Artist built a micro gypsy wagon you can tow with your bike

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Artist Barry Howard has always loved to design and built tiny living spaces and his gypsy caravan is certainly one of the smallest dwellings I have ever seen.

gypsy-caravan-howard-1 The caravan is so light that it can be towed by a bicycle

gypsy-caravan-howard-2gypsy-caravan-howard-13 The 12 square feet/1.2 m2 floor space of the caravan is actually a bed. Three removable panels under the sleeping pad provide access to Barry’s arts supplies, clothes and the galley.

gypsy-caravan-howard-12A table mounts on the side, as does the small sink, and the one burner camp stove sits on the table, which doubles as counter space for preparing meals.

gypsy-caravan-howard-7The bed can also be converted to a sitting space with a small table which can be used for dining or computer work.

gypsy-caravan-howard-6About 80 % of the materials Barry Howard used for his small gypsy caravan are recycled and repurposed. The aluminium that makes up the chassis and framing for the port-side wall came from an old broken pop-up craft fair booth, as did most of the screws and bolts. The hitch came off a church organ that he dismantled, the wheels from his folding bicycle, the rear stabilizing legs came from a camera tripod he cannibalized, and the fabrics and much of the wood came from his recently deceased minivan camper.

gypsy-caravan-howard-4When Barry Howard uses the caravan as a bicycle trailer, he folds the top down otherwise it would get a bit too top heavy.

gypsy-caravan-howard-10 gypsy-caravan-howard-11Barry Howard is available for hire if anyone needs a gypsy caravan of their own. He does all of the design, building, decorative painting and stained glass himself. Anyone interested can call him at 530-355-1319 or email him at To see more of his work check out his Facebook page here.