Entry & Exit Extras

The existing stairs at the rear of the mog were not adequate for safe entry and exit. The first step was too high off the ground for us short-legged folk and the treads were very narrow. Wider custom treads were welded in such a fashion that the unit still retracted.

Next we had to overcome the distance of 24 inches from the ground up to the existing stairs. As both weight and stow-ability were concerns, it took some time and on-line research to find the right solution.

The Hailo “Mini-Comfort” was made for the Mog. It very conveniently stows inside the mog’s rear door recess. It’s lightweight and has two large aluminum steps with non-slip ribbing for support.

To lend-a-hand, a folding assist rail was installed on the bulkhead.

Now we can enter and exit “the house” with confidence!



The Floor Conundrum

“Usually, the main problem with life conundrums is that

we don’t bring to them enough imagination.”

                                                                                                Thomas Moore

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What’s under the attendant’s seat?




A massive over-sized military spec diesel heater that we heard was very loud and overkill for our purposes. So we had it removed.


Initially to remove the heater box we chose to cut it with a Zip-cutter.

What now remains though is a rough edge and uneven floor.

It’s time to re-think. And, get the box out.

Now look what we’re left with?

Solution: have an aluminum ‘fix’ fabricated by a professional.


The project begins

As we begin the transformation of the ambulance box to our mog- based living quarters we want to credit the folks at Tern Overland for giving our heads a shake. Coming across their website and communicating with David was a godsend.

“Among our core principles is the belief that the greatest luxuries are the ones you don’t have to carry, the systems you don’t have to maintain, and the widgets you don’t have to keep track of. Travel light, travel small, and feel the freedom it brings!”

Overall objectives for our project:

  • Durable, efficient, reliable, user friendly
  • Critical devices have a back-up option
  • Technical areas made readily and easily accessible for repairs and maintenance
  • Weights and dimensions should be suited to carry our living box and equipment      without being pushed to the limit.
  • Optimal balance of weight distribution

Unlike many expedition campers ours will not feature electronics or many gadgets. It’s back to basics and simplicity with a focus on necessity. With the actual ambulance box on hand it’s time to deal with the stretchers.


Why bother disassembling when you’ve got a friend with a fork-lift?

Now we can obtain accurate measurements.



We’ve been mogged


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A deposit was wire-transferred so it’s official.

Anne and Laddie have been mogged by a Mercedes Benz Unimog 1300L. It’s a 1990 model with just over 41,000 kilometers. After this former German army ambulance has had some of its military stuff decommissioned, some parts will be upgraded and a full repaint will complete the job.

Now how did we ever land up here?

When we realized we weren’t ready to part with some of our cashable assets we had to revise our budget. At about the same time we happened across the folks at Tern Overland who are into minimalist travel. They inspired us to reconsider some of our wants and needs. The ambulance box is also smaller than our original cabin plans so it was back to the drawing board.

We’re comforted to know that we’re not alone. There are other people out there overlanding with an ambulance box. We gained confidence in our scheme and took ideas from Ubelix. Now we’ve got ourselves a retirement project!

Ambulance Box plan