I decided I wanted a little travel trailer for multi day road trips for hiking and sight seeing. I have wanted to build some sort of tiny house since tiny houses became a thing. A few months ago these two ideas came together. I started researching various RVs on the market and soon realized that they were quite expensive when new. Also I would want to make modifications but would be reluctant to do so on new gear. Many of the ones that I saw have interior finishes in fabric or carpet that would be difficult to keep clean. After a bit of research I decided to build my own. I decided I wanted something in the 2000 to 2500 lb range and basically the size of a Casita or a Scamp. The traditional Vardo or Gypsy Wagon appealed to me. Also having been a sailor I have a lot of ideas of how to not waste space.
Another thing that I noticed is that a lot of RVs seem to try to be smaller versions of a full scale home. This increases the weight, complexity and cost to what I find to be a worrisome level. Also they want to be able to sleep 4 or 6.
I stepped back and decided on the following mission requirements:
I looked at numerous Gypsy Wagon builds on Youtube and other websites. I found that Tiny Industrial's Evergreen appealed for its simplicity and beauty. I settled on a design similar to this but with modifications, including a mollycroft and a shower stall. I then did a weight estimation spreadsheet to show that I could build it light enough for easy towing. Now the construction begins.
The following links detail the design and construction of my gypsy wagon.
Log 10/10/20 10-10-20
Log 11/08/20 11-08-20
Log 11/29/20 Front And Back
Log 1/3/21 Sides
Log 1/8/21 arches