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Build Your Own Road-Worthy Gypsy Wagon

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Build Your Own Road-Worthy Gypsy Wagon

If you have ever considered building your own camping trailer, why not give it a little flair and some historic details with a kit or plan from Road Gypsy Wagons?

Handcrafted in Riverside, California, these lightweight camping wagons come in three different sizes and are efficient, fun, and affordable to construct.

Furthermore, even if you don’t feel like starting from scratch, you can purchase the final exterior version and finish the inside to your liking.

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Custom interiors

Road Gypsy Wagons can be built from a kit or purchased directly from the company. Photos by Road Gypsy Wagons

The interiors can be customized in a variety of ways. Inspired by the original Romani vardo, Road Gypsy Wagons decided to specialize in simple designs with high-quality materials.

Each of the wagons can sleep two adults and can be customized and personalized. In addition, they are also easy to tow and the two smallest designs can fit inside a standard garage.

Their smallest trailer, the Holiday

The Holiday interior features a convertible bench/bed.

The smallest design is the Holiday. Coming in at 4×6 feet and only 600 lb., the Holiday can be towed by a 4-cylinder vehicle and has room inside for a double convertible bed and small sink.

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A full Holiday wagon costs $2,650 to purchase, but plans and kit parts are also available for much less. You can even order an electric kit with a 12-watt solar panel, ports and wiring for $160. The exterior can be detailed and painted any way you want.

The next size up is the 5×8 foot Makation.

This wagon only weighs 800 lb. and can be ordered pre-built for $4,250.

The optional interior kit costs $410 and includes a convertible bed/bench combination and two cabinets for a sink and cooking area.

The 5×8 Makation also has a convertible bench/bed that fits two people.

The largest design is the Sabbatical.

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The largest Road Gypsy Wagon is the Sabbatical. It is 6×10 feet and weighs 1,400 lb. With a little more room inside this camper, the interior has more flexibility and can fit a small kitchen counter with drawers and a table and chair for indoor dining.


None of the wagon designs come with bathrooms, but the interior layouts are completely up to each customer.

The wagons can also include fun details like round windows and traditional shutters.


The wagons are designed with stock materials that are easily found in any hardware store. The traditional curved roof which gives each gypsy wagon its distinct look can be ordered as a pre-cut kit from the company.

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The roof also mimics the historic vardo with a 12-ounce canvas cloth covering encapsulated with waterproof glue and pro-industrial paint by Sherwin Williams. This type of roof is also known as “poor man’s fiberglass.”

Each gypsy wagon is built on a standard utility trailer (not included in the kits) and a full manual and set of plans are available. For more information, see their website