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Old 04-01-2016, 09:10 PM   #21
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Quality will be an issue if Airstream institutes their system.
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Old 04-02-2016, 11:30 AM   #22
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I assumed that this was an April Fool's joke (less than two seconds after seeing the thread title) for two reasons:
  1. It's April 1st
  2. The Nest is a trailer design and set of moulds, rather than a company with established manufacturing capacity and market share.
  3. Airstream isn't even really a company - it's just a brand. The company is Thor.
As it turns out, there is an "Airstream, Inc.", which is a subsidiary of Thor Indusries, Inc. Either it is true, or Robert is stringing Donna along.

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High probability of being true.
It has been a rumour for months on the Airstream forum that they were going to introduce this spring a small trailer made of something other than aluminium - may have even been an Airstream themselves who started the story. Lots of folks speculated it was going to be a fibreglass trailer.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:01 PM   #23
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The timing of the unveiling of the updated Escape and Airstream's announcement of their acquisition of Nest is quite a coincidence. Or is it?
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:21 PM   #24
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In its current form and price the Nest isn't really a competitor for Escape, and certainly not Scamp or Casita. It's a Millenial niche market trailer like Happier Camper, but too pricey currently to compete with them either.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:25 PM   #25
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Well Hello, Gorgeous! I googled nestcaravan.com and after 4 minutes the site finally opened. Sophisticated, innovative and peerless, to use their own words, followed by "...sorry, we're not chasing cheap."


That's about sums it up, I guess.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:31 PM   #26
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For consumers competition is good for a variety of reasons- not just for cost but for choices in design and features as well. The concept is interesting and remember Escape started with just one trailer - the 17. Wouldn't doubt this line gets expanded too.

I've found one feature in the Nest I like by looking closely at the spec sheet: a marine grade 2 burner cooktop. They use the Ramblewood marine/rv 2 burner and it has electric ignition via cordless 1.5V battery. RambleWood Equipment & Conslting Limited -- Products
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:50 PM   #27
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Gorgeous, definitely. And for sure April's fool!! LOL!!!!

I remember from few years back that the owner Robert Johans remodeled old eggs before building his own camper. I always followed those threads, as he always did a wonderful job!!
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:56 PM   #28
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On a Forest River website / forum there was talk that Forest River is looking at offering a molded fiberglass trailer. Since Forest River
has the manufacturing capabilities , capital , and the economies of scale they maybe able to sell a fiberglass trailer at a very competitive price . Whether the quality will be there is a totally different question.
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:25 PM   #29
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The Molded Fiberglass market has really grown over the last 5 years and the availability of trailers both used and new doesn't meet current demand. A manufacturer that could put a quality entry level small molded camper out at $10-15k on a large scale with a dealer network would do very well.
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:26 PM   #30
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I wonder if ETI would install one of these? May have to ask....
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