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Old 09-23-2014, 03:43 PM   #71
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Funny, we too often make reference to the "Cylon" shape of the front wind screen. But actually, the design is more influenced by the shape of modern ski goggles.
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:01 PM   #72
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I'm coming to this thread really late, but boy howdy am I ever impressed! I especially like the idea of a complete "tub" for the bottom and having a unit-body type frame arrangement. I think this is going to be a real winner. I'm wondering though, why use wood cabinetry rather than the inner layer fiberglass units like the old Burro? It seems like that would increase shell strength while saving weight. Regardless, it looks like a great project and further, it appears you are making every effort to do it all as well as it can possibly be done.

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Old 09-23-2014, 07:06 PM   #73
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Some of us like the look of wood. That might be one reason, but only the builder knows for sure.
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While I understand some of the benefits of an inner shell, I MUCH prefer the look of real wood. Trailers like the Oliver with its white interior look very institutional, kinda like a hospital, to me. Maybe if it was coloured right like some trailers, but still, wood is my first choice too.
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While I understand some of the benefits of an inner shell, I MUCH prefer the look of real wood. Trailers like the Oliver with its white interior look very institutional, kinda like a hospital, to me. Maybe if it was coloured right like some trailers, but still, wood is my first choice too.
One could have the best of both worlds (lightness & durability of fiberglass) with this 3M product.
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This company makes all kinds of vinyl, some specifically for curved surfaces.

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We have an Oliver (our second one actually) and we love the white interior. As far as it looking "institutional...like a hospital" I'm unclear on where that notion has come from. I've worked in the largest hospital in rural America for the last 40 years and I can't think of a single white wall in all of its several million square feet. Don't misunderstand, I love wood. Our home has a custom built oak library and it's beautiful (I know, I built it.) The problem I have with the "wood" in most of our trailers is that it is not cabinet grade hardwood rather being, at best, nice Veneered Plywood going downhill toward MDF or vinyl covered whatever. I agree that a colored gel-coat on the interior would be nice but not very feasible from a production standpoint. Besides, the white gel-coat is the most versatile as a basis for any color palate.
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Our intention is to create a modern, "mid-century" design aesthetic with the interior. In fact, our furniture has been inspired by that of some pieces designed by Charles and Ray Eames. Because the space is relatively compact, the cabinetry must feature clean lines, simple forms, and light tones.

I don't agree that fiberglass furniture is necessarily lighter than wood. In our case, much depends upon construction methodology and material choices. However, you won't ever find MDF, particleboard, or any other "fake" wood used anywhere on the Nest.


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More tooling updates!

The bottom shell form has now been separated from the mold. The mold is completely framed within its rotisserie armature. As per the top shell mold, this gets QC'd for surface imperfections and then buffed out.
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The top shell mold has been completely buffed out now and is ready to produce actual parts.

Our first "pull" occurs next Wednesday!
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Concurrently, the rear cap is being framed or "blocked" to prepare for the mold building process. White melamine is cut to fit tight around the perimeter of the form. The nosecone storage unit stands ready to follow.

The entry door is comprised of two parts — and inner and outer skin. The outer skin mold is complete and will be used to help create the plug for the inner skin.
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Can't wait to see the birthing of the first trailer shell, Robert.
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Just spent some time looking at the Nest website. All I can say is this is a very cool looking camper, well done indeed. Love the contemporary Euro styling, and aerodynamic look. Some of the attributes that caught my attention were cork flooring, Alde H2O heating system, large rims and tires, attention to detail and craftsmanship, the Hehr crank out jalousie windows, and efficient use of what seems to be a small space. However I am not convinced of the dexter axels mounted straight to the body of the pod itself even though I know there is a reinforced floor/bottom. I have no doubt these will be head turners out on the roads and campgrounds.

I do agree with Steve however regarding the Oliver having just toured the factory a couple of weeks ago (and put down my deposit for one too) there was nothing about them that conveyed an institutional look to me, let alone hospital type of environment. But we all have our own aesthetic sensibilities which is ok.

Hopefully you will do very well with these campers Robert, certainly can't see any reason why not other than the rather steep price of admission. Very impressive.

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Just spent some time looking at the Nest website. All I can say is this is a very cool looking camper, well done indeed. Love the contemporary Euro styling, and aerodynamic look. Some of the attributes that caught my attention were cork flooring, Alde H2O heating system, large rims and tires, attention to detail and craftsmanship, the Hehr crank out jalousie windows, and efficient use of what seems to be a small space. However I am not convinced of the dexter axels mounted straight to the body of the pod itself even though I know there is a reinforced floor/bottom. I have no doubt these will be head turners out on the roads and campgrounds.

I do agree with Steve however regarding the Oliver having just toured the factory a couple of weeks ago (and put down my deposit for one too) there was nothing about them that conveyed an institutional look to me, let alone hospital type of environment. But we all have our own aesthetic sensibilities which is ok.

Hopefully you will do very well with these campers Robert, certainly can't see any reason why not other than the rather steep price of admission. Very impressive.

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Having done this procedure several times, I think this shows why the "steep price of admission" I assure you, Robert has way more invested in this project than you could ever imagine. I am totally impressed with his high quality and well researched, educated and well thought out design. He has an artists passion on this project and deserves lauds on even taking it on. His payoff will be every time he sees one on the road. He is building camping monuments that will last long after he is gone, and people will be on a forum somewhere discussing how to renovate these 40 years from now. I'm totally excited for you Robert, and I salute you, sir. Dave
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