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Man Travels The World In Ambulance Makeover

Man Travels The World In Ambulance Makeover

—Ian Dow said an epiphany inspired him to buy the ambulance.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — A man is traveling the world in an ambulance he renovated.

ABC News reported that Ian Dow bought the ambulance for $2,800 on eBay.

Dow said he was originally searching for a van to convert.

“After getting burned by a Craigslist seller — he backed out after I drove 12 hours to buy his Sprinter — I was depressed and I crashed my motorcycle. Then I had an epiphany. I was in pain and needed some emergency help. Sitting on the couch that night with a busted shoulder, I searched eBay for ambulances, found a cheap one, and even Google Earthed the charity listed as the seller, finding the ambulance parked right outside.”

Dow said after putting some work into it, including a sundeck on the roof, the ambulance makes him “comfortable and happy.”

“Considering the Sprinter would have cost me $8,000, I felt like I got a screamin’ deal,” said Dow. “I finished it with materials I like. The teak floors, subway tiled kitchen, exotic hardwood table, cedar-lined closet, bamboo cutting surfaces and guitar inlay accents all keep a smile on my face.”

How does he make a living to pay for his travels?

“I have been on the move for 10 years now and haven’t had a steady job the whole time,” he said. “I once was an art director on a film, a set designer and fabricator, an artist manager, music producer, graphic designer, painter. Life on the road is surprisingly cheap and I manage to survive with very little funds.”

His advice for others looking to do something similar?

“Just do it,” he said.


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