Got a brand new ambulance a months ago... took it out for a spin today... and while I LOVE the thing to death, I can't back the thing up for the life of me... took me 5 tries to get it into the bay (by the way, the entrance to the bay is barely big enough for the piece... the bay door has about 6 inches of room on each side. I'm used to driving box's built on the old Ford F Series Chassis... this International is literally a third again bigger (at least) than the old one. I used to think I had a fairly good spacial sense (being able to tell where the unit is at any given time), but I'm having a beast of a time driving this baby in reverse. I'm told a few more practices and it'll be as natural as driving what is now our reserve unit, but it's still a pain in the butt. Any suggestions?
I am a huge fan of the van type ambulances. I worked in them for years with no problem. I can navigate streets, driveways, ect better than the large box types. They also seem to have a smoother ride. Besides that I can reach almost anything I need while seat belted in. In the boxes I have to take my seatbelt off and sometimes move around the patient. The volunteer ambulance in my town keeps getting larger and larger boxes every time.
Just my .02 cents