We had the good fortune of connecting with Ben Pryce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ben, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
It may or not may be considered a healthy habit depending on who you ask, but my tendencies towards workaholism have certainly paid dividends when it comes to my career and the success of my business. There’s no replacement for good old fashioned hard work, especially when you are trying to create or grow a business. He/She who hustles will always have an advantage over someone who clocks out early.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Vamonos Vans builds custom Campervans for the Wheel Estate Investor. In so many words, that means we build high-quality affordable campervans THAT COME WITH A pre-built rental listings on PEER TO PEER RV rental platforms. This means our clients can immediately begin earning money from their new investment AS SOON AS THEY TAKE DELIVERY
THERE’S A FEW WAYS WE’RE ABLE TO DO THIS THAT TRULY SETS US APART FROM THE REST. First, we source vehicles from the used market to reduce supply chain issues and cost for our clients, WHICH ALSO MEANS WE’RE KEEPING GOOD CARS AND PARTS OUT OF JUNKYARDS. WE GO THROUGH EACH VEHICLE WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB, AND REPAIR/REPLACE ANYTHING NECESSARY TO BRING THE VEHICLE BACK TO LIKE-NEW CONDITION AND OFFER A WARRANTY. Second, we build our campers primarily out of aluminum sheet using MACHINE AUTOMATION. THE ALUMINUM DECREASES WEIGHT BY ALMOST 40% AND INCREASES THE STRENGTH AND LIFE OF THE BUILD. LEVERAGING MACHINE AUTOMATION ALLOWS US TO DECREASE OUR LEAD TIMES AND PRODUCTION COSTS, AND SIMULTANEOUSLY INCREASING QUALITY CONTROL. This means our campers will last longer, cost less to run and maintain, and we can build faster and more affordably. All the while, we offer our clients customizeable options from wood/upholstered/metal finishings, modern appliances, exterior accessories, and off-grid power capabilities.
The other way we’re able to do this is by leveraging our personal experience and success in the PEER TO PEER rental market, and our close relationships with GoCamp Campervans (A CAMPERVAN RENTAL MARKETPLACE). Once once of our campevans are completed, we craft a custom rental listing including promotional photos, owner/renter manuals, a live listing on GoCamp Camper and a digital knowledge base full of every tip and trick we’ve learned through out years of running our own campervan rentals.
IT WAS ACTUALLY MY OWN SUCCESS AS A WHEEL ESTATE INVESTOR THAT LEAD TO THE VAMONOS VANS. LIKE MANY MILLENNIALS, I WANTED TO BUY PROPERTY BUT COULDN’T AFFORD IT. I DECIDED TO GET INTO VANLIFE AS AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE. I STARTED RENTING OUT MY PERSONAL CAMPERVAN TO GENERATE SOME SIDE INCOME WITH THE GOAL OF BUILDING A NEST EGG TOWARDS REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT. AFTER A SHORT PERIOD OF SUCCESS WITH MY FIRST VAN, I decided to build a small rental fleet, which lead to renters asking if I could do the same for them, build a campervan for them to rent out and earn passive income. SHORTLY, I HAD MORE REVENUE ON THE BOOKS FROM THIS SIDE HUSTLE THAN I DID AT MY DAY JOB, so Jan of 2021 I went full time on Vamonos Vans and we began building campers for Wheel Estate Investors full-time.
It’s truly been a dream job come true, somewhat by accident, but not without fighting for, and earning it. I’ve learned more running this business than anything I’ve done before. For one, the law of attraction, or “The Secret” is real. Not that you can get whatever you want in life just by willing into existance, but if you feel passionately about something in life, WORK VERY HARD, and follow the opportunities you’re given, you will find what you’re looking for. The other major lessons is that entrepreneurship is a bit like surfing, OR recreational fighting. You have to get tossed by the ocean and come up gasping for air, or take a lot of punches to the face and gut before you’re going to make any real progress. But if you can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and go get knocked around again because you can’t think of anything more satisfying than becoming better than you were the day before, then you know you’re in the right place.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
With a campervan, anywhere by the ocean or the desert is great for me! Sunset cliffs, Windansea, Torrey Pines Glider Port are all great places to hang in and take in the OCEAN. Fish tacos and Tecate’s for lunch, and then watching the fireworks over MISSION BAY at night! What more could you want 😉
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Team undoubtedly get the biggest shout out. I know its cliche, but its still true that without them I would be NOWHERE. It takes quite a lot of effort to build custom campervans, and while I’ve done them by myself before, its impossible to run an entire business doing it alone. Hannah, our Operations Manager, wears the most hats out of EVERYONE ON our team from everything between invoicing and admin, to metal fabrication and painting! Peter, our Lead Builder has an amazing career of engineering and fabrication behind him, and one of the most technically detailed brains I’ve ever come across! These two, everyday take my vision and put blood sweat and tears into making it come true for our clients.