Airstream ditches aluminum for fiberglass in new Nest trailer

Last summer, we shared a preview of a new camping trailer that was coming our way courtesy of Airstream. At the time, we knew that this new product promised to be a radical departure from the company’s iconic aluminum-bodied campers, which have been such an indelible part of Americana for decades. We didn’t know exactly when it would be released or just how much it would cost, however. Now we have the answers to both of those questions and so much more.

The Airstream Nest is a small, lightweight travel trailer that features a fiberglass body — a radical departure for the company that has spent the better part of 90 years making campers from aluminum. But the Nest brings an air of practicality along with it that is evident in the details. Both interior and exterior storage space is plentiful and trailer’s modern design seems to favor function over form.

On the outside, the Nest features a gray and white paint scheme that is subtle but attractive. It also offers plenty of windows on all sides, including a front-facing portal that was inspired by the design found in ski goggles. Access to the interior is gained by a lone door located at the back.

Inside, the Nest is packed with useful features all neatly laid out within a compact, but homey living space. The kitchenette features a two-burner stove, a microwave, refrigerator, and a foldout table. There is also a queen-size bed complete with a Tuft and Needle mattress. Airstream even managed to find room for a full-sized bathroom, complete with shower. Other features include integrated USB charging ports throughout the living space and blackout curtains to help keep the glaring rays of the sun at bay. There is even a Bluetooth-controlled lighting system.

The Nest comes standard with two deep-cycle Group 24 batteries and a multi-stage converter. If you’ve got a mind to get off the grid for a day or two, standard solar pre-wiring is ready for optional solar energy collectors.

The new camper measures 17 feet in length and weighs 3,400 pounds, which is considerably less than most other Airstream models. It is available now and prospective customers will find plenty of details about it on the Airstream website, including a full list of features and a look at its two available floor plans. The Nest doesn’t come cheap, however, as both models start at $45,900.

Updated on April 14: Added information about dual deep-cycle batteries and solar pre-wiring.

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