Vardo Truck Camper


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An email arrived reminding me that tomorrow is the last day the Vardo plans will be on sale from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. This got me daydreaming about building a DIY truck camper on top of my friend’s old Toyota pickup truck.

By far the smallest design offered by the company, this vardo incorporates a full-size bed and 35 cubic feet of storage below. I’m not sure about the practicality of this on the road, but it is certainly one of the cutest handmade campers I’ve seen in person. This creation lived next to Jay’s house as a teeny tiny guest house in Sebastopol when I was there.

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Bwendo @ Merewether Life 07/10/2011 at 7:38 pm

Can see the inspiration is taken from the rear a a romany traveller’s wagon – the gypsy style wide top narrowing at the base. Is just adorable! Imagine popping out of that one on a cool frosty morning!

di 07/11/2011 at 4:34 am

Is that a sofa bed? How do you access the storage area beneath the bed?

How tall is it? Can you stand up once inside?

How much does it weigh? Is that an ordinary pick-up truck or does it require a larger truck?

Does anyone have experience with these?

Hillary 07/11/2011 at 11:09 am

You’ll have to check with Tumbleweed Tiny House Company for answers to those questions.

Furniture Stores Los Angeles 08/16/2011 at 10:33 am

This is adorable! My parents have one of those huge RV’s with a bed and a TV and a bathroom and all of those amenities, but I would much prefer something smaller and homier like this one. Is it one of a kind?


Meryl 10/29/2011 at 8:26 am

We did this! About 4 or 5 years ago we decided to drive to Alaska and created my husband’s long-ago planned camper for our Ford Ranger. I wish I could put a pic up! It has cedar siding for the walls. It fits a futon mattress, has two windows, a roll back Truxedo on the top (so we can roll that back to see the stars at night- we put up a screen too), and has two drawers that pull out under the bed area (for all our gear). It was a labor of love and we’ve used it ever since, crisscrossing the country several times! It only took a few days to build (and a few days to stain).

Hillary 11/02/2011 at 1:07 pm

Meryl, sounds like fun! Feel free to email me photos. I’d love to see what you put together.

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