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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    I used a spool gun for most of the aluminum welding. I just finished the 4x4 conversion a few weeks ago actually. T Case is in along with a rebuilt front axle and new driveshaft. Works great so far aside from some VSS (speed sensor) issues I've been working on. I don't currently have a...
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    Ryobi bolt cutter made into a crimper

    If I made more jaws I'd just use 3/8" steel so it's more time than material cost. I did make a set of jaws to hold multiple size pex crimping inserts but I made the tips too thin and they bent after some use. When the need arises again I'll make a stronger set for the pex dies and then make...
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    Built-in Ambulance Heater/AC question and mod ideas

    I've used it a few times and haven't had the best luck with it. It definitely blows cold air but I don't think it puts out enough to overcome the heat built up inside my camper. If it ran 24/7 it probably would eventually work but that would use an enormous amount of power. I do have 800ah of...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Yeah I started renting this shop about a year ago because my home shop wasn't high enough. This place has a 10' door and my rig is 119" so it just barely fits.... but it fits and that's all that matters.
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    I made it back home!! The install went well and I was on the road by 4pm on the same day I dropped the axle off. It's not a hard job but it is heavy and awkward. Red Beard Garage in Alliance NE were great to work with. Super helpful and they did a great job. We loaded up the old axle so I...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    The axle is done. I ended up replacing the bearings, pads and brake lines and reused the calipers and rotors. I think this thing had a brake job done right before or possibly during it's time in storage because there was no wear on the pads or rotors and one of the hard lines was new. should...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Thanks for all the words of encouragement. It was definitely a rough couple of days but things are looking up at least as far as the axle situation. The ERV is still in Nebraska but I made it home to Minnesota thanks to a few friends that were in the area. In other good news I also found an...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Haha thank you. I'll keep plugging away but I've learned I'm definitely better at building things than I am at the business side of things. I think I have a 30k mile complete rear axle available to me back home so things are already looking up.
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Update... not great news but I have plan. I found an axle in Loveland CO of all places (ironically where I was headed for Overland Expo) and I was all set up with a Uhaul to go get it but then I saw a picture of it :oops: and I changed my mind really quickly. It wasn't worth rushing to get...
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    Which ambulance has the most interior space? Kodiak vs E-450s

    ERV's are 75" inside height of the empty box so it's a great option if you can find one. Inside width is 90" and length is 164".
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Well I'll skip that last part of the Sturgis trip and just jump to my current situation :(. I was headed to Overland Expo in Colorado and made it to Western Nebraska (from Minnesota) and my passenger side REAR wheel bearing went out which also resulted in a broken axle. I'm kicking myself for...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    I like them. Noise is relatively low and they seem to ride great when loaded down. I also have them on my F350 and those seem to ride pretty rough but it's rarely loaded down. The size on the ERV seems to work pretty good with stock gearing and no chip if I cruise at 60-65. I can go faster...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    The next day I decided to hit the interstate and get to Sturgis. As part of the show I got free no hookup camping at the Buffalo Chip which for those who don't know is one of the bigger campgrounds for the rally. I wasn't sure where I should park so I just picked a spot way out by the...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Couple more pics of the night in Carthage. Had to test the flood lights 😲 Yep they'll do haha...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    After I finished up the bumper it was time to head to Sturgis. That same motorcycle I posted earlier got invited to be in Michael Lichter's "Motorcycles as Art" show at the Buffalo Chip and I couldn't pass that up. It was quite an honor to be selected especially since it was built with a...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    And yada yada yada it's done.... Sorta. Can't decide if I should leave the ends raw aluminum or paint them? I do still need to take it apart and paint the steel parts black but that'll have to happen after my trip to Sturgis.... The winch is a Warn Evo 12s which is definitely undersized for...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Next on the to do list was the front bumper. I was originally going to make the whole thing from scratch but then I came across this Go Rhino "winch tray" and thought it would be a great starting point. Of course it's made for a truck so the mounting holes don't line up so that was the first...
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    E-450 temp and electrical warning light

    I'll chime in.... I definitely wouldn't worry about 209. I'd personally only get concerned if it goes over 220 and keep rising. Not sure about the battery light but, and this is a big reach, but maybe your belt(s) are loose or slipping which might result in reduced cooling fan and alternator...
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    I added some new folding entry steps. I was planning on just using a step stool but then I came across these and went for it. Of course they're not made for the door sill I have so I had to modify it but in the end it worked out great.
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    My 4x4 Red Cross ERV Build and Adventures

    Thank you. That's a radiator to heat the air using the hydronic heater. The flow for cold weather is from the hydronic heater to the water heater then to that radiator then under the water tank to keep it from freezing and then through the floor and back to the heater. In the summer I can...
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