‘Below Deck’: Rhylee Gerber’s Free Spirit Means Creating a Home Inside a Van

by Jeremy Spirogis
Rhylee Gerber

Rhylee Gerber‘s wanderlust retains her from staying in a single place for lengthy. The Below Deck deckhand just lately introduced she bought a van and plans to rework it into her new residence.

Rhylee Gerber
Rhylee Gerber | Photo courtesy of Rhylee Gerber

She joins a rising quantity of people that reject typical norms of being tied down and home poor. Instead, Gerber prefers to proceed to journey and discover, which makes van life ultimate for the adventurer. Deciding to go all-in with this van wasn’t straightforward. A real van build-out can nonetheless be costly and Gerber hopes to weave merchandise made by strong producers into her new area. However, she admits that cash is tight so the construct course of will likely be gradual.

But she’s excited to embark upon a brand new chapter in her life, taking her 80,000 plus followers alongside for the experience on her Instagram. Gerber can be speaking to others who’ve made van life their residence, like Michael Dietrich from Naked and Afraid. He’s supplied some perception into what it’s like and tips about tips on how to dwell life off the grid on a dime.

The van was a longstanding dream

Gerber’s van buy wasn’t an impulse purchase. She shared on Instagram she wished to make the leap for the previous seven years. “For those of you that know me, know my #vanlife journey had begun years ago when I made the decision to chase fish for a living back in my #home state of Alaska. Then, it seemed ridiculous and far fetched as the vanlife movement hadn’t necessarily taken root,” she shared.

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I did one thing yesterday I’ve been desirous to do for the previous 7yrs – I purchased a van! For these of you that know me, know my #vanlife journey had begun years in the past after I made the choice to chase fish for a dwelling again in my #residence state of Alaska. Then, it appeared ridiculous and much fetched because the vanlife motion hadn’t essentially taken root. In 2014, I bought a 1971 sundowner and lived in that in my summers spent #fishing in Seward. 2016, I made a decision to intestine the camper and #renovate into one thing extra appropriate to my wants. The day after my #construct, the camper was concerned in a automobile accident (no fault of my very own) after which #rebuilt lower than per week later. That was my first expertise ever taking part in #carpenter and by the way realized the distinction between AC and DC lighting. . . My Acura has been via thick and skinny with me providing Dolce and I #shelter as we lived out our #adventures on the #openroad This new buy didn’t come as a simple resolution regardless that it’s a very thrilling and becoming one. I’ve wished this for years and but, I’m nervous and scared shitless, to not point out utterly unaware of my subsequent transfer, as I make the mandatory strikes to show this into one other lovely shelter on wheels as I start this new, and gradual, #buildout course of with my new #fordtransit . . I’m excited to have superb mates in my nook that can assist carry to fruition what has grow to be a wildly in style and accepted lifestyle for #adventureprenuers like myself. 2020 has been nothing if not a rollercoaster already however, it’s factor I benefit from the experience!! #thelifeofrhylee

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She bought a “1971 sundowner” in 2014 and lived in it throughout her summers and fished in Seward. Gerber then dove into renovating the camper.

“2016, I decided to gut the camper and #renovate into something more suitable to my needs,” she continued together with her post. “The day after my #build, the camper was involved in a car accident (no fault of my own) and then #rebuilt less than a week later. That was my first experience ever playing #carpenter and incidentally learned the difference between AC and DC lighting.”

She’s beginning to rebuild (slowly)

Although she liked touring the nation in her Acura, she felt she was able to take this subsequent step. “This new purchase did not come as an easy decision even though it is a very exciting and fitting one. I’ve wanted this for years and yet, I’m nervous and scared sh**tless, not to mention completely unaware of my next move, as I make the necessary moves to turn this into another beautiful shelter on wheels as I begin this new, and slow, #buildout process with my new #fordtransit.”

Gerber just lately shared a video of her new van flooring. “I have to brag for a moment, about the people in my life,” she wrote as she wished to present a nod to the one who helped her set up the ground. “I have never once had to want for anything and its more than hard work, it’s my friends, family and loved ones that help make that happen. Today, my new van got a floor and it’s beyond incredible. Thank you @himoon911 for taking time out of your busy schedule to help me. I cannot express how grateful I am and how much it means to me. You are a beautiful soul through and through. 🤍🙏🏽”

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