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Old 05-14-2015, 10:37 AM   #505
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Expensive. Yes, admittedly so. But still $10K less than a comparably-sized Airstream. (The low-end of the market is already well covered.) Our shell manufacturing and construction methodologies are costly, but integral to the product's quality and strength. Plus, where we can, we are sourcing components and fixtures from outside the RV industry for their superior design and quality.

The Nest will not be for everyone. We understand that. But for too long most manufacturers have been selling the same stuff in slightly reconfigured packages. We are doing what we can to bring a little innovation and choice back to the industry. We're hoping some folks out there will appreciate our humble efforts.


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Old 05-14-2015, 10:42 AM   #506
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Quality is worth $$$
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:50 AM   #507
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For what you offer Robert, I too think the value is there. I most definitely appreciate your thinking outside the industry norms to develop the Nest. Innovation seems to happen very slowly to many segments of this industry.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:54 AM   #508
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Robert,

First and foremost- this is the most "attractive" fiberglass trailer I've ever seen.

Out of curiosity (and if you've posted this forgive me) but I was wondering did you consider using the axles with "permanent sealed" (no lube) bearings? Having to pull the wheels/bearings EVERY year has always been an avoidable chore to me on a "recreational?" vehicle. But I DO understand that Dexter makes an axle with the "sealed" types of bearings I believe good for at least 50K Miles. Nice . Oh..and auto adjusting brakes would be a nice perk (option?). Not sure Dexter makes those on E-brakes though.

Love the trailer!
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:13 PM   #509
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Very nice looking trailer. I have tried to read though most of this thread but maybe someone can answer for me. Was there any mention of "Air Conditioning" for this trailer? I really like the design but do not see any views that include an air conditioning unit. It also does not look like a unit would fit on the roof because of the stepped approach that makes up the roofline.
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:34 PM   #510
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We do offer A/C as an option, if the customer requires it. But frankly, we are not happy with how the A/C unit messes with the lines of our design. In other words, we think rooftop A/C units are really ugly...

Here's where we are in regards to Air Conditioning...
1) Rooftop-mounted A/C units use the same 14 x 14" cut-out that most vent/fans require. We designed the Nest's roof to accommodate an A/C unit where you now see our Maxx-Aire Deluxe vent/fan.

2) All A/C units require 110-120VAC, so you need "hook-up" service or a generator to run them.

3) We have not yet found a good, discreet alternative. But we're open to suggestions!
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:51 PM   #511
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Agreed Robert, I hate messing up the lines of the trailer, it is a beautiful trailer. But I would also hate living in Florida without air conditioning.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:57 PM   #512
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Still ugly, but not on the top...


The compressor is about 26" wide and 11" thick.Weight ~ 70 lbs.
Inside unit is 26 X 10 X 7" and about 15 lbs.
This is a 9000 btu heat pump 23 SEER.
About 7 amp load with an inverter drive to match the power to the load.
The system could be faired into a fiberglass trailer and I have thought about this, but for now I am going to incorporate the system into the front tongue box planned fro later.
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It has been very quiet on this thread lately. Any updates for us, Robert?

For A/C, if you live in a hot, humid area, rooftop is really the only viable solution, as it will be used all the time, and distributes the cold air the most efficiently. Low profile models aren't quite as ugly as the traditional ones.

But, for those of us who only use A/C occasionally, how about one of the Climate Right portable dog-house air conditioners? It can ride in the tow vehicle, and only get hooked up when needed.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:14 AM   #514
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Hi Paul, though we're not crazy about the look, rooftop AC will be an option.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:31 AM   #515
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So while I'm here, let me post an update:

Since the completion of our prototype and the launch of our initial and modest PR efforts, we have had lots of interest, but no buyers yet.

By a huge amount, the cost of the shell body is our largest expense. Though the "frameless" monocoque building methodology reduces weight, it adds significant costs ($5K) to the production. We initially thought that this construction would add long-term value to the trailer. But now we're wondering if that's important to folks.

I've been very open to your comments throughout this entire process. So I invite you all to weigh in here with your opinions regarding the "frame vs no frame" conversation.

Thanks.

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Old 06-11-2015, 11:47 AM   #516
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Robert,

What does the frame-less trailer weigh ready for travel or empty? How much weight incremental weight would a frame add.

Five thousand dollars is really a lot.. I assume that 's the marked up price, not the manufacturing cost.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:50 AM   #517
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I would think the exchange rate is probably working for Escape right now. I computed the cost based on the current exchange rate and couldn't believe how a .25 adds up when multiplied by thousands!

I think the Nest is a beautiful and unique product. It would not be a fit for us but many of the units aren't. There is definitely a revival of the "retro" look and in smaller units. I wish them much success and hope that I get to see one some day.

I located the article: http://www.bendbulletin.com/business...re-road-ready#
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:03 PM   #518
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We initially thought that this construction would add long-term value to the trailer. But now we're wondering if that's important to folks.
As I am never going to be in your target market, so I have not commented much in this thread. I will offer one observation. I own six Trillium trailers the oldest is a 1972? with an open C - Channel frame. In 43 years, the frame has not been an issue. That is a long term solution. You are adding $5000 to solve a problem that does not exist.

I somehow thought that your frame-less design would reduce cost. Clearly, I was wrong.
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