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Friday, May 20, 2011

On-board for the ride

Sometimes something odd comes my way and I just have to check it out. Fortunately, my lovely wife doesn't mind coming along for the ride.

Yesterday, I learned an old ambulance was going up for sale. Sure, you are thinking, what does anyone need with an old ambulance?

Okay, I'll admit, it's not the first second hand vehicle people look to buy, but it has some solid pluses to recommend it. First and foremost, it has a turbo diesel that I could easily convert to run on waste vegetable oil. Since I still have a good local supply, most of my fuel would be nearly free. How much of your motor fuel is free?

It's just roomy enough to make a cozy camper for the wife and I. A few inexpensive modifications would provide a decent bed and galley space. It already has a killer electrical system. All those medical machines use a lot of power. The lighting is first rate. No one wants to do patient care in the dark. Overall construction is heavy duty, with liberal use of diamond plate. It wouldn't take much work to weld a trailer hitch on for the boat. Currently, the vehicle is still in service, so it's well maintained and road ready.

I may or may not get the winning bid. I'm fine either way. The really cool thing, is that my lovely wife is 100% on-board with this sort of thing. Most wives wouldn't want such a thing sitting in their driveway, never mind own and drive one.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. My wife and I are currently looking for something in the same ballpark. Could be a mini-motor home, bread truck, u-haul truck or anything similar. Amenities can be added to suit. Mainly storage space !

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  2. Thats thinking outside the box thinking that makes a lot of sense. The rear wide swinging doors are very handy, and the interior is already equipped with storage space galore. I hope you win wiht your bid.

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  3. Good choice on vehicles. Make an excellant vehicle to stay in while you are pulling the boat.

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  4. Awesome! I hope you win! :)

    (Dunno if it's your site or my comp, but my openid creds cannot be verified. Logged into LJ in another window, didn't help. No idea.)

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  5. what a DREAM MACHINE; HOPE THEY LET YOU KEEP THE LIGHTS AND SOUND EFFECTS FOR DAYS YOU WANT TO TRAVEL LIKE A BAT OUT OF HELL....

    Wildflower

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  6. That would be a great RV! Good luck, hope ya get it.

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  7. I'd consider an ambulance in a heartbeat!

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  8. Still in the running for it. I've two advantages: I can pay cash, and I'm willing to wait for it to come out of service. Their new one is on order by won't be here until July sometime.

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