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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Since you have a Crestline, why not give them a call? With the solid state controls you have, it's going to be a challenge to figure out without a lot of wire searching. They should also be able to get you an electrical diagram
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Couple of questions.... who made your ambulance module (not the vehicle, but the ambulance portion), and what kind of control system (relays, solid state)? Also, how old is the module? Most ambulances with fluorescent lights use "Thin-lite" fluorescents. These are 12 volt, so they probably run...
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Medium ambulances are built on medium truck chassis, hence the name. My own unit is a Medic Master on a Freightliner chassis. Air suspensions are needed for both the ride and to enable the suspension to lower to comply with loading height requirements. Generally, the suspension only drops about...
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    That testing label is found in new units. The manufacturer certifies that the completed ambulance meets the required standards. The largest supplier of chassis for both new and re-mounted units is Ford, and the dealers who re-mount re-use as much wiring as possible. Usually, lighting is...
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Usually, something like this is held on with hooks at the top, and 3M Bead-lock at the bottom. Bead-lock is a little like Velcro, except it relies on two surfaces covered with little plastic beads on short risers. They hold so strongly that you'll probably need a Wonder Bar to seperate them, and...
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    AmboLander

    If your lightbars are bolted directly to the ambulance body, you probably have either a Whelen 4000 or a Whelen 4500 lightbar. They use four sliding carriage bolts to fasten the bar to the body, so the bolts could be anywhere along the bar. Typically, they will be about 10-12" in from each end...
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    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    As I recall, when you bought Big Red, it had a roof mounted lightbar and a spotlight. Was the spotlight mounted on top of the light bar, or directly behind it? I have a remote control spotlight that will go on top of my buggy, and I'm debating about on top of the 'bar, or behind the bar.
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    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    If you have VMUX questions, I found the ex-chief engineer for Medic Master. He does consulting on VMUX as a sideline. Let me know if you'd like his contact info, but his rate is $100 per hour. He was able to get me a full set of drawings for my buggy for only $275
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    C4500 Kodiak - Grizzly

    If you tow it backwards, it will be the same as if a tow truck is towing it. You probably have to put magnetic tail lights on it, though.
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    C4500 Kodiak - Grizzly

    My steps were virtually identical, and I really agree that no one, be they man or beast, would willingly climb them barefoot. I also have a folding step similar to what you're now using -- the biggest challenge was folding them for the first time. My current build, a Medic Master on a...
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    C4500 Kodiak - Grizzly

    Years ago, I had a shelter in a military 2 1/2 ton truck. I had a set of aluminum steps that hooked onto the tailgate, and hung on the shelter when everything was buttoned up. I added a removable aluminum railing, and it all worked fine. The whole thing probably weighed 10 pounds or so.
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    C4500 Ambulance Camper

    You're lucky with your're state's requirements -- hrre in MN, I need to have an outside power connection, a refrigerator, a sink & water, and a separate not-from-engine-heat heater in the module
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    Buying & Building a Medium Ambulance into an RV – The FAM-BULANCE

    Reality raised its ugly head, and I decided on PLAN-B for my fridge -- since the correct size wire is a toss-up between #12 & #10, and since I have rolls of each, I can use either. Number 10 won out. One question I've been asked is if the scene lights should be kept, or replaced with a...
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Somewhere in one of your compartments, there should be a manufacturer's label that certifies the ambulance meets various certification requirements. It usually is in the same compartment as the oxygen bottle hookup, and other tags may be in your electtical cabinrt or with the AC equipment.
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    The photos don't tell me who made your box, but they did tell me that it's NOT a Medic Master or a Wheeled Coach. Medic Master has a the American LaFrance "Bar & Bird" on the vehicle. Wheeled Coach has marker lights built into the corners of the box - here's what they look like:
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