Airstream Launches Fiberglass Nest Line Of Travel Trailers – Forbes

The new Nest by Airstream.

Airstream, the Jackson Center, Ohio-based manufacturer of shiny aluminum-skinned RVs and coaches, has just launched a new line of fiberglass travel trailers called “Nest.” Starting at $45,900, two 16.7-foot models will be produced to launch Nest, 16FB and 16U. Nest joins an eight travel-trailer lineup that ranges from the 16.3-foot Basecamp (starting at $36,400) to the 31.3-foot Classic (starting at $139,900). Airstream, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, also builds motorized touring coaches on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis (starting at $165,878). The Airstream brand is nearing its 90th anniversary and is one of the premium RV brands. The market for new and used Airstream travel trailers is hot, with the renovation and repurposing of classic models fueling the trend.

Nest Caravans originated as an independent brand conceived by Oregon designer Robert Johans. Airstream purchased the brand in March 2016, with Johans joining Airstream as Nest’s project manager. Automotive designer Bryan Thompson, a graduate of Detroit’s College of Creative Studies and a veteran of Nissan Design in Southern California, styled the Nest, having previously worked on the Basecamp and other Airstream projects.

Premium materials and fixtures fill the Nest.

Nest is a premium trailer, built on a semi-monocoque fiberglass structure, a big difference from Airstream’s aluminum-clad models. The smooth exterior is gel-coated and the chassis

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