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D3Cambo

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Posted: 09/18/21 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello everyone!

I recently completed converting a 2006 F350 Ambulance. I took it to the Arizona MVD for a level 3 inspection and it is now recognized and titled as a Motorhome!

I wanted to ask this communities opinion about my design, price, and get general feedback. My end goal is to find a new owner for the Cambo so I can build another [emoticon]

Please check my build out at https://d3cambo.com/d3cambo and any suggestions on price, design, a venue to sell, etc is sincerely appreciated.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to the feedback.

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Posted: 09/18/21 08:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I read your info right, you only have AC in the house portion IF the vehicle engine is running. This might not be too appealing for people that travel in hot areas of the country during the Summer. The workmanship does look great. Nice project.

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Hi,

The workmanship looks great. I like some of the cool ideas you implemented to maximize the space. Unfortunately, most of these projects tend to be a "labor of love" and recouping what you put into them isn't always in the cards. I hope that's not the case for you, but just be prepared.

I can see how a single traveller might be able to make this work, but for more than one, there is no privacy inside the rig. Travellers better be really chummy and get along well! Even then, some folks like to do their "bathroom thing" in privacy. And understandably so. Also, it looks like you have to extend the back to take a shower, is that correct? That's not very convenient in many locations, especially in inclement weather. Maybe out in the desert it could work, but even then, your subject to the outdoor temps...hot or cold.

One of the biggest drawbacks of this conversion over a van conversion or a bus/Class A conversion is that you cannot access the living portion from the driver's seat without exiting the vehicle. THAT is a HUGE convenience for Class A, B & C RVs, and I would guess this will be a
major draw for folks looking for a motorized RV. The ability to just get up, go grab a cold drink or use the potty without having to leave the vehicle is by far one of the key advantages of owning a motorhome over towing a trailer. I guess time will tell, though.

The other thing I noticed...it looks like you have two propane tanks inside a sealed storage cabinet outside, is that correct? Is that legal? I thought propane tanks had to be in a vented storage space and are usually left completely open (underneath) in most motorhomes.

My recommendation, though, is next time work on a van or small bus conversion. I think you'll have something that will be more marketable and better satisfy the wants of folks looking for a motorized RV.

I wish you good luck in selling it. I'd definitely be interested to hear what sort of luck you have doing so. This IS a buyers market for RV's now, so I can't imagine a better time to try to sell something that is so unconventional. Best wishes!

~Rick

* This post was edited 09/18/21 08:57am by Rick Jay *


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Thank you for the input! I’m new to this so not sure how to reply...

The build had two AC’s in the “house” portion. To your point I will specify that one AC is run by the vehicle engine the other is driven by solar and batteries.

Rick Jay thank you for the kudos and the well thought out pros and cons of the build! As far as the propane goes feel reassured that the compartment they are in is well ventilated and the propane tanks are securely fastened and will remain upright.

Thank you Larry for the hyper link to the build!

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Just one thought -- it still looks an awful lot like an ambulance on the outside. The thought that some people may have died in it may or may not freak out some buyers, so the less it looks like an ambulance the better, or so I would think.

Maybe get rid of the extra lights on the outside, and have some cool graphics added to it. It needs to read RV more than it needs to read ambulance conversion.

Workmanship does indeed look superb. Congrats!


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Wow..beautiful workmanship for such a small space. Functionally, a lot of drawbacks as mentioned above. With mileage and space limitations, you're going to have a lot of competition with standard RV's priced from $35k to $60k that will easily fit 4-7 people. IMHO this is not the project to invest $$ looking for a return on investment. Value in use comes to mind, and hope you have enjoyed using it yourself. All the best on the resale.

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Looks awesome!
Good luck selling it. Imo price is optimistic but in this market? Maybe not


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I like how you maximized the space. The inside looks comfy.

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I hope you took the time to do the required life safety inspections, a boondocking only rig that might be problematic to insure has limited attraction to a lot of people.

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