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Old 05-14-2016, 02:42 PM   #29
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Airstream has their PR department working over time building hype.
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:45 AM   #30
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Perhaps instead of a huge PR spending on what we called "vaporware" in the computer industry, the funds would better be deployed designing the production line in such a way that QC is verified at every stage. Then when the unit gets to the last stop, the repairs would be minimal.

Many Airstream dealers can not even do a decent repair job on the aluminum, wonder how that expertise (or lack thereof) will play out with fiberglass?

Perhaps the tow vehicle conversations will start with "Can my Miata or Fiat 500 tow this?"
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:01 AM   #31
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Is there any sense of projected weight of the final trailer ....they will add AC and black tank I hear ....

Why doesn't the industry think even lighter and skip black tank and go with those European cassette toilets or just go with a compost toilet - save weight .... Just a thought...or have it as an option.

I woman on fb upon me posting about the next linked me to some trailer that is primarily sold in Europe that "can be pulled by a Miata" - forget it's name - cute design - no AC - had bathroom in pics with no shower.

I was deeply skeptical about the Miata part lol - only airstream a are designed to be pulled by bicycles and such
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:39 AM   #32
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I'm a fiberglass trailer enthusiast, having owned a boler and a SurfSide at the same time. I have been following the Nest since its early stages. It may be my next Airstream. I sold our SurfSide a few days after we brought our Airstream home due to space limitations. It was 15 ft with a queen bed. It was a wonderful trailer, and it is sadly missed.

If Airstream is following this, I'd like them to:
-avoid adding a black tank. A combination tank is good enough, or add a cassette or composting (big bucks) toilet, as was mentioned above. We hardly use the black tank on our Airstream. I collect shower water and dish water to pour down the toilet just to keep it wet in there and to avoid dumping the grey tank so often. I wish I had a combination tank.
-keep the queen bed. Don't try to squeeze more in there at the expense of the bed.
-lighten up the fabric. Please don't use brown anywhere in there. Keep the fabrics bright and fresh. It's a fun trailer! No valances please. OceanAir blinds would be nice, but cheaper roller blinds would be fine too. No Venetian blinds. They clang around when towing.
-the bed could be a futon-type, so that it could be flipped into a sofa, but not necessary. Our SurfSide was like that, but we were too lazy and left it flat.
-keep the table along the side. It is more useful than trying to cram in a dinette booth. I like looking directly out the window. I don't have to be looking into my partner's face.
-I'd like an optional hand dolly to move it around our yard. We used to be able to buy them at Princess Auto in Canada, but they are no longer sold anywhere that I can find. That's the beauty of a small trailer! You can push it around your yard! A hand dolly makes it even easier. Most people have to get someone to make one for them, but I don't know a welder.
That's my wish list and my 0.02.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:02 PM   #33
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Hey Pharmgeek, been a bit quiet on your front. Realized hadn't seen your name in a few.

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Old 05-15-2016, 10:09 PM   #34
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I'm still alive and doing our airstream thing when we find time! Lovin it - back to the beach Memorial Day weekend for 4 day weekend (port st Joe) - glad to see your name too!

I look forward to being a vicarious fan of the nest of it becomes a good competitor worthy - do us proud airstream!
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Old 05-15-2016, 11:06 PM   #35
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The Airstream brand is unique. Let's keep Airstream aluminum.

Thor should assign the Nest to one of their plastic brands.

Btw....my 2005 Interstate was total Flying Cloud inside....so still in the Airstream spirit.
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-I'd like an optional hand dolly to move it around our yard. We used to be able to buy them at Princess Auto in Canada, but they are no longer sold anywhere that I can find. That's the beauty of a small trailer! You can push it around your yard! A hand dolly makes it even easier. Most people have to get someone to make one for them, but I don't know a welder.
Home Hardware, or amazon.ca Both have listings for trailer dollies.

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I made a comment on my fb discussing this product and asked "but is it an airstream" *said in snooty voice*

I wouldn't personally mind the non aluminum option if quality is great and people mostly are like "yeah - that thing is sweet looking and unique"

But I suppose it does slightly depart from what defines airstream....
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I made a comment on my fb discussing this product and asked "but is it an airstream" *said in snooty voice*

I wouldn't personally mind the non aluminum option if quality is great and people mostly are like "yeah - that thing is sweet looking and unique"

But I suppose it does slightly depart from what defines airstream....

Airstream sold MOHOs and Chrysler vans not produced by them and currently sell fitted out Mercedes vans. All labeled as Airstreams. If it says "Airstream" on it then it is an Airstream.
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In a field littered with both long established competitive "eggs" and innovative new entries...

Airstream will
  1. redefine the "egg" concept for the RV industry
  2. become famous for the RV version of the "Edsel" or "New Coke"
  3. be lost in the hoard

I've visited a few new campgrounds lately... and at one four men almost RAN up to offer to help me back in and hook up. AND to drool a bit over Eddie. I couldn't resist and opened the hatch even though it was only an overnight stay. The "wows" when they see that are still amazing.

I think people have a similar reaction to "egg" trailers in general - they're obviously different from the average camper - and I really don't know whether people will buy an Airstream egg in preference to a Casita egg for half the price.

I'll watch from the sidelines with interest. I do think fiberglass is a lot more sensible if you're going into the woods in the land of thorns and hanging branches and rutty dirt roads... IF the trailer is built for boondocking. And frankly they're a hell of a lot easier and cheaper to get the dings and scratches repaired. So WALLY experimented with fiberglass too.... probably just didn't have the financing to develop a third brand after the Argosy or change the argosy over to fiberglass.

We'll see. Good luck Airstream. Hope it works out well. (redacted a line from "The Right Stuff" about negative outcome and resultant bad publicity)

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Sort of reminds me of the whole Argosy debate.
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Home Hardware, or amazon.ca Both have listings for trailer dollies.

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Thanks so much, Jeff!

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Airstream sold MOHOs and Chrysler vans not produced by them and currently sell fitted out Mercedes vans. All labeled as Airstreams. If it says "Airstream" on it then it is an Airstream.
Right... just see this color photo posted yesterday on Twitter by Rich Luhr:

Airstream's 1955 prototype fiberglass "Wally Bee"
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