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  • SEMA Bound Builders: How Was Your Halloween?

SEMA Bound Builders: How Was Your Halloween?

The Trek to SEMA has Begun

Nov 1, 2019
SEMA bound builders and roadtrippers, how was your Halloween? What was the tone of your song? It's the hap-happiest season of all. There'll be trucks from afar, a great time at the bar. It's the most wonderful time of the year. There'll be parties for hosting, good friends for a roasting...
In case you haven't heard, SEMA 2019 is set to officially open its doors on Tuesday, November 5. Most of us will quietly devour thousands of pictures on the internet in the comfort of our own homes or workplaces (how dare you!) during the weeklong gala, only dreaming of what it would be like to see it for real. Exhibitors are probably wrapping up their final emails, finding comfortable shoes, and dusting off their suitcases.
Those with display vehicles, however, have a whole different set of challenges during these final few days leading up to SEMA. Basically, time is out, and we've officially entered the SEMA crunch time. They have to wrap up their trucks and SUVs (let's hope we're down to the finishing touches and not still fabricating, installing, and painting) and hit the road to Las Vegas, Nevada—ready or not.
For some builders, Vegas is nearby and the roadtrip is a non-event. For other customizers, Vegas is on the other side of the world, and the roadtrip will be just as much of a story as the build itself. Sleep deprived, stressed, excited, and probably still dressed in Halloween costumes smeared with melted chocolate, they will embark on a legit voyage to the "promised land," probably finding like-minded friends along the long, lonely road.
If we could have GPS trackers on all of the SEMA builds right, what would that map look like? Where is everyone? Who spent Halloween in Vegas? (Talk about a freak show!) Who spent Halloween under the hood? Who spent Halloween repairing a tow rig? (Insert Ford 6.0L Power Stroke jokes here.) Who will be traveling all night tonight?
Happy travels to everyone out there. Enjoy the adventure, and see ya at SEMA 2019, where we will all celebrate your accomplishments.
Below, we've highlighted the 2,000-mile journey of Joe Knepper, his 2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL—and his special guest sidekick, Bob The Mini Truck Martian. You might remember Joe's green Chevy from last year's show.
After all, you might as well have some fun on the long road to SEMA.
Roadtrip photos Courtesy of Joe Knepper (Instagram: @rbp_joe)
Photo 2/10   |   Bob The Mini Truck Martian helping install some final parts before departing for SEMA. A little last-minute help from a good friend is always appreciated.
Photo 3/10   |   Who needs expensive models when you have proud Bob?
Photo 4/10   |   Loaded! It looks so easy, right? Remember to tow safely.
Photo 5/10   |   Roadtrip snacks—nothing beats the well-balanced nutrition of a peanut butter and jelly sammich. We imagine the snacks become less nutritious and more caffeinated as the days go on.
Photo 6/10   |   Ah, yes. What's a roadtrip without some tow rig issues? We're actually not sure what the issue was here, but we know it worked out in the end.
Photo 7/10   |   You will arrive at your destination is 908 miles. 907 miles. 906 miles. You should probably turn that navigation screen to something different. It's like staring at a treadmill during a workout. And wow, look at that temperature. Hope you don't need a fuel stop.
Photo 8/10   |   Is that a--yes! That's a tumbleweed. They do exist. Anyone running into wind out there?
Photo 9/10   |   Success at last! It's all about those Insta photos once in Vegas. Good thing Bob has a window open for fresh air.
Photo 10/10   |   Just an alien doing creepy alien things. If you're going to be in Las Vegas for Halloween, it's best to BYOA—bring your own alien. Then again, it's always Halloween in Vegas.