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Old 12-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #281
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Thanks, mtnwater. The floor plans shown in the archive make me understand the layout much better. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words!

Having the head in the left rear corner makes sense with the rear door arrangement. I guess if you want the comfort of the great queen size bed, you'll have to plan to dine out (or at least outside.) In some ways, though, I see the spatial advantage of the long center aisle rather than the "fat L" arrangement a side door invariably gives. Those two long sides bring some great potential for good counter and storage space.

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Old 12-22-2014, 06:57 AM   #282
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Robert -- When do you anticipate these making it to market? Sometime in 2015 - or is that too soon?
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Old 12-23-2014, 02:30 PM   #283
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Their website says Jan 2015. Couple weeks then maybe?
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Old 12-24-2014, 07:26 PM   #284
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Frog, we will indeed have a large counter (50" wide) curbside under a broad window to use for dining or as a desk top.

As to availability, we are furiously chasing a January completion date for our prototype. Honestly, we've missed so many self-imposed "deadlines" that I'm more than reluctant to post any dates. Suffice to say, we're working as hard and as fast as possible -- but with so many small assembly details yet to work out, we won't make any announcements until we have everything perfect.

Course, that said, we know there's always gonna be improvements, updates, changes and fixes!


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Old 12-24-2014, 08:16 PM   #285
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Robert,

Wishing you a profitable New Year.
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Old 12-24-2014, 08:54 PM   #286
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Thanks, Norm! Best to you and Ginny.


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Old 12-24-2014, 09:04 PM   #287
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Robert, The one key to life and business, something I expect you know, is persistence.

I attended a military college and did not realize that one key element of my education was the lesson of persistence, point yourself in the desired direction and keep going and you'll get there.

I just attended my 50th reunion and it was plain that most of my classmates, consciously or not, had learned the lesson.

Wishing you success, what you're doing is the lifeblood of capitalism.

This time of the year always makes me feel thankful, I think it's the carrying for each other.
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:29 PM   #288
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Lots of small but important details to consider and resolve as we close in on the finish.

The windshield has now been cemented into position. We decided on a mounting methodology much like that used with small aircraft. Provides a very clean look. (That said, the body is covered with dust and does not show the gel-coat finish at all.)

The nosecone deck lid is now formed. Latch and hinge hardware considerations are under discussion. Very happy with the way the nosecone and the steel towing delta fit into the trailer body.

All of the furniture components are first defined by particleboard templates. These patterns will then be plotted by the cabinet maker for actual production on the CNC cutting machine. (Shown is the rough form of the cooktop cabinet.)
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:54 PM   #289
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see more!
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Old 12-30-2014, 02:55 PM   #290
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Wow ! How very interesting to have witnessed conception and embryonic development, right in the 'nest'. And perhaps we'll share the imminent birthing ? Many thanks for sharing, Robert.
What an very impressive front window! - I love the potential image that will be coming down the highway towards me.
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Old 01-01-2015, 08:14 PM   #291
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Great work! Love the nest... My best for this project in launch year 2015!
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Old 01-02-2015, 05:01 PM   #292
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Thanks for the updates and photos of your progress. The frond window and nose cone are starting to give the Nest a real Star Wars Clone Trooper look!
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:47 AM   #293
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This looks like a great trailer. I like the rear door very much as well as modern composite construction. I believe there will be a market for a high end fiberglass trailer built with high spec components instead of the common RV industry junk.

As far as price, I bet I've got nearly $25k in my Snoozy and it's certainly not at the NEST level.


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Old 01-12-2015, 12:51 PM   #294
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rear door....

a rear door is definitely a very efficient use of space for/in a small trailer....it has to be said however that if one was to do a lot of towing on dirt/gravel roads (as I do) it would be a real challenge to keep the dust out of the trailer...

I have a big back window (emergency exit) that I have to routinely tape up when traveling on roads like this...."dustproofing" a tall narrow door with three attach points is going to be tough...

any such experience with the Snoozy I wonder???
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:04 PM   #295
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I don't know about other Hunter and Campster owners, but a new strip of 1/2" x 1/2" foam, self sticking, weather stripping foam has kept the dust out of my rear door Hunter for almost three years.


No so lucky on the 2002 13' scamp though, most of which seem to have a door that, after a few years, no longer fits at the bottom.


Just to say, done right, a rear door shouldn't be a problem.



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Old 01-12-2015, 01:43 PM   #296
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I don't know about others but My Snoozy has a rear door that does not leak dust or water.
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:54 PM   #297
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Fine dust gets in.

We drove the Trans Labrador Highway (at the time a 1,000 miles of dirt road) and it was not a surprise to find dust in our trailer every day, What did surprise us was dust in our Honda CRV. For months after getting home when you washed the CRV there would be little dust trails around the door handles and the like.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:50 PM   #298
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My truck camper had a rear door that did not leak dust or water. But had plenty of rock chips on the front windshield which is why I was asking about the Nest proprietary front window.
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:39 PM   #299
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We were shaking dust out of the Scamp for a while after one of those days in Labrador when the rear sliding window ended up open a few inches. I do not know if the latch was not closed when we started out, or the excessive flexing and shaking forced it to open. The next time I need to look at it at every driving break or pit stop. And yes, that dust gets everywhere and it sticks by static electricity pretty well!
Maybe another application for the duct tape.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:00 PM   #300
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Front windows are very vulnerable on rough roads from on coming traffic.

When we went drove to Alaska we had a number of front window hits on the motorhome from on coming traffic. In Alaska is was mostly a problem in construction zones.

Based upon the Alaska experience, in Labrador whenever we saw on coming traffic approaching we just pulled over to the right and waited for them to pass. You could see them coming for miles. On the longest stretch that only meant pulling over 4 times, not much traffic. (Now a good percentage of the road is paved and it's probably less of a problem in Labrador.)

One thing we did for both Alaska and Labrador (not a Scamp) was to put blue foam on the motorhome's exposed gas tank and the trailer's exposed grey tank to protect them from stone hits. The foam was peppered by the time we reached home.

On motor homes many people cover their head lights and the lower portion of their front window with mylar tape.

Based upon my experience on a long gravel road the trailer's front, with ot without window, need to be protected on a gravel road. We paing all surfaces under the trailer and on the Trans Labrador all had their paint beaten off leading surfaces. Actually our trailer front was painted aluminum and a fair part of the front had missing paint as well.

Paul, thanks for the kind words.
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