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
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
Here's a preview pic of the new paint and some additions. Just about ready for the road again. Far from done, but this gives an idea of the new bling colors. They don't look quite this vibrant in real life but the camera really brings them out.
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
This photo set documents the construction process very well. Have a look if you want to see something that is very light weight and built well. Click the photo or copy the link below for more. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuacatum/sets/72157626603954269/
The door is nearly done and the new window is installed. I am loving it and with a few more tweaks, it will be done. I finally put a good coat of Valspar paint on it and really like the new color.
H.A. sent me a couple of photos from his vardo build. These were taken back in August. It looks to be a beast of a wagon and is being towed by a unimog camper. Check out this and other photos on his friend's flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/11894392@N04/4921649118/in/set-72157624668253269/
Several people have asked for a detailed "how to" for building a vardo. My suggestions are this. Decide on your basic design wants. Traditional or modern construction? Consider size and weight (I went for the minimum of both). Consider materials. This will determine construction technique. As for traditional or modern? Go look at some used … Continue reading Plan B