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.