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Old 09-25-2014, 07:57 PM   #85
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Just found this thread today, and I will definitely follow it. As someone who binge watches 'How it is Made', I can't wait for more!
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Old 09-26-2014, 10:48 AM   #86
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Thank you all for your very generous posts. I am personally gratified to see that our fundamental build philosophy of "design, quality and innovation" is being received positively.

It is true that our product will be more expensive than most FG trailer manufacturers that have preceded us. But Cadillacs cost more than Chevys. Even with that said, the Nest will still be less than the current, comparably-sized Airstream Sport 16. And I believe our price point will be comparable to that of the Oliver Legacy 17 when it was first launched several years ago.

The Nest will not be for everyone. And it won't meet everyone's expectations perfectly. But we're literally betting the farm that there will be enough folks out there that will appreciate it's beauty and features to want to buy one.

Fingers crossed!
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:18 PM   #87
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Robert,

Boy I know your betting the farm on this one. Dollars flowing like Niagara Falls. It looks like you have a well thought out plan and execution of that plan. I'll bet you didn't see this one coming 10 years ago. Its impressive what can be done using modern manufacturing practice's. You have a great team in getting your molds done. I wouldn't want the nightmares you must be having. I wish the best for you guys and hope soon your nightmares move to happy dreams. I am honored that you are sharing this process with us mere mortals.
Wish you much success in your venture.

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Old 09-26-2014, 12:42 PM   #88
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Elite was more (post 47)(roof a/c standard) but The Oliver 17 classic was 17,500 when first launched with shower, permanent toilet. An amazing deal now that I look back on it with me crying at the keyboard here.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...tml#post346239

Do you have a price list/build-sheet for folks yet or is it too early still? You mentioned your first mold pull next week so I thought I would ask the mold sure looks sharp.
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The Nest will not be for everyone. And it won't meet everyone's expectations perfectly. But we're literally betting the farm that there will be enough folks out there that will appreciate it's beauty and features to want to buy one.

Fingers crossed!
It will be a select market, for discerning buyers, but I am pretty confident you will get to keep the farm with this trailer.
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Old 09-26-2014, 02:59 PM   #90
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The Nest Caravan website is listing the standard version at $29,995. That is no doubt subject to adjustment. So, don't confuse this as being an entry-level trailer! But, what I see so far is really beautiful.
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:12 PM   #91
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Thanks for the intel regarding Oliver Legacy Classic. Best to keep my facts straight and not make any unintended false claims! They sure did pack a lot of standard features into $17.5K.


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Old 09-29-2014, 01:22 PM   #92
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As you may have read, the Nest features a "monocoque" design which requires no steel frame under the shell body. The nearly 2" thick shell floor will be reinforced with layers of various composite materials.

Custom brackets have been built to which the axle assembly will be fastened. These brackets will be mounted both vertically through the floor, and horizontally through the wheel well. (You'll notice that we designed a recess into the shell body to allow the brackets to nestle into a fixed position within the wheel well.)

For the prototypes, we have spec'd "Flex-Ride" axles with adjustable arms and 10" drums to accommodate our 16" wheels. We tested the fit of all the components on the lower shell "plug" this morning.

(True confessions: I messed up and ordered hubs with five lugs. Should be six. Oops!)
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That looks a superb structural design, with the big bracket transferring loads straight into the sidewall of the trailer (far, far stronger than any metal frame).

Are you just bolting the bracket to the fender well or bonding it as well? It looks like a perfect example of where 3M 5200 sealant/adhesive would do a good job and yet allow the bracket to be replaced if it was ever necessary.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:57 PM   #94
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Thanks Andrew, for the note, and the tip.

My understanding is that we will use mechanical fasteners. However, I have passed your suggestion on to our fabricator. These guys have tons of experience building both aircraft and boats, so I'm sure they will have some thoughts about supplementing nuts and bolts with an appropriate adhesive.
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Now, that is a clean looking undercarriage.

Will the 3 water tanks all be inside, or will they (or at least the waste ones) be mounted underneath? I assume the sewer drains will be outside below, no?

I really do enjoy watching something like this come together. As exciting as it is for me, I image you must be stoked, seeing it all come together.
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I love the nestles in the nest.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:34 PM   #97
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Jim, this may disappoint you (and maybe others) but the Nest will not feature on-board waste tanks. Perhaps controversial, but based upon research we conducted before we began designing, we decided to go along with the slight majority that preferred to keep things simple.

So, Nest will instead feature the design-award winning Thetford "Curve" porta-potty, and a gray water external tote.

Of course, should we get enough push-back, back to the drawing board!


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I really love this thread. Actually educational for many of us.

To me there should be waste tanks.
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