My ambulance still has SO much of the original oxygen hookups that I know I need to rip open many of the cabinets and panels and pull stuff out. I also want to replace all the old ceiling lights.
Right now, I can JUST BARELY stand up. I'm 5'6". I can only stand straight if I press my head into the roof.
Is there a chance, by ripping out the original ceiling and replacing it with 2x3's and plywood, that I could get like an extra 2-3" out of the internal height?
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Is there a chance, by ripping out the original ceiling and replacing it with 2x3's and plywood, that I could get like an extra 2-3" out of the internal height?...
there is no drop ceiling in it. ceiling is directly attached to a 2" square aluminum tubing frame... with voids between frame members insulated unless a light is in between.
If you think it will bug you..... get a rolling office chair or rolling bar stool. Maybe some hand hold bars to grab and pull yourself along. It's been done before on lower ceiling units converted to campers. Example ... older German Unimogs w/Communication or Ambulance shelters that were only 4'.5"-5'.0" tall inside.
telll that to a person in a wheelchair who does it everyday.demeter wrote:Eh. That would defeat the purpose of me wanting something to stand up all the way in. I want to go to stand up and change clothes and cook and I can't do that in a rolling chair!
for standing shower... that one is easy.. put that in the stairwell at the entry door. Many many folk have done that. you could also put a cushion there and sit on it with feet in the well and a curtain behind you directing all the water into the well where you put the drain.
as to standing for cooking.... On many models the aluminum frame is on 18" and some on 24" center spacing. Granted then some again like mine are on the 12" ..... check to see what yours is.... if you have the wider variety... you might be able to set up a drop floor or raised roof from cook area across floor to a table behind your back if you put table and seating there on the side instead of in rear.
but honestly... look at kitchens designed specifically for those in wheelchairs.... combine ideas.
also note... lot of folk who camp A LOT do not cook inside at all.... the tiny space heats up way way to much and cooks- "the cook" instead. Awning room on outside and pull out kitchen slide drawer like many micro campers have is a solution to consider too. Or same idea out the back doors and the kitchen sink/ stove etc slides in or folds upward into space inside the rear doors ... do opposite for cooking under an awning/awning room in rear. if doing this route Add a bug/mosquito screen to separate the inner habitat from outdoors.