It is a Medic Master and it is a Mercedes. Uncharted territory for me. I definitely would of preferred a Cummings or even a Cat. But the rest of the rig (except no pass through) was a good fit for us.
One other issue is that all the controls are digital and software driven. Makes it a bit harder to repurpose the circuits (imagine sticky labels on the touch screen ).[/QUOTE
Since Medic Master closed down in 2008. their ambulances are orphans, and the users want to trade to something that has factory support, which equals a lower price. The good news is that Medic Master was owned by American LaFrance, which was part of Freightliner. As a result, their builds are very well done. If you got the Medic Master owner's manual with it, you'll see a tremendous difference compared to other builders.
The possible GOTTCHA out there is their digital control system. It is still around as the VMUX system, and is manufactured by Weldon and used by multiple ambulance manufacturers. Components for it show up on EBAY from time to time. Foster Coach (www.fostercoach.com) usually has components available used that were left over from a remount. Unfortunately, though - prices are usually high.
The programming can not be changed in the field unless you have the correct programmer - it might require that the control head be sent into Weldon if changes are needed. Since doing this would shut down an in-service ambulance until it could be turned around by Weldon, you can still buy an ambulance with conventional relay/diode logic since they can be diagnosed with a DMM or a test light.
A bit of good news is that I have a Medic Master manual that covers a unit the VMUX system. I'll pull out the operating instructions for the VMUX system and email them to you.
Since Medic Master was built for many years in Sanford,FL, ambulance dealers near Sanford might be able to help you with any problems. Try to figure out who the previous owner was, and contact them to see if they still have the manual. Offer payment/bribes/donations to the VFD - whatever. Plan B is to try to identify the dealer who sold the unit - they may have a manual in their files. If all else fails, talk to "10-8 Company". They are in Sanford, and have some of the old Medic Master folks working for them.
Again, if all else fails, my copy wouldn't be specific to your ambulance, but we could scan the pages and they would be better than you have now (zero---). Medic Master probably used the same approach on all their ambulances, and the documentation should be pretty close.
We moved dead M60-A3 tanks with one of them very easily - I've also seen photos of one driving through mud up to the windshield (I'll bet that cleaning the mud off either took a few days with a hose, or a driving through a pond for a while). You don't even want to think about the cost of the tires, though -i worked on those on my previous assignment, caterpillar acert engine, Allison transmission, abs brakes. they drive really nice, i was able to recover 20+tons vehicles without any issues and able to drive 45 mph on freeway
You are right, cost of the maintenance is very high on these trucks.I used to maintain these trucks for an Infatry Battalion,they are A4 ,instead of A2 probably you had with detroit diesel. the cost of their maintanence is crazy, like engine take approximately 13 gallons of oil, each axle take 11 gallons, transmission 17 gallons, service kit ( filters ,some bolts,seals) needs to be caterpillar parts to maintain the warranty.We moved dead M60-A3 tanks with one of them very easily - I've also seen photos of one driving through mud up to the windshield (I'll bet that cleaning the mud off either took a few days with a hose, or a driving through a pond for a while). You don't even want to think about the cost of the tires, though -