June 20, 2021

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This 4×4 Ford Econoline Chinook RV Began Lifetime As An Ambulance

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Illustration for article titled This 4x4 Ford E-450 Chinook Overland RV Started Life As An Ambulance

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The RV globe is chock complete of strange things like a milk tanker designed into a yacht or an plane transformed into a camper. Today’s come across served a volunteer fireplace department in the Midwest just before becoming transformed into the greatest Course B RV.

This tailor made 2005 Ford E-450 for sale on eBay for $149,900, which started out existence as a rugged 4×4 ambulance, is a little bit extra particular than the cookie-cutter vacation trailers that you see parked at campgrounds throughout The us. Now converted into an RV, it enables you to plant stakes just about everywhere.

According to the eBay advert, this E-450 Chinook was initially bought as a taxi and chassis cutaway with an ambulance box. It is outfitted with a 6.-liter Ability Stroke turbodiesel engine and was taken to Quigley Motor Organization for a 4-wheel-travel conversion.

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It was retired in 2016 with only 12,000 miles on its odometer. In 2017, the owner of a tailor made fabrication shop acquired and determined to turn it into a special Course B RV. Now it is living big as a camper that can blaze its possess trails.

Course B RVs just take entire-size vans like the Ford E-Series and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and pack them with a dwelling space. You get a camper that’s a lot more agile than a Class C and considerably much less high-priced than a Course A. Some Class Bs, like this E-450, get manufactured into extraordinary overlanding rigs.

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So how does an ambulance become a sleek RV? According to the ad, the builder picked up a 2004 Chinook Concourse Course B RV that shared an similar wheelbase to the ambulance chassis. The ad claims that the Chinook was picked due to the fact its monocoque fiberglass design tends to make it a superior system for an off-road create. According to Tin Can Visitors, Superior good quality construction is just one of the characteristics that designed Chinook a desirable nameplate.

The E-450’s mechanicals have been mated with the Chinook’s human body, but the fabricator did not end there. The 6.-L Ability Stroke below the hood is known for problems like consuming injectors and stretching head studs. So the builder went ahead and experienced these typical failure factors resolved with new head studs, head gasket and injectors. Inside of, the interior got a contemporary overhaul and options a queen-dimensions fold-out mattress, a complete rest room and a complete kitchen.

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Some supplemental magic occurs on the exterior, like a 700-watt array of solar panels charging “Tesla style” batteries.

The seller claims that with this setup you don’t even need to have a generator.

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Other adjustments include updating the entrance facia to that of the 2018 model 12 months E-Series and even customized fabricated taillights from a Raptor.

The finished challenge appears to be like a little something that could appear from a manufacturing facility. The advert suggests that the builder invested hundreds of hrs of operate into the create, and I think it demonstrates. The first Chinook brand name died in 2005, and the title was revived in 2013 to be slapped onto Class B Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit RVs. This E-450 looks like a thing that the primary Chinook could have built now.

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Now for the element that is tougher to swallow. The Buy It Now price tag on eBay is $149,900. That’s a respectable chunk of alter, but it’s really a fair cost in comparison to what other off-highway Class B campers expense. RVs also have a tendency to be developed like crap, so I’d most likely take my possibilities with this than any new a single.

H/T – Austin!

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