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Gregory92264 06-23-2018 07:55 PM

Nest, any modifications or improvements?
 
What was your first modifications or upgrades on your Nest?

OTRA15 06-23-2018 08:12 PM

Thanks for the post. Good to see that there is now a Nest forum:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f546/

. . . although not many posts yet.

Gregory did you get a Nest?

Thanks,

Peter

Gregory92264 06-23-2018 09:55 PM

I'm really tempted Peter but would like to hear more returns with pros & cons!

OTRA15 06-24-2018 03:56 AM

Have you been able to sit inside a Nest, and compare it to other small Airstreams at a dealer? Very curious too about this new model. The Basecamp rollout has been a mixed bag apparently.

Colonial's video is a good first glance.

Peter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0l0BZ4a3d4

RandyNH 06-24-2018 04:19 AM

The first thing I thought seeing the door blind is that it should be mounted the other way, you have to completely expose yourself to see out, it should pull up from the bottom..

wolfemp 07-08-2018 10:39 AM

Improvements
 
We haven't yet used the Nest for camping away but have it set up in the driveway until the week after next when we'll travel with it.
A couple observations:
The door to the bathroom is hinged on the wrong side. From the living space you have to walk past the bathroom to open the door and enter. And at that point, if you haven't thought to turn the light on, it's behind the door on the wall. Since the bathroom has no sink to wash you're hands, you'll always want to head back into the living space after the bathroom and again the door will be in the way of your desired direction.
If the awning is set up and the windows on that side open, a heavy rain will put water between the screens and the interior space. Given the fabric liner of the interior I'm concerned about things of this sort and will be watching it.
After the detailed reports of fiberglass issues, I've inspected ours pretty carefully. No issues similar to the cracking, thin spots, cracked out shower base, ect. but I have found a few small spots where there has been some effort to caulk. Also have a pebbled area on one of the two covers for the batteries and LPG tank. So, nothing yet that's alarming but it has yet to be moved other than 10 miles from the Dealer to home. Two weeks out we'll do a real trip with it and will update then.
One really minor thing, more goofy than anything else - there is an app to be downloaded for additional control of the LED lights, color spectrum, intensity and disco effects if you want to synch your lights to a music source. All seems fairly silly and useless so I hope they didn't spend much time or $$ on this. The one feature I thought it might offer - the possibility of turning the outside lights on remotely when you enter bluetooth range - doesn't appear to be a function.

Beboplu 07-09-2018 04:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wolfemp (Post 2125448)
We haven't yet used the Nest for camping away but have it set up in the driveway until the week after next when we'll travel with it.
A couple observations:
The door to the bathroom is hinged on the wrong side. From the living space you have to walk past the bathroom to open the door and enter. And at that point, if you haven't thought to turn the light on, it's behind the door on the wall. Since the bathroom has no sink to wash you're hands, you'll always want to head back into the living space after the bathroom and again the door will be in the way of your desired direction.
If the awning is set up and the windows on that side open, a heavy rain will put water between the screens and the interior space. Given the fabric liner of the interior I'm concerned about things of this sort and will be watching it.
After the detailed reports of fiberglass issues, I've inspected ours pretty carefully. No issues similar to the cracking, thin spots, cracked out shower base, ect. but I have found a few small spots where there has been some effort to caulk. Also have a pebbled area on one of the two covers for the batteries and LPG tank. So, nothing yet that's alarming but it has yet to be moved other than 10 miles from the Dealer to home. Two weeks out we'll do a real trip with it and will update then.
One really minor thing, more goofy than anything else - there is an app to be downloaded for additional control of the LED lights, color spectrum, intensity and disco effects if you want to synch your lights to a music source. All seems fairly silly and useless so I hope they didn't spend much time or $$ on this. The one feature I thought it might offer - the possibility of turning the outside lights on remotely when you enter bluetooth range - doesn't appear to be a function.

Be very vigilant about screws falling out - if you see any in the cupboards, drawers, make sure you try to figure out where they came from. I have found at least 20, some I never figured out where they go. The screen door frame is falling apart, those screws came out and are long gone, so now the fabric ceiling above the frame is falling down. You can't tell the screws fall out when there is stuff in the cupboards, if I hadn't taken everything out of my Nest, I wouldn't have seen the ones in the cupboards. The screws I have found that fell out of the laminate cabinets (cupboard hinges, around the microwave, bathroom door hinge) won't stay in. We had to get bigger screws to put the bathroom door back on. Also watch for loose screws, get them tighten before they fall out. The outside step as well. Screws fell out of it too. Good luck!

iCjay 09-22-2018 09:58 PM

Flip the rear door blind to scroll from bottom to top for better privacy.
 
Easy mod I made was to flip the rear door blind upside down for better privacy. There are small clips if you look very close that can be pushed open with a small diamond flat head screw driver. I did that and then unscrewed the mounting brackets and put the bottom ones on the top and the top ones on the bottom, then reattached the blind. It has enough tension to keep the blind in any position. It works out great because I can bring the blind down from the top now and be able to peek out without revealing myself completely. Also kind of nice because I can have half the door window covered from bottom up in case I need to change cloths while still maintaining a view of my surroundings.

iCjay 09-22-2018 10:11 PM

Color changing light strip low voltage from light dimmer switch issue
 
The light dimmer switch used to turn the light strip on and off or dim is a voltage regulated dimmer, and this can make the light strip flash on and off when dimmed low. This is a issue not realized by Airstream designers. The light strip really should only be controlled by the Application on the smartphone. A better use for the light switch dimmer should be connected to the 4 over head and 2 spot lights. It will work properly for these lights, and provided better mood settings. I will be trying to figure out how to make these mods as soon as I get time. Airstream can't get everything right, but that's ok, Nest is a first generation new product :blink:

iCjay 09-22-2018 10:28 PM

Small door stoppers for bathroom door, saves Propane detector..
 
I stuck small door stoppers to stop the bathroom door from smashing the propane detector, when opened to full position. This one should have been a no brainer considering the over cost of the nest unit. :blink:

iCjay 09-22-2018 11:07 PM

Level pad crank handle storage location in nose cone.
 
Airstream throws you a leveler hand crank, but no where to stow it. So I found a place up front in the nose cone area. I made a metal hook and latch that works great and fits perfect. didn't even have to drill any holes in the frame. Come on Airstream these should be standard features on a 50k rig.:blink:

buzzkill58 10-04-2018 03:28 PM

WiFi...
 
I added a WiFi Ranger to my Nest. So far I have been happy with it.

iCjay 10-05-2018 01:08 PM

What I meant to say.
 
I can bring the blind up from the bottom now and be able to peek out without revealing myself completely.

buzzkill58 10-07-2018 04:10 PM

Dropping head liner and screen door
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Beboplu (Post 2125815)
The screen door frame is falling apart, those screws came out and are long gone, so now the fabric ceiling above the frame is falling down.

I stopped by the service center in Jackson Center to pick up a part for my Nest. They have a fix for this issue now (my Nest is doing the same thing). Not sure of all the details but it involves put a block of would under the head liner.

Working on setting up an appointment in Feb to deal with this and what else may pop up.


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