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
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
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
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
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…
On the road in France. Looks like he might be getting a little hassle from the local gendarme. More images of travelers and wagons can be found here: The Caravan in Art.
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.
They are everywhere right now. He must get some rain down that stove pipe.
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!
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
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
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
I discovered this cabinet card on http://joshuafountain.tumblr.com/. Wedding? Circus? Festival? It certainly is some sort of novelty. Maybe some kitschy ideas to spice up my own ride.
“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”
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
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
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
Just why the hell not?