Woolywagons

by Kent Griswold on February 5th, 2014. 18 Comments

by Steve Auth

We build Sheep wagons, Gypsy Wagons, any type of Tiny House. What is really unique about our builds is they all have a Skeleton of a welded aluminum frame work with a sprayed polyurethane foam insulation with a metal roof of various colors for a four season usable tiny house.

We start with an aluminum trailer on our vehicle pulled models. Some on wagons,some pulled by horses, Woolywagons are perfect getaways on the back forties, down on the pond, a guest house, a cabin rental. Keep an eye out for our new Hobit Hut(tm) by Woolywagons(tm).

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We also deliver our custom Woolywagons, built here at our Lazyaa B&B Guest Ranch, home of the Woolywagons, located in central Indiana. We welcome guest and DIY folk with a free stay at the Lazyaa during or after any Woolywagon build. Also, the Lazyaa welcomes all traveling tiny house folks for a great getaway, lots of shade, fishing, golf, billiards, canoeing, and camping. If your flying in for planning your Woolywagon your stay is free! We will pick you up at the Indianapolis International Airport and you will have our undivided attention.

Our pricing verys as you can imagine it so depends on size, material, type of wood (softwood vs hardwood interior etc.) Much depends what a client has to budget in a custom tiny house.

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Here at Woolywagons we offer a no charge two day stay to go over what a potential client has in mind for their dream tiny house. Our designs can be pulled by compact cars, towed by trucks, horses, or set and delivered. Woolywagons are also available without a trailer & wheels.

We believe communication is important to reach everyone’s expectations. If you fly in we will personally pick you up at Indianapolis International Airport or you can rent a car for theforty minute drive north to our location. This allows you to get to know us, visit our shop, enjoy a stay in our tiny cabin or a Woolywagon with a campfire and enjoy the ranch.

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I want too stress that we absolutely do not put any sales pressure on our guests. We make a lot of friends and hey our motto is life don’t get any better than that. Winter stays are cozy here, so folks don’t let weather keep you away! You all have heard of Hoosier Hospitality, let us show you what it’s all about.

Tiny House travelers are also welcome here. As a matter of fact, we are putting together a Midwest tiny house gathering here at the Lazyaa where it is very shaded and woodsy. So folks, give us call about the dates this year and visit our Ranch and Woolywagons Shop.

If you decide to purchase a Woolywagon be sure and mention you discovered them at the Tiny House Blog.

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My Gypsy Wagon “Cikan Vuz”

by Kent Griswold on December 17th, 2013. 45 Comments

by Cikan Vuz

When I bought my 1970 Volkswagen Kombi back in March of this year, I knew I was going to make her into a camper, but I had no idea how she would turn out. I tired a few things, but they inspired me to try other things and little by little, she came together. Her interior is now 95% done and I sure she will never be completely finished as I will always be adding things here and there.

I used an old sewing cabinet for her sink stand and drawers. I drilled a hold and installed a copper sink and a bronze hand pump. Beneath the cabinet and behind the curtain are two 6 gallon water containers. One for fresh water, hosed up to the hand-pump and the other is for grey water. They are easily accessible and changeable. I store cooking and heating fuels; as well as utensils, clothing, toiletries and other necessities in the drawers of the cabinet.

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The cabinet has a fold-up extension, which has an old Ouija Board velcro’d to it. This gives me a place to cook and eat. I have a butane stove top, and an antique Coleman camping oven for cooking in.

For lighting, I installed LED lights and I have super bright, or just enough to see variations.

Her bed is a rebuilt VW Z-bed form a different VW camper bus. It pulls out and forms a full size bed when wanting to stretch out at rest time. I padded it with memory foam and it is quiet cozy.

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I have an antique porta-potty for emergencies, but can always use a restroom at a campground, rest-stop, business, or a local gym as well as shower there, though it is easy enough to properly wash inside my bus. She has tinted windows and under the rug is rubber flooring and a drain hole.

I made screen doors so I can sit with the rear hatch and slider door open when weather is nice out, without worries of pests. And, when it is cold out, I have a small gel fuel ventless chimnea to warm the “room” though it is so small that a candle really does the job most nights.

Since the windows are tinted, I really have no issues with sleeping in her. I have even pulled into a handicap space right in front at a local gym and slept with no one knowing a thing.

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I love my “Cikan Vuz” and she is the best tiny and cozy home in the world. I love my home on wheels. My only worry is what will happen to her when I pass away as my kids do not want her and everyone I know who does want her is older than me so I need to find a good friend I know will love her just as I do and will keep her as she is and care for her.

I also created out of my own mind a shelving system, with galley railing that is on both sides of the living area. It has a “head-banger” section that goes across from side to side to the rear of the Z-bed bench. I use it to store blankets, clothing and other items I need and it really adds to her charm and gypsiness. The ceiling tiles are faux tin panel that I found on Ebay and are glued in place. All curtains close and I have curtains that go across the front section as well, for sleeptime privacy.

You can read about my journey with her, and find pics at http://cikanvuz.weebly.com/blog.html

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December 17th, 2013and filed in Your Story
Tags: Cikan Vuz, Gypsy Wagon, Volkswagen Kombi
45 Comments

Flow’s Zen Buggy

by Kent Griswold on November 27th, 2012. 51 Comments

*Update below where Flow answers some questions and includes more photos

Hi, my name is Flow and I live in Humboldt county. I thought you might enjoy a peek at my new Gypsy wagon a friend and I created this summer.

Designed and built in northern California using as many reclaimed woods as possible, Douglas Fir floor from old school bleachers, a redwood door from old barn, and benches from downed old growth redwood.

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The bed frame features a Ranma from Japan carved in 1910 and all the lighting is L.E.D. low voltage. It also has radiant heat flooring and an organic futon. Continue Reading »

Towable Gypsy Wagon

by Kent Griswold on April 10th, 2011. 22 Comments

Darrel Schultz is building a light towable gypsy wagon. The floor is 12 feet long and 54 inches wide. The roof overhangs each end by about 16 inches.

It’s totally scratch-built from the fram up, as the pictures show. I used a Dexter torsion-bar axle with electric brakes. Darrel likes keeping things simple, so there will be no electrical system other than the trailer lighting. The lights on the inside are gas, exactly as were used on early airstream trailers.

Darrel will be using a wood-burning stove (a ” Lil Sweetie” boxwood stove from Vogelzang.) for heat. Darrel is building it to camp in, because his Teardrop that he built doesn’t hold three people. He won’t have the interior finished, but he hopes to have the exterior complete enough by late summer for a trip to Yellowstone. Continue Reading »