Heading out for the wide open country is a dream shared by most everyone here in the United States. Between our long hours and short vacations, coupled with having the most beautiful natural spaces on the planet, who could blame us for gazing out the windows from our cubicles every day and dreaming of setting off for the unknown?
Now a new startup company has designed a camper that will let you travel the open road in style and luxury. The best part may be that it is lightweight and affordable, so you won’t need a gas guzzling pickup truck to tow it, or break the bank chasing down spectacular sunsets and starry nights.
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A startup from central Oregon, Nest Caravans, has caught the attention and investment capital of industry titan Airstream, with their new mini camper.
Called “The Nest,” the trailer camper is made from lightweight materials like fiberglass, so that it can be towed by even the smallest cars. It is also meant to be an affordable entry level vehicle for the next generation of explorers.
On the inside, it very much resembles the cabin of a small sailboat, and is just about as efficient in its use of space. And the aesthetics are superb. Designed to appeal to a younger, urban crowd, the Nest has the feel of a modern apartment, with lots of hardwood, stainless steel, and natural light from its multiple windows, including a skylight. Says designer Robert Johans “Design is Everything.”
At sixteen feet, this camper has a two burner stove, sink, seating area that converts to a bed, and more space than some Brooklyn apartments. It also has plenty of storage for those long weekend trips to your local state park, but would be easily ready to handle the campgrounds at Yosemite and the Grand Canyon as well.
Airstream says that you can expect a few more changes to the Nest over the next few months as they are still working on the production version of the Nest, which will not hit the market until the summer of next year. They say they are working on the additions and refinements to make it the perfect getaway vehicle.
Until then, if you just can not wait to pack up and head out to the highways and byways, They do still offer their ever popular “Bambi” model camper. The Bambi went into production in nineteen sixty one, and has been a staple product for Airstream for decades. It sports the classic silver exterior and streamlined shape that has become identified with all Airstream vehicles, but also carries a much heavier load than the Nest, so the Bambi requires a pickup truck to tow it.
This thoroughly modern and updated version of the American summer road trip will be just the thing for those of us who need to wake up to the smell of pine cones and campfires, and the sound of raccoons rummaging through our garbage.
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