No matter how determined you are to raise kids who appreciate the great outdoors, and love backpacking, and can survive in the wilderness for a week by drinking their own pee, taking them off the grid too young doesn’t always work. Even if you do stuff them full of s’mores every night. Sometimes it’s better to have a comfortable trailer (dare we say, a nest) from which to embark on all your epic Bear Grylls adventures into the woods.
The sleek 16’8″ Nest is Airstream’s inaugural foray into the fiberglass market (having just acquired Oregon-based NEST Caravans last year) after almost 100 years of building the world’s most iconic aluminum trailers. And talk about a debut: The futuristic-looking compact camper actually boasts an industry-first, single monocoque fiberglass shell (so it isn’t built on a metal frame) complete with wrap-around windows and a tilt moonroof. It weighs in at a paltry 2,400 pounds and can be towed on its 16-inch alloy wheels by any mid-sized SUV or crossover, although they still recommend a V6.
The original Nest included a queen-sized bed, full-height closet, wet bath, dual-burner cooktop, Nova Kool fridge/freezer, and large counter/desk for eating or sending work emails when you should be out fishing. Airstream is busy tweaking that interior and intends to offer multiple floor plans and decors. That’s key because, even though the cabin ceiling tops out at a very comfortable (provided you’re not a professional NBA player) 7 feet, the current designs are intended for 2 people. Hopefully Airstream remembers that you want this thing so you no longer have to buy airfare for the whole family.
The camper doesn’t leave the nest (aka, their Ohio factory) until late next year, but you can sign up for Airstream’s email notices to keep tabs on its progress. That is, right after you teach the kids how to filter their own urine.
Airstream Nest (Estimated $30,000, Available Late 2017)