU a/c units and one fantastic fan or stay with the standard setup with one 15k BTU unit with two fantastic fans.

I'm sure the choice has much to do with where one plans to spend most of their time and we do currently live in Austin, TX. But I'm wondering about other insights that go beyond the obvious differences. I'd be grateful for your feedback. Thank you!

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Old 10-26-2020, 05:08 PM   #2
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If two and 50 amp is available, definitely. Besides the obvious (one is not enough for a Nevada or Arizona summer) two is one and one is none. Backups rock.
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Old 10-26-2020, 05:59 PM   #3
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After this summer in a two AC 50 amp FC 25FB...

50 amp!

I had to endure a few 100°++ days and was very comfortable with the 2 ACs. When I just run one it doesn't quite get there.

Plus, if one goes south......

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Old 10-26-2020, 06:08 PM   #4
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What they said.
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:46 PM   #5
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we are going to get a F 25 FB

30A is our choice as it has dual fantastic fan
with 50a The 2nd fan get replaced with the 2nd AC
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:19 PM   #6
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30 or 50 Amp in a 25 FC

We have a 2019 FC 25 RBT with 30 Amp. We spent the first 2 weeks of October in Melbourne, FL and Orlando, FL. Mid 90's and plenty of humidity. No shade in Melbourne and little shade in Orlando (Fort Wilderness at Disneyworld).

We set temp at 73 and single AC unit did a great job. We like having the 2 Fantastic Fans with the single AC unit. Must admit that having a back up unit is a great point for 50 Amp. Our AC is a 15,000 BTU unit.

Get what you feel comfortable with.

We owned a home in Naples, FL for 24 years and lived there full time for 14 years so we know what high temp and high humidity is like. Florida would be empty without AC!!!!!
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:58 PM   #7
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Congratulations- we had a 25 rear bed and that is our favorite layout of the 3 airstreams we have had. (22 sport, 25 RB twin, now have a 27 FB twin) We really liked the rear bed for sleeping. Back in sites have best views out the back and we could enjoy sleeping with the windows open away from the headlights and views of other campers. Often we were right on the river or lake and that was really nice for sleeping.

Our 25 had the 30 amp. Our 27 has the 50 amp.

For the 25, if you get the 50 amp, not only do you lose a fantastic fan, you also loose the light that comes in from it. So the bedroom and hallway are just darker with the 50 amp.

The 50 amp cord is a total pain. It is heavy and hard to plug into the pole. An Anaconda.

We live in hot humid Missouri. Not as hot as Texas, admittedly. With the 30 amp 25 foot Airstream, it took about 10-15 minutes for the rig to cool down when we arrived at a campground on a Friday night. I would turn off the AC to run the microwave or use a hair dryer. But aside from that, we never wished we had the 50 amp with the 25 foot. But we never camped in the South. We primarily go to Yellowstone or Colorado in the summer for our long trips.

If we were to buy our 25 again, we would get the 30 amp. It was just a simpler trailer to manage.

(We traded from the 22 to 25, and 25 to 27 because our rigs were in accidents and we didn't want to repair and worry about leaks so we traded in.) In fact when we last traded there was a 25 with 50 amp and we chose the 27 50 amp over it. We didn't like how dark the 25 was and we decided that if we were going to get 50 amps we would go up to the 27. We were buying off the dealer lot because we had a trip to Canada in play and didn't want to miss the season to order. This was 2019. To be sure, we also liked the additional room in the 27. But after having it now for 2 years, we really miss the rear beds of the 25.

Long story short here would be to get the 50 amp only if you think you won't be comfortable without it. Was your 22 comfortable or not? If it was, then I think you will be fine with the 30 in the 25.

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:10 PM   #8
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Hi Piggy Bank,

Thank you for the very thoughtful message. You make a point that I hadn't thought of and that is the difference in light inside made possible by the second fan.

Happy travels to you!

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:15 PM   #9
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Thank you, uraljohn. One would think that the standard 30 amp setup will do the job. We prefer windows open so the second fan would be nice except for the hottest places and time of the year when you gotta run the a/c.

Happy travels to you1

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:16 PM   #10
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Thank you, wanninae39!

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:18 PM   #11
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Thank you, TravisH. Nice to have that extra cooling power when you need it and I imagine you can run two units on low when you might have to run one unit on high to achieve he same result.

Happy travels to you!

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:19 PM   #12
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We weren't living in Arizona when we bought our trailer so number of AC units wasn't even a consideration for us. Now that we're in AZ I'd absolutely get 2 ACs if we were to do it over again. You can always use just one, but you can't make a second appear when it's 100+ outside. If you choose the 30a I'd very strongly encourage you to get the awning package as well. More awnings = more shade which should help keep your 30a trailer cool. We're having the awnings added next month and it's way more expensive to do after the fact.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:21 PM   #13
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Thank you, Acheron2010. No doubt a backup would be handy.

Happy travels to you!

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Old 10-26-2020, 08:25 PM   #14
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Thank you, McStreamy. We had discounted the need or value of ordering the awning package, but you make a good point. I'll guess that adding the awning pkg to the 30 amp unit will cost less than the 50 amp package too. I appreciate your insight.

Happy travels to you!

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Old 10-27-2020, 12:03 PM   #15
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We have 25’AS with 1 Ac and 30amp. We also have awnings all around which to me is a must. With one Ac we have close to a 20 degree difference when temps get above 90-95. Our inside temps are in the low seventies. One AC takes longer to cool the AS but we didn’t like the noise level of 2 AC running at the same time. There is plus and minuses of both and you will just have to make a note of each and compare. Make a decision on what fits YOUR family needs he best.
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Old 10-27-2020, 12:27 PM   #16
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I'm south of Austin, I made an intentional choice to go with a 30A/single AC 26' trailer. There are disadvantages both ways.

  • Less AC capacity for camping in weather I don't want to be in anyway
  • Can't use microwave, electric water heater, AC and electric side of fridge concurrently (not for long anyway!)

  • Extra Fantastic Fan
  • Front 30A inlet for using generator from truck bed
  • Smaller/less expensive shore power cord
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Old 10-27-2020, 12:27 PM   #17
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For us in a 27FB we like all of the options of having 2 ac/heat pumps. When we get to a site and it's hot outside, it cools down fairly quick. The other thing we do whether it ac or hp mode, we offset the temp by 2 degrees so the room we are in is quieter for talking and the other unit is running. Then when we go to be bed it is quieter as well. Having a backup is always comforting as others have mentioned.
With having wrap around windows on each end and windows on the side and above, we get plenty of light in our AS. That is one of the reasons we chose it. Because of how light and airy feeling it is.
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Old 10-27-2020, 02:51 PM   #18
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30 amp give you 3,600 watts of power available so water heater and microwave likely won't be on at the same time. 50 amp is more than the two A/Cs, it's 12,000 wats of available power because it's two 50 amp circuits providing power to the trailer which means you can have the microwave, water heater and both A/C's on at the same time. Plus make coffer. The cord is heavier and larger but you can buy a shorter cord than the one that comes with the trailer. It's what we use most of the time. I have used the original power cord one time in two years.
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Old 10-27-2020, 03:54 PM   #19
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2020 25FB 30 Amp 15,000 BTU. I spent the first weekend out in 100 degree, 85% humidity for 2 straight days. It was like a refrigerator inside the AS. If I had a 27' I would do 2. One does a great job in the 25. Everyone else already covered all of the pro's and con's. If I could make the decision all over again. I would still go with one. You only need to maintain one. GENERATOR: I run my unit off 1 Honda 2200 when boon docking...(Micro air needs to be installed) its just more simple. Plus, as everyone said...2 fantastic fans. Keep in mind... campgrounds are getting busier and harder to schedule. Better availability with 30amps.
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Old 10-27-2020, 03:55 PM   #20
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30/50 amp?

No contest!

Go with the 50-amp option!

Austin is hotter than Dallas/Fort Worth, and you will need the dual A/Cs if you wander around the deep South in the hot 3/4ths of the year.

50-amp cable is bit hard to handle, but worth the effort. We carry a short 50- and use it when close enough. Also have the 30-amp cable with the adapter to plug into the Airstream's 50-amp receptacle.Use it when only one or none of the A/Cs are to be used.

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