Converting Ambo into Camper for fun!!!
- 800 watt solar system w/40A EPEVER MPPT solar controller
- 3000 watt Sun Gold Power inverter
- 24V / 200 AH AGM battery system
- Sliding bed
- 10" Full size memory foam mattress
- Dual storage cubbies under bed
- Storage under bed
- Overhead cabinetry
- Three slide out tables
- Stainless steel faucet/sink
- Camplux 5L 1.32 GPM propane water heater
- Whirlpool Over the range microwave
- 2-burner propane stove
- 2 - 11 lb. propane tanks
- 30 gallon water tank
- 7 gallon grey water tank
- Dual multimedia player w/ 4 Cerwin Vega speakers for House area/ Cab Android 10.1 Deck
- Exhaust fan w/ 5000 BTU Air Conditioner in House
- Engine driven AC for cab and house
- LED ambient lighting & kitchen dome lighting
- Butcher block kitchenette
- 110V AC outlets 3 in house / 1 in Cab
- Vinyl flooring
- Folding Veranda patio/shower deck
- Outdoor shower
- Toilet seat w/bucket
- Exterior Lighting (super bright)
- PA system
- Sirens active
- 3000 lb. winch wired/wireless control
The desire to convert a vehicle into a camper has been a thought that through circumstance has been brought to fruition. After spending 10 years with The Home Depot as a Store Manager followed by assisting in the start up of a car dealership. I decided to combine the two...Home Improvement and Vehicles and utilize my time to build a vehicle that was intuitive in design, easy to use, and dependable.
Initially, the hunt was on for a Van...in fact a diesel powered, high roofed, durable van...but after hunting and weighing the pros with the cons the benefits of an ambo outweighed the cons.
Used ambulances are relatively affordable. With the increasing popularity of Sprinters and other classic vans for conversions, prices have risen. Used ambulances are still flying a bit under the radar, and if you’re willing to look for a few months you can find a good quality vehicle – for under $25,000.
They’re well built. The construction quality throughout the ambulance box is impressive. They are, after all, designed to be robust and easy to use on the road. Padded corners, sturdy hinges, ventilation in all the right places, and more! The only time we don’t appreciate this is when we’re trying to remove a particularly sturdy component.
They’re often well maintained. You should verify the history of any used vehicle you’re looking to buy, but ambulances are typically fleet maintained during their period of active use. You can usually count on regular maintenance and repairs at least once or twice a year.
Used ambulances come with a mostly usable living space already installed. Ambulance boxes are already kitted out with seating, cabinets, lighting, air conditioning, various useful mounting points and attachments, and other features that many people want in their conversion.
They’re well insulated. Most conversion projects start with adding insulation to floors and walls, but an ambulance box is already well insulated.
They have extensive electrical wiring already in place.
They’re wide, as wide as a vehicle can legally be, and have vertical walls (if it’s a type 1 or 3). This maximizes the usable space inside.
They’re a good size for a camper. Because they’re designed (especially type 1 and 3) for people to stand up and move around in, they’re mostly the right height for a camper (though height does vary – see this post for details). The full length is just about enough for a luxurious bed plus some living space and maybe, if you’re creative, a bathroom. They’re a bit bigger than a cargo van but smaller and thus more maneuverable than most school buses or larger RVs.
They have TONS of storage, both inside and out. The inside of our ambulance is full of delightfully functional cabinets with adjustable shelves, sliding doors, sturdy hinges, and thoughtful ventilation. We had zero trouble organizing ourselves into our new tiny living space for our maiden voyage.
You're right. When the F350 came out in 2003 it had several issues which led to early visits to the repair shop...fortunately, that was 18 years ago and those engines that were left stock and/or updated, one or several of the components that commonly failed are still around today and reliable. Coupled with the fact that this vehicle was fleet serviced by the South Tucson Police Department since it was manufactured and inspected by two professional mechanics after I purchased it...this vehicle is solid.
This vehicle was purchased and utilized by the South Tucson Police Department. It was fleet serviced during the duration of their ownership and was eventually retired because of a power loss issue to the instrument cluster, windows, radio, and other accessories. After some research I found this is a common issue with this vehicle and had the instrument cluster professionally repaired and power loss issue is resolved.
To be honest I am not sure what it means but its a word that I use to describe an ambulance or Ambo that has been converted into a Camper.