Ruby on Wheels


A developer on the road

Working productively in a van

I got a lot of feedback after writing about the first 150 days of van life. Some people wondered about my productivity: How do I get shit done while living in a van across Europe? My setup Every job requires...


The first 150 days of van life

Today marks my 150th day in my van. Since I left Berlin in May I visited 6 countries, drove more than 12,000 km, collected more than 180,000 Wh of solar power and met a lot of interesting people. The van...


Sharing saved places from Google Maps

I usually save the places where I stay over night in the Google Maps app. It helps me to remember my exact route and is also helpful when I recommend great spots to other van people who I meet on...


Extending my solar system

On a sunny day in the summer, I was able to collect up to 2,300Wh with my 350Wp solar system. That was more than I needed to cover my daily energy consumption. Since June, the number of sunshine hours had...


Trying to pee

Two-thirds on my way to Hamburg I got tired. I had already driven about 185 km since I left Berlin at 10pm. It didn’t seem realistic to reach Hamburg that night. So I left the highway and drove around in...


Leaving Berlin

On the weekend I went on a first little trip with a friend. We successfully tested the fridge and enjoyed some cold beers at a lake near Berlin. The weather finally got better and we could get a sense of...


Turning my van into a mobile office

After constant rainy days, I could finally install the solar panels and the roof-top antennas for my mobile WiFi router. :tada: While it was still raining, I mounted the panels on plastic spoilers. The rain stopped in the evening, so...


Preventing my van going up in flames

It has been raining a lot for the last weeks in Berlin. I was eager to install the solar panels. So I drove around to find a bridge that offers a dry place to work on the roof. While driving...


Breaking into my own van

All of sudden the door to the bathroom wouldn’t open any more. It appeared that the lock on the door broke. Too bad that all screws to the bathroom construction are inside. I had to disassemble the roof window to...


The first technical issue

After co-working in paradise for a few weeks and visiting my co-workers at HQ, I found an oil puddle below the transmission. Looking a little closer I realized that the transmission was completely covered in oil. It might be connected...