Airstream claims its latest offering, the Nest, is aerodynamic, lightweight, and strong.

airstream nest fiberglass camper

Editor’s note: We updated this article, first published in 2017, with price and new information for the product launch.

The company known for shiny aluminum tow-behind campers strays from its bread and butter with a different production material: fiberglass.

Launched this week, the Airstream Nest sports “semi-monocoque fiberglass structure” and will retail starting at $46,900. That’s basically the same price as the comparably sized aluminum Sport model.

But the Nest’s base weight is about 600 pounds more, at 3,400 pounds. So why the switch? According to Bob Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO, the brand has eyed fiberglass as an “innovative” material for decades.

Airstream nest concept

In the 1950s, Airstream founder Wally Byam experimented with fiberglass campers. The concept is nothing new, but consumer interest in modern and minimalist campers is high.

“Wally was a design pioneer, and he recognized the versatility of fiberglass,” Wheeler said. “He was always innovating – always pushing the envelope – and we think Wally would be pleased to see Airstream continuing that tradition with Nest.”

Airstream Nest: Fiberglass Pull-Behind

Airstream keeps a minimal exterior aesthetic with a white-gray finish. Inside, however, buyers can choose from two design options: an understated Wingspan White or a splashier, ’50s-era Clutch Blue.

airstream nest blue interior

On the exterior, Airstream molds the shell of the Nest in three pieces: the top half, bottom half, and rear. Rounded edges and small size improve aerodynamics.

The Nest measures 16 feet 4 inches long, 7 feet 1 inch wide, and 9 feet 6 inches tall. The brand designed the fiberglass trailer to allow as much natural light in as possible, with six windows, a skylight, and a wide front windshield “inspired by ski goggles.”

The Camper You Can Pull With Your Subaru

At just 1,100 pounds, the Happier Camper can be towed by many small cars, yet still packs a lot into the small trailer. Read more…

And if you can’t tow the Nest’s 3,000 pound bulk, Airstream released the Basecamp in 2016. Made to accommodate small SUVs and sport wagons, the Basecamp weighs almost 1,000 pounds less than the new Nest.

Source: No More Metal: Airstream Launches Fiberglass ‘Nest’ Camper

How to Winterize Your RV eBook

FREE eBook...
'How to Winterize Your RV'

Your Guide for RV Winter Living & Storage.

Valuable Tips & Info help you prepare for cold weather. Includes winterization instructions for full-time or part-time winter RV living.

It's FREE and there's no obligation...
Download your copy today.

Thank You! You will be redirected to the eBook download page shortly... After you've had a read through, please let us know what you think about the 'How to Winterize Your RV' eBook.