In the world of van life enthusiasts, one name stands out– Alan Feld. Not only is he Jonny Feld's dad, but he was also the visionary behind Sportsmobile West. Growing up as an Army kid,
Alan's life was marked by constant moves, exposing him to diverse cultures and ways of living.
This early adaptability played a pivotal role in shaping the man who would become the "Van Guy" of his high school years.Alan's entrepreneurial journey began at an age of 8 when he sold pretzels at the local fair. This early venture taught him valuable lessons in customer service and marketing, laying the
groundwork for his future endeavors.
When Alan received his first car in high school, a Toyota Corolla station wagon, it didn't take long for him to trade it in for a Dodge Tradesman 100 van. With its eye-catching orange color and a bold black stripe, this van became his canvas for creativity and marked the inception of his first-ever van build.
In 1988, Alan was introduced to van life and felt compelled to bring this unique lifestyle to
California. He made a bold move by flying to Texas to purchase 20 vans, kickstarting the van life movement on the West Coast. The company's growth was rapid, with the demand for vans
surpassing their capacity within six months. Fuelled by traditional marketing tactics such as
word-of-mouth, trade shows, and flyers on vans, Alan and his team left an undeniable mark on
the van life community.
In 2020, as the contract with the old company expired, Alan and his team saw an opportunity to embark on a new adventure. Thus, Field Van was born. With a strong team of 80 dedicated
individuals, Field Van continues to uphold the same traditions, experiences, and philosophies
that made them pioneers in the industry.
With a focus on innovation, Field Van constantly brings fresh and cutting-edge ideas to the
table, transforming dreams into reality for countless van life enthusiasts. Their commitment to crafting vans remains unwavering, offering customers a personalized and unforgettable
For Field Van, every day is an opportunity to create your adventure. Their vans are not just
vehicles; they are gateways to uncharted territories, connecting people with the wonders of
nature and the freedom of the open road.
So, whether you're a seasoned van lifer or a curious wanderer, Field Van is here to turn your
visions into realities.
Your journey awaits, and Field Van is ready to take you there.
To watch the full segment of Episode 1, check out Field Van’s podcast.
Field Van’s podcasts can also be found on Youtube // Apple // Spotify
Make sure to visit their website and connect on their Instagram and TikTok to embark on your
own extraordinary journey with Field Van!