My Vardo Wagon!

My Vardo Wagon!

I’ve done it again – I purchased another tiny house! This time it’s a gorgeous vardo wagon, hand built by Russ Prior, a nice man that I met at a tiny house festival in 2015.

Check out the video tour we filmed together in 2015:

Russ had built the wagon for himself around 2010, but he never found the time to use it. The poor wagon mostly sat in storage for 10+ years. Then, one day, I randomly reached out to him to see if he was interested in selling it. He hadn’t considered it before, but since I promised to give the wagon the love it deserved, he decided it was time for him to move on. We agreed on a price, he delivered the wagon, and the rest is history!

Russ Prior, the original owner and builder, who spent thousands of hours hand crafting the wagon

Now the wagon is part of my family, and we have it parked in my mother-in-law’s backyard. For now, we use it as an extra bedroom for guests, but also as a fun play house for my kiddos (Juniper, 3, and Finch 6 months)! I’m still toying with some other ideas for future use.

Over Christmas, we gave the wagon a makeover to look like Santa’s sleigh and surprised the kids. I think this will be a tradition we do every year as it was so much fun!

Check out the video our Christmas video:

Features of my new vardo wagon:

  • Twin bed
  • Flip up table
  • Freshwater tank & electric pump
  • Wooden sink
  • Hand carved eaves (serpents)
  • Stained glass overlay on 4 of the windows
  • Propane heater
  • Built in stereo
  • Cork flooring
  • Handmade cushions
  • Metal roof
  • Lots of love!
Russ hand carved these eaves, which he modeled after native american artist representation of a serpent

The space is VERY small. It’s only 6′ X 10′ on the inside, but it still feels more spacious that our vintage camper,which we sold last year when we found out we were having another baby. Nabil can actually stand inside the wagon, which is a huge relief for him, but sadly, I don’t know if we will ever all be able to sleep in there. Perhaps it’s better suited for solo trips, or one parent + one kiddo special overnights.

What do you think we should use the wagon for in the future?

An Airbnb? A gorgeous vardo camper? Or continue to use it as a playhouse/extra bedroom for guests?


1 Comment

  1. May 23, 2024 / 4:08 am

    What an inspiring journey! Your internet site fantastically captures the essence of a tiny residence and the adventurous spirit it embodies. The interest in documenting your Vardo wagon construct is commendable. Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights with us. I can’t wait to observe alongside you on your persistent adventures!

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