This 66-year-old ended up living in a van 18 years ago. Now, he’s turned his lifestyle into a lucrative video business.

This 66-year-old ended up living in a van 18 years ago. Now, he's turned his lifestyle into a lucrative video business.

Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has become one of the world’s most visited websites, second only to its parent company’s site, Google GOOGL, -1.01%. That’s why it was a no-brainer for “Nomadland” real-life star Bob Wells, 66, to start his own channel there when he wanted to transition from blogging to producing video content four years ago.

In addition to his film fame, Wells is the smiling Santa Clausy bearded man behind the CheapRVliving channel on YouTube where he promotes the “nomadic tribalism” way of life. This influencer’s videos are usually 10 to 20 minutes long, but can range between just a few minutes to over an hour.

In the relatively short time that he’s been a YouTuber, Wells has cannily amassed over 500,000 subscribers and over 100 million views, which gives you a sense of how much his channel resonates with viewers.

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