The Vardo is designed to nest inside most any truck bed. It can also be pulled on its own trailer. The material costs to build this structure are approximately $2,500 (not including the optional heater).It has enough room for a full-sized bed flanked by a couple of work surfaces. Underneath is 35 cubic feet of storage space. The Vardo is not designed as a “house.” It doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom.

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.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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