Tony’s Trailer

A home-built camper with a old-fashioned Mail Coach theme.

Tony passed on his links to me to share with the vardo community.  When I first saw the giant wooden wheels I thought it was a stationary sculpture piece for the back garden.  These actually remove for travel and are really just for show.

img_06231I’m always glad to see someone’s concept sketches as I have filled notebooks with these myself over the years.

side-view-door-openTony’s web page guides you through the entire process in photos (newest to oldest) so you can learn from his build.

stem-walls-and-ledge-placementNote the “dead” space in the ledges as it becomes important storage later.


Straight forward off-the-shelf hardware is used throughout including things like Simpson Strong Ties for the rafter connections.


first-test-drive-iiIt’s a pretty whimsical design and I think this photo sums that up nicely.

pan-box-doorStorage door closed.

pan-box-drawer-outDoor open to reveal a very long drawer.

aft-ditty-shelvesA simple rustic look inside fills the bill and looks quite functional.

stove-installedThe little stove removes and stores in it’s own locker for travel.

If you are looking to build your own camper, vardo, or other living wagon, you can’t have enough great ideas so get over to Tony’s website and have a look:

There are tons of photos and some great ideas there.


Romani in Switzerland ca. 1890?

As usual with internet information, captions and data are suspect at best.  However, this is a great image of Romani on the road so let’s just go with it.  At first glance, it looks almost like a scene from the American west in the 19th century.  It reminds me of early sheep camp images from New Mexico.  I like the stove set up.


Romani in Switzerland ca. 1890?