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Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
07-01-2014, 06:10 PM
Post: #31
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
(07-01-2014 11:12 AM)Smithy Wrote:  You can also have the GVWR retagged and lowered to save some money on insurance

How do I go about doing that? My insurance quoted me $233 for 6 months when I plugged in the vin and said it was a e350 econoline. Not sure I'm going to get much better than that right now. That's about what I pay for my Pathy.

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07-01-2014, 07:57 PM
Post: #32
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
There are a few spring shops outside of town that can do it.

Insurance costs wont get much better than that, lol. What is it tagged at?

One of our customers have mdt Kodiak ambulances that are retagged and registered as a subn. Mainly because they never carry anywhere near the true capacity.

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07-01-2014, 08:02 PM
Post: #33
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
So according to some documentation I found from Ford this cutaway has a GVWR of 10700 pounds. The bare cutaway has a maximum payload of 5275 pounds. In the documentation it states that the MP is the sum of the weight added by the subsequent manufactures plus the load carrying capacity. That means the cutaway alone should weigh in at 5425 pounds.

If I build the bed out of steel I'm guessing the weight of the bed will be around 1500lb give or take. Then add the weight of the aluminum sleeper. I could be adding about 2000lbs give or take. With that being said I think the aluminum bed is the way to go. That's a lot of weight to add when I'm trying to get rid of the weight. My boss told me those old slant side ambulance boxes weight roughly 2000lbs. With that being said I could easily add more weight building the bed out of steel than I'd be taking off.

If any of you have scales I'd love to borrow them! lol

Oh and Smithy I still need to finish my front tires and then I'll bring your groover back. Just been swamped with the wedding so close.

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07-02-2014, 07:11 AM
Post: #34
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Pilot on 7 North or the Regional Market can weigh the truck for you. That way you know what you are dealing with.

No hurry on the groover, I dont use it all that often. Got distracted with another project anyway, lol.

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07-02-2014, 09:10 AM
Post: #35
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
So you have the 158'' wheelbase I'm guessing.

What's the GCWR and towing capacity for the van? Can't find that online.

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07-02-2014, 11:01 AM
Post: #36
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
I can ether. Mine is shorter. It's 138 but it's marked at 107000 gvwr.

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07-02-2014, 11:50 AM
Post: #37
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
I found this from Ford - that's why I was guessing 158''

https://www.fleet.ford.com/TRUCKBBAS/non...i_xiii.pdf

ETrailer sells hitches that go up to 10K pounds with a 1,000 pound tongue weight. At least the GCWR would give you an idea of how much you can tow with it ...

Found this that says 9600-10,000 pounds. http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-content/up...e-1999.pdf

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07-02-2014, 02:51 PM
Post: #38
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
its a 350 1 ton, you can tow till she blows.... approx. 3 k on the rear tounge and max tow would probably be around 22000 lbs...

22000 being combo weight that is.

and your going to want to keep your gvwr at 9500 lbs, and you do this at the DMV when you get your plates.

If you have it already at 10500 lbs, and you can register it with any problems.. I would just leave it at that....the more the better. But if you do need to drop it down, go to any truck stop to get a weight. Just go in and talk to the desk to let them know what your doing cause their going to ask for information that has nothing to do with you. Then they print you out a weight slip.
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07-04-2014, 06:40 AM
Post: #39
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
It might be a bit early in your project for a trailer but this seems like a good price,http://syracuse.craigslist.org/cto/4522953754.html

yj project under construction

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08-24-2014, 07:05 PM
Post: #40
RE: Project Tow Rig - Braun E350 Ambulance
Ok so a finally made some big progress on this project. The box is finally removed! What a fucking pain in the ass that was! lol

Once I get things cleaned up in my shop I'll get to work on cleaning up the frame and suspension. Then I'll be shooting it with Chassis saver. I have 4 quarts so I'll be putting it on there really thick to hopefully prevent any more rusting. The fame is solid but it has lots of surface rust all over it. I'll also be ordering in a new flywheel so I can get this thing on the road ASAP. The goal right now is to get the flat bed built and seal up the cutaway so I can get this on the road ASAP. Then I can get to work on the sleeper.

I need to do some math though. I keep going back and forth about the using steel or aluminum for the bed. I'm not going to make it lift. I decided to just built it to have a removable canvas top. Something that can be used while driving down the road. That will be much easier, cheaper, and lighter.

The top of the box was already scrapped. It weighed about 1000lbs. So I'm going to guess the whole box weighed in at somewhere around 2500 to 3000 pounds. I'd like to see if I can keep the bed and sleeper under 1500lbs. I really wish I has some racing scales to weight this thing without the box on it.

   

   

   

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