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just bought ambulance 190, any suggestions?

Postby rabT » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:33 pm

Hi, new to the forum.
I have just bought a 1999 transit smiley ambulance, w. the td 100ps engine(as far as i can work out) plan is to convert it to a camper van. 135000mls
all looks good so far, the injector nearest to the fire wall seems to be missing a pipe or stopper as one of the inlet\outlets the fuel line plugs to is open, dripping fuel when running. sorry if this is not the best way to explain it.
I'm going to get the cam belt changed as a precaution.
would like to fit an aftermarket intercooler to it, that a good idea? if so how would i pick one, can i go too big?
also can't find any wiring diagrams for the ambulance part of it, any idea of where to find any information that might lead me to them?
Any other tips, things to check, mods to consider?
Any information at all is greatly appreciated as i said new to this and this seems to be the best place to find out anything about older transits.

Many thanks
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Re: just bought ambulance 190, any suggestions?

Postby ceurieusneus » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:15 am

Hi, welcome to the forum,
For the technical part, there are members who know a lot more off Transits than I do...
For the conversion to camper, I would advise, take a paper and write down everything you want to have inside, basics and luxe.
Than, cross on and number your priorities, start the conversion plan from there. 8)
Most of the time anyhow as I found out, there is not enough place to put in everything you want. :mrgreen:
Feel free to have a look at "my ambulance conversion"
Any how, please keep us informed, with pictures, in the tread "progress report"
Good luck
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Re: just bought ambulance 190, any suggestions?

Postby rabT » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:25 pm

Hi, Thanks.
Ye my girlfriend already has countless lists and drawings so time to pick out the best. our main debate right now is, i want to strip as much of the plastic/fibreglass inside out as possible(although it seems to be molded to the outer bodywork in a lot of places) and she doesn't feel the need. it would also allow me to get into the wiring thats hidden behind.

had a look at yours, looks great. some great info in there, new alternator might be a must for me but the van came stock w. 2 batteries so will have to check whats fitted atm.
Is there a major difference in power consumption between cheap and expensive 230v inverters do you no? and do you run a battery "controller" so you can monitor the usage and can it set an automatic cut off to avoid killing the batteries?

So much to work out!! the vans half an hour away at her parents as well, sorned for a few months, so with the lack of light after work its leaving it to the weekends that are free to work on it. quite frustrating but might take a while to get moving on it, ill get some photos as soon as a little progress is made.
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Re: just bought ambulance 190, any suggestions?

Postby Noctule » Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:55 pm

Plan your electrics well in advance, allowing for changes in the future. If, for example, you don't want (or can't afford) a solarpanel or extra internal or external lighting right away, but might want them next year, it's better to get some spare wiring or cables capable of taking higher loads in before you can't access it.

I'd like to fit reading lights and some extra usb sockets above the bed but didn't plan in advance so will have to take down a lot of stuff to get the wires and extra fuse box in.
2000 Mk5 2.5 TDI HiCube self-build camper, Bosch injector pump conversion
2006 Mk7 115t350 van

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Re: just bought ambulance 190, any suggestions?

Postby ceurieusneus » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:02 am

[quote="rabT"]Hi, Thanks.
had a look at yours, looks great. some great info in there, new alternator might be a must for me but the van came stock w. 2 batteries so will have to check whats fitted atm.
Is there a major difference in power consumption between cheap and expensive 230v inverters do you no? and do you run a battery "controller" so you can monitor the usage and can it set an automatic cut off to avoid killing the batteries?

Are the 2 batteries separated from each other? Its important that your can unload the leisure battery and still start te engine the next morning.
My idea is that the leisure battery is connected when the engine is running and automatically disconnect when the engine is stopped.
I have a "cheap" SINUS 12V - 230V 1500W convertor... as always its what you can or want to afford :mrgreen:

My converter stops working when a min. voltage is reached. The power consumption, "stand bye " can differences with the size of the inverter.
Choosing the inverter size, depend on your needs, and on the size off your leisure battery. Do some research on this!
I would not advice to buy a lot bigger than your needs.
Cooking on electricity, my wife can only use one item at the same time.
We have a 12V compressor fridge, a much cheaper 230 V would mean the inverter has to stay "on" all the time, now the inverter is only used for cooking.
Cooking on electricity has also his "cons" you have to drive to replenish your batteries.

I have a "Victron" battery monitor, who tells me how much I am charging or consuming from the leisure battery. Also tells me how much i have already used.
This monitor (clock) does not cut off the batteries. For the lifespan of the leisure batteries, I keep an eye, not to unload the batteries behind 50%.
I have installed deep unloading AGM batteries, I taught prise wise this was the best option.

Make sure you use the right fuses for the cable diameters!!!
Any more questions, feel free to PM me . Hope my translation work is a bit readable :?
cheers
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