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Old 07-14-2016, 01:15 AM   #15
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Exterior Length 16' 4"
Exterior Width 8'
Interior Width 7' 7"
Exterior Height w/ A/C 9' 3"
Interior Height w/ A/C 6' 4.5"
Hitch Weight (w/ LP & Batteries) (lbs.) 350
Unit Base Weight (w/ LP & Batteries) (lbs.) 2,860
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs.) 3,500 Net Carrying Capacity (NCC=GVWR-UBW) (lbs.) 640
Fresh Water Tank (gal.) 23
Gray Water Tank (gal.) N/A
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Electric/LP Water Heater (Continuous Production) 6 30 AMP Service Single A/C w/ Heat Pump (BTU) 11,000
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Deep Cycle Battery (Lead Acid) Group 24 w/ Converter 1
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Old 07-14-2016, 05:42 AM   #16
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Still it is a lot more like a glorified "Lil'Snoozy" than it is like an Oliver.
Shear size and weight alone shows that, then look at the Oliver sub-floor design. I'm not a big Oliver fan but I can sure see the difference .

Thank you Floyd. I have thought all along that is a nicely done but poor copy of the Snoozy. You can buy a fully optioned Snoozy for around 24 K.
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Old 07-14-2016, 06:00 AM   #17
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This info came in my email this morning: Airstream Unveils NEST Details Via Survey | The Small Trailer Enthusiast

I looked it up here at the website and in 2013, they were going for $30,000 which was still higher than I would pay. They are a sharp looking little trailer but, frankly, Airstream doesn't have the best reputation anymore since they were purchased by Thor many years ago. I belonged to the Airstream forum a few years back and the advice was to buy an older used one, pre-Thor, but that is really old too!

I do wonder if they will have an introductory price as some manufacturers do that to get some on the road, or if the $40,000 is to be the intro price. No one really knows what the performance will be of the product at this point either.

There are some people to whom $40,000 for a "toy" to show off isn't that much money, but I do not fall into that group. Being thrifty, I would spend less on the trailer and more on the travel.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:14 AM   #18
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The only thing I see in common the Nest has to the Snoozy is a back door. Not shape, not components, fabrics or build quality. For those items, Nest is closer to the Oliver. Robert put a lot of thought into each and every facet wanting quality over price. Everything from a marine-grade, stainless-steel dual-burner cooktop to LED lighting system with dimmer switches.


I truly hope Airstream is very successful with Nest. Quality built all-molded-towables cause all the manufacturers to up their game and that's good for all of us.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:34 AM   #19
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I also hope the Nest is successful. Competition is a good thing.

Our decision to go with Oliver was due to quality, features, company support and re-sale. It is pricey but not "Airstream" showy. Very few people are even familiar with the brand much less the price.

I suspect the future of Nest will depend on what folks get for their dollar. It doesn't have the Airstream flash either, so price vs quality/features will be important.
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My daughter sells RV's and I'll be interested to see what these will actually leave the lot for. I'm addition, I wonder how Thor will compare to customers the virtue of all FG to their traditional aluminum skin 16 or so footers. Just curious about that. Perhaps that inner company competition to have a smaller trailer with either shell will boost sales for both.



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Comparing a Scamp or tricked out Boler to a Nest is like comparing a stock car to an F1 car, Both go 200 mph but the technology in the F1 is WAY more advanced.
And, an F1 car is a tad more money,,,
Notice I was comparing the marketing of the Nest to the marketing of other fiberglass trailers.
In what way is the Nest a whole different genre? It is very conventional other than the frame design and the rear entry, which has been tried and failed pretty much except maybe the the "Lil-Snoozy". And ...Oh Yeah, the controversial vacuum infusion shell ( like "lil-Snoozy")
I always compared Scamp to an early Corvette... since it was small,cute, made of fiberglass, and had to be towed to be moved!
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.... and the rear entry, which has been tried and failed pretty much except maybe the the "Lil-Snoozy".
Happier Camper uses a rear door entry. As a recent startup, only time will tell. But I certainly wouldn't count them out as they seem to be doing well.
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Happier Camper uses a rear door entry. As a recent startup, only time will tell. But I certainly wouldn't count them out as they seem to be doing well.
Happier Camper has a conventional side entry door and a rear hatch cargo door. I haven't counted anyone out, just making observations.
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The only thing I see in common the Nest has to the Snoozy is a back door. Not shape, not components, fabrics or build quality. For those items, Nest is closer to the Oliver. Robert put a lot of thought into each and every facet wanting quality over price. Everything from a marine-grade, stainless-steel dual-burner cooktop to LED lighting system with dimmer switches.


I truly hope Airstream is very successful with Nest. Quality built all-molded-towables cause all the manufacturers to up their game and that's good for all of us.
The Nest has really only one unique feature...its frameless. It shares the infusion shell process with the "Lil-Snoozy" as well as the rear entry.
Really though I think the nest is a nice looking trailer, but to paraphrase CathyP ... 20,000 extra dollars buys a lot of travel.
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The Nest has WAY more that sets it aside from most other fibreglass trailers than just the frameless design. The attention to detail in the design and specifications for finishings is far above any trailer, even the Oliver which would be a definite runner up in this category.

The effective use of the space in the trailer maximises it usefulness, especially for its size and weight. Sure Robert had to make a few compromises, but all our FG trailers have some kind of comprimise to them.

Plus, it looks great, and has a very unique design that will appeal to a great many. The exterior design is sleek from front to back, and top to bottom. The interior is very nice looking too.

To me, it is the very best trailer out there in the 1-17' range, and wins in almost all categories except cost. If I was looking for a trailer that size, it would be right at the top of the list.

Folks pay way more than that for a tow vehicle, a kitchen reno, or many other things. If you do have the disposable income, this price is not too much of a problem to get something with this kind of finish.

What the Nest offers is what I am the most disappointed with from most other FG manufactures, who must use lesser products to finish the trailers to keep the costs down. This is why the Escape 5.0TA I am getting will come without a lot of the finishing features, as this is something I am willing to do myself with costlier items.

Is the Nest the trailer for everyone, not on your life. I bet it will only be considered by a very small percentage of buyers. But, there will definitely be a market for it. I wish them well in their endeavour.
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I guess i just don't see the value which justifies the additional cost...
but does this mean that Escape has been dethroned?


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Old 07-14-2016, 03:56 PM   #27
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Thor just bought Jay Co. with the Airstream and Jay Co dealer network I am sure a lot of people would like to have a dealer in few miles of there home to go to with problems I know I Would. As Scamp is over 400 miles away and is a pain to work on at my age a dealer close would be nice. As after each trip it has problems. I can see local dealers able to sale the Nest.
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I guess i just don't see the value which justifies the additional cost...
Yeah well you don't own a Lexus either. Neither do I. Best to agree that we don't get it. Another one of those mysteries. But maybe they'll sell lots of them over seas. Offset the trade deficit... Think positive.
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