House Trucks from the Early 1970s

Rolling homes go back almost as far as rolling vehicles and the modern era of motor driven cars is not an exception.  If you have followed this blog at all you may have seen some great contraptions, especially from the 1920s and 30s.  The counter-culture of the 1960s lead to a generation of rolling home … Continue reading House Trucks from the Early 1970s

Terrapin, a New Caravan Design From Casual Turtle

There's a new edition to the fleet of designs coming from Peter Pavlowich at Casual Turtle Campers.  The unique, curved roof lines really make his work stand out in the crowd and I'm glad to see it again in his newest model.  For me, this design melds the aesthetics of the early motor caravans with … Continue reading Terrapin, a New Caravan Design From Casual Turtle

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, fuel, and lamp oil packed away in the pan box.  The steel disk serves as … Continue reading Vardo – Topper Makeover

Jed and Hilary’s Power Wagon Vardo

As unveiled at Winter Count 2014 near Maricopa, Arizona. This classic kite shaped beauty is built into the bed of an old Dodge Power Wagon.  Like all projects of this nature, she's a work in progress but is already and awe-inspiring thing of beauty. The layout is a traditional elevated cross-bed with a kitchen down … Continue reading Jed and Hilary’s Power Wagon Vardo

The Conklin House Bus

Roland and Mary Conklin of Huntington, N.Y., made house-car travel a family experience. Their bus factory built the Gypsy Van, shown above, and in the summer of 1915, the Conklin family set out to see America. Photo & caption courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Historical Society (New York), and Home on the Road: … Continue reading The Conklin House Bus

Semi-Bowtop for Sale…

...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…

House Trucks Again

My appreciation for house trucks has grown immensely over the years.  It's not easy building a structure that is both light, strong, and wind-resistant.  Caravans, house trucks, and RVs have to undergo the rigors of hurricane weather every time they hit the road and still be light enough to be pulled.  If you are willing … Continue reading House Trucks Again