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Man’s Handmade Gypsy Wagon Micro Cabin

I’m excited to show you this man’s handmade gypsy wagon micro cabin.

It’s about 6′ wide and 10′ long and the owner/builder, Russ, considers it a really nice bedroom on wheels because it has no bathroom or kitchen.

Russ invested over 200 man hours hand crafting and custom building it all from scratch. It has lots of beautiful detail, built-in storage, and even a gorgeous wood sink!

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Man’s Handmade Gypsy Wagon Micro Cabin

Man's Handmade Gypsy Wagon Micro Cabin

Images © TinyHouseGiantJourney

Gypsy Wagon

You can tell right when you first look at it, even from the outside, that there’s a lot of attention to detail here. And when you go inside, it’s no different. This is a beautiful gypsy wagon, isn’t it?


It looks like it’s a cozy and very relaxing place to be in. I love it!


Here’s a better look from another angle (below).


And here’s that now famous wooden sink in this gypsy wagon. Isn’t that awesome?

Wood Sink

Images © TinyHouseGiantJourney

More photos and details are available here at the original post by Tiny House Giant Journey. Also there’s an amazing video you can watch directly below that includes a guided tour of the gypsy wagon with the owner/builder (Russ). He also has a 400 sq. ft. cabin that you can see here.

Video: Russ’s Custom Built Gypsy Wagon Micro Cabin

Learn more: http://tinyhousegiantjourney.com/2015/06/08/radical-gypsy-wagon/

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  • Karen R
    June 13, 2015, 1:48 pm

    Really nice!

  • Dave C
    June 13, 2015, 1:53 pm

    I love that sink and the rest of the interior. Nice work.

  • Patricia
    June 13, 2015, 2:03 pm

    Please put a toilet in the Gypsy Wagon. It is a sooo cute.

  • JC
    June 13, 2015, 2:18 pm

    This gypsy wagon is so nice. This guy really has a lot of talent! Loved the Northwest carvings. Very special!!

  • Dean
    June 13, 2015, 2:22 pm
  • Jan
    June 13, 2015, 2:40 pm

    As a Carpenter’s daughter, I can really appreciate that this guy is a REAL ARTIST~~!!!! What a great woodworker~~!!!! He has taken the time to create a work of Art,,,, nice lay out,, put in a small porta potty, with closing lid, cushion on top and he has it all! Nice Gypsy trailer! Jan (for now fella, your girl can sleep on top of you!). Smile.

  • Sparrow
    June 13, 2015, 3:07 pm

    Expand on this – make it longer and a bit taller, put in a DECENT BATHROOM (not just an *ugh* porta potty), and this would get snapped up in a second. Part of the appeal of tiny homes is their charm – and yet so many look like shipping crates with windows. This is great-looking – but sadly, not very practical.

  • Lisa E.
    June 13, 2015, 3:19 pm

    This is gorgeous and I hope this artist will make more of these in the future. This build is a 6′ x 10′; a standard “vardo” (aka Gypsy living wagon) is 6′ x 10′ so the second edition of this could add another two feet which would allow for a toilet (and possibly a wet bath).

    This is a beautiful build with all the ambience anyone could ever hope for. I agree with Sparrow, so many tiny houses look like boxes with windows, but this is fabulous. If I could have this in a 20′ 0r 24′ build with full bath and kitchen, I’d be very satisfied that I had something VERY special to last me a lifetme. Good luck! 😀

  • gale
    June 13, 2015, 4:05 pm

    You know there is already enough space for a little kitchen area but can’t seem to work in a bathroom area:) Very nice interior and adorable ourside as well. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susie
    June 13, 2015, 11:27 pm

    What beautiful workmanship…really a work of art…thanks for sharing this little beauty with us….

  • Theo
    June 15, 2015, 10:31 am

    The outside is nice, but the interior work is great. Room for a sink, but can’t come up with enough counter space for a stove? And what about heat? Surely there is space under the bed for a porta-potty or compost toilet, that is a basic necessity. Washup can be done with a cloth, but no toilet? I just can’t see a real use for what is basically a moveable bedroom. Lovely work, but poorly thought out, might as well just have a van and sleep in it.

  • Joel
    June 16, 2015, 2:03 pm

    This is so great. I actually don’t mind the lack of bathroom/full kitchen. This would be perfect for a weekend of camping off grid. Really nice to see artistry and craftsmanship in all the little details.

  • ricardo
    July 17, 2015, 5:31 pm

    Love your vardo and ALLLLLL the woodcraft. For camping, I don’t see why you couldn’t carry a portable tent for showering and potty needs.
    You could hook up a tankless shower to your existing water system.
    Anyway, beautiful job.

    • Lantz
      July 25, 2016, 3:30 pm

      You could have one of those circular curtain rod that attaches to the outside wall and the shower head could already be installed on the wall. Have a Nature’s Head compost toilet to keep behind the curtain. Those are lightweight.

  • Lesley
    August 31, 2015, 7:06 pm

    Gypsy wagons don’t have loo’s or bathrooms, they consider it dirty. Not unusual to cook outside too

  • July 22, 2016, 3:36 pm

    But it’s too pretty small and elegant , special, charming.

  • Trish Dee
    July 22, 2016, 3:50 pm

    This is adorable. Great craftmanship, and something to be proud of.

    July 24, 2016, 11:18 pm

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again, Russ is a truly talented craftsman. If anyone truly knows me, they will know that I am a lover of Vardos, or for those of you who do not know what a vardo is, a gypsy wagon.. I have long given up on the idea that I would be able to get my hands on one, or at least one that is truly a vardo, and built to what was once done only buy craftsman such as Russ.. If it is ever to happen, it will only happen by my own doing, and or by my own hand and sticking to original craftsmanship and ways of building a Vardo or Gypsy Wagon….! Again great work Russ….!

    • Lantz
      July 25, 2016, 3:34 pm

      Are plans available for this style of Vardos. I like this shape compare to the rounder ones. I also like the suggestion of making a longer version with a THOW in mind.

    July 26, 2016, 11:00 am

    I know that tiny house has a set for a short version, in which you can elongate the middle, but then it would be up to you, and how far you want to take the design… From there you can pretty much do the same as Russ and build to suit your needs…. I would also do some research on the net maybe google up a few Vardos to get an idea of it’s original design and there is one that is called a Showman’s trailer that was based off of the Vardos original design… The Showman is a popular design, and I once heard it called the great grand daddy of the now travel trailer… But the true Romany Vardo was simple as far as means inside, and then over time evolved , so I guess by all means it is the great grandfather of the travel trailer…. Basically it’s up to you and what you want it to be… Good Luck…! And I for one would love to see your design when you get it to building it..

  • Lantz
    January 1, 2017, 3:27 pm

    I just came across this company. They make a modern version of the Idaho Sheep Wagon which can be pulled on freeways. The trailers have a bench type build on both sides much like this Vardo. One could buy one of their custom trailers and start from there.

    • Natalie
      January 2, 2017, 9:18 am

      Thanks for sharing! — Tiny House Talk Team

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