The Denizen teardrop trailer, built in under 3 minutes

So here it is, the build in its entirety. Many of you have asked for it, and this week I mashed together 80+ GB of videos totaling 2:41 … that’s two hours and 41 minutes. We ended up playing it a few times at the Greenwood Car Show yesterday, which was absolutely amazing. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us and share stories. Your elation for our work was more than we could have ever expected. We built it to bring nostalgia, joy and conversation to the world … along with some really clean, gorgeously designed curves! Thank you for your affirmation for all of the hard work. Here are some stats for you to put our build and the condensed video into context. Mind you, yesterday at the car show, I said we worked on it for six months and started in March, I was off by a month. What a blur:

  • A couple friends who now live in Australia helped me get the frame to the house with their folks’ truck on February 26th, 2013
  • The first video is shot on April 13, 2013 where I built the base … the first bolts weren’t captured because I got a call on my iPhone and had to restart filming. We later fixed that by getting a GoPro 🙂
  • With the 60x acceleration of these clips from all of the others posted up on our YouTube channel, you’re now seeing TWO HOURS of work for every ONE SECOND of film. All up, that’s 7,200x faster than reality.
  • Our 4×10 sheets of maple veneer plywood were delivered by Midway Lumber on April 25th, 2013
  • We hadn’t even put the hatch on until August 5th, 2013
  • Our first test drive was on August 22nd to Georgetown, about 3 miles round trip
  • TWO DAYS LATER, we set out to drive to Burning Man in northern Nevada August 24th, 2013 for our second “test drive” of 672 miles
  • According to, our ENTIRE build was completed in 4 months and 11 days. That’s 19 weeks, or 133 days, or better yet 3,192 hours.
  • If our entire build was approximately 320 hours (documented on film), then we spent 1/10th of our waking hours building the trailer over those 133 days.
  • If sleep and work took up 66% of our hours, commuting took up another 6%, and standard life stuff took up, say, another 10% then we really were left with ~18% of our waking ours to do with as we chose. Over half of those hours went to the Denizen. 🙂
  • We’ve wet sanded it and done a few other things, like adding in cabinetry into the kitchen since we finished it last year year, and will continue to work on it for years to come.

Stay tuned on more photos of our travels and future projects where we finish the battery drawer and perhaps add cabinetry in the cabin. For now, we rest and give thanks for the reception we got yesterday. 🙂

On to the video. Brace yourself. It’s SPEEDY.

Greenwood Car Show! This weekend!!

We just wrapped up the construction on the galley tonight in preparation for the Greenwood Car Show. The guys at Compton Lumber recommended we enter The Denizen in back when we were building it last summer. Well, now that summer has rolled around again, we’re about to show her off to THOUSANDS of car enthusiasts.

Today’s work included installing the hinge hardware from the Rev-A-Shelf sink tip-out tray (GENIUS addition to any kitchen or galley) to complete the storage in front of our sink as well as securing 100′ glides to the right side of the galley for the stove. Oh, if you don’t already have one of these 90º Milwaukee drill attachments, GET ONE. I would have had to remove the sink in order to get the drawer installed, but had it in with very little trouble thanks to this genius of engineering. Everything fits amazingly well. I’m most blown away by the curved cabinetry in the center. We’ll be making one more drawer on the far right for the battery, pots and pans, but this was the first go at steaming wood. I built the steam box yesterday and attached it to this Earlax steam generator. Totally recommended.

Feel free to swing on by and check it out. Not sure where we’ll be placed along the 1.5 mile stretch of cars, bikes, boats, teardrops, etc … but we’ll probably have a crowd all day!