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Joaquin and Gypsy's Housetruck

Some years ago Joaquin De La Cruz traded his ’48 Triumph motorcycle for this vintage Chevy Flatbed — and with little money, much imagination, and found discards — set about making one of the most unique ever to roll along America’s roads.

For the last five years Joaquin, Gypsy, and their three kids — Heather, Bear, and Serena — have moved around the country and were last seen parked along California’s Feather River…

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Sauna at Louie Frazier's in Mendocino

After losing two saunas to high river water, Louie built this one on a one-ton Toyota truck frame. A pickup plus a few people haul it back from the river in the winter, with Donna steering the front wheels from the inside of the sauna. Woodstove built from 50-gallon drum gets fed from the outside…

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The Spud Queen Built by Lloyd House

The Spud Queen was a floating home with three legs, or “spuds” built into it. (Spuds are the legs on pile drivers that are used to raise and lower the pile driver.)

“I’d float in at high tide, jack the boat up, and squat like a trojan horse against the ownership of the property. I parked there and I lived there, and I didn’t pay any taxes!”

Lloyd lived on the boat for over 20 years, docking it in four different places on an island in the Strait of Georgia…

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Beautiful Horse-Drawn Wagon

Hello,

I was recently browsing our copy of Tiny Homes which was a gift from Ashlyn and Russell Brown, whose boat appeared in the book. If at some time you are looking for material for such books, I would direct your attention to my wife’s horse-drawn wagon, Tòti Bleu.

You can see more about it on her blog: totibleu.wordpress.com.

–Mark

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Cabin on Lake Superior

This disused, but still sound, cabin is located in the forest a few yards above Twelve Mile Beach on Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

We have hiked by for many years and it never seems visited. It is truly one of America’s most beautiful wild beaches. You can walk for miles and see no other humans.

–John

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Sauna on Haida Gwaii, BC, Built by Colin Doane

Note whale jawbone front rafters, big bone door handle.

…That’s one of Colin’s buildings on the land we live on (North Beach, Haida Gwaii). Pictures never really did justice to this sauna, none that I’ve seen anyway.

We were in Victoria on Christmas Day when we got the phone call from our caretaker that the structure had completely burned down. Hard come, easy go…

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Gypsy Vardo for Sale in Reno, NV

For the first time, we are offering one of our Gypsy Getaway Wagons from our rental “fleet” for sale!

This is an ideal opportunity for the aspiring Gypsy spirit to wander the country or for those who might just want a backyard retreat or Airbnb investment opportunity.

The Big Dog Gypsy Getaway Wagon is being sold as is with the following features and amenities:

  • Built on a single-axle 5′ × 14′ trailer with 2″ ball hitch and 7-way plug
  • Finished wagon weight of approximately 2900 lbs.
  • Canvas roof and one layer of R-21 reflective insulation
  • Full 120-watt solar set-up with 2½-volt batteries, 2½-volt charging plugs, portable power inverter, and three LED lights throughout the wagon
  • Propane tank and two-burner stove
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  • 18-gallon water tank
  • Sink and shower attachment
  • Custom stained glass window
  • Colorful custom exterior paint design with lush interior fabric
  • Dutch entry door with custom wood ledge
  • Custom wood 4-shelf rack, three storage bins, and raw wood seats and countertops
  • Everything down to the linens and tea kettle & French press for morning coffee!

With all the upgrades and amenities, this wagon would retail for $22,050. We are offering it for the 20% discount of $17,500. This is below even the staring price for a custom build so a rare opportunity to have the freedom of your very own Gypsy Getaway Wagon.

We are small enough that we are not able to offer financing but the wagon can be held for 30 days with a $2,000 nonrefundable down payment. Payment in full will be due within 30 days of the first committed offer. This wagon sale is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so don’t wait. Alterations are available if you have specific details or amenities you would like and those can be discussed during the purchase.


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