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New Gypsy Caravan

If you have an interest for gypsy caravans Timothy Leimke is bringing them back to life.

He’s written a book titled The New Gypsy Caravan which features caravan history, assembly instructions, drawings and full construction plans.

There’s also a kit where you can build your own gypsy caravan for under $1000.

The book is $19.95

The kits start at $359.95

This wagon is 9′ 6″ in length, 6′ wide and 6’2″ in height. Weight without a trailer is approximately 500 pounds.

More photos, details and ordering information at their website.

Photo Credit: Tim Leimke


Photo credits: The New Gypsy Caravan, Timothy Lemke

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  • Bill
    June 18, 2011, 2:23 pm

    Oh so very cool. A nice design and a grate price. Nice find Alex.

  • Tristan Chambers
    July 16, 2011, 12:25 pm

    A word to those thinking seriously about building a gypsy wagon. We bought this book at the beginning of our gypsy wagon research thinking it would be a good resource. It turned out being virtually useless however as the book is full of errors and typos. The design is also a little strange in that it doesn’t feature the typical benches that come out of the sides. Instead the benches come into the interior space, wasting valuable floor space. After these discoveries we totally abandoned the designs in this book and made our own, based on photos of the traditional caravans and sheepherder wagons. By the way we will be offering plans based on our design soon! Check out our site for updates whittleddown.com.

    • Tom
      August 27, 2012, 6:01 pm

      Okay, so do you have plans now? Thanks.

  • July 18, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Thanks Tristan, can’t wait until you guys come out with your plans

  • Dianna Francis
    January 17, 2013, 2:48 pm

    I really want to see a few decorated trailers/ wagons I love the overdone look I have a 32 ft trailer that I woul love to (over do)

  • Maria Anastasiadis
    February 15, 2021, 8:32 pm

    Please if i could talk 2 some1 , either your phone number or ring me on 0425216324 thanx

  • Jerrod
    January 15, 2022, 4:26 pm

    The way the bottom of this thing looks like it is looks like it goes in one of those trailers with one of those little metal walls I can’t Google or find any trailers like this like is there a term that I need to use???



    • James D.
      January 17, 2022, 3:29 pm

      Utility trailer…

  • Lindy
    November 10, 2022, 6:18 am

    I bought this book
    I’m in Australia and am finding it incredibly difficult to get the sizes of wood needed for the box
    Also It doesn’t state what type of wood to use
    Can anyone help please

  • James D.
    November 10, 2022, 1:52 pm

    Wood would vary depending on what’s available and native in your area. Though, you should still have imported options too. Just preferable to use materials known to handle the outdoors well and won’t rot, etc. too easily, which you can look up or ask at a local lumber supplier. Otherwise whatever you like based on preference or budget…

    Wood can also be stained, treated, or just painted, which is one of the reasons its so flexible as you can usually adjust how it look. While you can cut or combine lengths, with joints or other options, to get around size issues. You don’t actually have to get it at the exact size, just know how to work with wood… Resources like Youtube are handy for how-to’s, and you can always hire a carpenter or see if any of your friends or family can help…

    • Lindy
      November 10, 2022, 5:08 pm

      I was thinking pine or a hardwood plywood to keep the weight down
      I want untreated as it’s an enclosed space but will seal and paint it
      Would that be strong enough?

      • James D.
        November 10, 2022, 7:02 pm

        For a caravan, yes…

        • Lindy
          November 10, 2022, 10:12 pm

          Thanks 😀
          It’s for a bowtop wagon on 8×5 trailer
          What wood did you use for the base please?

      • James D.
        November 11, 2022, 1:49 am

        Base is typically treated, decking boards, but you can use composites or even just plywood, preferably marine grade so it’ll last a long time, or you can do what you plan for the rest and just seal and paint it. Flashing can go underneath for added protection…

        You can essentially built the whole caravan like a box/unit and then attach it to the trailer… While it’s usually simpler to use wood, you don’t have to build the whole thing out of just wood only. Like regular caravans, you have options…

  • Lindy
    November 11, 2022, 4:25 am

    Many Thanks 😀

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