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Old 12-23-2013, 01:19 PM   #99
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Wow, a really well thought out design plan with every convenience. We wish you the best of luck. What do you expect your roll out time to be on these beauties?
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:58 AM   #100
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Can anyone bring up their facebook? Been out the past couple of days on my end. Or maybe now it's set to private now, not open to the public for viewing maybe? Thanks.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:38 PM   #101
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Sorry about that Ken. My Social Media skills are not quite up to snuff. Working on getting things squared away. This is the page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nest-...80631452142921

Hope this helps.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:41 PM   #102
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By the way, designer Bryan Thompson completed his "revisions" to our exterior design just before Christmas. Looks really cool! His work is now with our engineer being converted to CAD. The CAD, of course, gets translated for CNC machining of our patterns, from which molds will be built. More later!
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Thank you sir, i'm not on facebook and not registered so I thought i would ask. Thanks for the progress update. Bryan has an impressive resume when i skimmed over it
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Exciting stuff, Robert. Looking forward to seeing the real meal deal.
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I see the old link on the nest contact us page facebook.com/nestcaravans did not have a dash between the two words and the new link that works now does have the dash. Just passing along the info. if it is helpful
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:10 PM   #106
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There's something that puzzles me about the Nest's construction ...not quite sure exactly what's meant by "monococque chassis", and I think I've seen the word "unibody" used, too.

Anyway, I came across the below pic at this link, for which thanks. (So few mfr's put up pics of the undersides- as if that's not a critical consideration for a buyer!)

All I see there of steel is the tongue, the axle, what looks like a receiver, and a bit of bumper....is that all there is, or is more imbedded in the fiberglass-?


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From my own research, it looks like what you see is what you get.

And I'm with you. So nice to see all views and angles of it all.
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All I see there of steel is the tongue, the axle, what looks like a receiver, and a bit of bumper....is that all there is, or is more imbedded in the fiberglass-?
Other than a way of fastening those three, I don't think with this design there would be anything else. Not positive, but I bet Robert will confirm things. I really like this concept, especially how clean looking it is, let alone a bit of weight savings.

If you go to Exterior at their site, you get a bit better look.
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monocoque uni-body at about the 1.40 mark in the first video

Anyone have an extra $115,000 lying around
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monocoque uni-body at about the 1.40 mark in the first video

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Well, the guy does use the term but doesn't really explain what he means. I'm not sure that it means "no steel frame", which is what I'm wondering about in the case of the Nest.

There are a few quick pics in the first Nautilus vid that look like channels for frame members on the underside, and he does go on to talk about an "uninterrupted connection between the draw bar and the suspension", presumably meaning the axle. I got a brief glimpse of the rear underside of the Nautilus in the second video that seems to show steel framework in the aforementioned molded channels....

Not that any of this has to do with the Nest, but as I said, I'm not sure in this case "monococque" means "no steel frame"...does the Nest have one or not????
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Sorry for the delay in responding. Been hard at work getting the new styling provided by designer Bryan Thompson into CAD. We're getting very close!

"Monocoque" and "uni-body"... These terms are somewhat synonymous. If interested, check out Wikipedia for the etymology of monocoque.

In our case, the floor of the Nest is comprised of a variety of lightweight composite materials, 1.5" thick, sandwiched between two layers of fiberglass, for a total thickness of 1.875". This has been engineered to provide incredible strength and rigidity. The delta tow frame up front and the axle assembly are bolted directly through the floor.

Not only does this methodology reduce weight, it offers a few other advantages:
1 eliminates the need for a wood subfloor of any kind -- no rotten floors ever...
2 we can build channels and conduits for wires, hoses, etc. right into the mold to keep things neat and tidy
3 we expect the construction of our floor to provide a degree of insulation not typically found in other trailers
4 better aerodynamics? Well, maybe. We'll see...

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The delta tow frame up front and the axle assembly are bolted directly through the floor.

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No continuous frame? That is something new.

Is it correct then to assume that the molded fiberglass itself provides the necessary support for all stresses worked by the axle/tongue/receiver hitch?
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