No matter how old you get, there are some things you’ll never outgrow. Things like slides and roller coasters rekindle anyone’s youth and one simple brick turn everyone into a 9-year-old again, the Lego. Legos have been part of American culture for decades and they have been turned into some incredible things, everything from 30-foot-tall robots to entire Lego jungles.
So what does any of this have to do with RVing? Well, Legos can be used to craft just about anything, including RVs, and that’s exactly what a group of Lego/RV enthusiasts decided to do.
How Does a Lego Trailer Get Built?
You may be thinking that a Lego RV can’t be too difficult to construct and that would be true if we were talking about a miniature model of but that just wouldn’t be enough for a group of Lego enthusiasts in England so they went full scale.
In total, the group of 12 professional Lego engineers spent more than 1,000 man hours and used more than 215,000 Lego bricks to craft the full-scale replica of a T@B teardrop travel trailer. The feat of constructing a Lego travel trailer is impressive in itself but even more impressive when you realize that this is not just a replica of a travel trailer's body but the entire trailer interior and exterior.
Why a Lego caravan? Well according to marketing campaign director of the show James Bissett:
“We wanted to create something unique to celebrate 130 years of leisure caravanning and we are delighted with our record breaking model.
Some of the impressive detail work includes a two burner propane stove with eggs being cooked in a frying pan, a sink with butter and jam toast sitting beside it, a vase full of flowers next to a chess board will all of the appropriate chess pieces in place, even a mini-fridge with produce, all built by hand with the famous Danish brick.
The model stands a bit over two meters tall and comes in at over three and a half meters. If you’re thinking that that must be some kind of a record you’d be right, the Lego travel trailer has already been verified by the Guinness World Records committee as the world’s largest. Guinness is stingy with its records so everything had to be perfect according to Bissett.
“To get the world record it had to be identical in every way such as size, dimensions, look and functionality… inside you can change the beds and table as you can in the real thing."
Not only does the travel trailer have all the amenities in Lego that a typical travel trailer would have but it also has running water as well electricity which powers lights within the creation.
Where to See the Lego Trailer
The structure was unveiled at the 2015 Motorhome and Caravan show in Birmingham, England to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of leisure caravanning and it was a big hit. The last bricks were put into place by motorcycle racer Carl Fogarty and BBC television personality Matt Baker. The Guinness World Record official was on hand for the last few bricks to declare the travel trailer a world record and present the official certificate.
Even Guinness World Records staff was impressed by the piece with Editor-in-Chief Craig Glenday lauding the achievement by stating:
“How better to celebrate 130 years of leisure caravanning than with a world record?”
The Motorhome and Caravan Show continues on but the caravan has moved to different Lego fan events but you check out 2016’s Guinness Book of World Records to get a peek at the Lego travel trailer for yourself.