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Posted: 02/10/18 07:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

midnightsadie wrote:

true they have a lot of miles on them. I worked for a hospital for 30yrs and they sit in the lot at idle for hundreds of hrs.I.d just find me a good class C and go use it tomorrow, than be sinking money into a money pit that I can,t use till I get it done.


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I ran an ambulance service for fifteen years and bought and sold one hundred plus trucks. I wouldn't consider converting one for use as a camper.When we were done with a truck,despite consistent maintenance, it was tired. No machine on the road,including police vehicles,has a harder life. Find a good B or C and restore it. It will be much less work and much more reliable.

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Go on over to cheaprvliving.com. Lots of specific info on "ambo" conversions and general DIY conversions there.


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If that’s what you want to do a school buss would be a much better choice. Just be sure to buy a ‘County’ bus not a ‘City’ bus which has much lower gears and screams on the highway.

There’s a place in either PA or OH that specializes in them and has a huge inventory that’s constantly turning over, call them and you can ‘reserve’ a shortie with highway gears.

Besides, it’s a bunch easier to remove or cover up unneeded windows than it is to try to install them from scratch were there wasn’t any before.

Also, be aware, if you install electricity (other than 12 volts), propane, or plumbing you could very well be denied a stay in a conventional campground with it.

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If you just want a project and think it would be cool...go for it.

If you want a small RV, just take the $20k and buy a ClassB ready to roll.


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GordonThree wrote:

midnightsadie wrote:

true they have a lot of miles on them. I worked for a hospital for 30yrs and they sit in the lot at idle for hundreds of hrs.I.d just find me a good class C and go use it tomorrow, than be sinking money into a money pit that I can,t use till I get it done.


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+1...^^^^^This.

In addition to sitting at idle for long periods, they are frequently running at high speed (depending on weather conditions) to emergencies, sometimes at great distances here in the West. The ambulance service here in the county I reside has a coverage area of over 2000 square miles, with a major interstate. Running hot on the interstate is not uncommon. Driving up a twisty canyon for over an hour at speeds most folks wouldn't do under the same circumstances. No matter how well maintained, they get tired very quickly. In this area, equipment turnover is fairly high, given the above circumstances.


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Keep in mind converted units are not welcome in a lot of RV parks. Even if you only plan to boondock, resale value will be a lot less than a equivalent class C because of that when you go to get rid of it.

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Sounds fun for a project, but first blush says you could find a nice used C with MUCH lower miles, fully setup for about the same 20 grand.


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Now if you found one super cheap and wanted a more spartan setup or the ability to haul toys in it, it may make more sense.

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Quit thinking about it!..[emoticon]

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