Heartbroken man who converted ambulance into a camper van after splitting with fiancée is now an Instagram star  

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A HEARTBROKEN adventurer left with nothing after splitting with his fiancée has now converted an old ambulance into a camper van to travel the world.

Ian Dow decided to use the vehicle to make his journey after breaking his shoulder in a motorbike accident.

 Ian Dow converted an old ambulance into a camper van to travel the world after splitting with his fiancée

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Ian Dow converted an old ambulance into a camper van to travel the world after splitting with his fiancée

He spent four months converting the ambulance and another two months of shopping for things on board.

Now Ian – who has become an Instagram star with his pictures from locations around the world – said he loves his new found freedom after four months on the road.

The 33-year-old, who originally hails from Newport Beach, California, added water tanks to the roof, a heated shower and a sink.

Ian, who remains single, said: “My fiancée broke up with me. I was left with nothing and needed a place to live.”

 Ian decided to use the medical vehicle to make his journey after breaking his shoulder in a motorbike accident

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Ian decided to use the medical vehicle to make his journey after breaking his shoulder in a motorbike accident

He continued: “I had a nasty fall on my motorcycle and had an epiphany while laying in the mud.

“I had seen a few ambulances for sale on eBay and I needed something to save me from the situation I’d found myself in.

“That night while nursing a busted shoulder I searched eBay and found a low-priced ’94 Ford ambulance.

“I made a bid and won. Then realized I’d have to fly to Missouri to get it. That’s where it all began.”

 Ian spent four months converting the ambulance and another two months of shopping for things on board

Ian Dow/Caters News
Ian spent four months converting the ambulance and another two months of shopping for things on board
 The 33-year-old, who originally hails from Newport Beach, California, added water tanks to the roof, a heated shower and a sink

Ian Dow/Caters News
The 33-year-old, who originally hails from Newport Beach, California, added water tanks to the roof, a heated shower and a sink

The ambulance now has an AstroTurf lawn on its roof and a spot for his tent.

Ian – who travels with his pal Dylan – has been to seven countries in the ambulance so far, including Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Ian added: “I built a rack over the cab to hold my spare tires and my dingy.

“Inside I’ve added a foldout table, a cedar lined closet with self closing drawers, a swivel on the passenger seat so it can flip around.”

 The ambulance now has an AstroTurf lawn on its roof and a spot for his tent

Ian Dow/Caters News
The ambulance now has an AstroTurf lawn on its roof and a spot for his tent
 Ian – who has become an Instagram star with his pictures from locations around the world – said he loves his new found freedom after four months on the road

Ian Dow/Caters News
Ian – who has become an Instagram star with his pictures from locations around the world – said he loves his new found freedom after four months on the road

He continued: “The kitchen is lined with white subway tiles and a bamboo surface for cutting on. I also added a cast iron on black glass two burner stove top. On the right side of the kitchen there is a closing trash porthole so my garbage is stored outside of my living space.

“I’ve also added a multi-bed system that allows for a narrow, twin or queen size bed setup, all with 3 inch memory foam topped on my cushions.

“There are also some large drawers, a pantry, cleaning materials and storage under the sink, my refrigerator, storage for fishing equipment, ukuleles and a longboard surf board on the ceiling.”

 A multi bed system allows for a narrow, twin or queen size bed setup, all with 3in memory foam topped on cushions

Ian Dow/Caters News
A multi bed system allows for a narrow, twin or queen size bed setup, all with 3in memory foam topped on cushions
 Ian – who travels with his pal Dylan - has been to seven countries in the ambulance so far

Ian Dow/Caters News
Ian – who travels with his pal Dylan – has been to seven countries in the ambulance so far

The walls and ceiling in the ambulance have been insulated heavily and covered with foam wrapped in vinyl for a nice easy to clean finish.

“The floors are solid teak and the moulding Ian made himself out of an exotic wood called Pauduk.

He has also added a bar that holds bottles of tequila most of the time.

 The walls and ceiling in the ambulance have been insulated heavily and covered with foam wrapped in vinyl

Ian Dow/Caters News
The walls and ceiling in the ambulance have been insulated heavily and covered with foam wrapped in vinyl
 The van has already travelled to Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Ian Dow/Caters News
The van has already travelled to Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
 Inside, Ian has added a foldout table, a cedar lined closet with self closing drawers, a swivel on the passenger seat so it can flip around

Ian Dow/Caters News
Inside, Ian has added a foldout table, a cedar lined closet with self closing drawers, a swivel on the passenger seat so it can flip around
 The kitchen is lined with white subway tiles and a bamboo surface for cutting on

Ian Dow/Caters News
The kitchen is lined with white subway tiles and a bamboo surface for cutting on

Ian added:”One of the most important adds is the pull down big screens I have on the side and rear doors. Without them the trip would be miserable.

“I park up and find a good spot where I won’t be bothered or bothering anybody.

“I was planning a six-month trip but it’s looking more like 10 now. If I had the funds I wouldn’t stop.”

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