Tuesday, 1 December 2009


I have been busy with steps.

The first step was to remove the old rear step that was for the back doors.  This is where I want to put the water tanks. The recess the step provides is ideal to enable me to put the tanks under where the fixed bed will be.

The old GRP step fascia was removed to reveal the nice strong steel supports underneath.  The floor then needed to be cut away to the size of the tank.

GRP removed and floor cut out

The whole then needed to be filled to make up the new lower floor and seal up the rest of the whole.

18mm shuttering ply glued and screwed

All fitted with screws through the steel supports
and through the floor.

160l water capacity.

The tanks I am using were industrial food containers each 80l.  I will be plumbing these up in due course.  These 2 water tanks cost me £22 delivered!

The next step was to create a step.

I think when the ambulance was commissioned there was never any intention of using the side door as it was obstructed by a rack, also there was no step.  I needed to put a step in here for 3 reasons.  1 is headroom through the door. 2 my knees aren't getting any younger. 3 now only need a single step up so less to carry.

Carefully considered and marked out.
(Measure twice, cut once!)

All cut out

Nice new step


  1. Hi Kev,just to say i like your side step and your water butts ,a good strong job and a good price for the tanks.How many ltrs will you travel with?
    good luck with your build and happy camping
    tom robinson

  2. Hello Tom

    I am not really sure how much I will travel with. I suppose it will depend on where we plan to stop. If its roadside or wild then I suppose as much as possible. I won't know for sure until I see how it handles with a full load on.


    BTW not Tom Robinson of 2-4-6-8 fame?

  3. Hi Kev,
    Can you tell me where to get the water tanks from. They look ideal for my build as I want 400L in total. Are they plastic and tough?


  4. Hi Karl

    I got them here http://www.why-waste.co.uk/index.php they also have an ebay shop.