Solo Female Caretaker – Embracing Nomad Life in a Van

Solo Female Caretaker – Embracing Nomad Life in a Van

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Patty decided to embrace the van life after selling her 1500 square foot condo and now resides permanently in her small but lovely van called The Beach House. There is a ton of kitchen storage, a Berkey water filter, and a little sink. She conceals her top-loading refrigerator beneath a butcher block countertop, making the most of the restricted space. Even an interior pop-up shower is available just above a working area.

There’s a concealed toilet underneath a bench seat, a comfortable bed with a mounted TV and fan overhead, with a tidy garage area in the back with pull-out drawers. It’s incredible how much utility she’s managed to cram into her little house on wheels!


Shot by: @theaveragebrad
Edited by: @vanlifemedia

00:00 Introduction
00:35 Camper Van Kitchen
02:34 Camper Van Shower
03:08 Why Tiny Living on Wheels
04:32 Camper Van Toilet
04:46 Camper Van Office Space
04:57 Camper Van Closet/Storage
05:11 Camper Van Bedroom
06:21 Why Vanlife
07:14 Camper Van Garage
08:57 A Camper Van Builder
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  1. LivingAuthenticallyonMyTerms on February 26, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Such a pretty little home! The colors are so calming. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom and I’m sending you lots of love, strength, happiness and blessings! Be safe ❤

  2. Bev True on February 26, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Very nice home. Cool set up.

  3. B Bare on February 26, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Great tour Patty! Love the Beach House, Jonnie does such beautiful work!
    Can’t wait to see you again! 💙🐰💙

  4. Cheow Wei Koay on February 26, 2023 at 8:11 am

    I think it’s worth mentioning that Patty’s turns who helped her moving on… Grief can be numbing..

  5. Denise Phillips on February 26, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Very nice van, decor. Good luck, enjoy, safe travels.🤗

  6. Hopeuluv on February 26, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Love your beach home van build, it was so nice to get to meet you Patty. Thanks for volunteering during the installments on my van with Jonnie’s Journey Angel Project. I will never forget your warm and kind personality, happy travels.

  7. Jenie Huynh on February 26, 2023 at 8:13 am

    So COSY ! Beautiful ❤

  8. Cathy on February 26, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Love the build💕

  9. Mary Koch on February 26, 2023 at 8:16 am

    Very nice! Really like this build. Happy trails to you.

  10. Mark Wolf on February 26, 2023 at 8:18 am

    OMG I first saw Patty on Jonnie’s Journey’s channel as she obviously did an amazing job building her home🥰🥰🥰🥰
    I have a lot of respect for her taking care of her mother and I’ve had the pleasure of camping with her and becoming friends with her big hugs Patty I’m blessed to have you in my life 🙏🥰🤗❤️🌵👍

  11. freedom dove on February 26, 2023 at 8:18 am

    I watched this build take place on Jonnie’s channel. She’s a great van builder. 👍

  12. Kalla Susort on February 26, 2023 at 8:20 am

    Very nice simple design – Johnny’s Journey makes well built interiors and really thinks things through. May you find great joy on the road!

  13. Patty Carretta on February 26, 2023 at 8:23 am

    Thank you Tiny Home Tours for allowing me to showcase the beautiful work that went into my new home. The production of the video is fantastic. Thank you everyone for all of the kind comments and encouragement! Most of all… thank you to Jonnie, from Jonnies Journey / Midwest Van Builders for the build, introduction to this community and for the lifelong friendship. For anyone who is looking for help with a van build project or a full van build, Jonnie is your person. She’s passionate about her new mission in life … and is doing everything she can to make this lifestyle possible for those who wish for it. She’s accessible through her channel, Jonnie’s Journey on YouTube. Please feel free to reach out to her. The day that the video was filmed was wonderful! A special thank you to Brad! You made this nervous girl feel at ease with the process … and your talent and professionalism comes through in the end result of the video. Thank you again to all of you at Tiny Home Tours! ❤

  14. Rae Thibodeau on February 26, 2023 at 8:24 am

    I love this tiny home. It’s a beautiful build. My favorite van build.

  15. Eirya Morlais on February 26, 2023 at 8:27 am

    So comfortable and inviting – thank you! Very glad that you are now caring for yourself, as well.:)

  16. Annette’s VanTease on February 26, 2023 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful build, and Patty is an absolute angel.

  17. Debbie Babb on February 26, 2023 at 8:29 am

    Great video Patty. Can’t wait to see you again. Thanks for giving Jonnie a shoutout. She is awesome.

  18. Diamond ~kyle on February 26, 2023 at 8:30 am

    I love this video at large❤❤,. you remind me of what someone once said.. " Making money is an Action, keeping money is behavior, Growing money is Knowledge" . I once attended seminar and ever since then i been waxing strong financially, and i most tell you the truth….

  19. patrick mheich on February 26, 2023 at 8:31 am

    problem with those vans a there very expensive to buy used now days and to have someone to build one , it will cost if not more as much as your van price lol

  20. Kristen Dawson on February 26, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Yay! Connecticut!! I have a van too and woods! Maybe we can connect!! ✌️✌️🌍

  21. Talea on February 26, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Awesome video. I’m so glad Jonnie mentioned this on her livestream. I love this Beach House home!

  22. C Dub's Journey on February 26, 2023 at 8:33 am

    Patti, your tiny home looks amazing . Jonnie is definitely an artist! Thank you, Tiny Home Tours, for another awesome showcase. ✌️💛🌞

  23. Moto Miles on February 26, 2023 at 8:34 am

    That’s really exciting. I’m almost done with my van build. I haven’t uploaded any videos because I’m a little shy because it’s my first one and I don’t wanna get bombarded with comments but it’s nice to see the looming finished product . Watching you settle into. It looks really beautiful. Love the design you have really transformed into your own.

  24. Jonathan Jacques on February 26, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Great van

  25. Shirley Ashanti on February 26, 2023 at 8:35 am

    This van is lovely, has a lot for a traveling life. It’s so well thought out. ❤️ color palette, soothing. Lovely to see a genuinely caring person. You’re a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

  26. Deborah on February 26, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Tiny tours for featuring The Beach House. Great job with the tour Patty and of course Jonnie’s Journey with the beautiful build. It’s so great that Patty is having her adVANtures now. She thought she was getting a van. Instead she found a community. 😊❤️

  27. NB on February 26, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for sharing a bit of your journey. I am sorry for your loss. I will pray all continues to go well for you! You have an awesome van/home!

  28. DiDi Hendley on February 26, 2023 at 8:35 am

    How big was the Beach House’s water tank?

  29. Urban Nomad 66 on February 26, 2023 at 8:39 am

    @ Johnnysjourney is awesome! I love your build! Sorry about your mom. Blessings 💐

  30. The Corbett Chronicles on February 26, 2023 at 8:41 am

    Heck yeah!! You all motivate me so much!!! (Definite props to Jonnie’s Journey tho, fr fr!)

  31. Chelsea Tatum on February 26, 2023 at 8:41 am

    This van is esthetically pleasing and beautiful. It is soo light and airy. It’s very rare you see van built like this and the garage is perfect. I love the built in section.

  32. TRIPURA Village Ride on February 26, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Beautiful motor home tour 😍

  33. Monica Massie on February 26, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Patty your selfless and kindness for your mother and others radiates your beauty in this world. I am so honored to have met you! And hope to see you again at other meetups!

  34. Punjab Seth on February 26, 2023 at 8:46 am


  35. Lynne Cahill on February 26, 2023 at 8:46 am

    Patty hi! My name is Lynn, I’m 54 and am currently taking care of my 78 yr old Mother and 80 yr old Stepfather. I too am looking towards the future and we definitely share similarities according to your story. Btw, I requested you on Instagram. I live in NJ. I don’t remember if you said was your home state? And your van tour of the beach house was laid out perfectly and your decor is spot on! Be safe and enjoy life! 😎😊

  36. Stacy Hackney on February 26, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Very nice.

  37. S Larson on February 26, 2023 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations Patty on your van build. It is lovely and I wish you the best. I’m sorry about the loss of your mom. Blessings to you for taking care of her.

  38. Bob Rich home movies on February 26, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Fantastic Patty! I’m so happy you are doing this.

  39. Gracie and Jacq's Adventures on February 26, 2023 at 8:51 am


  40. Patty A on February 26, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Wow Patty! Great job with sharing your story and your incredible van! It is still my favorite! Jonnie is amazing too. So glad I have been able to get to know you! 😍

  41. Desert Adventures in Arizona on February 26, 2023 at 8:53 am

    Great tour! @Jonnie’s Journey /Midwest Van Builders is one of the best!

  42. Tina's The Outsider on February 26, 2023 at 8:54 am

    Looks amazing🥰

  43. Gregor Miller on February 26, 2023 at 8:55 am

    Very nice build. Lov the layout and color scheme:)

  44. Barbara Marshall on February 26, 2023 at 8:57 am

    How is that your shower? What do you use for flooring so the water doesnt go on your van floor?

  45. Monica Massie on February 26, 2023 at 8:58 am

    Johnnies Journey is the best!!! This build and many others are so unique and professional – you can really see her craftsmanship and love for the trade and art of vanlife come through in every detail!!

  46. Tina Scott on February 26, 2023 at 8:59 am

    What is the big shiny tank on the counter?

  47. LILIVI CORDERO on February 26, 2023 at 9:00 am

    Beautiful home❤❤

  48. Beth S. on February 26, 2023 at 9:03 am

    Love the shower/shower curtain idea. Question: what was used for the flooring and shower head? Where is the water stored for that?

  49. Laura Kerr on February 26, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Hi dear one , Thank you for taking care of your mom ! Now you have to take care of you ! I have been a caregiver for the last 5 years ! The lady passed away in May ! I don’t know about you but I feel kinda lost ! My life has totally changed now , so I have to decide what I want to do ! You are a lot younger than me so you have that going for you dear one ! Best to you ! Put God first in your life and he will guide your path ! Also mine ! Sending Love and prayers to you ! Stay safe out there on the road !

  50. AnomaLe over T.I.M.E (Trash Into Mountain Empress on February 26, 2023 at 9:07 am

    You’re right, Johnnie’s Journey really is a well-rounded channel for the building process, whether van or other tiny home 💚💚💚💚💚 Thank you for inspiring us with your own build Patty 💚💚

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