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I Saw This Off-Roader Ambulance RV Conversion That’s Really Cool

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?

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  1. There are 4×4 ambulances around. Some small/rural towns, places in Alaska, etc, have a use for them.

    They occasionally pop up for sale in Craigslist.
  2. Lots of great places to camp that are along or accessed by dirt/gravel trails that would chew up and spit out a standard RV but which would be easy work for this rig.

    Google “dispersed camping” to learn more.
  3. I presume its an overlander, rather than a dedicated off road vehicle. In that context, some capability off road is given up in the name of comfort. Sure you’re not taking this thing rock crawling, but it’d probably pretty comfortable for a few hundred miles on dirt roads. 

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