Electrician Builds Off-Grid Van To Surf The World

For a dedicated surfer, few things in life are more important than chasing the perfect waves. For Johnny this meant converting a van into an amazing tiny house on wheels which allows him to live and work full time, while traveling all over New Zealand in search of the best surf spots. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/livingbig As an electrician, he has installed a full solar system, allowing him to be off-the-grid and ensure that his home has power wherever he goes. Read More: https://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/diy-off-grid-surfing-van/ Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to van life is the freedom that it affords, not only in terms of location independence and travel but also in the financial savings which have allowed Johnny to work a more flexible schedule, and also travel the world to continue his surfing adventures. You can follow Johnny and his van here: https://www.instagram.com/_johnnyjohnston_/ Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/livingbiginatinyhouse/ Follow us on Twitter: @TinyHouseNZ Follow us on Instagram: @livingbiginatinyhouse Please subscribe for more videos on tiny houses, DIY, design, and sustainable, off-grid living. Music in this video: http://www.youtube.com/brycelangston 'Living Big in a Tiny House' © 2018 Zyia Pictures Ltd

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For a dedicated surfer, few things in life are more important than chasing the perfect waves. For Johnny this meant converting a van into an amazing tiny house on wheels which allows him to live and work full time, while traveling all over New Zealand in search of the best surf spots. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/livingbig As an electrician, he has installed a full solar system, allowing him to be off-the-grid and ensure that his home has power wherever he goes. Read More: https://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/diy-off-grid-surfing-van/ Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to van life is the freedom that it affords, not only in terms of location independence and travel but also in the financial savings which have allowed Johnny to work a more flexible schedule, and also travel the world to continue his surfing adventures. You can follow Johnny and his van here: https://www.instagram.com/_johnnyjohnston_/ Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/livingbiginatinyhouse/ Follow us on Twitter: @TinyHouseNZ Follow us on Instagram: @livingbiginatinyhouse Please subscribe for more videos on tiny houses, DIY, design, and sustainable, off-grid living. Music in this video: http://www.youtube.com/brycelangston 'Living Big in a Tiny House' © 2018 Zyia Pictures Ltd

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Ava Loftin
Ava Loftin - 2 years ago
You think he likes to surf?
Max B
Max B - 2 years ago
Wow, great design, very home-like
Bevan Koopman
Bevan Koopman - 2 years ago
"Electrician Builds Off-Grid Van" - umm, are there any on-grid vans?
David
David - 2 years ago
Does anyone know what the size of this van is? It looks like a height 3 van, but is it also a length 3 / 170" wheelbase?
Sadia Gul
Sadia Gul - 2 years ago
Your videos so awesome buddy thank u
Andrius Sarapajevas
Andrius Sarapajevas - 2 years ago
what a great way to do your hobbie!! superb. and that van looks cosy i would live in it for sure
Andy Mac
Andy Mac - 3 years ago
Surfers are insufferable. Yeah, we get it; you go surfing. No need to mention it every minute.
Patrick
Patrick - 3 years ago
Wonderful van, I seriously am looking for these LED Spotlights as seen in 10:41 (https://youtu.be/anzPk-m2Ek8?t=647). Can somebody point me out how they're called? I want to have the same in our bus with the light former.
Linda Wheatley
Linda Wheatley - 3 years ago
Awesome build, awesome life!

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CrisTooR
CrisTooR - 3 years ago
am I the only one concerned the propane tank is inside the vehicle?
Lost Yogi
Lost Yogi - 3 years ago
Beautyful build, could turn benches into drawers for easier access.
Harwit
Harwit - 3 years ago
Love the waves sound on the background!
ANA RAMANA
ANA RAMANA - 3 years ago
In love. Woweeee~ What a dream. You deserve all the surf you can find. An amazing outfit! Lucky you!
Curt Brooks
Curt Brooks - 3 years ago
Cool Van Cool dude
Bellini Maia
Bellini Maia - 3 years ago
how will he shower though?
Seat Time
Seat Time - 3 years ago
We're in the middle of our Moto Van build. This is dang inspiring. Thanks for sharing the content!
vladimir ikic
vladimir ikic - 3 years ago
Looks good. Work hard pay off school. Earn a little more buy a house. And that all for 15 years catching those waves. Sounds like a plan to me.
k lewis
k lewis - 3 years ago
I wish we got a bit more feed back on how he deals with wet surf boards and wetties! amazing buzz though
Electro Drives
Electro Drives - 3 years ago
That thumbnail seems like he has bloody huge forearm

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Jay Paul III
Jay Paul III - 3 years ago
Help me out here, why get a van with less amenities vs a small RV with twice the amenities? MPG is not a factor considering both are poor. And yes, RVs can also have solar panels inputted.
Paul Bowden
Paul Bowden - 3 years ago
Unbelievable, Yes  agreed. You cant put a price on that. Well DOne!
Michael F5
Michael F5 - 3 years ago
Wish I had this baby.
S&Scustoms
S&Scustoms - 3 years ago
Anyone else think it's super clean and tidy amazing job
Beto Nas
Beto Nas - 3 years ago
This is exactly my life’s plan
Justin Burgan
Justin Burgan - 3 years ago
So sick!! Hope to be doing this soon!
Caleb MacCallum
Caleb MacCallum - 3 years ago
Do you only pay auto insurance?
Max Dowell
Max Dowell - 3 years ago
Apparently this guy likes to surf
Moy MacGill
Moy MacGill - 3 years ago
I'm so taking this design, color scheme, material usage and where can I get one of those stoves. I just really like his setup.
Psyprus
Psyprus - 3 years ago
I DONT KNOW IF THIS WILL BE SEEN BUT IF SO, I AM PLANING TO DO THIS, LONG STORY SHORT I DONT HAVE ALOT OF MONEY IN MY HANDS BUT I HAVE TIME, I AM TRYING TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN ABOUT VAN LIFE, I AM 25 AND I HAVE A FEW QUASTIONS LIKE, WHY DO MOST OF THE VAN LIFE PEOPLE CHOOSE FORD TRANSITS? IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WORTH LOOKING FOR OR IS IT THE GO TO CHOICE FOR THIS LIFESTYLE. THANKS IN ADVANCE .

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Landon Ward
Landon Ward - 3 years ago
The wife and I are in the process of doing research for converting a Sprinter a lot like his, and this video just reassured me of our plans. The biggest draw is the freedom to live instead of just working 9-5 to get by.
Love the van, friend!
Basillio11
Basillio11 - 3 years ago
Nobody’s going to ask how this dude showers ???
I'm sorry, I need to poo poo.
I'm sorry, I need to poo poo. - 3 years ago
Why not just get a RV?
patocamarada
patocamarada - 3 years ago
The reality of today, and the future, is that the middle class (and poor, of course) will be pushed more and more downward. Van living (much less elegantly) is our future if we accept it.
Helena Monique Clarke
Helena Monique Clarke - 3 years ago
Is he single? Cuz, that's a shame if he's single. LOL
Rashmi J
Rashmi J - 3 years ago
@08:58, The view is priceless. I would give up my luxuries for a view like that!
dataSaMm
dataSaMm - 3 years ago
This is hands down my favorite van, very beautiful - not too much weight on the wheels, table and bed merging together is a wonderful idea too. You seem to be enjoying a lot and look very happy too. I think for 20k, this has definitely been worth the while, even if you had to spend another 10k, it's still worth it. We only live for 2-years (long story), you are living longer for sure and while young.
Malin Sivertsen
Malin Sivertsen - 3 years ago
Long on diplomatic popularity like extension Asian Japanese vitamin.
Freeman Reign
Freeman Reign - 3 years ago
What a time we live in today, and what an amazing country NZ! Way back in 1981 two buddies and I traveled through Mexico by bus and it changed my life and we were only gone for just two weeks. Surfing is like nothing else on earth, it is a connection to the soul and that is why you see people like Johnny making his dreams come true. Like a older man once told me when I was living out of my truck traveling the USA, he said " if you wait til your older you wont be able to climb the mountains to see the views." As an artist I have never liked being tied down for to long it gets hard to find inspiration and before I get to old I may get me a bus and just take off and finish out our trip down along Mexico's Pacific coast we never made it to Escondido.
KiwiBanana
KiwiBanana - 3 years ago
really nice set up, so much freedom!
patrick bray
patrick bray - 3 years ago
i love your channel ❤️
Mousumi De
Mousumi De - 3 years ago
I love to watch your shows.
Denscaff82
Denscaff82 - 3 years ago
It's practical
Scott Mitchell
Scott Mitchell - 3 years ago
Really digging this design!
blitz plz
blitz plz - 3 years ago
bits n pieces
K Gifford
K Gifford - 3 years ago
I just watched a four part video series on the dangers of stalkers, un-desirable company, and free-loaders that approach and harass van and rv dwellers. I never hear this mentioned in your videos. Any chance you could ask your interviewees about this next time?
Jimena Alvarez
Jimena Alvarez - 3 years ago
"Surfing with amigos". I like that!!
user not found
user not found - 3 years ago
WOW - He did such a good job! I found this video very inspiring.
Stephanie Y
Stephanie Y - 3 years ago
New Zealand is so beautiful!
Glywnnis Wells
Glywnnis Wells - 3 years ago
Well done fuck the system

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hg jt
hg jt - 3 years ago
Just a quick question, what about shower, ? How is that problem solved ?
Janek Krawiecki
Janek Krawiecki - 3 years ago
why all drone scene seems to cut frames?
MEREDITH and PACO
MEREDITH and PACO - 3 years ago
We Just posted a video announcing buying our school bus! If you can please go check it out, we are so excited to start this journey! You have been one of our inspirations to start this crazy skoolie ride so thank you!!
Νικήτας Ροντογιάννης
Νικήτας Ροντογιάννης - 3 years ago
Dude, you followed the dream...
junglechick13
junglechick13 - 3 years ago
Makes me miss my 26" sailboat that I retrofitted for basically the same purpose, to travel, surf, live cheap. Keep at it Johnny!
S.T WAN
S.T WAN - 3 years ago
this is not a van is dream
Jessica Recas
Jessica Recas - 3 years ago
Anyone from the UK know any active tiny house people/communities?
Sander Brust
Sander Brust - 3 years ago
can the driver seats turn around? otherwise i would put turning seats there instead, enjoy bro :)
Tertius Saayman
Tertius Saayman - 3 years ago
Very cool van! I wonder what mileage he gets on that van?
BEPIS
BEPIS - 3 years ago
3:50 thank me later.
SUPERMOM Channel TV
SUPERMOM Channel TV - 3 years ago
Hello, Kumusta po, I support you and hit the bell hope u can do same. Thank you
DefenderN DefenderN
DefenderN DefenderN - 3 years ago
One of the happiest youtube channels there is, thank you for the videos :)))
The Happy Vegan
The Happy Vegan - 3 years ago
Oh wow, loving this video. Thanks Bryce & Johnny for sharing. Excellent van conversion & Johnny has great skills. Bryce & team, You have truly shown my home land in all her glory. Well done.
Angelia Phillips
Angelia Phillips - 3 years ago
One of my most fav interviews on your channel. Awesome! Thanks so much!
Lincoln Meredith
Lincoln Meredith - 3 years ago
Sweeeeet
Federica Morales
Federica Morales - 3 years ago
Where and how does he bath? ._.
Geoffery Goggins
Geoffery Goggins - 3 years ago
It would be good if there were subtitles so that us Australians could understand what these people are saying.
Derek Zoigt
Derek Zoigt - 3 years ago
cool stuff, love the van videos (more please)
wish the UK was a bit more open to legal van life
John Stromboly
John Stromboly - 3 years ago
it's SO CLEAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(no dogs ?)
Large.xxl
Large.xxl - 3 years ago
He missed the most practical access for storage.
david Box
david Box - 3 years ago
very Awesomeness
JamesonScalia
JamesonScalia - 3 years ago
Amazing. So well shot, so well produced, I love this show.
misslannie73
misslannie73 - 3 years ago
Loved this video! Try having a shot every time the word 'basically ' is said!
Conjurer Woman
Conjurer Woman - 3 years ago
So young and has his priorities in order, good for him!
whissywhassy
whissywhassy - 3 years ago
Amazing...damn I shud move to New Zealand...All da hot men r dere...
Darby O'Connell
Darby O'Connell - 3 years ago
Love ur vids
Darby O'Connell
Darby O'Connell - 3 years ago
:)
ishpreetkaur19
ishpreetkaur19 - 3 years ago
I love the music played in the beginning of the videos.... (0:14) Can someone tell me the name ?
NoName
NoName - 3 years ago
A lot of bits and pieces with some bits and pieces that contain bits and pieces.
Jacob Hockstedler
Jacob Hockstedler - 3 years ago
would love to see how that board hanger works
Onase Mæs
Onase Mæs - 3 years ago
I think this is the best conversion for camping I've ever seen!! I'd love to have what he has!!
Patricia Gonzalez
Patricia Gonzalez - 3 years ago
where does he shower?
Stephanie Levendoski
Stephanie Levendoski - 3 years ago
We never hear about how they came up with the money to buy these vans.
cine pobre
cine pobre - 3 years ago
vn conversion #89,001 when will we see tiny house flying objects?
Debra Salt
Debra Salt - 3 years ago
Your van is all I'd need.Excellent elec. work and use of space.Have a great Life Mate! You are very tidy and this is one of the Best Van-Conversions ever!
Alison Lee
Alison Lee - 3 years ago
This is truely awesome, I live in Tasmania but my heart is in NZ, this is such a beautiful country. Johnny has created a magical space, so very well done, congratulations !
freedom dove
freedom dove - 3 years ago
What does he do for a living? Is he traveling around doing random electrician's work? Does he clock in for someone else? Contract work?
J E Barnsley
J E Barnsley - 3 years ago
Awesome conversion! I'm working on my first conversion now (wee reward for finishing studies). Super pumped to get out and about soon. Cheers, J
Gail Johnson
Gail Johnson - 3 years ago
Thanks for the van life video. That's my dream lifestyle.
meq393
meq393 - 3 years ago
basically, nice van
Bellyn Whitteker
Bellyn Whitteker - 3 years ago
Bryce, I love your videos. Great job. I think I need to move to New Zealand! How beautiful!
Adriana Cruz
Adriana Cruz - 3 years ago
I loved the edition of this video! Thanks for sharing.
quark rgb
quark rgb - 3 years ago
Superlike! :D
Heather Renton
Heather Renton - 3 years ago
Wonderful video, thank you for sharing!
John Smith
John Smith - 3 years ago
I'm all for not paying rent.
Pam Ackermans
Pam Ackermans - 3 years ago
So good!
fazdoll
fazdoll - 3 years ago
It's refreshing to see someone with a tangible job. So many of these tiny housers have some mysterious "home business" that they can apparently run from an iPhone. That said, it looks like Johnny meets fellow electricians at whatever job site, because he has no equipment whatsoever. And I guess he lives off canned food. Well OK. Enjoy it while you're young, sir.
Nerdy Bunny
Nerdy Bunny - 3 years ago
15 extremely jealous people down-voted.
จุฑารัตน์ สวาสดิ์รัตน์
จุฑารัตน์ สวาสดิ์รัตน์ - 3 years ago
So nice
Silli Billi
Silli Billi - 3 years ago
he did well for now having woodworking skills

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Caene
Caene - 3 years ago
"Deal-breaker", not really how you use the word, but alright. "Deal-maker" or "Clincher" are two examples that would have been fitting.
Lori Touma
Lori Touma - 3 years ago
Pretty incredible what you've done. Looks pretty big size. Traveling and surfing. Having fun. Very nice, good luck to u!!! Send photos of you surfing.
yopogio
yopogio - 3 years ago
Really nice build, simple and clean! I like the fabric on the sofas. Thanks for sharing. Safe travels.
victoria brown
victoria brown - 3 years ago
Nice home he looks like Tom Brady
Yak Motley
Yak Motley - 3 years ago
Awesome video!
Anna Eskridge
Anna Eskridge - 3 years ago
I love how Johnny's designed this van! Very warm and light, with just the basics.
Laura Keeble
Laura Keeble - 3 years ago
He's NEVER used the toilet? Where does he go to poop then? xD
Andy M
Andy M - 3 years ago
Public toilets,Service stations,Camp grounds,shopping malls,libraries,gyms e.t.c, so many places.
Deniera
Deniera - 3 years ago
WOW what a beauty that van is! I love it, the wood details on the white walls, the map on the ceiling, the grey fabric of the cushions... wow. Would move in immediately and I'm usually very picky when it comes to van conversions :D Fantastic job!
bookmarkthis
bookmarkthis - 3 years ago
"deal-breaker" :)
Clive Powell
Clive Powell - 3 years ago
Nice video. As an electrician myself contemplating full time van life I would have liked more information on the work aspect.
joyce luparello
joyce luparello - 3 years ago
amazing view ,,, very nice idea
Steve Williams
Steve Williams - 3 years ago
Absolutely magical. Well done Johnny and once again a terrific production Bryce. I’m a Dad with a wife and five kids. Not something I could do so I am very envious of this young mans freedom and autonomy. The van alone was a great find but to be able to have a job where you can pay for what you love to do.
So amazing to see young people finding alternate lifestyles that don’t involve huge amounts of debt.
Well done.
Element Air
Element Air - 3 years ago
One of the best van builds I have ever seen. Love his lifestyle! He’s done it right.
Kyoto Kat
Kyoto Kat - 3 years ago
Love the look of this van. Bryce, recently wondering what the people living in these spaces would improve/change if they had another go. Could you ask that question?
Y Kuku
Y Kuku - 3 years ago
Stellar build. Practical and comfortable.
Geenine44
Geenine44 - 3 years ago
Great build Amigo!
Maynard
Maynard - 3 years ago
Excellent job on the van.
Hayden W
Hayden W - 3 years ago
This is one of the the best van fit outs I've seen simple but effective and liveable , cheers for sharing
Matthew Barton
Matthew Barton - 3 years ago
Great video, thanks Bryce. I have a 12ft Sprite caravan with the plan to do what Johnny is doing, what a fantastic lifestyle. His comments about staying at a campground during winter for hot showers and 230V is something I agree is a great idea, let's say that's four months, then you have eight to travel around. Can't wait to see more of nz.
Tom Tom
Tom Tom - 3 years ago
wait.....did he like paying rent?
BetterYouBetterWorld V
BetterYouBetterWorld V - 3 years ago
i heard he fights off sharks with his bare hands
Depro Nine
Depro Nine - 3 years ago
This is 100% the direction the tiny house movement has moved towards. IMO this makes the most sense when choosing how to live.
Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar - 3 years ago
Wow! Just loved it. The same exact van after modifying would definitely cost more here in India.
Danielle
Danielle - 3 years ago
I love how deliberate everything is placed in this build and how tidy it is. Lovely!
Sharon Nightingale
Sharon Nightingale - 3 years ago
What a wonderful job Johnny did on that van; I am impressed and it makes me want to try the van life! Great video!
jelly meyer
jelly meyer - 3 years ago
I'm saving up to get a van of my own to do something similar. I hope he gave you a surfing lesson Bryce =)
Crystal Peters
Crystal Peters - 3 years ago
Cool guy
John Grytbakk
John Grytbakk - 3 years ago
Wonderful :-)
CoinOpTV
CoinOpTV - 3 years ago
Excellent drone photography -- very impressive!
Cathy Lynn Pietranton
Cathy Lynn Pietranton - 3 years ago
Hi Bryce we enjoyed the video. Johnny did a really great job with the van. the best van conversion that we've seen.
Stephanie Good
Stephanie Good - 3 years ago
The young chap has a wonderful life. Wish I was younger and able to do what he is doing. Great video!
Rebecca Treeseed
Rebecca Treeseed - 3 years ago
Bravo.
Andrea Sheehan
Andrea Sheehan - 3 years ago
that was neat!
lil gem
lil gem - 3 years ago
Very nice, ideal for Bryce's needs. Spacious, clean and well designed.
Derek Stallard
Derek Stallard - 3 years ago
This is freakin sweet!
Lisle Michelle
Lisle Michelle - 3 years ago
Bryce, thanks for bringing us another inspiring story! what a great life Johnny has created for himself!! Good heavens, it's just spectacular how he's living just truly a dream! He has really figured life out but also has very viable work skills....a free-lancing electrician is very marketable!! I am so happy for Johnny and very envious I must be honest...you too, Bryce! nice life and great videos! sigh... ;-}
Kristin Kitti
Kristin Kitti - 3 years ago
Bryce...this is major popular in the USA. Most Walmarts let ppl stay in there parking lot.
Shamsher S
Shamsher S - 3 years ago
Great cuz!!!
Catherine L.
Catherine L. - 3 years ago
Great video!! Love the van!
queen gray
queen gray - 3 years ago
Nice make me want to live in a van
Linda Royal
Linda Royal - 3 years ago
Beautifully done, nice layout, so neat & organized, very clean. Super job...
TraceVandal
TraceVandal - 3 years ago
I totally thought that fridge was a dishwasher, I thought that would be just a little too far for a van...I'm an idiot.
debbie boring
debbie boring - 3 years ago
Good for him. Glad he is getting to do this. The surfing time he is getting is what he wanted. Thanks
J D
J D - 3 years ago
i like all of your videos because they are not just functional but also look nice. I've seen a lot of van conversions on youtube and even though they are functional but they don't look nice like the ones you showed us. I'm comparing your videos to Apple products. They are functional but they also look beautiful.
Mary Cox
Mary Cox - 3 years ago
Beautiful conversion thanks
ska punk OI! alternative living
ska punk OI! alternative living - 3 years ago
It's funny you say that it's funny how the average person don't know how beautiful that country is until you get out then travel too many people don't travel in get out to because they're too busy trying to make money
ska punk OI! alternative living
ska punk OI! alternative living - 3 years ago
That's exactly why I do my life cuz I don't want to pay no more rent and even though I'm a city dweller you get to live more and do what you want you're more freedom I need to save a lot more money for your retirement I said live now not to do the old Backwoods work hard and save you money into your 65 years old and then you can't do anything live now
Karl Bartelt
Karl Bartelt - 3 years ago
As an Aussie who has travelled to NZ, I have to say if there is a God, he would choose to live in NZ, it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Congratulation Johnny....live the dream as long as you can.
I'm sorry, I need to poo poo.
I'm sorry, I need to poo poo. - 3 years ago
I agree. NZ is the most beautiful country. And I heard they don't really have a military. So I plan to invade it and just take over the country like Fidel Castro style. :D
KS Kashi
KS Kashi - 3 years ago
it is 3:45 am in Pakistan . I literally don't need satisfying music etc to sleep . This video is itself so satisfying that it .......ammmm just love it..... Love from Pakistan .
happy days
happy days - 3 years ago
You can buy what you need for ethanol production of the official web site of David Blume, author of 'Alcohol Is a Gas' and other producers of ethanol, shown on the You Tube documentary, 'Pump.' Try to copy what Brazil did with ethanol, to end all imports of gas and oil. 'Pump' shows how this created 30 million cleaner jobs for Brazil!!! All this should be translated into Portuguese and Spanish.
happy days
happy days - 3 years ago
Everyone should watch this video. It should be translated into every language. Try to get every van and tiny house to run on ethanol and denatured alcohol, wind turbine electricity (radio antennae), as well as solar panels. You could do this by getting every micro brewery, winery, canned food company, soda company to donate their 'waste' into the production of ethanol and denatured alcohol. What you don't use, you could sell as fundraisers, instead of the dangerous fireworks. Even in transit, and storage, fireworks can explode and bring down a freeway overpass or garage. The sale of fireworks makes billions for the far right who don't care at all about preserving nature. California has 15! major fires or firestorms right now. Even Yosemite is closed because the air quality is so bad. Ideally, all 7 billion people should own a van like this, to be able to leave a firestorm, (or other 'natural' disaster) and survive/thrive amap, as much as possible. All the charities are going to be overwhelmed by the thousands of people left homeless by these firestorms. Many people think they were caused by arsonists out to make millions by buying up the burned property to 'flip' and to 'flip' elections. Check out the magazine cover for Cal State East Bay, with the football field size lasers used at Lawerence Livermore Labs. They brag that the lasers can cause bombing the size of 1945's Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The BBC did a documentary showing how one tiny laser can start a wood match on fire. Maybe their needs to be security cameras at all entrances, etc. to catch wildfires early, and to hopefully prevent some arsonists who don't want to be shown on security cameras. You are in heaven in New Zealand. Be careful to not let it become like America! August 2, 2018
Hinna Hussain
Hinna Hussain - 3 years ago
Wow, the location is beautiful and Johnny can live comfortably and travel too!
Charles H
Charles H - 3 years ago
Beautiful video Bryce - thanks so much. This young man absolutely has his life totally under control. His vision and can do attitude are attributes that will take him far. Imagine him 60 years down the road, the stories he will be able to tell. I'm jealous - I admit it. lol Thanks again Bryce, take care my friend. ;)
PrincessMary Gatchalian
PrincessMary Gatchalian - 3 years ago
I really love this self-sustaining van! It has everything you need (toilet, water, bed, kitchen) and can be on-the-go when you need it to be. I like the design and how neat everything is.
HansumRob100
HansumRob100 - 3 years ago
Someone gotta design shower toilet combo setup for van life...something better than camping style...
I'm sorry, I need to poo poo.
I'm sorry, I need to poo poo. - 3 years ago
Yup composting toilet works better, no need water and it's odorless. For me, I would prefer to get a RV instead of a van. More space to put in shower kitchen, basically an studio apartment on wheels.
J D
J D - 3 years ago
Wet shower isn't good with a composting toilet
Jordan Hull
Jordan Hull - 3 years ago
HansumRob100 I’ve seen plenty. Search 40 hours of freedom those guys have pretty much an apartment style wet room shower toilet combo
Anita Mitchell
Anita Mitchell - 3 years ago
Hi Bryce, wow ... what a find! Johnny may have started out not really knowing what to do but that young man is a craftsman now. When you showed the pic of him in the empty van with insulation along the sides .. I was thinking, That's tiny! Isn't it strange how roomy it looks with everything in there after the build? It's so open ... roomy. Many many happy years to come for Johnny. Thanks for finding and sharing ... many new ideas in my head.
EVILDEAD
EVILDEAD - 3 years ago
Where can I find that Sink with the Stove? Any help? Cheers!
Jensey Anjali Graham
Jensey Anjali Graham - 3 years ago
Brilliant!
Sandra Nelson
Sandra Nelson - 3 years ago
$20 000.00 is easier to pay off than $100 000.00. Seriously, in Ontario a small one bedroom condo can set you back over $100 000.00. Or even more! And it WON'T drive you to the good surf spots!
He has what he wants in his van, he can get to work or to the beach. He works when HE wants to work. I'm seeing very little stress here.
S Ash
S Ash - 2 years ago
In Los Angeles a one bedroom condo is 300k. With 300$ monthly hoa fee
Filipe Vicente
Filipe Vicente - 3 years ago
Exactly my thought...my just died last week (at least doing something he loved) at 33... :(
Filipe Vicente
Filipe Vicente - 3 years ago
If you are not death...
Brandon H
Brandon H - 3 years ago
+David Ackerman ... may be true but you can easily save or earn millions in 20 years when you have excessive funds to invest. So, payoff a 20k van in a year or two and save 100% of your income or spend 30-50% of it on a mortgage (not including prop tax and maintenance) and hope you maybe earned 10-100k in equity? So now what?
Sean Bradshaw
Sean Bradshaw - 3 years ago
Mavericks. Living to surf in Half Moon Bay California, being just coastal of Silicon Valley, you couldn't buy a place there to live for under US$800k. Rent in the region isn't any lower than like US$3000/month. Usually it's several people to an apartment, just so they can afford to even have shelter at all.
Randall Baum
Randall Baum - 3 years ago
Sandra Nelson is
daan de prie
daan de prie - 3 years ago
Sandra Nelson 5
Susan Taapken
Susan Taapken - 3 years ago
Understood. TheSauNanigans
RaisingTheBarzTV
RaisingTheBarzTV - 3 years ago
people dont realize that a custom built van like this would actually increase its value by at least double, most people don't know how to put together a full functioning van with electric, plumbing, solar, woodwork, that labor is valuable. Custom van builders would start at $70k and up, doing it on you're own is a fraction of that price.
75Kerouac
75Kerouac - 3 years ago
Yeah but there's also condo fees, city taxes, condo fees, etc. PLUS : the difference between van payments and mortgage he can still be put in investments. Also, you might be needing a car $ with your condo. Finally, I'm sure the utility payments on his van (essentially fuel & propane) are less than in a condo.
RaisingTheBarzTV
RaisingTheBarzTV - 3 years ago
exactly this is how life was meant to be lived, not stuck in some office 9-5 for 40 years till you hit your pension. Building my van in a few months and will tour the states full time
TheShauNanigans
TheShauNanigans - 3 years ago
^This was in reply to David's comment. Sorry if that was confusing.
TheShauNanigans
TheShauNanigans - 3 years ago
He clearly doesn't care about something like this based on his interview. Just because you do, doesn't mean someone else should. He's perfectly content living the way he chooses. As are most people I've found who choose this lifestyle and really embrace it. Why mention this? It seems to serve no purpose in context.
Debt Free RV
Debt Free RV - 3 years ago
There's something to be said for fulfillment: For the next 20 years he gets to surf daily and experience all of it while he's healthy and able. Having a stick-and-brick home might appreciate over time, but no one is guarenteed that time. Who's to say he'll be alive in 20 years to "capitalize" on that house investment? I've had four friends die before the age of 30-- We're not promised anything. Do what makes you the most fulfilled.
(And he'll make money working now and can save it all without a mortgage or rent. Suppose mortgage is $1200- He saves that monthly for 20 years = $288,000. If invested in a Roth IRA or something, then you'd really be set for retirement).
josh foster
josh foster - 3 years ago
Good point! However, to counter, investing the 80k minimum that he saves between the 2 housing solutions (not to mention savings on living expenses) will certainly put him even farther ahead than paying into a mortgage!
david ackerman
david ackerman - 3 years ago
the van will be in junk yard in 20 years, maybe less. the condo will have a resale value in 20 years.
Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar - 3 years ago
Very True
Kristin Kitti
Kristin Kitti - 3 years ago
Sandra Nelson Truth! Biggest expenses: gas and insurance?
PATRICK MCKOWEN
PATRICK MCKOWEN - 3 years ago
Nice set up.
Cheers
Nikkie
Nikkie - 3 years ago
I'm in love!
Neha Nagpal
Neha Nagpal - 3 years ago
I just love your channel
OXS Enterprises
OXS Enterprises - 3 years ago
Yes epic set up. Would be great to see more Kiwis doing this!
Neha Nagpal
Neha Nagpal - 3 years ago
so beautiful loved it.i wish to be live in van for sometime.
Tom Montella
Tom Montella - 3 years ago
this is so SWEET!
Kristin Kitti
Kristin Kitti - 3 years ago
Tom Montella l wish l could live like this.
tiki lebby
tiki lebby - 3 years ago
Love the whole build. Got a kick out of legs on sand chairs perfectly wrapped around wheel well under bench.
Eliza Stoner Eliza
Eliza Stoner Eliza - 3 years ago
Nice van
Eliza Stoner Eliza
Eliza Stoner Eliza - 3 years ago
I wish I could visit there ,someday who knows
Timothy Dexter
Timothy Dexter - 3 years ago
Very nice van conversion, Bryce next time you talk to a van life convert could you ask them how much a change they have seen in their gas mileage? Vans generally are built to haul to an extent but I've always been curious how much of a damper all the extra weight puts on it's distance output
Irene Ewens
Irene Ewens - 3 years ago
Yeah Bryce, no slacking showing us that awesome van and that young man who has it sussed. Get out there and so some work chasing waves lol. No, seriously, Johnny has the right idea and all power to him.
Anouk C. N.
Anouk C. N. - 3 years ago
why is it that some people need to tint their windows or have like super thick curtains to completely close off their van because otherwise they'd get problems with cops etc and other don't? does it depend on the setup or the country?
Nicholas Salamone
Nicholas Salamone - 3 years ago
America is rapidly criminalizing off-grid living. Sigh.
Anna Morgan
Anna Morgan - 3 years ago
Applause for the production values, as always, Bryce. You have an artistic viewpoint and an ever-expanding fan base that proves quality is appreciated. Thank you.
Molle Nifkin
Molle Nifkin - 3 years ago
wonderful!!!!
Mona Bale
Mona Bale - 3 years ago
thank you for amazing places, people and habitats to live vicariously through...still waiting for you to turn that beautiful intro/outro piece into something i can purchase and disappear into for a while more.
Cheryl Sutton
Cheryl Sutton - 3 years ago
Great video. It's a very nice van build. Two good looking guys , a great van and the beach. Liking this :)
twominutetips
twominutetips - 3 years ago
Absolutely wonderful on sooooooo many fronts. Thanks again Bryce for another stellar video.
Ju Less
Ju Less - 3 years ago
I wanna home/van so much :')
Julie Abaya
Julie Abaya - 3 years ago
Yeyyy! Im dying to have my own converted van. :(
Rhonna Marsden
Rhonna Marsden - 3 years ago
i’m in love with his dog, is it a poodle?
Holly Vick
Holly Vick - 3 years ago
Where does he put clothes?
Tiare K
Tiare K - 3 years ago
Holly Vick at 9:41 you can see they are rolled up on a shelf.
TEO YAMAHA R1
TEO YAMAHA R1 - 3 years ago
He should look for some rotating RV seats for it so he can make the cab join the back space
Sanctus Arcanjo
Sanctus Arcanjo - 3 years ago
Cara tem de ser muito corajoso kkkkk ter coragem!
Pedro ElGordo
Pedro ElGordo - 3 years ago
Hi Bryce, another super video about van life. Johnny seems to have combined the travelling bug with his surfing and i reckon his van, as well as his home, is a vital tool in achieving his goals. Well done. Keep up the good work.
aknopf
aknopf - 3 years ago
Which one? :D
Buysome Bitcoin
Buysome Bitcoin - 3 years ago
Great drone footage too!
Susan Ovington
Susan Ovington - 3 years ago
Love your videos Bryce! Ottawa, Canada
Tina Gallagher
Tina Gallagher - 3 years ago
Great build!
Craig Symington
Craig Symington - 3 years ago
And safe in a 'quake too...
Craig Symington
Craig Symington - 3 years ago
Sweet, living the dream! Best thing in the best place! Quality production as always, thanks Bryce :)
richard pay
richard pay - 3 years ago
Gas bottle should be outside.
Hila 5oV
Hila 5oV - 3 years ago
13:07 - 13:11 Screen shot worthy
Dank Music
Dank Music - 3 years ago
@bonnie P. I read that in borat's voice
Bone Thugs
Bone Thugs - 3 years ago
Yesss!!! So organized and clean. Well done!
Jud An
Jud An - 3 years ago
Teach me how to surf
jaafar kassim
jaafar kassim - 3 years ago
This is definitely the kind of life i wanna be living, thank you Bryce for another incredible video.
Roman Avila
Roman Avila - 3 years ago
Cool video
Hoody Kidd
Hoody Kidd - 3 years ago
i love how people in new Zealand and Australia think that their winters are even a change in season. once its winter in Canada it goes from being plus 25 c to -30c i have to prepare for it waaay more haha
imari2305
imari2305 - 3 years ago
Really cool he built his own van home; just not for me though lol.
Suf ?!
Suf ?! - 3 years ago
How does he keep his van safe while out surfing?
J D
J D - 3 years ago
It's New Zealand not Detroit
aknopf
aknopf - 3 years ago
When I was in NZ I saw a car with the key in the lock and open windows on the side of a road with not anybody in sight and it was a car from a local. I always felt that it is just very safe in NZ and that is not that much need for security, to be honest. That being said, doesn't a van have a lock? How is that not safe enough?
PrincessMary Gatchalian
PrincessMary Gatchalian - 3 years ago
I also love the wood interiors! It was calming to look at, too!
Timothy Dexter
Timothy Dexter - 3 years ago
Linda Chapman maybe, but they have such a nice paycheck they really don't need to. Honestly it would be best to have a bus converted for multiple workers to live in and they just rent it from the owner during contracts
Luke Suchy
Luke Suchy - 3 years ago
You show off all these cool tiny houses, but what kind of house do you live in?
Dreams..for love
Dreams..for love - 3 years ago
awesome....souper....amazing....
Monica Cespedes
Monica Cespedes - 3 years ago
I love the toilet eat with the table!
Bibin Thampy
Bibin Thampy - 3 years ago
this is so nice van..and zew zealand...its wonder land of this world..its kind of a piece of earth fallen from heaven..
The Investigators
The Investigators - 3 years ago
Great job Bryce. I just found a piece of land I could rent. Maybe one day I too will build my own tiny home
harshani iresha
harshani iresha - 3 years ago
it's an amazing....
Luke Suchy
Luke Suchy - 3 years ago
This guy helped me find some nice kitchen utensils! Who knew I would find a good set while watching a van tour?
Kenneth Lowry
Kenneth Lowry - 3 years ago
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el zet
el zet - 3 years ago
You have such a beautiful country and enjoying it through that kind of lifestyle is just awesome!
Senpai TV
Senpai TV - 3 years ago
Watching this show gives me alot of ideas and I make similar builds in my sims 4 videos :)
Throughmylens
Throughmylens - 3 years ago
12:05 what a view!
Rick Bauer
Rick Bauer - 3 years ago
I often wonder how good those sofa beds are good for the body when you sleep on them long term.
Rick Bauer
Rick Bauer - 3 years ago
I have back issues. Firmness is a real concern.
LynneNZ
LynneNZ - 3 years ago
Nice firm base, sponge top. Very healthy. Think of it as a futon for softies. I did eight months in a van (not as nice as this one) and the bed, like this, was just fine. Gave me a taste for firmer mattresses.
tark lee
tark lee - 3 years ago
这才叫生活,这才是人生,不是买产置业,不求富贵荣华,只是简单的享受大自然,快乐的过简单的日子
Karl Bartelt
Karl Bartelt - 3 years ago
Love the user name, it helps to promote deseases in children. Please stop using technology if you dont believe in it. :)
vaccines evil autism
vaccines evil autism - 3 years ago
Agree!
Karl Bartelt
Karl Bartelt - 3 years ago
Couldn't have said it better myself. Happy Simple!
IMMO ws
IMMO ws - 3 years ago
Very nice van and inspiring life in nature but what about having a girlfriend in this nomad lifestyle ?
No disrespect meant , I’m just genuine curious about how relationship life goes when you choose this kind of freedom?
Green Kitty
Green Kitty - 3 years ago
Awesome!!
Nessa Goes Wild
Nessa Goes Wild - 3 years ago
Very nice work. It looks really comfortable! And the lifestyle behind it is totally my thing. Cool!
Jörg Schimmer
Jörg Schimmer - 3 years ago
Hallo Nessa. Da geb ich dir recht.

Hey Nessa. I totally agree with you.
Kenneth Staton
Kenneth Staton - 3 years ago
THIS IS GREAT!
oh man i need an overland vehicle for exploration and camping
Alisa Mehmal
Alisa Mehmal - 3 years ago
Another fantastic video. Always looking forward to seeing the next adventure.
Cheers
Mansoor Zaki
Mansoor Zaki - 3 years ago
I wish a van like this one and a New Zealand passport.
Roberto Neufeldt
Roberto Neufeldt - 3 years ago
Inspiring
Roberto Neufeldt
Roberto Neufeldt - 3 years ago
Inspiring
Raynola Dominguez
Raynola Dominguez - 3 years ago
Very nice build and the view is amazing. This is a great way to live.
Paula Plant
Paula Plant - 3 years ago
Love your van you did a great job .
Spinster Auntie
Spinster Auntie - 3 years ago
Be still, my heart.
mauriboy
mauriboy - 3 years ago
Surfing with Amigos
Pizza and Margaritas !
rock lee
rock lee - 3 years ago
Because the legend of the rent was way Hard Core!!! Jack Black...
randy bugger
randy bugger - 3 years ago
One of the best van builds I've ever seen, keep up the great work.
Goodnight
Goodnight - 3 years ago
At first glance of the thumbnail i thought the dude had a seriously jacked forearm
Alyssa Ward
Alyssa Ward - 3 years ago
Came here just for this comment
Rick Ammon
Rick Ammon - 3 years ago
Very nice, clean build. Well done!
Moriarty Vivaldi
Moriarty Vivaldi - 3 years ago
Radical duuude.
KB_GAMING
KB_GAMING - 3 years ago
This is awesome
Moyontaa Myllari
Moyontaa Myllari - 3 years ago
Crashing waves are not great for sleep, I have found.
Moyontaa Myllari
Moyontaa Myllari - 3 years ago
Donna Stafford Wear a life jacket, won’t ya.
Moyontaa Myllari
Moyontaa Myllari - 3 years ago
Alice Marie I have a proboscis, you have a blowhole. Let’s hook up.
Alice Marie
Alice Marie - 3 years ago
Moyontaa Myllari understandable. I am a dolphin so I love the ocean*clicks happily*
Moyontaa Myllari
Moyontaa Myllari - 3 years ago
Alice Marie Yeah but I am a mosquito so I like puddles.
Donna Stafford
Donna Stafford - 3 years ago
ohhhh... I ALWAYS have the best sleep EVER as close to crashing waves as I can get!
Alice Marie
Alice Marie - 3 years ago
Moyontaa Myllari i would love to fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean
Tahir Rana
Tahir Rana - 3 years ago
The Ford Transit Diesel fuel pump is one piece of crap, one piece of advice would be to fit a water fuel filter separator.
Timothy Dexter
Timothy Dexter - 3 years ago
Tahir Rana sound advice, vehicle conversion should always be met with the best upgrades to the standard operation before you even think about converting it
Za joker
Za joker - 3 years ago
I love your videos to death I've been watching you for 2 years now!!✓
Marina Martinez
Marina Martinez - 2 years ago
Me tooo!!!
TheShauNanigans
TheShauNanigans - 3 years ago
Same! I'm pretty obsessed. <3
Alina Rapaj
Alina Rapaj - 3 years ago
Clicked on it instantly when i saw Electrician! !! I am going to be one
Alina Rapaj
Alina Rapaj - 3 years ago
H FS Beautiful, thank you so much. I am on the east coast of America. I am grateful for this opportunity.
H F
H F - 3 years ago
Alina Rapaj Good luck for your
future career path. I have just
retired. Greetings from Switzerland.
Liam Faulkner
Liam Faulkner - 3 years ago
Amazing drone work!
Dena Page
Dena Page - 3 years ago
What a beautiful, clean build. Very spacious and open for a van.

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