The Vardo

House width: 6'
House length: 6' 6"
Ceiling height: 4' 3"
Road Height: 6' 5"
Dry Weight: Towing 950 lbs
all measurements are approximate


The Vardo is designed to nest inside most truck beds. It can also be pulled on its own trailer. The material costs to build this structure are approximately $6,500, excluding additional air conditioning or heating.

This model is insulated and has enough room for a full-sized bed flanked by a couple of work surfaces. Underneath is 35 cubic feet of storage space.  It lacks a kitchen or bathroom, so technically is not a "house."

We built the first model utilizing a recycled stained glass window in the front door.

Can I add air conditioning or heating?
Yes, a small ceiling a/c unit can be added to keep the house cool in any climate within the US. A heater also can be added to warm your cabin on cold nights.

What type of truck can I build this in?
These plans are designed with the most popular Ford 150 truck in mind. However, you can easily build it longer or shorter as needed to meet the requirements of your truck.

Plans include 14 total pages:

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Elevation Drawings
The exterior view from all 4 sides is included showing you heights relative to the truck bed, window and door openings, and finish materials.

Floor Plans
Floor plans are included for both the storage area, and the sleeping area.

Roof Plans
Shown from above, you see the overhang of the roof compared to the truck and structure.

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Wall Framing
Two pages of wall framing show you how to frame each wall, front, back and sides so that you have the rounded roof and slight angle of side walls. Additionally, floor framing is included. 

Door Detail
The Vardo requires a custom made door, and the door detail gives you the dimensions, and types of wood to use. You could also locate the door on the side by customizing your plans.

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Section Drawings
These drawing cut the Vardo in half, both the long way and the short way.  They show you where to insulate, what types of wood studs to use, how to properly insulate, which materials to use, how to secure the structure to the truck, and much more.

Basic Components
Suggestions on specific windows for the structure and the door including the manufacturer and glass type. Also included is a heater suggestion.

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Vardo Plans


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