Fitting Out and Fixing Problems, Vardo Remodel Part 9

Sink, seating, and storage galore - I'm finally moving onto the luxuries that make this addition what it is meant to be; essentially moving some outdoor activities and living indoors with more amenities and easier foul-weather living. Beginning with a little sink re-purposed from an old copper mixing bowl set -  This one was the … Continue reading Fitting Out and Fixing Problems, Vardo Remodel Part 9

Door and Frame, Vardo Remodel Part 8

Every home needs a door.  It's a tricky bit that must fit well, open and close easily, provide some security, and hopefully, look good doing it.   We found a mahogany, two-panel door at the Habitat Re-Store in Lubbock a couple months ago and since the price was right ($10), we bought it.  It was … Continue reading Door and Frame, Vardo Remodel Part 8

More Historic Caravans in Art

Here are a couple final Alfred Munnings images of Romani caravans in an English countryside.  As a keen observer, he definitely caught the important details of each type of caravan and the essentials of camp life.  The watercolor above is somewhat unusual for Munnings as it shows no animals, people, or campfire. Above is a … Continue reading More Historic Caravans in Art

Historic Romani Caravan Paintings

These images might whet the appetite for summer days, picnics, an caravanning off into the great unknown; or it might just be a bunch of pretty pictures if the former isn't your cup of tea.  Anyway, these are generally labelled and classed as Gypsy images although we know that this is often seen as an … Continue reading Historic Romani Caravan Paintings

Progress is slow but steady, Vardo Remodel Part 7

The weekend was cold, I was tired (read lazy), and other things had to be attended to so this update is just baby steps in the big scheme. Although mine is a purely pragmatic build, I wanted an homage to the classic Dunton Reading wagon. Taking a plain profile and giving it simple compass curves … Continue reading Progress is slow but steady, Vardo Remodel Part 7

Fitting the exterior, Vardo Remodel Part 6

What follows is a somewhat terse step-by-step of the past couple weeks. I had about a week of stolen moments before the winter holidays to dive in and make as much progress as possible, knowing that winter could bring just about any kind of weather and a 60 degree variance in daily temperatures.  My goal … Continue reading Fitting the exterior, Vardo Remodel Part 6

Detailed to the Last Dollar

Not a pretty little Victorian-style caravan here today but a sturdy, well-thought-out modern living accommodation for someone looking to escape the mortgage anchor most of us have felt. Here is an extremely well-documented van conversion into a very frugal but comfortable micro house created in 38 days from 2014-2015.  Sean (the builder) has done a … Continue reading Detailed to the Last Dollar

Tying it all together, Vardo Remodel Part 5

All earthly structures begin with a foundation of some sort, even living wagons. In our case, the trailer frame is the earth, the ledge and subfloor serve as the foundation upon which, all is built.  I proposed to attach the new section pretty much the same way and addition is connected to a house, by … Continue reading Tying it all together, Vardo Remodel Part 5

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 … Continue reading Romani in Switzerland ca. 1890?

“Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will move the Earth” Remodeling the Vardo, Part 4

Taking the Biggest Step of All; Transferring the old vardo to the new trailer. Now that I was confident that the box was going to hold up under the stress of the transfer I was ready to slip the trailer under the body.  It was a whole lot less dramatic than I was afraid it … Continue reading “Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will move the Earth” Remodeling the Vardo, Part 4

Naked and Afraid! Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 3

Caution - suggested nudity, implied whiskey, and some old-fashioned Scottish engineering to liven up the day. Now that I have your attention: Saturday morning came and it was time to start stripping down to the bare essentials (hence the first part of the title, suggested by SB). After an evening of pulling everything out of … Continue reading Naked and Afraid! Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 3

Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 2

Preparing the trailer and laying the foundation for the Vardo. A couple of issues had to be addressed before any real construction could begin.  Unfortunately, a day job and early sunsets dictate my work hours so I only have a short time each night to get something done throughout the week.  Here's the summary: The … Continue reading Remodel of the Little Green Vardo, Part 2

Remodel and Rebirth of the Little Green Vardo

It just seems right. The timing, the monetary investment, the effort. After adding up the mileage from the log book I keep with the Vardo, I see we have clocked over 21,000 miles since she was first put to the road in February of 2010.  I have, no doubt, missed some small side trips and … Continue reading Remodel and Rebirth of the Little Green Vardo

A 1926 Home Built Camper Truck

An early tiny house on wheels... and a family selfie. The Library of Congress has some pretty amazing stuff.  I rarely find what I came for but I always find something pretty spectacular.  This house (click to enlarge) is quite a piece of woodworking.  Shingle siding all glass door, sturdy balcony, beautiful windows, under storage, … Continue reading A 1926 Home Built Camper Truck

Finally…

A perfect rolling home. And a place for everything! The details here are remarkable including the decorative framing around the windows and planter boxes ... with plants!  I believe this sits on solid rubber teeth-rattling tires.  You can probably tell from the caption but this is apparently from Germany in 1922.  I wish I knew … Continue reading Finally…

How to Build a Vardo

In under ten minutes!  Well, watch it being done anyway.  Here's a well-edited and excellent overview building a vardo from the ground up.  I don't know this guy at all but I love the video.  I think it's Canadian (for you Jim). https://youtu.be/hxgtPQR2lIQ Please give comments or insights below.

Even More About Sheep Wagons!

A Tumblr follower spotted my interest in sheep wagons and other classic mobile lifestyles.  They sent me this excellent link to a short (20 minute) documentary from faircompanies.com.  It's a nice overview of sheep wagon design old and new by a couple making and selling old-fashioned Sheep Camps. https://youtu.be/I0m6MpjFvS8 And here are a few older … Continue reading Even More About Sheep Wagons!

A Nice Squaretop Vardo

I found this beauty on http://theromanipeople.tumblr.com/.  Sometimes there are some very nice images there but like much of Tumblr and Pinterest it seems to be stripped of all associated data.  Anybody with any facts please feel free to pass them on to me. I suspect this is early 20th century in Britain.  I like the … Continue reading A Nice Squaretop Vardo

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

New and Improved

That's the idea at least.  I have been diligently working to re-write the Vardo building pages in such a way as to make them a little more instructive.  The benefit of hindsight has allowed me to address issues that seem to be common questions.  I kept the comments in place (I hope) as they provide … Continue reading New and Improved

Ode to the “Wanderer”

“About going where he likes, for instance? Are there not certain laws of the road that forbid the tarrying by the way of caravan folks, for a longer period than that necessary to water and feed a horse or look at his feet? By night, again, he may spy a delightfully retired common, with nothing … Continue reading Ode to the “Wanderer”

English Caravans for Rent

I'm not sure when the word "glamping" entered out lexicon but it is a craze that enterprising hostlers are hoping on world-wide it seems.  This luxurious little wagon is for rent in Pembrokeshire near Norwich in England. I don't know anything about these other than they look classy and would be a nice place to … Continue reading English Caravans for Rent

A Steampunk Teardrop Camper

Some of you Teardrop aficionados out there have undoubtedly seen photos of Dave Moult's spectacular build.  The best write-up I've come across is from the Living in a Shoebox blog.  This is not Mr. Moult's first build and it clearly shows.  This one has a retro-futuristic Steampunk theme and uses a lot of copper and … Continue reading A Steampunk Teardrop Camper

An Open Lot Accommodation

A little something for Wagon Wednesday.  A simple bow-top accommodation.  Very little of the wagon is seen in the image but we can rest assured that it was painted green at one time.  Hedley picked up some fine details here including bolts, boards, the tarp attachment, and a very nice little driving lamp. Last in … Continue reading An Open Lot Accommodation