Couple quit their jobs and sell house to live in a van and travel the world

A couple have quit their jobs, sold their house, and poured their life savings into a van after converting it on a shoestring by following YouTube videos and doing the work themselves.

Summer Ginther, 26, and her partner Ryan, 25, has professional careers but they didn’t like being tied down to one spot, so they packed it all in and hit the road.

They sold their three bed home and bought a massive van, which they then converted on their own after learning how to do so online.

Now the pair are travelling across America together and say they have no intention of going back to a conventional way of life.



Summer Ginther
The couple say they are leading a more fulfilling life now



Summer and Ryan Ginther
Summer and Ryan had to halt their journey due to covid, but now they’ve been vaccinated

Summer said: “We have always loved nature and camping. Ryan and I liked our lives but also knew we wanted to spend more time travelling and feel less tied down.

“We felt like we were spending more money on stuff than experiences, and wanted to change that.”

The couple transformed their motorhome on their own, learning skills along the way through watching YouTube videos.



Summer and Ryan Ginther's van
Their new home on wheels is stocked with all the mod cons

They started slow, adding a new desk and custom-built sofa, and creating an open living and workspace.

After that, the couple tackled the bathroom, building a gorgeous custom shower out of cedar, as well as replacing the bathroom sink, faucet and counter, and painting the interior and exterior of the RV.

Additionally, Summer and Ryan replaced the carpet with a hardwood floor, refurbished the kitchen, installed new shelves and even added a small indoor herb garden.



Summer Ginther
They converted their van after learning how to do it on YouTube videos

The couple would wake up early in the mornings to get the job done, spending all day perfecting their home-on-wheels.

The entire renovation took them two months to complete – costing around £3,500 ($5,000) in total – and they couldn’t be happier with the final results, although they plan to add some finishing touches and decorations in the coming months.

Summer continued: “The most challenging part of the renovation was probably the shower. A big one for us is making sure we have reliable internet because we work remotely.



Summer Ginther
Together they are now travelling the world and have no intention of going back to a conventional way of life

“Sometimes it can be difficult to find places to fill up water or other needs. There is also a lot of maintenance and upkeep when you live in an RV.

“It can feel overwhelming for some but for us, the benefits have always outweighed any downsides. I had a vision of what I wanted but it took us a while to find a way to make that come alive.

“I love how our RV turned out and it feels so much like home. When you live in a tiny home, though, you’re always dreaming up of more ways to make it more efficient.



Summer and Ryan Ginther's van
Their huge van makes for the perfect home on wheels

“We’ve lived in this RV for over a year now and I still find little things I want to change. It sometimes feels like an ongoing project but that makes it fun.

“Ryan and I actually just added more solar to our RV and renovated the driving area in the last couple of months so I think we will take a small break from big projects.

“But we have been discussing possibly changing the colour of our cabinets and building a new desk that is easier to move.”



Summer and Ryan Ginther's van interior
They installed the bed themselves, alongside everything else in the van

In a few words of advice for others who wish to renovate their own motor home, Summer added: “Make sure to do your research before buying, especially if buying used!

“It can be really easy to buy something that turns into a bigger project than expected so really inspect the RV before going through with the purchase.

“If you’re dreaming of RV life but [are] scared to take the jump, just go for it! The memories we’ve made these past two years have made it all well worth it.

“No matter where we end up, we will never regret living this lifestyle.”

Ryan, from St Louis, Missouri, used to work in insurance but now works for a peer-to-peer vehicle rental company, and Summer works as an English teacher and is working remotely doing video lessons.

Together they have travelled all over the US and Canada but lockdown halted their adventures and so they decided to stay with family for a few months.

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