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Old 11-08-2014, 09:53 PM   #1
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Anyone here converted an ambulance?

I'm a relative newcomer here, and while intrigued with the skoolie conversion idea, I've never done one. While fairly handy, I clearly have a lot to learn skill-wise before taking something like this on (welding, metalworking, electrical, and finish carpentry in particular).

While lurking on, I ran across several ambulances. Has anyone done an ambulance conversion? I think it might be just the thing for me. I want to do a smaller bus, like a shuttle bus or ambulance. Want to make a combo tailgate vehicle and mini-man cave, with enough stowable sleeping for 3-4 in a pinch (thinking hammocks and folding beds that won't take up much space when not in use). What I like about ambulances are all the existing built-in storage compartments, inside and out. I could use the exterior compartments for built-in grills and coolers, pavilion, food and corn hole bord storage, that kind of thing.

Would love to hear from folks who have done an ambulance or seen a good one. Prices are comparable to schoolies. Headroom looks like a potential issue, not sure?

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Old 11-08-2014, 10:49 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone here converted an ambulance?

Ambulances tend to be heavy in weight-and way more storage than living area. And your last line sumed up the main problem-headroom. And depending on how much stuff was removed when taken out of service, You could have a crazy wiring mess. There isn't another vehicle out there thats led as tough of a life.
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Old 02-16-2017, 01:59 PM   #3
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Can emergency lights be converted to brake/turn signals?

So, I have this crazy idea of converting a Type II ambulance (van with a high-top) into a camper/tailgater, and in thinking about what to do with the old emergency lights, has anyone converted them to rear brake, backup and or turn-signal lights? I though the side light holes could be reused for scene/porch lights and/or exterior speakers, And you could leave some of them in to hit them in the middle of the night as a "panic button" in case someone/something is threatening you or your van. Anyone know of someone who has done this? Can't be rocket science, though I am total noob. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:09 PM   #4
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I've been tempted.
I've bid on dozens of the van-type ambulances in the last couple years. One of these days I'll win one. Would be a handy and cool weekend camper, or minimalist home.
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Old 02-16-2017, 02:38 PM   #5
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Pirate 4x4 forum has a few ambulance builds.
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Old 02-16-2017, 03:36 PM   #6
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Yep, I've seen one of two over there.
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we still have one, 4x4 diesel . bought it with a broken tranny. we used it as camper and workvan for 3 years. Used it in long work/ vacation trip as we now do with Elfie.
Was a good learning experience and step up from a normal van but the skoolie van elfie we have now is way , way better.
If you are single it might work / with two kids and a dog it is kind of torture.

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