Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about PlainsCraft Covered Wagons? Try starting with a few of our frequently asked questions. If you have more questions, feel free to get in touch.

Are your wagons weather proof?

Are your wagons secure?

What maintenance is required?

Are the wagons supplied with inside furnishing?

How long will the canvas last?

Are the wagons road worthy?

Are the wagons heated and/or cooled?

Is the heat pump Wi-Fi controlled?

Do you offer a warranty on your wagons?

Can you sell and ship the wagons internationally?

How large are the wagons?

What is type of material is the canvas? And is it flame retardant?

How are utilities connected?

What are the electrical requirements?

How are wagons prepared for shipment?

Are the wagons titled?

Who is liable for shipping and unloading?

How can I get the wagon off the trailer?

How are wagons unloaded? 

Can I purchase a wagon that is setup for off grid?

How soon can I get my investment back?

How long does it take to get my wagons?

How much is a deposit to set the build and delivery timeline?

How much does a wagon weigh?

Is the bonnet of the wagon flame proof?

What can be done to add public safety to the inside of the wagon?


Are your wagons weather proof?

The wagons are built very solid and sturdy and are heavy enough to withstand most weather. We highly recommend that the wagons are secured to the ground via cable. The inner canvas is treated for water resistance and to be fire retardant. In normal use, the wagons remain dry.

Are your wagons secure?

During the initial design process and in all ongoing development, we consider safety of utmost importance. To assure as much security as possible, we have gone so far as to equip the wagon with a lockable solid wood door. All electrical work is certified by a licensed electrician. The stairway and porch areas are equipped with sturdy railings.

What maintenance is required?

The wagon, being made from wood and fabric, requires some minimal maintenance to assure the wagon delivers many years of service. The wheels should be treated annually to assure ongoing beauty, however they will last for many years without treatment. The exterior and interior wood is treated with three coats of preservative stain and can be refreshed as desired to keep it looking new and beautiful. One can also let it weather for a more rustic look. Even without additional stain treatment, the wood will last for decades.

Are the wagons supplied with inside furnishing?

Yes. We have a line of furniture and accessories to choose from if you’re interested. We also offer standard packages that can be found here. We also provide interior design service to our clients.

How long will the canvas last?

We use the very best exterior fabric available. The outer cover is made of Aqualon Edge, which is a super strong weather proof fabric with welded seams and hems. If the cover is kept reasonably clean, kept tight to avoid excessive flapping from the wind the cover should last at least 5 to 7 years.

Are the wagons road worthy?

The wagons can be towed with a vehicle, tractor, or other utility unit. They are designed to be tow-able on a periodic basis and at slow speed on private property, but they are not road legal. The wagons can be loaded on a suitable trailer for transport on public roads or highways. The wagons are also designed for stationary use only. They should not be towed with people on board.

Are the wagons heated and/or cooled?

We offer an optional heat pump heat and air system. Together with our proprietary insulated cover and wall system, the wagons are comfortable from approximately 20 degrees F to 110 degrees F. Windy conditions can affect the ability of the heat pump to maintain those temperatures.

Is the heat pump Wi-Fi controlled?

There is an optional Wi-Fi enabled thermostat available.

Do you offer a warranty on your wagons?

Absolutely. We are very proud of our wagons and take the utmost care to assure a very high-quality product. We do offer a one-year limited warranty on certain materials and workmanship. Appliances are warranted by the manufacture to the original purchaser.

Can you sell and ship the wagons internationally?

Yes, we can and we do, however at the current time, shipping is limited to land routes.

How large are the wagons?

Our standard wagon is 27 feet long by 10 1/2 feet wide. The stairs ad an additional four feet in length.

What is type of material is the canvas? And is it flame retardant?

Yes, the wagon inner canvas is flame retardant and is made of  Sunforger canvas.

Sunforger canvas is duck cloth dipped in a non-toxic water based chemical bath. Sunforger™ is a wax based, non-toxic chemical that enhances the properties of cotton canvas.  After the army duck canvas goes through the Sunforger™ process, it is pre-shrunk, water repellent, durable, mildew resistant, and in some flame retardant. Sunforger canvas is quite often referred to as “shelter duck,” as this is a consistent final use and function of this highly durable material. Sunforger canvas is known for its medium weight and also for its multipurpose functionality, attributable to the very tight, plied yarn weave construction.

How are utilities connected? 

All utilities are attached to the front underneath part of the wagon. The front is the opposite the end with the stairs. If your wagon is equipped with the optional bathroom both a water and sewer connection is required. The sewer will be connected to a 3 inch female pvc connection and the water to a 1/2 pex pipe.

What are the electrical requirements?

The wagons are supplied with a short 50amp 220 volt RV type plug.

How are wagons prepared for shipment?

After manufacture furniture and fixtures are loaded into the wagon, each wagon is then carefully shrink wrapped with heavy white plastic shrink wrap.

Are the wagons titled?

The wagons are not titled and are treated much like a piece of equipment for both finance and tax purposes. Each wagon has a serial number and a serial number tag, which is used by the bank for identification. Yes, customers have used the wagons as collateral for a loan. Some have financed the wagons alone and some have wrapped the wagons into a project loan while building, expanding, or upgrading a park or resort.

Who is liable for shipping and unloading?

It is the trucking company’s responsibility to get the load to its destination unharmed, but the responsibility and liability of unloading is yours.

How can I get the wagon off the trailer?

The wagons can be unloaded by a local towing/wrecker company that has a flatbed tow truck. The truck must have at least a 22-foot bed.

How are wagons unloaded? 

It is the responsibility of the buyer to unload the wagons from the semi trailer. There a couple satisfactory methods for doing so.  Please contact a Plainscraft sales or customer person of written instructions.

Can I purchase a wagon that is setup for off grid?

Yes, solar and battery system can be installed to run the lights. A composting toilet can also be used or a black water tank that can be pumped. Potable water can be stored and pumped, then have a tank for grey water. It’s set up like an RV Trailer.

How quickly can I get my investment back?

Please refer to our ROI Calculator to understand your return.

How long does it take to get my wagons?

Most times we can ship within 4 to 6 weeks from your deposit.

How much is a deposit to set the build and delivery timeline?

Half down of the purchase and shipping total is required to secure your place in our pipeline.

How much does a wagon weigh?

The average wagons weight about 3 tons, or 6,000 lbs.

Is the bonnet of the wagon flame proof?

Yes, the bonnet material is CPAI-84, or NFPA 701, compliant.

What can be done to add public safety to the inside of the wagon?

You can install a Smoke/CO2 detector, fire extinguisher, exit sign, and no smoking sign.