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Former Paramedic Firefighter in his Overlandbulance


This is Jason (he goes by “Happy”) and his “Overlandbulance” — a converted ambulance with a 4×4 kit designed to go wherever Happy wants to!

After an injury forced him to retire from firefighting — his dream job — Happy had to figure out where to go from that point. Others encouraged him to do whatever he wanted, and eventually he took the plunge and purchased an ambulance at auction for $11,000.

Inside his rig you’ll find a peel-and-stick subway tile backplash, cedar plank roofing, and tons of garage space. I appreciate how honest Happy is about the challenges of #vanlife in his interview with Tiny Home Tours (posted below).

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He Converted an Ambulance into a 4×4 Exploration Rig

Former Paramedic Firefighter in his Overlandbulance

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While he plans to paint the exterior eventually, it’s currently firefighter red.

Former Paramedic Firefighter in his Overlandbulance 3

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He kept the cab (and a lot of the wiring) original to the ambulance.

Former Paramedic Firefighter in his Overlandbulance 2

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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  • Marsha Cowan
    August 16, 2021, 7:26 pm

    This is too cool! So pretty inside and so much storage everywhere that you can also get to from the outside. I love the tile, too. It really makes the space bright and open. Keeping a of the neat stuff really paid off, didn’t it? Love the counters and just everything! Great job!

  • Marcy
    September 19, 2021, 3:23 pm

    Wow, and wow!

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