Tumbleweed Vardo Plans

The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, originally founded by Jay Shafer, is probably the best known tiny house company. One of their smallest designs is the Vardo – a tiny shelter that can ride in a truck bed or on a trailer. It has no bathroom or kitchen but fits a full size bed with 35 cubic feet of storage below.

The folks at Tumbleweed estimate that it would cost about $2,500 in materials (minus the optional heater) to build this design. If you like the idea of having the cutest handmade camper to take on road trips this could be an ideal set of plans to buy.

The plans include 14 pages:

  • 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 Plan: Shown from above, you see the overhang of the roof compared to the truck and structure.
  • 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.
  • Section Drawings: These drawings 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.

Learn more about the Tumbleweed Vardo Plans

3 thoughts on “Tumbleweed Vardo Plans

  1. Neva says:

    Where are the vardo pickup truck plans on the website? Haven’t found them. I don’t have a pickup but was thinking it might be the best way to go, rather than pulling behind.

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