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Woman Living in Her Off-Grid Ambulance Camper Conversion


This is a stunning DIY conversion of an ambulance into a camper van, built by Amanda and her dad over the course of 7 months.

The vehicle is a 2006 Ford E-350 cutaway that used to be an emergency response vehicle for the US Navy. Amanda bought it for $10,000 CAD and the conversion cost an additional $10,000 CAD.

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She Built It With Her Dad In 7 Months

Ambulance Camper Van Conversion - Exploring Alternatives

Image © Amanda Lemay

Amanda wanted a home on wheels so that she could learn about artisanal baking techniques from bakers all around Canada and the US.  When the lockdowns happened, she went ahead and moved into the camper anyway, and she has adapted her work plans to do voice-over acting contracts from the van, and she also volunteers for a locally-published magazine.

Amanda Lemay Ambulance Camper 1 - Exploring Alternatives

Image © Amanda Lemay

At the back, she has a fixed bed and a bench with a pull-out table she uses for work.  She has loads of storage space under the bed for her recording equipment, her yoga gear, and her musical instruments.

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Image © Amanda Lemay

She has solar panels on the roof, and she can plug into shore power when the sun isn’t shining to make sure she has enough electricity to get her work done and keep her food cold.  Her fridge is hidden under the bed, and it doubles as a bench for guests.

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Image © Amanda Lemay

The full kitchen is beautifully decorated and fully equipped with a propane stove and oven (for her nomadic baking adventures!).  She kept things simple and opted for gravity-fed water via her Berkey water filter instead of setting up running water.

Amanda Lemay Ambulance Camper 6 - Exploring Alternatives

Image © Amanda Lemay

At the end of the kitchen counter, Amanda has a Cubic Mini woodstove which is her main source of heat.  She uses logs made with compressed wood chips so she doesn’t have to cut the wood into tiny pieces 😉

And finally, right beside the side door is her clothing closet and a nook for her Nature’s Head toilet inside.  For showering, she has a portable solar shower.

Take a peek at the full tour below, and be sure to follow Amanda on Instagram to see more of her van life adventures!

VIDEO: Woman Living in Her Off-Grid Ambulance Camper Conversion

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Steven Tinling
    March 27, 2021, 1:18 pm

    Is there an outside air draw to feed the wood stove?

  • Marsha Cowan
    March 27, 2021, 9:37 pm

    Very nice! Love the kitchen!

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