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I've been using this for my tow vehicle for several years, works great.  288K miles on it, have receipts from where the exhaust manifold & turbo was redone about 30K miles ago, alternators have been rebuilt, when I was having it serviced last year we found a couple of shavings on the diff drain plug, so we rebuilt the rear end.  10k lb. Dana rear end, it is stout.  Redid the lift pump right after I got it, got stranded on the way to a race, had the fuel system checked out then.  I've towed from Georgia to Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Daytona several times, tows well.  Last trip from Mid-Ohio, the mechanical vacuum pump failed & took out the serpentine belt.  New serpentine belt & vacuum pump.  While doing the roadside repair, accidentally broke the the nipple off the top of the radiator that goes to the overflow tank.  Epoxied & plugged it for the ride home, haven't swapped radiator yet.  Prodigy P2 brake controller, Jensen stereo with video screen if you want to put in a back-up camera, put on a towing mirror on the passenger side, haven't installed the one on the driver's side yet, mounting holes were in the wrong place & didn't have time to measure & drill holes, replaced the rear compartment low lights with LED's, they put out more than the high setting lights do, and don't get as hot.  Built in inverter & battery charger, you can either run a 120 off of the inverter, or plug in the umbilical to charge the batteries.  1 battery is 3 years old, other is 1 year old, NAPA Gold.  TONS of storage, rear heating and air conditioning, exterior lighting to help with loading or working on race cars, has some lights that will strobe on command, new head light lenses, A/C & heat work well, new tires put on ~14K miles ago, decals professionally removed, 7.3 Powerstroke, just bought something easier to haul folks around while at the race track.   $6500 OBO.  Cannonball Run here I come!

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27 minutes ago, Justin9 said:

I have a 2000 F350 Ambulance...  these are great ChampCar haulers...  can't beat a 7.3L.

I was perusing craigslist looking at e350s and I saw a "mobile workshop" e350 with the diesel for 9500.  These things are such a good way to go if you just want a dedicate tow vehicle.  

 

The 3x 7.3s that I worked with all have well over 400k miles running a 24' box truck...often loaded close to the 26k pound limit.  This thing is just barely getting broken in.  

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Such a cool truck! GLWS.

 

Trucks are a tough sell right now, though. Just before the pandemic, my buddy finally accepted $5k for his really clean '02 f250 SD 4 door with '06 facelift, 4wd with fresh AT tires/rims, Fox coils, 4" suspension lift etc - when just 6mos ago the same truck were selling in the 5 digits. :( I was just shopping for another Excursion and can't believe the current prices.

 

 

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On 4/3/2020 at 11:06 AM, HoserRacing said:

Sold this and bought a Yukon Denali a couple of years ago.......and now the Denali is for sale, just a couple of posts down from this 😆🤪

 

Hey so my buddy just bought the same type ambulance for a hauler.  How did you mount a tow hitch?  We were hoping there is a bolt on option and doesn't need a custom welded solution.

 

Thanks!

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Nope, had a buddy with a shop that specializes in towing equipment & trailers fab up a solution & mount a brake controller for me.  My recommendation if you're towing long distances or if you're not a young pup anymore, reupholster the front seats & add some padding.  With that, it would have been more comfortable for the long hauls.  My issue was having room for people when we wanted to go out for supper, etc., if they had flown in for the race & didn't have a rental car.  Also, change all of the interior bulbs in the rear for led bulbs.  Saves a huge draw on the batteries when you've got them on at night.  I went through and replaced the dome lenses & put in led's, really improved the light situation in the rear.  

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7 minutes ago, HoserRacing said:

Nope, had a buddy with a shop that specializes in towing equipment & trailers fab up a solution & mount a brake controller for me.  My recommendation if you're towing long distances or if you're not a young pup anymore, reupholster the front seats & add some padding.  With that, it would have been more comfortable for the long hauls.  My issue was having room for people when we wanted to go out for supper, etc., if they had flown in for the race & didn't have a rental car.  Also, change all of the interior bulbs in the rear for led bulbs.  Saves a huge draw on the batteries when you've got them on at night.  I went through and replaced the dome lenses & put in led's, really improved the light situation in the rear.  

 

Great thanks for the tip on LEDs! I need to get one of those friends who has a custom trailer shop 😏

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Yep, they're handy 😁  Also, if you go to RockAuto, you can find replacement headlight assemblies pretty cheap to replace those clouded/crusty ones.  Make sure you don't leave the parking brake on when driving, it's a funky set-up that's on the axle or something odd, can't remember what, but if you wear out those brakes, it's heck replacing them.  If it's a Ford, watch for the small vacuum hose under the cowl to break that controls the vacuum for the HVAC controls.  All of your A/C will go out the defrost  if it breaks.  Found that out the hard way on a summer trip.  Other than that, it was a stout workhorse that did everything I asked it to :)  

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