Category Archives: vardo

Liquid Fuel Stoves and the Caravan Camper

A look at the origins and evolution of our favorite stove… This post was going to be a few words about the Primus stoves we all love and some images I’ve collected from around the web.  As usual, I found … Continue reading

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A Boy and His Dog

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Early Worker Vans; Predecessor to the Caravan

Early work vans were designed to house manual laborers when on the job.  Great for highway and railroad crews.  These caravans were noted for poor ventilation and their spartan interior.  Three to six workmen were often housed in these wagons. … Continue reading

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Vardo Plans: Reading Caravan

Many considerations concerning floor plans and general layout have come my way over the years.  I am compiling as many as possible to post here.  To start things off, here is the iconic Reading Waggon by Dunton’s (note: two “g’s” … Continue reading

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Screwbrake Mechanism

  In response to the inquiry about the little wheel on all the old wagons.  They also had a drag brake to connect when going up hill to prevent back sliding.  The precursor to the auto handbrake. Here’s a guide … Continue reading

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On the Long Road

A great historic image of the long road ahead to start your weekend off right. It’s always a good time to hit the road.

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Mrs. Coucer Green and Other Great Old Photos

Three great and rare books have come to me in the very recent past.  Each has it’s own merits and is full of great stuff.  I am scanning, reading, and summing up some excellent stuff and will get it out … Continue reading

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Interesting Homebuilt

I know nothing about this but like it a lot.

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Further Evolution of the Little Vardo

We just put another couple thousand miles on the Little Green Vardo.  It’s always an adventure when you are pulling something like this around the country and it makes for some interesting conversations. Most of the people we meet are … Continue reading

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Vardo – Topper Makeover

Because there’s always room for improvement.  In my case, a lot of improvement. Rehung siding, new paint, fresh varnish, little fixes, and lots of cleaning.  We’re hooked up to get out of town for a bit. Dietz lanterns, Kelly kettle, … Continue reading

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