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Ambulance Remounts: A Quality and Affordable Alternative to Buying a New Ambulance

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Having a working and reliable ambulance or emergency vehicle is a critical requirement for any fire or EMS/rescue squad to run smoothly and efficiently. And with the intensified urgency and strain put on rescue vehicles to get to the scene and transport patients as quickly as possible, eventually routine maintenance cannot keep up with the wear and tear done to the chassis. However, this does not usually include the ambulance body or box which is frequently still in fairly good condition. If this is the case for your older ambulance or rescue vehicle, you may want to strongly consider an ambulance remount instead of replacing it with a brand one. Choosing to do an ambulance remount maximizes the investment in your existing ambulance body while upgrading the outdated or worn out areas of the ambulance like the chassis, paint, electrical system, and lighting.

Smart Investing: Ambulance Remount vs Buying New

Your ambulance body/module was built to last years after the chassis it was placed on originally. By choosing to do an ambulance remount, you will save your department or organization thousands of dollars, with cost-savings ranging from 20 to 50% less than buying a brand new unit! There are some departments that have worked with Life Star Rescue and have remounted the same ambulance body or module three times and are still able to provide the same quality service now as they did when they first received their ambulance brand new. With over 600 remounts under our belt, you can rest assured that Life Star Rescue knows how to do quality remounts and upgrades to your existing ambulance.

Want to learn more about how Life Star Rescue handles ambulance remounts? Check out our Remounting brochure, call us today to talk to one of our remount specialists or fill out our easy contact form for remounts!

The Star Advantage: Why Choose Life Star Rescue to Do Your Ambulance Remount?

Through every step of the remounting process, Life Star Rescue's remount team is here to guide you from start to finish. Each customer is given a single point of contact to always turn to for questions, concerns, and requests. For over 15 years, Life Star Rescue has successfully completed hundreds of quality and affordable remounts and has just as many satisfied customers as a result. Experience the STAR Advantage for yourself and witness our specialty services, talented staff, authorized service center, and reliable craftsmanship at work on your ambulance today.

Specialty: Life Star Rescue has done over 500 remounts to date and does an average of 45 remounts a year, so the staff is experienced and dedicated to the ambulance remounts process. Our team has done a remount from virtually every ambulance manufacturer, can remount to any compliant chassis that is requested, and can easily change a Type I to a Type III chassis or the other way around.

Talent: Each ambulance remount done at Life Star Rescue is supported by a talented team of technical sales and engineering staff. Highly skilled and experienced fabricators, painters, electrical technicians, and detailers work together to refresh your ambulance body in appearance and functionality. Special requests are welcomed by Life Star Rescue's seasoned technicians.

Authorized: Life Star Rescue is a Braun Authorized Service and Remount center as well as a Demers Authorized Service center. Through hard work and consistent quality, Life Star Rescue has also earned the status of being an MVP participant, acquired NTEA certification and is a Ford QVM certified ambulance remount facility. In addition, all ambulance remounts done in Life Star Rescue's state-of-the-art 50,000 square-foot facility are built within KKK-A-1822, FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards), and DOT (Department of Transportation) standards. There is no question that when you bring your ambulance to be remounted at Life Star Rescue, your vehicle is in good hands and will meet all safety standards upon completion.

Reliable: After your ambulance has been successfully remounted, Life Star Rescue can continue to support you with parts and service. Our parts store is conveniently located online so you can easily be one click away from a needed part or accessory. Our service technicians can come to your department on-site with our mobile service offerings as well as tackling larger issues with your ambulance at our facility in-house. We also offer an excellent warranty on our ambulance remounts to provide customers with the feeling of security and ensure there are no unwarranted issues. On top of all this, Life Star Rescue will also provide you with a loaner truck while your older ambulance is getting it's much needed upgrade!

Available Ambulance Remount Packages

Life Star Rescue offers two remount packages to fit budgets and needs. The Standard package provides the quality workmanship and remount services at an economical cost. The Deluxe package from Life Star Rescue is the highest level of remount service in the industry. With the Deluxe Package, you will receive a newly remounted unit that is hardly indistinguishable from a brand new ambulance! Every project requires a different set of accommodations to fit the ambulance’s exact issues but these packages reflect common choices categorized by Standard and Deluxe. Our remounting packages are always flexible and any project can be customized by selecting specific needs for your ambulance from the list below.

Top 10 Remount Considerations

    
  1. Chassis Choice
  2. Fleet Discount Eligibility
  3. Custom Options
  4. Remount Package
  5. Electrical System
  6. Lighting Options
  7. Graphics Layout
  8. Start Date Timing
  9. Loaner
  10. Delivery Expectations

Life Star Rescue Remount Warranties


Conversion: 3 Years/
50,000 Miles

Electrical: 7 Years/
100,000 Miles


Paint: 5 Years/
75,000 Miles

Loaner Trucks Available During Remount Process!

 

You don't need to worry about being short-handed on trucks while your ambulance is being remounted - Life Star Rescue offers a dependable loaner ambulance program while yours is in the shop getting its much- needed upgrade!

 

Ambulance Remount Packages: Standard and Deluxe

Module and Cab Exterior
Standard
Deluxe


 
Mount module onto new chassis in compliance with OEM requirements, such as Ford QVM
X X
Install new seal between module and cab
X X
Install outer seal around cab and module to prevent air and water infiltration
X X
Install Rear Valve Extensions
X

Install stainless steel wheel simulators with rear valve extensions

X
     
Paint Process
Standard
Deluxe


 
Remove all exterior doors, hinges, lights & accessories

X
Sand blast & repaint module using base/clear coat system with wet-sand & buff

X
Paint work will be completed by resident, certified paint technicians

X
Clean & polish existing fender flares

X
Install new rear diamond plate kick panel

X
Install new diamond plate stone guards, rub-rails & running boards
X
Install new grip strut rear bumper
X
Inspect all compartments for proper draining and venting
X
Lightly buff exterior of module to remove surface imperfections X
     
Module and Cab Interior
Standard
Deluxe


 
Inspect all cabinet walls and seats for missing screws and rivets - repair or replace as needed
X X
Thoroughly clean entire interior of module
X X
Install "No Smoking" and "Fasten Seat Belt" decals in cab and module
X X
Replace any missing edge trim or broken Plexiglas with similar type

X
Remove existing flooring, inspect plywood floor, sand and repair all imperfections. Install new commercial grade vinyl floor covering, new stainless steel side and rear threshold.
X
Fully Re-upholstered: Squad Bench & CPR Seat Bases Back Pads, Door Panels, Rear Head Pad
 X
Install new attendant seat (optional)
 
     
Module Exterior Compartments
Standard
Deluxe


 
Replace all exterior compartment and entry door gasket seats

X
Inspect and replace any damaged door gasket seats
X X
Remove and polish all door hinges, reinstall using a corrosion barrier between hinge, door, and body

X
Remove all windows, clean and repair as needed

X
Inspect all compartment latches and locks for proper operation, replace as necessary
X
Inspect all entry door locks for proper operation, replace all entry door latches
X
     
Electrical System
Standard
Deluxe


 
Install new auto reset back-up alarm
X X
Install new map light

X
Install new 200,000 candle power hand-held spotlight

X
Install new shoreline - same style

X
Install new dual 100 watt siren speakers X
X
Install new front and rear switch panels
X
Install new 12 volt A/C-Heating unit
 X
All new wiring is a minimum GXL or SXL cross-linked polyethylene insulated wire, with color coding and labeling every 4". All wiring shall be rated at 125% of the expected load.
X
All new wiring runs in heat resistant loom rated at 300 degrees
X
Replace existing traditional hard wired electrical system with RCTronics System, or transfer existing multiplexed electrical system
X
Upgrade to multiplex system with new power distribution harnesses and cables (optional)    
     
Emergency Lights
Standard
Deluxe


 
Install new pair halogen grille lights
X X
Install new pair halogen intersection lights, with flange
X X
Install all new marker lights - same style

X
Install new pairs of halogen stop/tail, amber turn, and back-up lights

X
Inspect and replace any damaged warning light lenses
X
Transfer existing wiring and scene lights, upgrades available X X
     
Oxygen and Suction
Standard
Deluxe


 
Test oxygen system, lines and outlets; perform re-certification testing to KKK-A-1822 standards
X X
Test suction system for proper operation, perform re-certification testing to origin
X X
     
Final Inspection
Standard
Deluxe


 
Excellence Assessment - Final pass inspection completed by Quality Manager
X X
Road test unit for a minimum of 30 miles to assure proper operation of all systems
X X
Fill with fuel and check for proper flow
X X
Weigh unit and apply proper weight, KKK and paint decals
X
X

When your older ambulance calls for cosmetic repairs, electrical upgrades, and a remount, trust Life Star Rescue's experienced and quality remount process. Check out our Remounting brochure, call us today to talk to one of our remount specialists or fill out our easy contact form for remounts!

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