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3-4front2_FGforumsRobert Johans put his 30 years in design to work creating an all-fiberglass travel trailer that is built in Bend, Ore.

The Bend Bulletin reported that Johans, CEO of Nest Caravans, this week rolled out the prototype Jay/1S, a 17-foot-long unit designed with high-end fixtures and a look that says it belongs on the highway as much as the campground.

“I’m a longtime camper, and all my camping career I’ve been trying to resolve camping issues,” Johans said Friday.

Nest Caravans is working with Composite Approach, a Bend-based maker of aircraft fuselages and other products, to manufacture solid-body fiberglass trailers using vacuum-infusion. Creating a vacuum forces the fiberglass onto a mold and infuses the fabric with resin, which allows for a stronger composition, said Composite Approach owner Brian Harris.

The travel trailers, built for two, are outfitted with fixtures worthy of a yacht or an airplane, Johans said. He chose fittings from those industries, rather than outfit his trailers with typical RV fixtures, for their higher quality and durability, he said.

The basic trailer, built with an aerodynamic design, comes with basic amenities, including a two-burner stove, queen-size bed and other features. It also comes with two solar-power options, Johans said. Starting price is around $35,000.

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