A new RV manufacturing startup in Bend, Oregon claims that they are making a travel trailer that isn’t your grandpa’s travel trailer. So all you “younger” RVers out there must take note of what is going on here.
This little 17-foot, light-weight (2,000 pounds) fiberglass travel trailer reportedly has more in common with luxury yachts and corporate jets than existing trailer designs. It is the first and only travel trailer based on a “unibody” construction which means that it has “frameless” engineering of the lower shell.
Most mid-size SUVs and light trucks can handle the towing on the Jay/1S from Nest Caravans. The strength of the final product comes from inverting the usual shell body construction recipe of 35% fiber to 65% resin. The result is a lighter, stronger and less brittle trailer.
Who designed this new little trailer? No other than the designer of Airstream’s “BaseCamp” Bryan Thompson. The claim is that the Jay/1S is “not only visually appealing, but also reduces drag, improves towability and enhances fuel economy.”
According to Nest Caravans’ Director of Operations Tim Koester, the new company tapped into sources outside the RV industry – aviation, boating and fine home building – for products and components. Research into what small RV owners prefer informed the interior design of the Jay/1S. Some of the features include:
- full-time, queen-sized bed with storage underneath
- maximum number of windows
- energy-efficient fixtures and components
- wet bath shower/toilet enclosure
- integrated grey water tank
- LED lighting
- 12VDC and USB charging capabilities
- integrated solar power charging
- designer sink and two-burner gas cooktop
- 3.7 cubic foot refrigerator
- tankless hydronic heater
- remote-controlled rooftop fan
What will the Jay/1S cost you? It will depend on how it is customized. One option includes tow-vehicle color matching. Nest Caravans states in their literature that they will keep the price of the base model significantly lower than the Airstream 16′ Sport (which sells for around $45,000).
Robert Johans, Nest Caravans’ concept developer (who is a designer and trailer restoration expert) states that their “mission is to fill the unmet need for modern, high efficient, aesthetically appealing products that deliver true pride of ownership to a discriminating clientele.”
Production of the Jay/1S begins in May 2015. To learn more about Nestcaravans, go to www.nestcaravans.com or call (541) 323-6920.
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