2018 Airstream Flying Cloud 25RB

We have decided to get a larger rig and so we are parting with Silver Belle, our 2018 Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB. We have owned her for 2 years, bought her from Airstream NW (Covington, WA) new in 2019. She travels from Louisiana to WA every summer for our three month stay on the Salish Sea. We are a retired couple and have taken very good care of Silver Belle. Price: $73,000 and email details are below.

Highlights

  • Awning Package
  • Backup Camera
  • Solar Ready
  • Sleeps Five People
  • Split Dry Bath (shower separate from sink and toilet)
  • Panoramic Windows (with awnings over all of them)
  • Heated Underbelly (4 season camping)
  • Outdoor Shower
  • LED Awning Lights (dimmable)
  • Fiamma Bike Rack
  • Detailed and Walbernized Regularly (covered storage, too)

Floor Plan: 25RBQ Queen — Classification: Travel Trailer — Sleeps/Seats: 6 — Water Capacity: 39 gal. — Black Water Capacity: 37 gal. — Grey Water Capacity: 35 gal. — Dry Weight: 5,600 — Payload Capacity: 1,700 — Hitch Weight: 835 — A/C Specs: 15000 BTUs of Air Conditioners: 2 — GVWR: 7,300 — Exterior Color: Silver — Interior Color: Truffle UL/Landmark — Axles: 2 

Options Included: 25RBQ Rear Bedroom Queen Bed Floor Plan, Airstream Fiamma Bike Rack, Truffle Ultraleather Interior Decor, Convection Microwave W/3 Burner Cook Top, Voyager Wireless Back Up Camera System W/Monitor, Window Awning Package   

CHASSIS 

3000 lb Electric Hitch Jack w/Light 4 Heavy Duty Stabilizer Jacks, Radial Black Wall 225 75 R15 Tires, LRD 15 12 Electric Drum Nev R Adjust Brakes, Nev R Lube Hubs Spare Tire, Bracket & Steel Wheel Aluminum Bi Fold Entry Step. 

EXTERIOR 

Aluminum LP Bottle Cover Enclosed, Insulated Underbelly and Tanks, Dark Grey Patio Awning C.S., C.S. & R.S. Awning Rails, Stainless Steel Wrap Protectors, Diamond Plate, Exterior Storage Compartment, Cast Taillights 6 LED Oval, Exterior Shower, Exterior LP Service Port w/Quick Connect Hose & Adapter Fitting, LED Light Strip on Patio Awning with Dimmer Switch. 

WINDOWS/ DOORS 

Solar Gray Front Panoramic Windows, Keyed Deadbolt at Entry Door, Refrigerator Vent Doors, Upper and Lower Screen Door Guards. 

INTERIOR DECOR 

Pull Roller Shades on All Windows, Drapes on Panoramic Windows, Bright Aluminum Finish Interior Skin, Wood drawer boxes w/ full extension, self closing ball bearing drawer glides, Overhead Rooflockers w/ Radius Doors, Entrance Mat w/Airstream Logo, Grab Handle, Vinyl Flooring Throughout, Satin Finish Hardware, Curtains W/Blackout Linings, 5 Hook Key Holder, LED Ceiling Lights, Magazine Rack, Laminate Furniture /Countertops. 

BATH DECOR 

Towel Bar, Ring Hinged Bath Door, Retractable Clothes Line in Shower, Stainless Steel Round Lavy Sink, China Toilet, Mirrored Medicine Cabinet . 

BEDROOM DECOR 

Pillow Top Memory Foam Mattress, Quilted Bedspread w/Reverse Sham w/Decorative Throw Pillows, 2 Regular Bed Pillows, Removable Under Bed Storage Bins, Sleeping Capacities: 2- 5  

GALLEY DECOR 

Laminated Galley Top, Sink Cover, Single Bowl w/ Sink Faucet w/Separate Sprayer, Aluminum Insert on Refrigerator, Pantry Storage, Bi Fold Stainless Steel Range Cover, Overhead Rooflocker w/Radius Doors, Cutlery Drawer w/Hardwood Maple Drawer Organizer, Filtered Cold Water. 

ENTERTAINMENT /SOUND 

Radio Antenna, 2 LED HD TVs, Blu Ray Player w/ Any Net Feature, Clarion Digital Media Player w/ Display for iPod/MP3, 2 pair of 6.5 2 Way Clarion Speakers, 30W Active Sub woofer 100 Watt Cable, Portable Satellite Hook Ups, TV Antenna, Signal amplifier, TV Jack LED/ HD, 22 Bedroom TV w/ Articulating Wall Bracket.

Email us with questions at countryboycitygirl2003@gmail.com

 

Airstream Decor 101

The first thing I decided to plan when we decided to get an Airstream was the decor 🙂

I started out looking for inspiration, and found lots of different style ideas that I saved on my ‘Airstream Flying Cloud’ Pinterest board. I was really drawn to colors that are calming and peaceful, which (to me) accentuate the light and airy interior of the Flying Cloud models. My first bit of inspiration were these palettes of blues, greens, and corals.

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I found a lot of home decor and accents are being made in these colors right now. Including this duvet and cute prints on Etsy:

Floral Bedding in Comforter or Duvet Best Selling Navy Coral Gray and Aqua Dahlia Flower Design    TRIBAL Girl Nursery Decor Arrows Tribal Nursery Art by Tessyla

So I decided to delve into the Navy, Aqua, Coral, and Grey color scheme.

Aqua, coral, navy, white, grey spring palette

I wanted to see examples of people using these colors in an RV, because I am not a Johanna Gaines type HGTV diva.  Most of the examples where from the International Signature & Serenity lines, which have darker cabinets than the Flying Cloud.

These two are photos from Monica Bennett over at just5moreminutes.com ( I love her blog on Airstream RVing! ). Her scheme has red accents.

 2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (4 of 5)2016 Interior Design Trends - Geometric Wall Decor (2 of 5)

Here is an example, again of darker cabinets, from currentlywandering.com

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Finally I started seeing the lighter Flying Cloud cabinets, mostly on stock photos.

The Flying Cloud travel trailer from Airstream combines comfort and luxury, and includes several interior decor options to find the look that's right you.
I also found DIXIE the Airstream photos that have an art deco theme:
Art Deco lavatory Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB  https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ec/b2/d1/ecb2d1f59764979a714b638e15170203.jpg

I’m kind of over red, and silver is too monochrome for me at this time. I think I’ll stick with my coral/blue/green palette. My initial shopping list for decor is:

  • Clock(s)
  • Accent Pillows (navy and aqua)
  • Placemats (silver or grey)
  • Ikea Magnetic Knife Bar
  • Magnetic Spice Jars
  • Soap dispenser and Soap Dish (seaglass aqua)
  • Hall Rug (suitable for my mastiff)

A few commenters on the Airstream Addicts Facebook group suggested these as ways to fix things to the counters and walls without damage:

  • Velcro
  • 3M VHB Double-Sided Tape
  • Comand Hooks (silver)

Color Palette:

Before:

After:

Why we decided to buy an AIRSTREAM!

So… funny thing happened on the way to Washington State.

Zion National Park in Utah

For a year we were CERTAIN that the R-Pod 180 was all we needed – minimum space, easier to tow with a small SUV, and the most like a cozy, vintage home for the road.

But there we were, discussing what we would do differently if we had to buy an RV for snowbirding in the PNW all over again. We talked about the things we loved and the things we didn’t love in our RV, about our road trip style, about our steps to the end goal of part-timing. When the husband asked what my dream travel trailer would be if we didn’t have the R-Pod I answered without pause, “An Airstream”. He asked if we had ever been in one together, perhaps at an RV show. I thought about it and told him, no, we had seen a Class B Airstream at one show but that I’d never taken him into an Airstream travel trailer. Come to think of it, I hadn’t been in a new one. I went into a refurbished vintage one in Oregon in the early 2000s and fell in love with the style.

Who wouldn’t want to RV in this???

Living simply means different things to different people. For us, living simply in a 19′ space for 6 months with our 90-lb Cane Corso was becoming a concern. So we brainstormed a little more on what a more ideal #RVlife for us would look like and decided that when we got to Portland, OR we would stop in an see what the newer Airstreams look like. I didn’t know if I could really see myself paying the price that Airstreams cost.

Then I saw my first new Airstream in person. Classic, shiny exterior. Sleek, clean interior spaces. Made in Jackson, Ohio. I loved them. I also loved the brand aesthetics, durability, and value retention.

Ultimate glamping!

We spent that night delving into the Airstream online world. We found a lot of information on Facebook groups, blogs, forums, and dealer websites. We looked at prices, value retention, accessories, floor plans, and made a list of pros and cons. By the time we drove away from Portland towards Olympia, WA we had the information we needed. Enough information to make an executive decision:

We are buying an AIRSTREAM.

We next visited the dealership in Seattle, Airstream Adventures NW and fawned over the different models before deciding on choosing a model larger than our current 19′ but smaller than 27′ so we could visit all the National Parks and National Forests without worrying about site space.

Our dealership!

Then we narrowed down to the right Airstream line for us. Remodeling an older one was out of the question. We travel 8,000 miles a year and need something to take across the continental divide with the least chance of problems. So new or 1-2 years old was what we wanted. We toyed with the idea of a used one, but since we wanted to buy one within the week, before heading north to the San Juan Islands, we didn’t have time to search/ vet/ wait. Of all the current lines we felt the Flying Cloud was the best bang for our buck. Even within a line there are a lot to choose from! We decided these were the must-haves:

  • New 2018 or 2017 (if any were still on the lot from last year)
  • Queen bed
  • Maximum floor space
  • Separate couch and dinette
  • Solar ready (we have a Zamp 200-watt system)
  • Backup camera (husband is a back-up expert, but this would made life easier)

We ended up choosing the Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB model. We like the longer lounge, separate dinette, walk-around bed, and separate freezer/fridge combo. We found one with the optional window awnings, backup camera, and convection microwave oven.

Airstream Flying Cloud 25FB Queen

We purchased our Flying Cloud throughAirstream Adventures NW  from Jocelyn, an advisor who I highly recommend. Their willingness to negotiate (unlike the Portland store), communication-style, transparency, and stock (the largest in the US) made our experience seamless. It’s some of the best customer service you’ll experience.

So You Want To Buy An Airstream

For those thinking about buying an Airstream I wanted to share some links that I found helpful when I began my search. I read these articles and joined these groups before going to my first dealership so I could arm myself with as much information as possible.

I have successfully negotiated prices on vehicles before, my mother sold cars for many years and I understand how that process works. I’ve never negotatied for an RV. I usually just pay sticker price (horrible, I know) because I have no idea of the markup percentage or the prices paid by actual buyers. Thankfully, the internet came to my rescue!

First, this article explains the markup and negotiation strategies for new and used Airstreams. “Buying an Airstream: Getting the best deal” is a great source of information on buying from a dealer or a private seller. Here is a preview of a bit of their advice:

Buying an Airstream can be a big purchase. They are one of the most expensive travel trailers you can buy and they hold their value better than all other brands. Making sure you get the best price possible could save you quite a bit of money. Typically you are going to buy from a dealer or an individual seller. Each has rather different strategies…

Head over to the Airstream website to find out what the MSRP is for the models you looked at. Keep in mind options can change prices a fair bit. Google for other’s selling the same trailer and see what they list it for. If you are dealer shopping, stick to dealer offers for comparison. Make note of the best prices you find and where they are offered. The rule of thumb is you are looking to get from 20%-30% off the MSRP. Pretty much no dealer is listing their bottom price on the trailer sticker or online.

Next, join the online Airstream communities on Facebook and the web. Search for and join the Facebook groups Airstream Addicts and Airstream Hunter to see discussions and ask questions – they are an invaluable interactive resource. Search for the website Airstream Classifieds to see what prices vintage, used, and new units are going for. Finally, I recommend joining the forum at www.airforums.com for user information on vintage/remodeled, used, and new products.

Happy Hunting!!