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  1. rlrenz

    Buying & Building a Medium Ambulance into an RV – The FAM-BULANCE

    In case anyone's curious, here are drawings for the curb side, the road side, and the roof for my Medic Master
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    Buying & Building a Medium Ambulance into an RV – The FAM-BULANCE

    It cost me some bucks, but I now have the complete build package of drawings for my ambulance -- framing, cabinets, compartments, electrical schematics and wire lists, and a full set of American LaFrance's wire color codes and numbering conventions. I started plowing through them tonight, and...
  3. rlrenz

    Buying & Building a Medium Ambulance into an RV – The FAM-BULANCE

    Just when I'm convinced I'll never track down the official owner's manual for the truck---- I find that the gent who was the Medic Master Chief Engineer when the company closed down has all the build records. I believe he also has the capability to re-program the VMUX systems. I just ordered a...
  4. rlrenz

    Converting Whelen 900s/Similar Scene lighting to LED?

    Very nice! Steel or aluminum? I had some Whelen light buckets that were about your depth, but a little shorter and longer. After I looked at making custom buckets, I lucked out and found 4 Whelen scene LED lights for the sides, and a pair of Tecniq K90 scene lights for the rear. I found Whelen...
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    Buying & Building a Medium Ambulance into an RV – The FAM-BULANCE

    Springtime! That wonderful time of year when stuff that's been hiding in the garage all winter gets sorted (after I dust with an air hose...). I found 4"air vents that I'd thought were long gone -- I put them with the ones I bought when I couldn't find them. I now have 11... A pair of air...
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    It sounds like your battery disconnect relay may always be partly ON, possibly from a short that's feeding the relay control power line. The rear heat may be doing the same. Time to trace wiring with a volt meter or test light! Your ambulance wiring should be labeled regularly along each wire...
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    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Probably all emergency vehicles have multiple parasitic power draws, ranging from radios to cell phone chargers to rechargable portable lights. As a result, vehicle batteries can go flat within 2-3 weeks. Even though a battery disconnect switch can avoid the problem, emergency vehicles are...
  8. rlrenz

    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Pat and I emailed daily, with a few phone calls from time to time. He definitely was a positive influence on the building of expedition vehicles -- he was turning the module from a Wheeled Coach ambulance into a hurricane-escape trailer, complete with a custom made heavy duty trailer frame. "The...
  9. rlrenz

    Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

    Pat had medical issues that increasingly limited his mobility, but he still did what he could to help others. His experience as a fire chief for the DoD meant that the right way was the only way. He is missed by the many people he helped.
  10. rlrenz

    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    Whatever it is beats me. I checked with my ambulance electrician friend, and he's at a blank as well -- he commented that he never had to do much with the VMUX equipment except sometimes replace modules. I'll keep on asking other friends.
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    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    Considering their workmanship, shorter cables would probably mean wire nuts.... I checked with my friends, and the answer seems to be that that circuit is used to collapse the suspension so the loading height wouldcomply with KKK requirements. They used an odd way to say it, though.
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    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    That glob of wire reminds me of some radio installations I've worked with. Apparently, some installers are terrified of cutting wires, so they just stuff them wherever they fit.
  13. rlrenz

    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    I've never heard of it, but I'll dig into my drawings, and I'll ask a friend who's an ambulance electrician. What are you going to do with your VMUX gear when you remove it? I've seen new on ebay, but used might be a little difficult to sell. Ambulance companies would only want new, so your...
  14. rlrenz

    M2 Freightliner Ambulance Conversion Project. 2007 Crew Cab

    I've been getting the same grumbles from my wife -- you may have also solved my problem as well!
  15. rlrenz

    Buying & Building a Medium Ambulance into an RV – The FAM-BULANCE

    I found and joined a new Facebook group today: Used Ambulance And Equipment For Sale. The group is for buyers and sellers of ambulances and emergency vehicle equipment -- I took a look, and there are quite a few Type 1 and medium units listed. Even though some of the units listed are ready to...
  16. rlrenz

    Point Five Ambo Build

    I learned about his passing from his ex-wife's brother, who apparently joined one of the facebook ambulance groups just to post Pat's death. I mentioned all the time, energy, the thought that went into Pat's project, and he mentioned that there was a possibility that he would work to complete...
  17. rlrenz

    Point Five Ambo Build

    Pat and I used to bounce ideas off each other, and we both wound up changing plans after we'd talked ideas through. He will definitely be missed by everyone who knew him.
  18. rlrenz

    out with the old in with the new

    Back in the 1970s, we were experimenting with the then-new powder coating for automotive applications. We tried doing a few rims with epoxy powdercoat, but they were so slippery that the tires would slip on the rims and go flat.
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    Point Five Ambo Build

    Well said! Pat was truly a mate to everyone who knew him!
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