Airstream Unveils NEST Details Via Survey

Not long after it was announced by Airstream of their acquisition of NEST Caravans, I signed up on the Airstream website to receive updates on the NEST. Today I received an e-mail from Airstream with a link to a survey regarding the NEST.


A lot of the questions had to do with comparing NEST to a traditional Airstream and what other brands you’ve considered. When I got towards the end of the survey, the page consisted of an overall description of the NEST followed by survey questions. It was in the description where it was revealed where the NEST have a starting price of $40,000. You read that right.

NEST is an all-new, compact, 16’6” trailer that provides all the luxury and quality one would expect from an Airstream, plus the added benefits of exterior color options and the ability to be towed by smaller vehicles (such as mid-sized SUVs, light trucks and crossovers).

Within its fiberglass shell, NEST contains a wet bath (toilet, shower), queen-sized bed, dining area, galley with refrigerator and cooktop, plus many other thoughtful appointments — all in a comfortable, light-filled space with 6’6” of standing headroom.

NEST was conceived and developed by entrepreneur Robert Johans in Bend, Oregon; and automotive designer, Bryan Thompson, is responsible for the trailer’s sophisticated and modern exterior styling.

Recognizing Airstream’s DNA in NEST, Airstream purchased the company in 2016 with a goal to improve upon the concept by building it with advanced components and manufacturing techniques. Augmenting its iconic travel trailer line up with NEST’s progressive product design aligns with Airstream’s ambition to further its long legacy of refined innovation within the RV industry.

NEST will start at $40,000 (or $325/mo., if financed). The trailers will be built at the Airstream facility in Jackson Center, OH, and available for purchase the summer of 2017.

So after reading this last paragraph, I think it’s safe to say most of you remotely interested will probably feel like you’ve been priced out of purchasing a NEST.  I hear a lot from readers how a new Scamp in the upper teens is overpriced. I’m completely expecting negative comments on the pricing, but if you’re someone who’d be willing to pay that kind of money for a NEST, I’d really like to hear from  you.  I’d be interested to know a buyer’s rationale in spending more on a fiberglass NEST than you would a traditional 16′ aluminum Airstream Bambi. And one of the questions on the survey is “How likely are you to purchase NEST for $40k?“. You’d think they’d have asked consumers this question before buying NEST and setting a starting price of $40,000, wouldn’t you?

As production starts in the next year, I’ll provide any additional updates as they come along. As always, stay tuned here!


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16 Responses to Airstream Unveils NEST Details Via Survey

  1. Cathy P.

    And, I was hoping when they took over Nest that the price would be more reasonable due to the buying power of parts/systems of a larger manufacturer. Also, many newer units are priced a little lower in the beginning to get some out there to be viewed and desired, so maybe this is the intro price? I suppose there will be a handful of people out there to whom $40,000 is doable, a “toy” to them. I don’t see them as being exceptional enough to justify paying that over the other fiberglass molded trailers. Too bad as it is a very attractive unit.

    • Mary

      A few things about this Nest would sway me away from the Oliver, to actually buying the nest. The insulation & ability to boondock comfortably & longer, with things made to do so.
      1. Larger refrigerator.
      2. Solar
      3. Security – dead bolt to the door (prevent a break in)
      4. INSULATION – Double hull like the Oliver or insulation that is superior. There’s nothing worse that freezing or sweating more than you would in a unit that has smart insulation that over time won’t deteriorate like the foam I’m seeing for some units. I think after 10-years in extreme weather, that foam won’t last. The double fiberglass hull though seems like a perfect, practical way to double the insulation keeping it cool in summer heat & warmer in winter. I know 2 people who paid a LOT of money for an airstream & the biggest complaint is little to no insulation, it’s like being inside a tin can & whether it’s snowy or you’re in the desert, you’re forced to overspend on propane to keep comfortable when if you rather bought better insulation to begin with, you could use a fraction of something using power or propane to keep it running & in many cases won’t need anything at all.

      5. Streamlining the interior/exterior.
      These do not need to be so tall inside. Why waste all this space for nothing when a high percentage of people aren’t as tall as the ceiling or even close? It also makes towing it much more challenging. Also why have above the bed so tall? I think the drive would also have less drag with a teardrop shape so the bed area makes sense. Who is needing to stand up on the bed? This makes NO sense. The other benefits would be keeping down the overall weight as well as less drag when pulling it. I would prefer to trade the weight by lowering the ceiling over the bed, for a larger fridge, more storage & the wet bath area changed so you have a bit of a tub area to contain the water so it’s not instantly going right down the drain. Filling the water, then washing up means stretching the water much further.

      The minute I saw the materials inside the nest, I was turned off. The Oliver looks very clean with the all fiberglass as well as that great sense of security that nothing will ever leak, nor will air seep in/out. The granite look option is an awesome idea & it keeps in the wonderful waterproof theme. If the nest designers made a teardrop with a similar design to the layout in the Tab that has the kitchen, wet bath, toilet & a bed that isn’t having to be broken down every day, this would be the perfect travel trailer. There’s a fellow in YT who made videos showing some modifications he made to a tab & this would just be the most amazing practical, insulated, light weight travel trailer ever made if it was the double hull fiberglass. I would order such a unit today if they started making it this way.
      Mod links

      If they made a double hull fiberglass unit in a similar way, I’d buy it right now, today.

      One last mention is a table being made for multi purpose use. Vanity, computer & eating. To make the table where it slid into the unit the smart way the tab’s screen door does, would really work well where it could flip to have a different side that you could secure items inside or have your laptop strapped in safely & didn’t have to break it down when you wanted to eat a meal or put on makeup & do your hair. If it was made for use, the way people need nowadays with everyone using a laptop, or a tuck-in slide out or fold up & down table just for the computer’s setup, this would be impressive. It could even fold into the bottom of the bed area since your feet aren’t needing the same support as the rest of your body, this is the perfect area to make it multi purpose with cushion on top for seating & night support for your feet, but then sliding underneath, your computer setup to pull out could be a great way to use this space. Creating multi use everything inside, like the bed at the bottom having a smart fold way to change it in to the sitting area with your work/eating/TV watching chair rather than having to break down the entire bed everyday would also be smart.
      When you think about it, I’m living in a home & I’m either sitting or sleeping the largest portion of my time & the only time I’m standing is to walk in or out, shower or cook. So why not make a unit that thinks this way too? (the way we behave). For an expanded living space, this is really simple, making the outdoors area for a living room when you’re in perfect weather or yes even rain. Some blackout material with velcro windows to drop chosen areas with a screen to keep bugs away & dark enough to use the computer & watch TV during the day & perfect at night too makes so much sense. It’s like as though men are the designers needing a woman to tweak how smart they could be designed, shaving down the weight & tow drag, improving storage capacity & an overall camping or living experience with an improved manner to dry camp longer would just be the perfect travel trailer for a single person or even a couple.

      The cooking gear could also have ONE handle that screws in to the different pots & pans rather than everything having their own handle separately. Such a waste really. I hope someone will make a smarter leak proof, insulated, teardrop travel trailer soon. I’ve been itching to buy one but the only thing keeping me from the Oliver is the weight. They could cut the weight & tow drag in half by making it designed like the Tab. It would also be a million times easier to tow not having the entire unit front to back so doggone tall.

  2. Dean


    As a newbie and owner of a new to us ’05 Casita, I am a fan of fiberglass “egg” campers. I think the Nest is a beautiful camper and the quality and technology is impressive (hoping the reliability will be just as good), but I don’t see spending that kind of money on a 16′ to 17′ camper. I would be more inclined to think about Olivers or Bigfoots as potential aspirational retirement rigs. The 23.5 Oliver offers 4 season camping, high quality, and more room. The Bigfoots 21′ and 25′ trailers offer 4 season camping and very livable floorplans.

    I may not be the demographic for Nest??? If I am going to jump to to $40,000 or more for a fiberglass trailer, I want more than “quality” and 16’6″.

    Still, I admire the Nest and hope that they do well.



  3. Crystal

    I agree with Dean. If I’m going to spend that kind of money, it would be spenton an Oliver.

  4. JBD

    I, too, took the survey deployed by Airstream on the Nest and was struck by the starting price. There is no way I will spend that amount of money on a Nest. I have it, but that is not the way I will spend it. I would go for a Alto Safaro Condo instead.

  5. Mark

    $40K, starting price. Non-starter. While we can, and probably will, spend that much on our next camper, it won’t be for a 16 foot egg. Lance 2285, Oliver Legacy Elite, and the 2500 Bigfoot, all well built, 4 season TT’s, same price range +/-. We bought the Airstream name once. won’t buy the name again. They will have to build a good solid competitively priced TT first. (or put a composite floor in their main line, but that’s another issue, for another discussion)

  6. Alain Tasse

    This is a real disappointment. We’ve been searching long and hard for a small travel trailer in which we could do some real travelling. No slides, Under 21 total feet in lenght with a dry bath. We were so close with the Lance 1475 for 2017 until we saw the minimal shower pan. Thought we could turn to the Nest. No way, starting at $40,000US ( meaning over $54,000 Cdn, plus average 15% tax ). This actually steeper than a 2017 Airstream 22FB. Way too rich for our blood. Back to the drawing board. Keep up the good work Pat. AT

    • K

      Have you looked in to a Taylor Coach? ( Made in Canada (Ontario).Each trailer custom made so you could get you length and the bathroom you would like. Check out their YouTube channel too, which offers walk thrus of many units of different sizes.

  7. Grant Heywood

    My wife and I are recent retirees and looking for something like the Airstream Nest. It has everything we need but the price is way out of line for our budget. There are other options out there at that price that I’d consider before paying this much. Even buying something bigger with more options and used is better than paying $54,000 Cdn. plus 15% tax. Too bad, because you had an interested customer and now we’ll likely buy a used Roadtrek.

  8. William Pelzmann

    I love the design. A perfect size for me. However, the original $30,000 price tag, before the Airstream acquisition, would have been a stretch, but $40,000 is beyond my comprehension. I have the cash, but don’t see the value. I assume Airstream has done their marketing research, so I am looking forward to seeing who will pay this much premium for their name!

  9. Victoria

    Thanks for the article. I love the fiberglass look and low maintenance. My husband is 6’6″ and the interior height of the airstreams is the main reason we’re looking at them as opposed to other manufacturers. Unfortunately the prices are keeping us away for now.

  10. Bertie Brouhard

    Love the design. As good a purchase as Sport 16?
    Weight is a big consideration. What is its hitch weight. Is my new Subaru Outback & its 6 cylinders suffucuent for towing? Thanks for your help!

    • Pat

      Bertie – I don’t believe Airstream has any specs yet on the Nest, as it’s still in the developmental stages. Keep checking their website in the months go come!

  11. Frances Katsar

    40,000 + options and tax ! Too high a cost

  12. Westernfan

    The Nest is cute- but I have no idea why you would spend over $40k on one when for nearly the same money you could have a Bambi/Sport. I’m guessing that if the Nest is successful- at $40k+ I think that unlikely- it will become their only 16′ model, and AS will focus on the larger, more profitable models.

  13. Alan

    Hello everyone. I am a Nest owner, and not new to camping, or to RV’ing.

    Wondering if there are any other Nest owners out there. Even more to the point: Has anyone had any issues or defects that they have come across with their Nest?

    I wish that this posting could have been under different circumstances. Sadly, it is because the Nest seems to have some major short-comings regarding Quality.

    Presently, I am in an open dialogue with Airstream directly about how they intend to resolve this matter. I have a detailed video on YouTube describing ALL of the problems my particular Nest is having. They have asked me not to release it to the public. I have agreed in the hopes that they will offer up a satisfactory resolution to the matter.

    I will however, list a few of the issues for any others who may be having their own set of problems, and wish to let it be known:

    Ceiling sagging and dropping debris

    Sidewalls in galley flex and move, like they are not secured

    Numerous bolts and screws found laying about; no idea where they go or what is now unsecured

    Fabric on the walls sagging and detaching from cushioned backing

    Drawers not working properly

    Shower door hinge off-center, leaving a gap in the seal

    Numerous loose screws (if you haven’t checked… I urge to do so BEFORE they fall out)

    Screen door handle comes detached and falls to the floor

    Vinyl flooring buckling up and detaches from subfloor

    Like I said, I have a video documenting all of this. I am curious… did I just get a “lemon”. Or, is Quality Control for the Nest really just that bad? I considered several others options before deciding on the Nest: NuCamp T@B, Jayco, Casita, etc. ALL of which are much more affordable. I was, and still am, happy to pay a little more for a better product. BUT, when that “better product” fails to be the case…

    I am not trying to give Airstream a bad name here. Let’s be honest: These campers aren’t cheap. The Nest should be MUCH better than this. The camper is less than a year old! And I have been the owner for less than 4 months!

    So, is anyone else having issues? Did I just happen upon a rear defect? Is Airstream possibly releasing this Nest camper prematurely, without adequate quality control, and just now finding out that it has serious issues?

    Maybe. If so, then if I were to do it over, I would wait to buy a new Nest and see how they work out the bugs a few years from now. If it makes it that far.

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