About


Ruby on Wheels: The story of a developer living on the road.

:wave: I’m Jakob, a German software engineer. I live in a self-converted camper van and work remotely for GitHub. On this website, I write about my experiences building, maintaining, living and working out of a camper van.

At GitHub we use Ruby on Rails, a web application framework written in the Ruby programming language. As I work on Ruby projects from my van that has wheels, I thought it’d be funny to replace Rails with Wheels for the title of this blog. :thinking:

In early 2017, I bought an old Mercedes-Benz 209D camper, ordered a solar system, turned the camper into a mobile office and learned how to fix it. After traveling with the Mercedes 209D for more than a year through Europe and Northern Africa, I sold it in June 2018 to rebuild an old military ambulance truck which became my new mobile home and office.

Since I left my apartment and hit the road on May 11th, 2017, I came across many places in several countries:

I love hanging out with people. Do you want to meet up? Shoot me an email!