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Delicate, High Quality Gypsy Wagon Looks Like Fairy Tale Abode

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The Amish would have a hard time competing with the quality found in this gypsy wagon creation.

Built by a group of friends, the Spruce Caboose gypsy wagon looks totally custom, but that’s because it’s Harbor Freight trailer chassis can’t be seen!

Harbor Freight trailer gypsy wagon
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A 4 foot by 8 foot box represents the base of the new gypsy wagon.

Gypsy wagon base
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With flanks added to the basic box structure, the gypsy wagon could have an interior space larger than the trailer’s footprint.

Platform on Harbor Freight trailer
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Laying out the raw material and tracing the side pieces.

Tracing out side pieces
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Once the drawings were cut out, time to install them on the frame!

Installing front on kingpin
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The side frames are 2x2s, 16 inches on center.

Side frame for gypsy wagon
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Don’t forget the insulation. We’re not going to rough it here.

Insulation in gypsy wagon
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Roof stringers are ten feet long, and fit into the notches on the end walls.

Rafters on gypsy wagon
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Here’s the cutouts for the front door and windows.

Door and window cutouts
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They used a pneumatic stapler to add the 1/4″ plywood walls.

Plywood walls on homemade trailer
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Insulation also went in between the roof stringers, held in place with foil tape.

Insulation in roof
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1 inch screws hold down the ceiling panels.

Ceiling on gypsy wagon
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Interior siding in homemade gypsy wagon
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Lath strips at the front and back hold down the white polypropylene tarp that covers the roof.

Tarp that covers roof
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White tarp roof
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With the tarp roof on, it was time to stain the outside red. You could also varnish it to keep the real wood look.

Staining gypsy wagon red
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These handmade windows (built with a Kreg Jig and some 2x2s) would make for nice accents.

Custom windows
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The stain really makes them pop!

Stained custom windows
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With the windows now in place, some more trim could be added for visual interest.

Gypsy wagon with trim
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Don’t forget the patio.

Gypsy wagon patio
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There she is!

Exterior of finished gypsy wagon
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What about the interior? The secret here: lots of trim and varnish.

Gypsy wagon interior
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There’s not much to the inside, just a bed and some benches.

Bed
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Bedroom
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But that trim!

More trim
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Trim close up
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More trim
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All in all, a most remarkable custom gypsy wagon!

Custom gypsy wagon
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For more photos and to see the entire build, visit this build page on instructables.

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