The Life Boat Station Project Ambulance, Neena.
The Life Boat Station Project was founded by Jack Lowe. His passion for photography and his love of the RNLI lead Jack to embark on a mission to tour the country photographing the RNLI volunteers and the amazing boats they use to save so many lives. The vehicle Jack uses to travel around is a decommissioned NHS ambulance called Neena. At RV Installations we work closely with Dometic. They were keen to support The Life Boat Station Project, as a manufacturer of leisure products. Dometic decided to give Neena an upgrade.
Dometic asked us to help with the project by deciding which of their products could be installed on an ambulance.
It was agreed that an awning would be very useful to keep the weather off the side of the ambulance. Jack is often handling sensitive camera equipment therefore having an additional covered area outside the door would assist him greatly. Motorhome awnings like the Dometic PW1500, that we were requested to install on Neena, are designed to be installed on a Motorhomes not an ambulance! In order to install the awning we first had to design and build a bespoke bracket to which the awning could be mounted.
A design we quickly jotted down on a scrap piece of paper and a foam template was made. Then with the help of Coastal Engineering, based in Ilfracombe, a full length stainless steel bracket was manufactured. The bracket was bonded and riveted to Neena and the awning was securely attached to the side.