A Fiberglass Design From An Unlikely Source

Airstream Introduces the Nest, Its First Non-Aluminum Trailer Since the 1950s


April 12, 2018 Cars By
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Airstreams have long stood out as classic, dreamy travel trailers, but the Nest, announced Thursday, is a stylish step forward. The 16-foot trailer, which is the brand’s first experiment beyond aluminum since the 1950s, smartly packs a dinette, wet bath, galley, and bed into the interior, and still manages to weigh in at about 3,400 lbs, making it an easy tow for midsize SUVs.

Airstream’s newest foray actually started outside of the company, with Bend, Oregon-based designer Robert Johans. As the story goes, Johans was continually receiving orders from customers who wanted their fiberglass trailers redone in a high-quality, well-designed way. Eventually, he noticed there was a market for these types of trailers, but no product that met the need, so he elected to draw up some designs of his own. Johans posted them on his website, where they caught the eye of an Airstream designer, and the two forged a partnership to fully realize the trailer that would become the Nest.

The trailer checks boxes for campers and aesthetes alike, offering a smartly constructed interior with ample storage. There is rear entry door with a vertical window, six windows around the exterior, and a skylight, all meant to flood the interior with light. Buyers can choose from two floorplans, one of which includes the dinette and a folding bed, and the other that offers a full bed with Tuft & Needle mattress. The trailer is priced from $45,900, which slots it as the spiritual sibling to the $34,900 Airstream Basecamp, and it’s being rolled out at dealers nationwide now.

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