Ryan writes in with his mods to a fire truck just like the one we have at MAKE –
Hello, I am the guy that was mentioned in one of the [MAKE] forums. I am a blacksmith on a journeyman tour of the northeast part of the U.S.. I made many mods to my 508d. And I have driven from the Seattle area to the east coast and have been living and working out of my rig. made many mods to my 508d. I have made a living, cooking and lounging accommodations inside. Upstairs I have an Italian Autohome car top camper on top with a queen size memory foam mattress with a retractable ladder, all pushed forward so that I can fit two comfy lawn chairs on the aft deck. Then in the back with the roll up door I have two forges one coal the other propane, my anvil, vice, hand tools, power tools,generator etc. Like I said I have have made many mods; heavyduty front bumper,rino lining, sound system, sound proofing!!!! etc. If you would like some advice from someone who has done it send me an email. I also can give you advice on biodiesel if you need. I have a little knowledge, I helped start a medium size biodiesel plant (250,000gal a year production).