Airstream Introduces First Fiberglass Travel Trailer

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream recently introduced Nest, the company’s first fiberglass travel trailer, representing a new chapter for the company.

This is definitely something new. Sleek, sophisticated, and decidedly modern, Nest represents a new chapter in Airstream’s nearly 90-year story of design innovation.

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

“There’s really nothing else like it,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler, in a company news release.

“Nest acknowledges Airstream’s lasting legacy, while anticipating a new potential for outdoor adventure.”

Unifying Airstream’s commitment to a customer-first approach with a design-forward philosophy, Nest is the perfect blend of form and function.

Originally conceived by Oregon designer Robert Johans, Nest was acquired by Airstream in March 2016 and further developed in-house, with Johans coming aboard as project manager.

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

“We saw the acquisition of Nest as an opportunity for Airstream to curate the kind of good design we feel is essential,” said Wheeler.

“Nest is modern, it’s functional, and it’s innovative in a way you rarely see in this industry.”

Nest’s semi-monocoque fiberglass structure was styled by automotive designer Bryan Thompson who also worked on Airstream’s iconic Basecamp model.

The exterior design features a low stance and wide front windshield inspired by the shape of ski goggles. Six windows, a skylight, and an innovative vertical doorway window invite ample light into Nest, blurring the line between the interior and the outdoors.

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

The 3D Laminate galley top lends a touch of modern style. Plus, thoughtful storage and ample cabinet space keep your mealtime essentials well-organized and easily accessible.

And that’s just the beginning. The time you spend in your Nest is bound to become one of the best parts of any trip, thanks to its impressive lineup of features.

Inside Nest, modern design touches hide generous storage. A kitchen, dinette, full bathroom, and queen-sized bed, plus a power awning that creates even more living space outside.

Premium fixtures, a two-burner burner cooktop with a cover that creates extra counter space when it’s not in use, a microwave, a refrigerator with an icebox, a stainless steel sink, and a wet bath with contemporary amenities ensure travelers are equipped with all the comforts of home.

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

A minimalist approach ties everything together with subtle flair, giving owners ample space to relax, prepare meals, sleep, and store gear for both short and long adventures. Everything you need fits right in.

Additionally, two available floor plans provide consumers with flexibility for their travel needs. One floor plan offers a U-shaped dinette that converts into a bed, while the other features a permanent bed with a plush Tuft & Needle mattress.

Nest’s two modern and stylish color palettes each feature premium materials and finishes, like seamless vinyl flooring, handcrafted Italian Lite-Ply laminated cabinetry, and soft-touch panels and accent walls. So whichever palette you choose, you’ll be surrounded by great design.

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream (Source: Airstream)

While Nest’s fiberglass shell is a departure for the company known for manufacturing iconic aluminum travel trailers, Airstream founder Wally Byam saw fiberglass as a sign of 20th century progress. He built several fiberglass prototypes in the ’50s and early ’60s, experimenting with what was—at the time—a relatively new material.

“Wally was a design pioneer, and he recognized the versatility of fiberglass,” said Wheeler.

“He was always innovating—always pushing the envelope—and we think Wally would be pleased to see Airstream continuing that tradition with Nest.”

Nest by Airstream 16U (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream 16U (Source: Airstream)

That gleaming fiberglass exterior is courtesy of a two-tone premium gel coat that’s incredibly durable. The molded fiberglass entry door lets in tons of light through its window—but Oceanair blinds allow for added privacy when you want it. The LED entry handle and entry lights help guide you home after dusk. On nice days, enjoy some bug-free fresh air thanks to the sliding screen door.

With Nest, you can do it all—clean up, cook, unwind, and rest—in style and comfort.

Nest by Airstream 16FB (Source: Airstream)

Nest by Airstream 16FB (Source: Airstream)

At 3,400 pounds, Nest is easy to tow and is priced from $45,900 MSRP.

Airstream dealers nationwide started receiving inventory this month.

Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s make only improvements,” Airstream has remained a timeless classic. Byam’s vision for Airstream trailers was to use these design- and quality-driven products to allow people to dream, travel and explore the open road.

Worth Pondering…

Airstream Song

Sometimes I wish I lived in airstream homemade curtains Lived just like a gypsy. Break a heart, roll out of town Cause gypsies never get tied down

—Lyrics by Miranda Lambert, Natalie Nicole Hemby, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert; sung by Miranda Lambert

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