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Thread: 2009 Kodiak 5500 Duramax Crew Cab Ambulance Conversion Project

  1. #11
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    hoseline unit? Keep or trash? Also has a roof top ac unit.
    New to all of this so all the help is appreciated
    Last edited by Jambulance80; 01-03-2018 at 06:00 PM. Reason: typos

  2. #12
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    I took my hoseline ac out.... too much space and too robust for my needs

    But

    It was a lot more involved than I originally thought - I had to replace ac lines, coolant hoses, repair where it was spliced in to the factory loom harness etc. I’m still glad to be rid of it but just fair warning that if your truck has the ac/dc system and was factory optioned for the rear aux hvac it’ll be more than just unhook and remove the parts in the box.

    If you end up going the route of removal and need diagrams I found wholesalegmpartsonline to be invaluable - it still took me a bit of comparing the diagram to what my truck had before I figured out which diagram to refer to and what hoses to buy. Looks like you have a top mounted hoseline compressor ( plus the roof ac) so I’m not sure if the hoseline system is the same as mine - I had 5 lines running from the pax front box corner under the pax rocker to the engine ... 2 were coolant for box heat and 3 were refrigerant lines . Mine was 12v and 110 ac for both heat and cooling so it apparently used the vehicles grille condenser for while driving and then a bottom mounted compressor when stationary. I’ve never worked on any hvac so it was a bit of a puzzle as a noob

    edit - forgot to add, that when you look for the diagrams on that website you have to use GMC ... the options for these trucks aren't listed in the dropdown for Chevy
    Last edited by Cowpig; 01-03-2018 at 09:35 PM.
    Jim

    2008 Chevy C4500 4x4 Duramax, former Wheeled Coach "medical attack vehicle" ... transformation underway
    2015 Grand Cherokee 3.0 diesel ORA-II with doodads and stuff added

  3. #13
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    Default fun, fun, fun

    Not much progress, but down and out and it's been super cold here lately. Lots of time sketching out ideas for the interior and scouring the interweb for build list items and general cool stuff to add. The electrical is something that I am not looking forward to. In my rush to build I forgot to just take a minute and go through all of the switches and equipment to make sure things like the heat and ac worked, the inverter functions properly and all that. It was disconnected in an attempt to remove but they never go that far. I hooked the main battery wires back up and it showed some life. There is a remote that was stripped out and tossed aside. Not sure what the pros and cons of it are. In my haste I demoed the interior and the smart one of the group (wife) asked how the stuff on the inside works...hmmm, good question. I will plug in the shore power today after buying a 15 to 30amp plug adapter and see what happens from there. I removed all of the 6 halogen interior flood lights and the wiring and will replace the 4 florescent lights with some leds and a set of led trim lights for around the box interior. Should be plenty of light. I am worried about the hear and ac in the box so I will check on that.
    Question- Does the truck need to be running for the hoseline to function? Dumb question but I am super new to the ambo conversion world.
    The generator works as it should, just need to do some maint. on it. Oil and and filters along with fluids for the rig itself.
    I purchased an ASME propane tank to mount that will feed my ecotemp instant hotwater heater for the shower and supply the 2 burner stove. I have a 33 gal fresh water and a 20 gallon gray for the shower and sink with a direct dump option since I'll ne using natural soap products. Have a cassette toilet already in addition to a portable solar panel kit for set up and positioning to keep the batts topped off. The rig has 3 size 31 batteries and I have 2 additional agm 31 batts that I will set up in box two where the inverter and all of the electrical 120 wiring is and somehow tie it in to the system with a diode and possible solar panels on the roof with an mppt controller and all that.

    I am planning on putting a full size bed in across the back with, blocking the rear doors in essence as many have done in the sprinter van conversions with storage underneath and some pull out drawers. Has anyone had any experience with mounting a bed in such a way? Pros/cons of blocking the back door?
    My plan as it stands now is to sort out the electrical needs and issues then rough in the plumbing and remaining 12 and 120v plugs. From there it will be some spray foam insulation and then cover it all up, add cabinets and ... (It all sounds so easy in my head).

    Any tips, tricks, ideas are greatly appreciated.
    My goal is to have this all buttoned up and ready to use by spring, fingers crossed.

  4. #14
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    For the hoseline system - is yours ac/dc or ? They have a parts manual on their website That can help you figure which one you have but the website is poor and hard to navigate

    Only reasons I don’t want to block my rear doors: useful to go to the lumber store, useful to even carry a motorcycle inside, tons of fresh air if weather is nice, and can see out the back while driving/rearview
    Last edited by Cowpig; 01-10-2018 at 11:27 PM.
    Jim

    2008 Chevy C4500 4x4 Duramax, former Wheeled Coach "medical attack vehicle" ... transformation underway
    2015 Grand Cherokee 3.0 diesel ORA-II with doodads and stuff added

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