On Thursday, Airstream, the manufacturer of the iconic, “silver bullet,” officially launched the Nest, the company’s highly anticipated fiberglass travel trailer.
“There’s really nothing else like it,” said Airstream President & CEO Bob Wheeler. “Nest acknowledges Airstream’s lasting legacy, while anticipating a new potential for outdoor adventure.”
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. The design was officially unveiled last year.
“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.
While Nest’s fiberglass shell is a departure for the company known for manufacturing aluminum travel trailers, Airstream founder Wally Byam said he sees 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.”
At 3,400 pounds, Airstream says the Nest is easy to tow. The trailer is priced from $45,900 MSRP. Dealers nationwide will start receiving inventory this month.