Episode 62: The Secret to Zero-Cost Van Life with Van Builder Nate Murphy

The idea of living zero-cost van life may seem too good to be true, but we learn just how possible it is if you select the right van and build it out in a way that allows you to break even, or potentially make a profit, when you sell it a few years down the road. Van builder Nate Murphy tells us how!

Want to turn your nomadic dreams into a reality without breaking the bank? Our guest, van builder and YouTuber Nate Murphy, has spent four years living the van life and boasts 18 years of experience building products, houses, and tiny homes on wheels. Join us as Nate shares his stories, challenges, and the joy of crafting your own space.

We discuss the intimidating aspects of van building, including handling electrical and gas systems, and how you can approach these hurdles. Nate introduces the concept of ‘zero cost van life,’ explaining how selecting the right van model and thoughtful planning can help you sell your van for profit or break even after a few years.

Get ready for some practical advice as Nate reveals his tips on building a van on a budget, and how you can source free materials and resources for your build. He speaks about his course and webinar on zero cost van life, curated with lessons drawn from his own experiences.

From the fulfillment of creating your own tiny home on wheels to the transformative experience of van life and its financial benefits – Nate’s insights are sure to inspire you.

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What We Discuss in Episode 62 of The Wayward Home Podcast:

  • Having lived out of his van for 4 years to travel, climb, and live a flexible lifestyle while running his own businesses, Nate Murphy built and sold 2 van conversions, making a profit on the second one, leading to the “zero cost van life” concept
  • Choosing the right van, budgeting properly, and having decent craftsmanship are key to selling your van and potentially breaking even
  • Electrical systems most intimidate prospective van builders – Nate’s course provides 1-on-1 electric consultations to design custom systems
  • Anyone can build out a van if they take it step-by-step – it’s an empowering, life-changing experience to build your own tiny home

About Nate Murphy:

Nate has been building products, vans and houses for 18 years. From designing and patenting his own medical products, to totally renovating a house in Spain, his approach is one of endless possibilities for self-learning. Nate runs the popular ‘Nate Murphy’ YouTube Channel which has been sharing van conversion content and advice with millions of people for the past six years.

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  1. Kathleen Showalter says:

    Hi Kristin,
    I am good! No money for Vanlife just yet! Working on it. Moved from SD, CA to cottonwood AZ & work in Sedona. I’m loving it so far. Had a mess when first moving here 2 mos ago as I had a “roommate situation” that was very unhealthy. So now I’m on my own again & this has set me back. But it’s life lessons. I’m guessing where I’m at now, I can save enough for a down payment. Just a little start up Van but it’s a start. I will start by this time next year. I’m sorry you couldn’t make it to phx but hopefully they will be shutting down much more here in the near future. I would love to learn more about how to start an online biz.. would it be a lot for you to teach me? Need to relax now & rest.

    Thanks for the update,
    Kathleen (Kat)

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