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Old 10-27-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Introducing Nest Caravans

Hello friends,

After a few early stumbles, several design evolutions and literally thousands of hours of effort, we are now officially announcing the launch our new fiberglass travel trailer company, Nest Caravans.

We admit that some design and marketing choices defined by our premiere model will not appeal to everyone. But we have high hopes that its sophistication, innovation and quality will find its niche within the marketplace.

We begin the manufacturing process with the creation of patterns and molds within the next two weeks. If all goes according to plan, we should have prototypes built by end of January, 2014. Sales commence next spring.

If you have any interest in learning more, we invite you to visit our website for details: Nest Caravans | Home

And of course, we would very much appreciate your feedback.

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Looks nice. But $30,000 is way too expensive for me. Good Luck in your endeavor.
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Very interesting concept, Robert. It looks like a lot of attention has been paid to detail. Lots of great ideas incorporated, and it looks great too.

I like the idea of the unibody design. What have you done to give it it's strength?

Is there any insulation included with the hull liner, and any options for dual glazed widows, for those of use regularly camping in colder environments?
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True $30k is somewhat high, but there is intro pricing with $6k discount, bringing it down to $24k. I see a lot of thought has gone into the components vs off the shelf items. Very impressive.
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Hi Jim, thanks for your reply.

Due to the design of the shell and the infusion molding process which utilizes composite materials of about 2" thick (no chopper guns!), our floor has been engineered to provide incredible rigidity and load-bearing capabilities.

Under the Hulliner will be Prodex Ad 10 insulation, and yes, dual-glazed windows will become available.
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Interestingly, I have a Nest Thermostat. http://www.nest.com
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I think they look really nice -- great job! I love that rear-entry design and have often wondered my more trailers weren't designed that way. Anyways, if I didn't already have an egg, I'd definitely consider one of these. LOVE the interior height and the queen size bed. What luxuries!
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Hello Harley,

Of course we really struggled with the high price tag, but with so many upscale features, we could not make things pencil otherwise. As it is, Nest will be some $12 — 14K below the cost of a similarly-sized Airstream, and if I am not mistaken, not too far off the cost of the original Oliver.

Our experience at The Egg Plant convinced us that there was a market for an upscale compact and lightweight trailer. Many of our customers bemoaned the fact that their trailer was originally built so cheaply. Our goal is to minimize compromise and address those concerns with a product that is thoroughly vetted for quality and value.
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Thanks Steve and Rosemary.

In the early days, several manufacturers — Hunter, Trailswest Campster, Compact, and others — featured a rear entry.

Some folks prefer a side entry for a more direct access to the campsite. However, providing a queen-size bed AND a shower-enclosure within a 13' cabin dictated much of the overall design of the Nest.
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Now thats one sweet looking trailer Robert!
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Unhappy Could it possibly be 14" shorter overall?

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Of course we really struggled with the high price tag, but with so many upscale features, we could not make things pencil otherwise. As it is, Nest will be some $12 — 14K below the cost of a similarly-sized Airstream, and if I am not mistaken, not too far off the cost of the original Oliver.

Our experience at The Egg Plant convinced us that there was a market for an upscale compact and lightweight trailer. Many of our customers bemoaned the fact that their trailer was originally built so cheaply.
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However, providing a queen-size bed AND a shower-enclosure within a 13' cabin dictated much of the overall design of the Nest.
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And of course, we would very much appreciate your feedback.
I can appreciate all of the thought that went into this product!

Many existing trailer designs with 13' cabins are only 16' overall. Here in California, there is a HUGE cost disparity between licensing a 16' trailer vs. licensing a 17' 2" trailer. A California PTI license amortizes out to a flat $2 per year. But it is limited to 16' overall while anything over that increases licensing cost 500% or more at your price point. This is a significant factor in the calculus of total cost which could have mitigated the sticker shock.
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Comments and ideas.....

Rear entry door designs rule.... it is the best way to maximize space utilization. Excellent floor plans result. Bed size is super, a real selling point.

You could make 1/2 of that beautiful bed fold forward for a 2 person dinette to get eating and socializing out of the cooking area.

A Cassette toilet would be tons nicer, porta-potties are soooo 1990

Nose cone is cute, but could be a separate items, ala early BigFoot, as it is subject to damage while connecting etc.

Including euro items seems nice, but experience has shown that getting parts and service, especially while on the road can become a PITA.

Portable horizontal LP Tanks usually have to be removed to be filled, is your LP tank portable or permanently mounted.

Can't express how concerned I would be about a frameless design and I am sure the competition will be quick to make hay of it.....

IMHO: At least 1/4 of the Airstreams price is paying for the prestige and image that comes with owning an Airstream, a hard point to sell against with a new product.
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Really beautiful design Robert!
I especially like the front lounge option.

Best wishes on your business adventure.
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