Spotted a couple years ago in southern Arizona... Pretty basic but gets the job done.
A nice German wagon found on the Wiki media. Luxuriously spacious. Unlike the more stylish British versions the continental wagons are much more utilitarian and often built from a cargo wagons.
Derek Diedricksen at Relaxshacks.com is always good for some inspirational offbeat home ideas. Here's a shot of the interior of a sheep wagon with a promise of more to come. Click the photo for the original post.
Here's a link to a short article about the Basques in Oregon from the Oregon Encyclopedia. I'm just in it for the wagon photos of course.
A great story I read years ago about being raised in a family of six in a sheep camp measuring about 7 x 8'! (I think that's the floor space). I recently relocated the article in Mother Earth News. Here's an excerpt: "The canvas-covered sheep wagon was roughly about seven feet wide by eight feet … Continue reading Growing Up on the Range
Another good sheep camp image. I'd like to see more inside. The original link is here: http://www.talkingtree.org/2011/03/31/welcome-to-the-sheepherders-home/
Beautiful and well-loved sheepherder photographed by Roger Wade Studio. I really like the cupola on top.
Take a 1971 Scotty Highlander that looks like this: And decor as beautiful as this: Strip it down to the frame: Add a lot of hard work, cedar, and fasteners and... VOILA! A beautiful caravan fit for a queen. See the original and tear-down HERE and the construction HERE. It's looking great.
...and Some Other Nice Work Daphne at Daphne's Caravans has been busy this summer and appears to have another beautiful wagon nearly ready to sell. Her description is "all cedar, with a roof like a cedar strip canoe. 7' long, 6' wide at the ledge, and 6' high in the centre." I presume the roof … Continue reading Semi-Bowtop for Sale…
Old time shepherd's huts aren't really in the same class as vardos or showmen's wagons as they aren't really for long distance travel. These great little portable homes are dragged around to new pastures and are ideal for guest houses, studios, and weekend homes. These are generally simple affairs consisting of a room and a … Continue reading English Shepherd’s Huts
A few mosaic panoramas to give a "feel" of the Vardo interior. Click the images for larger a version. The bed and table retracted for maximum space.
I wanted to put up photos of the travel shutters. As the windows face forward, they take a real beating on the road. After solving the issue of covering three sides, the construction was pretty simple. Being small, I was able to knock these together from scraps around the barn.
Here are a couple new Vardos found in the Arizona desert this February. Jack's wagon, nearly complete inside. I helped him build the main structure in my driveway last summer and he has been trimming it out ever since. It essentially the same design as mine (with a few logical improvements) and lengthened by two … Continue reading More Vardos
A modern RV, like a house, is a structure enclosing a lot of empty space. This is why a large house costs (the builder) substantially less per square foot. It costs virtually nothing to build more floor space but a lot of resources go into things like corners and openings such as windows and doors. … Continue reading Inspiring Plans, pt 2
The following are plans from The English Gypsy Caravan. This book taught me a lot about layout in such a small space. There is rarely anything new under the sun and the early builders thought through the process quite thoroughly. The figure numbers on the images are from the book. The above is a classic … Continue reading Inspiring Plans, pt 1
I had to wait a while to publish this one but maybe I just need to get it out... I like to think I'm a safe person. At least to the point of looking out for others if not always myself. I don't drive aggressively, I maintain my vehicles, and don't take big chances on … Continue reading Close Call at 65 mph
Over the weekend I had time to add a few, more recent, photos of the wagon to the Vardo page. There are many requests and I assume there are quite a few people out there building their own. Good luck to you all.
This was a quick and dirty build we were talked into a couple of weeks ago. I don't like to rush these things but the builder's time constraints meant this was the only week to get this done before the winter. It does show that the basic build can be completed in a very short … Continue reading Quick and Dirty
I recently added two new exterior storage boxes, a solar ventilator, painted most of the exterior, and added several new and handy things to the interior of the wagon in preparation for the next voyage. Although I don't feel like the Snail has really traveled much yet, my recent tally of the trips over the … Continue reading Paint, Boxes, Many Upgrades