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Old 05-01-2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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Fans of the Airstream Nest Caravan

First designed by Robert Johans four years ago in Oregon, this lightweight, molded fiberglass trailer with an infusion-molded monocoque body will now be built by Airstream, Inc.

See: "Airstream To Build Fiberglass Nest Caravan"

The prototype model weighs about 2,000 lbs. and has a queen size bed.

See details: "Nest Caravan delivers a monocoque-built glamping adventure"

I suspect the proud and happy owners of this new trailer will enjoy the ease of towing (with a standard car!), not worrying and dealing with filiform corrosion, having fewer, if any, leaks, saving money on tow vehicle fuel, and feeling good about going green (it has an integrated solar panel!).


See: "Nest Caravans: Stylistically changing the way we travel in the great outdoors"

For updates about the Airstream Nest Caravan, see Airstream, Inc.'s webpage:

"Join us in welcoming Nest Caravan to the Airstream family"
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The inside is TINY,I would like to see pics with a human inside.

also,there is no window coverings for privacy at night.

I assume they will add something ,shades,curtains,that will make it even smaller inside.

These will be $40k out the door,thats alot of $$ for a tiny trailer.

just my first impressions.

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Old 05-01-2016, 06:14 PM   #3
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Airstream Nest = more sales for Casita and Oliver.

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Pretty much all been said, at least until they are actually in production.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f483...am-144000.html
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Airstream will not be able to meet Oliver quality. 40K for one of these and a bit over 50K for a fully equipped 23' Oliver. No contest - Oliver hands down. This might turn into as big a boondoggle as that silly Base Camp.
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I guess my concern is that branching out like this may jeopardize Airstream in the long run,so that in the end they quit making Aluminum Travel Trailers....
I like the idea of an Airstream factory on the west coast,mainly for service for the folks that bought new Airstreams with issues,that the dealers can't handle correctly.
But that also could jeopardize aluminum trailer manufacturing in the future.
Thor could just make Airstream,Sprinters and Fiberglass Trailers.
There is only one thing Thor and their investors care about:
$$$$$$$$$$$
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"Thor could just make Airstream,Sprinters and Fiberglass Trailers."

Sounds like that is what they have planned for the near future.
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It might be cool to see some brand new 2017 Silver Streaks and Streamlines
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See how Robert Johans built the first Nest Caravan prototype:

"Nest Caravans - Building a new FG trailer, step by step"
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This is headed the way of Land Rover..... The Defender, formerly the Series is now gone only to be replaced with a plastic bodied whatever is next. Well se the end of a handbuilt shell in lieu of a blow molded grp shell soon after this. Afterall why keep what made you good? Mark my words... plastic is cheaper than metal and all those peaky rivets......
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And more and different perspective from non-Airstream owners.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...s-74037-2.html
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And more and different perspective from non-Airstream owners.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...s-74037-2.html
... which was closed and continued in the new thread:

"New fiberglass player.....Airstream!"

where designer Robert Johans states (in post #15) that he will be working with Airstream as a consultant, overseeing the production of the Nest in Jackson Center, Ohio.
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Airstream will not be able to meet Oliver quality. 40K for one of these and a bit over 50K for a fully equipped 23' Oliver. No contest - Oliver hands down. This might turn into as big a boondoggle as that silly Base Camp.
Hi, I wasn't a fan of the Base Camp and thought it was way over priced, but like the last Ranchero [1979] there was a demand for them right after they were no longer available. People wanted what you could no longer buy. People were willing to pay even more for them. I also don't think we can automatically say that the quality will be bad and they won't sell. I went to a car show in LA when they showed the first Scions. Who in their right mind would buy one of these ugly boxy $hit boxes of a car? I was wrong; many people loved these things. Time will tell.

No, I won't be one of the buyers of the Nest.
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It seems Airstream's first prototype fiberglass trailer was the Wally Bee.

A photo of the Wally Bee is also seen in #3 Wally's Trailers, and Who Slept Where.
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