Rhylee Gerber from Below Deck will soon be moving into a van by choice and for no other reason.
The deckhand made one of her dreams comes true this week when she bought a new van that will soon become her home.
She used Instagram to shock fans by sharing that she took the plunge to turn one of her dreams into a reality. It turns out Rhylee has wanted to live van life, yes just like Below Deck Sailing Yacht’s chef Adam Glick, for years.
A new chapter in Rhylee’s life
The Alaska native shared a picture of her and her adorable dog Dolce, in front of a new white Ford Transit that will soon become their living quarters. She also included a video of her saying goodbye to her Acura and hello to her new vehicle, including footage of Dolce checking out the new digs.
“I bought a van! 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,” Rhylee explained in her caption.
She recalled years ago it seemed like a ridiculous idea, which is why the Below Deck alum put it off until now. It was not an easy decision for Rhylee to take the plunge into van life. However, the decision was exciting and fitting for where Rhylee is in her life right now.
“I’ve wanted this for years, and yet, I’m nervous and scared s–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,” she said.
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I did something yesterday I’ve been wanting to do for the past 7yrs – I bought a van! 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. In 2014, I purchased a 1971 sundowner and lived in that during my summers spent #fishing in Seward. 2016, I decided to gut the camper and #renovate into something more suitable to my needs. 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. . . My Acura has been thru thick and thin with me offering Dolce and I #shelter as we lived out our #adventures on the #openroad 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 shitless, 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 . . I’m excited to have amazing friends in my corner that will help bring to fruition what has become a wildly popular and accepted way of life for #adventureprenuers like myself. 2020 has been nothing if not a rollercoaster already but, it’s a good thing I enjoy the ride!! 🧡🚐💨 #thelifeofrhylee
No stranger to life on the road
Rhylee may have put off van life until now, but she is no stranger to living life on the open road. She even lived in her Acura at one point, while “chasing fish” in her home state of Alaska.
The reality TV alum also spent time living in a Sundowner trailer. Rhylee recalled how she rebuilt the trailer four years ago to suit her needs and lifestyle better.
She was hit with a stroke of bad luck when the camper was involved in an accident, just days after renovations were complete. However, Rhylee took it all in stride and rebuilt her home on wheels.
Rhylee Gerber is trading in yacht life for van life on the open road. She and her adorable dog will embark on a brand new adventure soon.