Ruby on Wheels


A developer on the road

Building a wooden scaffold

The scaffold that is supposed hold the wooden cladding was one of the most challenging constructions that I’ve built for the van so far. Removing all the rust from the van during the summer was a lot of work. I...


Renewing the floor

After installing the diesel heater, the weather surprisingly changed again. The warm and sunny evenings were perfect to renew the perforated floor. It was about time to remove the original vinyl flooring that didn’t look great anymore. Except for a...


Resisting colder temperatures

Insulating the walls and roof was the first step towards working in my mobile garage without freezing. The temperature has constantly dropped for the last couple of days. Cold air was streaming through several holes and cut-outs in the floor....


Insulating my van

Insulating a camper van is essential to keep the temperature balanced on hot and cold days. A proper insulation is also important to prevent rust and mold in the van. Most of the rust that I removed during the summer...


Testing my new equipment

My previous camper van was equipped with a gas stove and a 450Wh solar system which served me well. Even during the winter, I never ran out of battery. I wanted to avoid installing a gas system into the ambulance...


Moving into an old military ambulance

It was love at first sight, when I checked out a Mercedes-Benz 508D more than four months ago in Rotterdam. It was built in 1986 and used as an ambulance by the Dutch army. After signing the purchase contract without...


Back to the roots

Today marked the 365th day living in my van. I left Berlin one year ago. On my anniversary, I coincidentally passed Freiburg, Germany. I was born and raised in Freiburg. As fate willed, my trip through Europe and Africa led...


Recovering at Costa del Sol

The quiet spot located north of Algeciras was perfect for recovering from my exhausting trip back to Europe. We had nice a view on the Rock of Gibraltar and the Riff mountain chain in Africa. The Mercedes gang was united...


Coming back to Europe

Chefchaouen was my last stop before driving to the harbor of Tangier city. Located in the Riff mountains, Chefchaouen is known for its blue buildings. Almost every house in the Medina is painted in blue which creates a very special...


Experiencing four seasons within 300km

Morocco is one of the most diverse country that I’ve visited. Crossing the Atlas mountain range was impressive. I experienced summer, fall, winter and spring within a couple of days on a trip that was only about 300km. After enjoying...