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Fiberglass Airstream? Once Unthinkable, Could Be Reality

With Airstream’s recent acquisition of Nest Caravan, the RV community will be seeing a lot more of this new line of small fiberglass trailer.

Current design of the new Airstream Nest Caravan.

Nest Caravan
Nest Caravan

It’s not a surprise that Airstream got interested in Nest Caravan, as the Oregon-based molded fiberglass trailer company focuses on design and minimalism.

According to Airstream President Bob Wheeler, “We’ve been imagining a small, well-thought-out fiberglass travel trailer for quite some time and are very confident about its potential.”

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The 16-foot Nest trailer was originally designed and built by fiberglass expert Robert Johans. Created in 2013, the first Nest prototype was completed last year.

This fiberglass trailer is lightweight enough to be towed by a mid-size SUV.

Nest Caravan
Nest Caravan

The sleek looking, rear entry, monocoque bodied fiberglass trailer is 16’7” x 6’6” x 8’2”, with a cabin height of 75 – 81 inches. Weighing in at 2,400 pounds, it’s light enough to be towed by mid-size SUVs, light-duty trucks and cross-over vehicles.

According to Nest Caravans, the price on a base model starts at $29,995. But the price (and layout) may change now that it’s part of the Airstream family.

A queen size bed for two.

Nest Caravan
Nest Caravan

Nest was built with function and style in mind. The two-person living space is designed with a tilt moonroof and windows around the sides and front. The cabin includes a queen-size bed, cork flooring and a full-height closet.

A simple but functional kitchen.

Nest Caravan
Nest Caravan

The kitchen is split into two sides. One side has a space-efficient countertop with folding chairs for dining/food preparation and a marine-grade dual-burner cooktop. The other side holds the 3.7-cu. ft. Nova Kool fridge/freezer and stainless steel sink.

The 40-cu. ft. wet bathroom comes with Thetford Porta Potti Curve toilet and Scandvik shower. The Nest’s plumping system is made up of an Alde space/water heater, 20-gal fresh and grey water tanks, and a Shurflo water pump.

A rear entry door.

Nest Caravan
Nest Caravan

The interior space is outfitted with a LED lighting system controlled by dimmer switches and a Maxxair remote-controlled vent/fan. The electrical system includes a 105 Ah AGM battery, 45 A converter, and a 30 A exterior shore power inlet with a 25-ft. long cord. There are three interior 120 V AC receptacles along with USB ports.

The Nest includes lots of windows.

Nest Caravan
Nest Caravan

The final Nest product that Airstream puts out on the market may not look the way it does now. Airstream plans to make some changes to the original model based on their customer’s needs and market research.

“Nest is a product that conveys sophistication, simplicity, and upscale modernity,” said Airstream President Bob Wheeler. It’s expected to become available in 2017.

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