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Old 10-30-2014, 06:55 PM   #197
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Thats really a spiffy looking little camper you got there. Well done on including the gray water tank too.
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Old 10-30-2014, 06:58 PM   #198
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Looks really sharp, Robert. Looking forward to seeing the interior coming together too.

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BTW, some of you may be happy to learn that we have decided to take your advice and find a way to include an on-board gray water tank.
One thing I am considering in a rebuild I will be doing on a Trillium 1300 for my daughter, is to use some kind of removable container, so it can be easily dumped while leaving the trailer set up. Kind of along the line of the cassette toilet. This way it would not have to be very large, and not take up much room.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:01 PM   #199
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The Nest is looking awesome. Can't wait to see some of the interior components come together. Any news ideas/plans to share for the inside? Or will it be essentially as described on the previous website?
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One thing I am considering in a rebuild I will be doing on a Trillium 1300 for my daughter, is to use some kind of removable container, so it can be easily dumped while leaving the trailer set up. Kind of along the line of the cassette toilet. This way it would not have to be very large, and not take up much room.
I like that Idea Jim, may have to consider that modification to mine.

Robert, the Nest is looking awesome, good work.
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Old 10-30-2014, 09:52 PM   #201
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You have good trailer builder who ask questions and listens to the consumer. They come out with a better trailer in the end.
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:05 PM   #202
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Robert, You are so going to be swamped by "peepers" the first time you roll one of these Nests into a FG rally! Charge a buck a head, and you'll be able to pay off a big chunk of your start-up costs in just your début outing!
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Old 10-31-2014, 04:23 PM   #203
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Very nice! Can't wait to see the final product. My wife and I are already starting to discuss getting a new camper in a few years. Depending on the final price point, the Nest is on the top of the list!
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:37 AM   #204
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Robert, That is one "SWEET" camper! I knew you were good based on your Egg Plant Reno's, but this design simply blows me away. I only wish you were closer to North Carolina. Nice job bud!
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:38 PM   #205
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Thanks again for the encouraging comments, folks. Means a lot to us!

For anyone who's been to our website, you will now see only a landing page. As some of you may know we first met, then employed, transportation designer, Bryan Thompson, to improve our trailer design AFTER we launched the website. (Just one of a long string of incidentals that have delayed our progress.) The timing sucked, but the results have been outstanding! Now we are closing in on the completion of our first prototype based upon Bryan's contributions. When finished, we will shoot new photography and rebuild the website.

We've contracted with an aviation windshield manufacturer to produce our front "glass." We built a custom mold that conforms exactly to our shell's proprietary geometry. See attached.

Although the entire interior was pre-designed in CAD, once inside the actual shell body we discovered the need to make many changes to the furniture components. This has required us to cut and fit templates by hand — currently underway. Old school skills still come in handy!
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Oooooo..... a green windshield, nice!

As much as there are lots of excited folk following on here, I have to imagine you and your team are very excited about what you are building too, Robert.
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Old 11-07-2014, 07:42 PM   #207
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I am appreciative that you realize that new school has to
be based upon old school..............LOL

I have gotten into RC plane building and flying and
everytime I fail in flight it's because my builds violate
the rules of flight. But I can mix my new designs with
the old designs (hybrids) and my new radical designs
will fly with the laws of flight integrated.

My radical designs only look radical, but the laws of
flight are old school. I like fooling people with my illusions.
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Old 11-12-2014, 07:46 PM   #208
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Looking for more of your excellent feedback regarding design and options...

Question #1:
If forced to make a choice, where best to provide the most counter space: with the cooktop, or the sink?

Question #2:
How much cooking is actually done inside your compact trailer?

Question #3:
Best 12VDC refrigerator? And by "best" I mean most efficient and nicest looking. (We've recently discovered the Vitrifrigo product line. Beautiful designs, but very expensive. Any one with experience with these refrigerators?)
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1. For me, it would likely depend on the layout. By your question, I assume the cooktop and sink are separate? My first thought would be by the sink, as it is handier for dishes, but could still be used for food prep.

2. For us, likely 10% of the time we cook inside. Mostly if it is very ugly weather outside. Cold does not matter though. Maybe something of a convieniece factor for those of us who prefer the outdoors would be nice.

3. I do not know much about the different quality in brands for 12V fridges, but those Vitrifrigo ones sure do look slick. My preference in a fridge, is a small freezer compartment, with the rest a fridge. I think that one you pictured is half freezer, half fridge, not leaving too much room in an under counter unit for fridge use.
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Here's another:

Any opinions on offering a microwave oven as an option? If so, any recommendations as to makes/models?
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