By Luke Kenton
This handy-man now lives full-time in a 3,000gdp (4,500usd) Chevrolet van, after the break-up of a long-term relationship inspired him to ‘drop-off’ the grid and lead a life of adventure.
Following the demise of a long-term break-up in 2016, Uruguayan-born handy-man, Gabriel, 47, decided to sell everything he owned and hit the road, renovating his van into a stunning mobile home.
Complete with a full-sized bed, functioning kitchen, shower, office and even a vegetable patch, Gabriel lost interest in material possessions and purchased a 1992 Chevrolet van.
Now he spends his timing roaming from state-to-state and has lived in the home full-time for nine-months.
The former professional mountain biker sourced much of the materials from ‘dumpster diving’ outside large hardware stores.
Showing fellow ‘rubber tramp’, Andrew Lin of the YouTube channel ‘Journey Soup’, around his surprisingly spacious abode, Gabriel admits that he has no plans to return to ‘regular life’ anytime soon.
Gabriel said: “After a break-up in 2016 had me sleeping on the floor of my van, I began to visualize a lifestyle that would allow me to travel, cycle and work from a single mobile dwelling.
“It took me three months to renovate and the building cost about $3000 (£2100) – with many of the parts being found in dumpsters.
“I used to have my own business, but I began to feel like I was going to spend more time working than enjoying life’s unlimited potential.
“It’s been a seamless transition for me as my van provides me with running water and solar electricity.
“I now thoroughly enjoy off the grid living – I find I really don’t need much.”
Andrew, a 29-year-old full-time traveler and blogger, said: “Gabe’s vehicle has enough space to not only live alone in but for a small family.
“I also live in a van, but the fact Gabriel can both cook and shower in his, is incredible.
“The garden up the front is not only beautiful but I can only imagine how much food will be grown out of a lifetime – talk about a great way to keep your greens fresh.”