We have chosen for a Volvo TGB 1314, an ex-army ambulance from Sweden. It is a 6×6 monster from 1975, perfectly kept with only 30.000 km.
We bought the vehicle with only a 90 liter petrol tank. We installed a 120 liter LPG tank to be able to afford to drive around Europe. The maximum speed is around 90km/hour and at that speed on normal road we’ll be driving approximately 1:3. For more comfortable driving we gave her new tires, Michelin XZL 16″.
We had to repair and review all brakes, two of the rubbers on the front and middle ax had holes, so we replaced them. Put in new H4 lights, bought new caps for the flash lights, repaired a few holes in the cabin. Soundproofed the cabin floor from engine noise. Painted the inside and the outside. New isolation, walls and ceiling for the cabin. Replaced the alternator belt.
We took out all the original ambulance furniture to make room for the camper builders. We got a tip that most of these vehicles have a leak in the roof and that the floor is usually rotten. Therefore we decided to take out all original walls and ceilings and isolation as well.
We wanted a large and comfy bed that can be stowed away easily. This is a bed of 1,75 by 2.00 m. We can fold down the table to get a sort of lounge corner we can recline on. The kitchen is quite large with lots of cupboards.
In the storage area under the bed we installed all the electronics, a fold-away table, two chairs and 24 plastic boxes for gear, dry food and other stuff we might need. We installed two (very large) LPG tanks to cook and heat with. Knowing that LPG is not widely available yet, we figured that with these large bottles we can cook for a few months before needing a refill.