Glambulance Final Tour

It’s time to part with the Glambulance, it helped me find somewhere new to live, has been a lot of fun, but am using it less than it should be used right now, so am off on a last tour around the lakes to say goodbye.

I called it the Glambulance because it was a Glasgow ambulance in it’s past life, has seen a lot of lives saved and a bit of action, but proved perfect for a retirement having fun.

It is a Mercedes 416 Sprinter with a 5 cylinder 2.7 litre turbo engine, so it has enough torque to get up hills, the power to get you there quickly if you want, but if you are frugal on the power it can be economical.

It has had many parts replaces, 2 new air bags for the suspension, a new clutch, alternator, water pump, starter motor, it had some of the injectors re-seated, the turbo was repaired and it has over £1000 worth of spare parts should anything else go wrong.

As for inside it has a large bed that can be turned into 2 side seats, 4 seat belted seats, 3kw of inverted 240 volts and a lot of storage space and surround speakers, plus LED lighting, outside lights, a night heater for winter and a ceiling fan for summer.

The idea is that it is versatile. There is a lot of space to store what you want, so if you want a cooker it can be stored and placed on an IKEA table in the space in front of the bed, a shower can be hung over the back door and filled from a river and if you need to toilet you can put one in a box, but personally I never needed one so I kept the portaloo in a garage and never used it.

So it can be used for many things, if you need to store tools and work there is space and the electrics, if you want to store sports equipment there is room for the gear and seats for 4 people, or if you want to meander on your own there is room for some guitars and surround sound speakers to send you to sleep.

The negatives are some rust around the bottom of the doors, hence the low price.

The selling price is £8500, so either send an email to dom@openg.net, or call 07799532823

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