Ambulance Camper/ Expedition Rig Conversion FAQ

azsorenson

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Hello all! What are you doing for spare tire mounts? I thought one of my exterior cabinets would fit my tire, but no luck. I hate to lose flexibility on opening rear doors so thought about putting a roof rack over the cab or a front mounted carrier. Am open to see/hear what has worked for you (pics welcome!). I have a 16" 8 lug tire. Money IS an issue, but would rather have a good spare available in the event of an emergency. Thanks in advance!
Hi, ended up with a hitchgate solo from Wilco off-road. Works great, had it on the roof but a nightmare if I really need it. Easy to open up, really well engineered. They are tough to get, Wilco is a weird company that can't seem to comprehend that you need inventory, not just backorders. I had to flip mine upside down because I wanted it to open toward the driver side but it worked out.
 

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bryceon44

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Repair manual help?

How are you all?

Hey is there a repair manual for these ambulances at least for the front half of coach like an e-350 diesel Chilton manual etc. I have a 1997 ford e-350 7.3 wheeled coach. I have not been able to find one for diesel though. I want to see a maintenance schedule for all the fluids and filters etc and how to do the maintenance with pics and explanations?

Thank you,
 

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Ozrockrat

Expedition Leader
Repair manual help?

How are you all?

Hey is there a repair manual for these ambulances at least for the front half of coach like an e-350 diesel Chilton manual etc. I have a 1997 ford e-350 7.3 wheeled coach. I have not been able to find one for diesel though. I want to see a maintenance schedule for all the fluids and filters etc and how to do the maintenance with pics and explanations?

Thank you,
Just hit eBay and grab a PDF disk of the Ford service and repair manuals. The Clinton ones are a POS I think. You may even be able to find them online for free these days.
 

bryceon44

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Just hit eBay and grab a PDF disk of the Ford service and repair manuals. The Clinton ones are a POS I think. You may even be able to find them online for free these days.
Ok thank you. Anyone else have experience with repair manuals for the ford e-350 ambulance?
 

turbodiesel

Member
I have a set of 1997 workshop manuals that I'll give you, just pay the shipping. They are heavy but media mail shouldn't been too bad.
 

bryceon44

New member
O **** I just bought some on ebay the heavy ones. Thank you for offer. Do you have all three or is it two binders?
Thanks
 

finboy

Member
Hi all, I am checking out a quigley coil lifted Horton full ambulance, it is going to need tires before I drive it home. Does anyone know what size tires I can get away with on a quigley life without too much rubbing or highway driving concerns? I’m not looking to make an off-road beast but if I’m shelling out money for 6 new tires I’d rather only buy once.
 

katyq02

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Hi, ended up with a hitchgate solo from Wilco off-road. Works great, had it on the roof but a nightmare if I really need it. Easy to open up, really well engineered. They are tough to get, Wilco is a weird company that can't seem to comprehend that you need inventory, not just backorders. I had to flip mine upside down because I wanted it to open toward the driver side but it worked out.
Thank you! Good to know!
 

iggi

Ian
A couple notes for people with battery and electrical issues.

1. If you are using the factory charger/inverter then make sure to review the settings to make sure it's setup correctly for your use.
For example. The Xantrex Fleetpower 1000 (which is common in Canadian ambulances) has dip switches for AGM vs Lead Acid, Temp settings, Power output, etc.
Also the battery maintenance / desulfation mode is manually triggered. If it's been switched to turn on in that mode all the time you'll be seeing over 16 volts on charge and it'll mess things up.
Here's the copy of the older Fleetpower 1000 manual.

2. A common source of parasitic power loss is the power connect switch. Look yours up to see if it's zero draw when on, or as is common for solenoid switches it consumes power all the time that it's on. Mine had the Albright SW180 and it sucks more power than my fridge when it's on. I'm replacing with the BlueSea 7700. Will post up once I've installed it.
 
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