January 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm
How does it pull at highway speeds?
What type of edging did you use on the roof to keep it from flying off at speed?
January 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Thank you for reading about my gypsy wagon. I just recently sold the ‘georgian vardo’ to a local person about 10 km away. We moved it to the new site using country roads in about 30 minutes driving at 25- 30 km/hr. It held up just fine but I think it would be necessary to flatbed transport for a longer distance on a major highway. The galvalume roofing sheets were attached using 2″ galvanized roofing screws ( with rubber washers) directly into the five 2×4’s that spanned the length of the roof. The front roof overhang was only 2.5″ and along with the screws, exterior grade construction adhesive and a trim piece that was glued, nailed and caulked, there was little resistance to face of the vardo as it was being towed. The large overhang at the back ( door end) would not catch the wind as it was at the rear. Hence the need to have the door/ porch at the back of the trailer.
Hope this makes sense. If you live close by, feel free to contact or visit once you have begun your project. I hope to build another vardo soon.
February 27, 2017 at 11:12 pm
I’d love to hear from the new owners if they take it on the highway.. this is my goal.. to build it and drive all summer..
Any post-ownership ideas about stability etc? Thoughts about hauling on the highway?
March 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm
Hello Rob. As I understand, the new owners still have it parked beside a pond on their property but able to re-position it in the fields or by a stream quite easily. I don’t think they intended to move it off property or down the road.
It was quite bouncy when I moved it over the country roads to their site but that was probably due to the suspension as much as the road surface. I think for a 2-wheeled rebuild I would consider a torsion axle rated for 3500 lbs and positioned further back on the frame. It would increase tongue weight but take out some of the bounce make make for a smoother tow.
Maybe next time.
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