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  • Quite often, I've been driving down some highway and I'll see a road that

  • juts off of that highway

  • and wondered where does that road go?

  • Travel is extremely important.

  • It's not a luxury.

  • It's a necessity.

  • I feel getting out into the middle of nowhere helps you recharge.

  • My name is Britton Purser.

  • I own a company called Vintage Overland.

  • We build teardrop camp trailers.

  • We, being my two younger brothers and myself.

  • And we are located in Grand Junction, Colorado.

  • This is Britton's business.

  • This is his idea.

  • This is his product that he's come up with.

  • He started getting phone calls.

  • A lot.

  • I have a long-standing, crazy love for these vintage trailers.

  • I just love them.

  • It felt like in the realm of destiny.

  • Like I got to go do this.

  • Teardrops were first introduced after World War Two.

  • The reasons they have the materials that they use: the jeep wheels,

  • the aluminum, things of that nature,

  • is quite simply they were using army surplus.

  • Between the three of us, we've done it all.

  • All the trades.

  • Carpentry, tile work, sheet rock, electric, plumbing, you know all of that, cabinetry.

  • Phase one is the woodworking phase.

  • So we put the pattern down on here.

  • And, we've traced our lines.

  • And I cut it rough with the jigsaw.

  • Very imprecise.

  • I'm just getting most of the material out of the way.

  • And now I'm going to put the pattern, clamp the pattern back on here.

  • And I'm going to rout out to a finer degree with the router against our pattern

  • to make it more precise and smooth.

  • What I'm doing right now is building what we call the H frame.

  • It's really the spine of the trailer.

  • In the shop it's mostly Cullen and me.

  • Britt doesn't have time.

  • He's making phone calls and answering phone calls and selling.

  • So we cut out the wood, finish everything.

  • Put the box together.

  • So now we have a wooden box.

  • A lot of people don't understand hand tools.

  • But they're absolutely the quickest to get things done a lot of times.

  • I try to do the maximum amount of quality with the bare minimum of tools.

  • Building each caravan, it takes approximately two weeks to assemble and finish.

  • The second step is, we insulate the box and then we skin it with aluminum.

  • It's a soft aluminum, so we have to be very careful in the shop.

  • We dent the side of the trailer, we got to

  • pull that piece of skin off and put a new one back on.

  • So it's just learning to work very precisely and carefully.

  • Cody's role in this has been to be an absolute pain in the butt.

  • Like, like never happy.

  • It is never good enough.

  • Are you flush?

  • It's good.

  • OK.

  • If it was Britton and myself, they'd be pretty neat, they'd be pretty nice, but with Cody

  • in the mix, they're unbelievably over the top.

  • This just came back from the Powder Coater.

  • We put the completed box on a frame.

  • Then we jack that frame up and put the wheels on.

  • Cullen starts making the side doors and then we work on the rear hatch door.

  • After that, it's finishing details.

  • I get inside and we put in some trim.

  • Add the switches.

  • And I just test the lights.

  • Dome lights.

  • Beautiful.

  • Test the fan.

  • Beautiful.

  • All three speeds.

  • And we put in a slide-out table.

  • And then after that, we peel all the protective plastic off the aluminum.

  • We have to be very careful because these knives will scratch the surface.

  • Put on the decals.

  • Just lightly put it in place.

  • And then peel off this real slow.

  • And the very last step is to put the hub caps on.

  • Because they're chrome, we want there to be no scratches.

  • And we just put them on and it goes pop.

  • That's a sense of relief.

  • And now we can get on to the next one.

  • What I envision, is you take that caravan and not with a new vehicle.

  • You take it with an old vehicle.

  • You take it with an old Jeep, you take it with an old Land Rover.

  • Our caravans are built to be taken off road.

  • It takes you to areas that not everyone can get to.

  • The thing about these trailers is not what they are, but what they aren't.

  • They are not an RV.

  • These are symbols of simplicity; they're symbols of sanctuary, of solitude.

  • You get inside them, and I don't know if it's the feeling of a womb,

  • but the roundness inside and the warmth of wood...

  • They're a retreat that goes with you.

  • The whole goal is for someone who purchases a caravan from us, not to go somewhere.

  • That's not the point.

  • The point is to go nowhere.

  • You are in the middle of nowhere.

  • You go out and you camp.

  • And you look at a fire.

  • And you realize that all that matters is food in your belly, warmth, protection.

  • And it's just good to go remember that.

  • And then you go back into the nonsense and it doesn't threaten

  • you quite as much.

  • It's freedom versus security.

  • Yeah, and we choose freedom.

Quite often, I've been driving down some highway and I'll see a road that

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