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    Default Replacement for GMC/Chevy 4500

    I can't remember where this discussion was previously held but I mentioned that we sold an Isuzu chassis that was being made into an ambulance.

    Here's the finished product.
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    Dosent look that bad and I bet it turns on a dime!!!! I like outside the box thinking.

    what is the GVW on that chassis?

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    I love it!!!! I also feeling fire departments need to think more outside the box. (Oh I forgot we can't NFPA won't let us) Sorry that was just a joke so don't everyone get upset lol

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    My wife thinksit looks like a street sweeper. lol. Other than that not bad !

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    Is it just me...or do the lights on the grill look just a little too big?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireRescue61 View Post
    Is it just me...or do the lights on the grill look just a little too big?
    NFPA compliance + small surface = Optical Illusion

    It's an NPR-HD, 14,500# GVW
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    Is that an NPR chassis? we see a lot of them up here used for fish & lobster delivery trucks.
    Well built midrange chassis.

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    definetly different !
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    Quote Originally Posted by volfireman034 View Post
    I love it!!!! I also feeling fire departments need to think more outside the box. (Oh I forgot we can't NFPA won't let us) Sorry that was just a joke so don't everyone get upset lol
    I thought it was funny.

    As previously stated...definitly different, but hey, if it works go with it.
    I am curious as to the thinking behind going with that cab/chassis?
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    I like the video camera feed from the rear compartment. Very handy for the driver, haven't seen that in any ambulances I have been in.

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    Interesting. How about overall length and chassis price as compared to others? I suspect the body/box is slightly longer to accommodate the mechanicals directly behind the cab?

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    I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Interesting. How about overall length and chassis price as compared to others? I suspect the body/box is slightly longer to accommodate the mechanicals directly behind the cab?

    Body is 167" long, 90" wide with 68" headroom. The manufacturer says it is 20" shorter the their standard Superliner.

    Send me a private e-mail, can't discuss price here with the post becoming an ad and getting pulled.

    An yes, eagle5473, it does turn on a dime, turning diameter is 40'3".

    The camera also becomes a back-up camera when the truck is in reverse.
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    May I ask what ambulance company made it? For sure doesn't look like anything that would come out of my town's factory.

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    It looks like a LifeLine...

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    So what the advantage of this chassis over a E-450?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Interesting. How about overall length and chassis price as compared to others? I suspect the body/box is slightly longer to accommodate the mechanicals directly behind the cab?

    See listings at truckpaper.com In same price range as F550. But only wimpy little engines available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    But only wimpy little engines available.
    Spoken like someone who's swallowed Ford's kool-aid. Isuzu has never had to have a major settlement with anyone over their diesel. Have you driven one lately??

    Yes it is a Life Line body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledebuhr1 View Post
    So what the advantage of this chassis over a E-450?
    Main thing just from looking at it would be turning radius.

    I think I would stick with the tradional chassis though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    Main thing just from looking at it would be turning radius.
    Isuzu = 40'3'

    F-550 with same 84: CA = 48'"
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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    See listings at truckpaper.com In same price range as F550. But only wimpy little engines available.
    I'd be happy with it as long is didn't have the oval on the grill! We've not had great luck with our Fords. Thanks for the link, small engine or not, it pays to investigate options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    Spoken like someone who's swallowed Ford's kool-aid. Isuzu has never had to have a major settlement with anyone over their diesel. Have you driven one lately??

    Yes it is a Life Line body.
    So buy a Dodge with Cummins. Great engine. Same price range. Ford is the standard of the industry whether you like them or not. If Obama Motors/Fiat had any competence they could make the effort the Dodge 5500 could make huge inroads in the market during 2010 against the new Ford engine. Obviously not going to happen.

    Any way you want to cut it, Isuzu's 205hp/441lbft is wimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neiowa View Post
    Ford is the standard of the industry whether you like them or not.
    True words. Fire, EMS, and Police. Ford has got lock on them all at the moment.
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    Steve,You might want to edit that. NO FORD,outside of a Matchbox turns in 48".hehe T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    True words. Fire, EMS, and Police. Ford has got lock on them all at the moment.
    I don't think I'd agree with that assessment.

    For the most part, it's true on the Fire end of things, but Dodge seems to be making some headway with their new 4500 and 5500 models.

    A few years ago, Ford definately had the smaller chassis market in EMS locked up, but that has changed some in the past couple of years. Ford is still pretty much king in the Type I chassis, but Chevy and Dodge do offer viable alternatives in the 350/3500 range and Dodge in the 450/4500 range.

    Chevy has made a big dent in the Type II and III market with their current G3500 model and is gaining more ground now that they offer the G4500 model to compete with the very popular E-450 chassis.

    Chevy also appear to have Ford beat in the medium duty line right now. The C4500 chassis has been very popular as compared to the F-650 model.

    As far as the PD side goes, if you want a full-sized RWD sedan, then Ford is the only option, but the Chevy Impalas seem to be pretty popular too.

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