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Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
06-29-2014, 10:50 PM
Post: #21
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
I wouldn't mind putting a manual trans in it if I could find a peddle assembly that would work in the van. I think I'll just be getting an affordable chromoly flex plate and running it until I blow it up. Hopefully that won't happen. I've been reading up on the issues with the E40D and 4R100 trans. There are many people that say with a shift kit, external cooler, and proper maintenance that they will last a while. I know TCI sells one built for towing but it's around $2100.

Ether way I've been brain storming on what I want to do with this once the box is finally off. Here is something I was thinking about. Aluminum flat bed that lifts and doubles as a roof for a canvas tent. The tent sides would snap into place. The Aluminum flat bed would only be 1/8th diamond plate with very little frame work. Once it's lowered it will clamp down on a much more solid floor so I can haul things and not have to worry about strength or the weight of the "roof" when lifted. I was thinking a scissor lift type setup driven by linear actuators but if I can think of something simpler that would be better.

What do you guys think? This should give me the ability to camp and haul whatever I want to the camp site. Plus it would be an awesome viewing deck and lift to trim the trees in the driveway lmao.

   

   

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06-29-2014, 11:14 PM
Post: #22
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
That's pretty cool, actually. You would be able to use it as a fifth wheel, box fan (withsoft sides) and camping platform. And still do bumper pull hitch.

Would the floor of the sleeper area have to be higher? It's a straight frame up around to the cab right?

I'm still thinking this is your best bet - the econoline body lines may not match up with the Superduty bed, though.
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06-29-2014, 11:20 PM
Post: #23
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
That thing is so ugly lol

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06-29-2014, 11:24 PM
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RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
The floor will be the same as the cutaway but the sleeper box will drop down around the frame the way the ambulance box does. I need a place to store the batteries, inverter, and electrical panel. Plus it flows better with the cab.

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06-30-2014, 08:05 AM
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RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
What are you planning on using for an inverter? HF sells some pretty large capacity inverters. I have had good luck with their 750/1400w inverter ... when I don't hook it up backwards and make it go up in smoke.

You can probably hit up JCI off of 298 and see if they have any used / trade in golf cart batteries. They get traded a lot and you can usually get good, but used, deep discharge batteries for a good price.

Having dual alternators has to be nice Big Grin

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06-30-2014, 07:13 PM
Post: #26
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
The scissor lift roof idea is cool. Maybe build it a bit stronger, aluminum diamond plate wont last long when you start hauling on it. It will get all dimply and ugly pretty quick. I vote for steel and hydraulics. Make it strong enough to lift a car.

When you first said hauler I had pictured a scaled down version of this:

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06-30-2014, 08:47 PM
Post: #27
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
I tried looking for a picture of our old pump trucks. The entire roof was collapsed so it wouldn't be over height on the road, then when we got to the job site it used the air lines to lift up the roof about 7 feet. It was real simple design ( not scissor ) and worked great. I always thought airlines in the winter might cause issues... of course, the semis have water separators which eliminated the issue...which you could add as well... (all trucks run air brakes so obviously never an issue)

BUT, if you could find an old plow setup, then running hydraulics wouldn't be too bad. Maybe even an old tractor with a pump. OFCOURSE, plastic air lines are easy and cheap, hydraulic lines, bulky and expensive. But, air wouldn't have to adapt to the engine....just a small compressor and tank. BUT, again, if you had hydraulics...you could also run other stuff, hydraulics are amazing...

Ill try finding a picture so you can get a better idea of what we had.
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06-30-2014, 09:29 PM
Post: #28
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Smithy that thing is awesome! I wish lol. And you maybe right on building it out of steel. We'll see. I need to do some math and find out what my options are. Just worried about adding to much weight. The goal is to keep the weight down as much as I can so that it tows easier. The less stress the longer that auto trans will hopefully last lol.

Dmiller please do send me the pics when you find them. This sounds like a very interesting setup. I do plan on running 120V air compressor on the truck. Been thinking about taking the one I use for my plasma cutter and putting it on the truck. Then just buying myself a proper shop compressor. Finally!

Miller88, I'm not sure about inverters just yet. I will be looking into the biggest HF one they have. 5000 watt continuous/10000 watt peak. I'll be doing a bunch of homework on the matter before I make this call. I also have two batteries that came with the truck. I thought this had dual alternators but I was wrong it has one really large one lol. I need to do more homework there too. Find out how many amps it is.

Oh and P.S. I asked about the title today and they told me they are listed on the title as a suburban "SUBN". So basically it's the same thing as an SUV. So I won't have to tell the insurance company that it's an old ambulance. I just have to deal with it in the same manor as my Pathy as far as mods and what not.

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07-01-2014, 09:12 AM
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RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
I was looking at the largest HF inverter to hook up to some of my spare batteries for when the power goes out. Ultimately, I'll just wait until I have a house and get a generator.

What are you planning on running off of the Inverters?

A lot of inverters are modified sine wave. They will work to power various things for which it was capacity, but the modified sine wave will make things not-so-happy. I imagine the HF inverters are going to be modified sine waves - as most are. Generators (not inverter generators)will produce a true sine wave.

For example - you'll notice a refrigerator motor or box fan will "buzz" when attached to a modified sine wave inverter. It's not going to kill anything short term, but it's not ideal. Laptop chargers, for example, may not actually provide charging ability or power when connected to a modified sine wave inverter. One of the chargers for one of my laptops won't work off of an inverter or a UPS (basically a battery with inverter). I have another charger for the same laptop that will power the laptop but won't allow the battery to charge.

I still use mine to run the TV, modem/router, laptop, cell phone and lights when the power goes out and have had no ill-effects. Long term, it probably wouldn't hurt anything either. Just something to keep in mind.


So your E350 is the same to NYS as my Jeep "wagon"? My Jeep "wagon" (according to insurance company) is a Jeep SUBN to NYS.

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07-01-2014, 11:12 AM
Post: #30
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
You can also have the GVWR retagged and lowered to save some money on insurance

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