In recent years, there’s been a trend to convert ambulances to RVs. I’m serious; this is happening. In the wake of “van life,” where people give up all their worldly possessions to go drive around the world in a van, many people have been searching for the ultimate “van life” van — and some people think a used ambulance is a good choice.
And, admittedly, it’s kind of compelling. Ambulances were designed to hold a few people in back, while still intended to be relatively nimble compared to a full-size RV. It’s sort of the best of all worlds when it comes to “van life”: You have a large enough rear compartment to work as a living space, unlike many smaller vans, while you also have a small enough overall size to function in big cities or crowded area, unlike many large RVs. So the ambulance seems like a natural choice.
But this person took it to another level. I was driving through San Diego the other day when I spotted this: An old Ford ambulance that looks like many other used ambulances — except it’s been lifted. There are a few companies that convert Ford E-Series vans to 4-wheel drive, and I wonder if that’s what we have here — a used ambulance RV that’s also a 4-wheel drive vehicle you can bring into the wilderness. It would certainly seem that’s the case, given the ride height and the off-roader tires.
I find this conversion to be a bit odd, as I’m not sure there are many off-road trails down which you could comfortably take an ambulance, but I love the preparedness of this vehicle: You can sleep in it, you can drive it around town and you can off-road it. What more could you need?