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Personally, I would try to find a military field ambulance to convert.
Yes, it will likely be a little smaller, but it will be built a LOT tougher, and it will be four wheel drive.
Or, go big and find a military two and a half ton 6X6 (diesel or multi-fuel) with the insulated work-shop body. Then you will start out with a 8X8X16 house to build whatever you want in, and lots of under-the-box room for tanks, storage compartments, etc.. You might even get lucky and find one of the expandable units, which would give you 16X16X8 living area when expanded. But, they are difficult to find.
When you settle on a unit, and start the build, be sure to keep us advised of your progress, and post pictures.
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Not sure how tall you are, but ambulances are usually pretty short. I'm 6-04 and can't stand up inside one. They are pretty narrow as well, won't be very much room inside. They often aren't insulated, but rather depend on robust heating and cooling systems, powered by "free" fuel. They don't have water systems, or sewer systems... nor much room underneath to add them.

Seems like it would be a waste of money to me... but what do I know.


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IN my opinion, this is a stupid idea. You have to decide what your hobby is- camping or building a camper. For the $30000 you say you will invest, you can buy a nice class C or a B+ and start camping that day. For me I don't want to camp in something that looks like do-better row, and an old ambulance or school bus converted into a camper just screams white trash.

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

IN my opinion, this is a stupid idea. You have to decide what your hobby is- camping or building a camper. For the $30000 you say you will invest, you can buy a nice class C or a B+ and start camping that day. For me I don't want to camp in something that looks like do-better row, and an old ambulance or school bus converted into a camper just screams white trash.
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Thanks for all the feedback. I am now looking at Class C's in the $10000 range and it looks like I can easily modify/update one to my needs. I want to stay away from one with slides and I hope I can find one with no water damage.

Again, thanks for all the feedback.


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OP,, I might suggest that you look to spend more of your budget in initial purchase and find one that is in better shape. In my area, used Class C's are rough and often in very poor shape. I think you would be better served to spend $25K on a good quality vehicle to start and $5K on upgrading. You are more likely to find a solid vehicle at $25 than at $10... at least in my experience.

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Halmfamily wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback. I am now looking at Class C's in the $10000 range and it looks like I can easily modify/update one to my needs. I want to stay away from one with slides and I hope I can find one with no water damage.

Again, thanks for all the feedback.


There’s about a bajillion RVs fr wale out here. Idk how it’s where you’re at. Not hard to find a decent one.
Begs the question though, what “custom mods” are you set on doing to the camper? You don’t have one, sound like you haven’t in the past either, but the “modifications” keep coming up. Better figure out what that is. Idk how much you can mod a camper except to repair, update the look or add functionality like solar power or something.
And only the latter are “mods”. Rest are basically repairs which most people strive to minimize.


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Grit dog wrote:

Halmfamily wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback. I am now looking at Class C's in the $10000 range and it looks like I can easily modify/update one to my needs. I want to stay away from one with slides and I hope I can find one with no water damage.

Again, thanks for all the feedback.


There’s about a bajillion RVs fr wale out here. Idk how it’s where you’re at. Not hard to find a decent one.
Begs the question though, what “custom mods” are you set on doing to the camper? You don’t have one, sound like you haven’t in the past either, but the “modifications” keep coming up. Better figure out what that is. Idk how much you can mod a camper except to repair, update the look or add functionality like solar power or something.
And only the latter are “mods”. Rest are basically repairs which most people strive to minimize.


Currently own a 42' FW that I pull with GMC DRW. Not the easiest rig to get into remote boondockable locations. I've done numerous mods to our FW but just looking for something I can take out to the Talladega National Forest and boondock when I want to. Mods would be a new bed, get rid of dinette and put a nice couch in and do interior updates like removing carpet, etc. Would add solar and a bigger battery bank as well. In reality I want a project.

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

IN my opinion, this is a stupid idea. You have to decide what your hobby is- camping or building a camper. For the $30000 you say you will invest, you can buy a nice class C or a B+ and start camping that day. For me I don't want to camp in something that looks like do-better row, and an old ambulance or school bus converted into a camper just screams white trash.

Conversion done right can look pretty good,,IF one has time and skill to do it right,,

https://youtu.be/o7X2nOtwdUM

https://youtu.be/Fo0HHRW2ihY

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

IN my opinion, this is a stupid idea. You have to decide what your hobby is- camping or building a camper. For the $30000 you say you will invest, you can buy a nice class C or a B+ and start camping that day. For me I don't want to camp in something that looks like do-better row, and an old ambulance or school bus converted into a camper just screams white trash.


Isn't a Bluebird Wanderlodge nothing more than a converted Bluebird school bus?
Isn't a Prevost nothing more than a bus converted into an RV?
Neither of those are whitetrashmobiles, IMO. In fact, "white trash" can't afford to buy either one!
As one who lived barely one short step above the "white trash" level when growing up (the house we built never did have siding, it was covered with 60 lb. felt paper; Yeah, a real "tarpaper shack"), I find the term offensive, bigoted, and elitist; right up there beside the dreaded "N-word".

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