Entries in Ambulance (7)


Lambeau Rescue

Check out this nicely done ambulance conversion by Gary and Ginger Kerkhoff.  Here's what they had to say:
Who are the primary people that created the rig?
The primary people that created Lambeau Rescue were my wife Ginger and myself with the help of Lambeau crew members Jill & Jerry Burgbacher, Matt Fritsch (grill design) Matt Rathsack owner of Xplosive Audio N'Graphix, Dan Appleton & Ron Machlan.

When did you get the rig?
I purchased it on a auction site in Wisconsin in January 2012.

What was it used for before you got it?
It was used as a rescue vehicle in Door County,Wisconsin.

How long did the restoration take?
Restoration took 7 Months.

How many people do you have tailgate with you?
The number of people that tailgate with us average from 6 to 20 depending on the weather (some wusses can't take the cold)!

What are the cool features?
Some of the cool features are:
  • Green & Gold tile floor (which came from Viking country)
  • Full size hitch mounted Weber grill
  • Also have a full size reverse flow offset trailer mounted smoker that we bring sometimes instead of the grill
  • Packer themed 12 speaker sound system
  • 32" led TV
  • Microwave
  • Small fridge
  • All the lights and noise (Sirens , Green & Gold lights)

What is your favorite feature?
My favorite feature is the sound system, the wife likes the title floor.

What kind of plans do you have for the future?
Future plans will be to change the TV from the 32" to a 55" pull down ceiling mounted,
after that it will be a Wisconsin Badger themed rescue vehicle.

How long have you been tailgating?
Been a Green Bay Packer season ticket holder and tailgating for 13 years also shareholder.

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Redscue Unit Squad: Arizona Cardinals Ambulance

The Redscue Unit Squad is a group of Arizona Cardinals tailgaters that have been regularly attending games since 1988, with fulltime season tickets first being purchased in 1991 by two cousins and a friend.  As the years have progressed and the tailgate group has grown, the need arose to either bring more vehicles to each game, or purchase a larger vehicle that can accommodate not only people, but also all the tailgating gear involved (tables, ice chests, chairs, canopies, tv, grill etc.).

The group of three has now grown to include some of our kids that attend games with us.  But one thing has been a constant from the very beginning and the very reason this tailgate vehicle was born:  THIS GROUP OF TAILGATERS WOULD NEVER BE DRIVEN HOME BY AN INTOXICATED DRIVER!!


Original tailgate vehicles included regular passenger vehicles, than progressed to our current Chevy Tahoe’s, Ford F-350’s and other select trucks/SUV’s.  But with additional members, as well as more equipment, we needed to convert to the next step…..


This is where the Redscue Unit was born…….We realize we’re just reinventing the "ambulance tailgate vehicle" wheel that has been done throughout the United States for quite some time.  But this is a wheel we really wanted to reinvent. 

After a nationwide search of possible ambulance vehicles, one fell directly into our lap right here in Tempe, Arizona.  The Founders took immediate delivery and began the brainstorming.  Some items came immediately to the forefront, while others took some back and forth bantering if we should include it or not.


The vehicle was wrapped with a design that includes the following features:

  • REDSCUE UNIT name.  This was a play on words of fire terminology (rescue) and the addition of one of the prime colors (red) of the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Fire type logo on door.  TIME TO SEE RED was a slogan that was used many years ago by the Arizona Cardinals. 
  • EST 1920.  The year the Football Club was established into what is now the National Football League (NFL).
  • R88. Another play on words. As all fire stations are numbered, our “station” is “R” (for REDSCUE) and the “88” is for the year the Arizona Cardinals came to Arizona.
  • The large Cardinal bird head on the rear top.  The image that this entire truck revolves around.
  • Ghost image of the State of Arizona flag on both sides.  Must be seen (purposely) at the right angle or in good sunlight.
  • Large Cardinal bird eyes staring towards the front.
  • NEVER FORGET 40.  A respectful tribute to Pat Tillman, longtime Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State player/student that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
  • SPECIAL THANKS TO THE WIVES quote. Giving thanks to all their support.
  • Full size ghost image large Cardinal bird head on the back.
  • Ghost image field hash marks and field numbers on bottom of both sides.


Other features include:

  • Rockford Fosgate sponsored state of the art sound system.  This includes (4) 12” subwoofers with boxes, (4) interior marine speakers, (2) exterior marine speakers, and (3) premier amplifiers.
  • Big screen TV with DirecTV and hook ups.  Includes NFL Sunday Ticket.
  • "Gurney Grill".  A large 8 burner bbq grill.
  • Customized interior upholstery in red/black color combination. Seats include custom “Cardinal” bird logo.
  • Herculiner floor.
  • Customized kegerator with taps inside and outside for both beer and soda.
  • Custom bar area inside.


When did you get the rig?
Four of us - three brothers (Manny, Jaime, Sergio Figueroa) and a friend (Victor Romo) purchased this 1989 Ford Ambulance at the end of the 2011 Cardinals season.  After months of searching for the perfect tailgate vehicle in several states, we stumbled upon this one on Craigslist, just down the street, in the City of Tempe, AZ.



What was it used for before you got it?
This vehicle was a former volunteer ambulance for a small town in Colorado.  The previous owner (Tempe) bought it in Colorado and was going to use it for a business venture in Arizona, but decided to sell it. 


How long did the restoration take?
The REDSCUE UNIT process was started immediately after purchasing the vehicle.  It only took approx 9 months to complete the vehicle to its current phase (the upholstery was installed the Sat night just before the 2012 Season Opener!).  There are still things that are being tweaked and added as time and money permits. 



How many people tailgate with you?
The REDSCUE UNIT Squad consists of approx 15-20 regulars that tailgate every single game and assist with all game day tailgate purchases.  In addition to these regulars, we also have a host of different folks that may tailgate select games throughout the season.  We have had tailgate groups as large as 40-70.   Our main sponsors (George Cairo Engineering, Demers Glass, Rockford Fosgate) also tailgate with us as our Special Guests - some come every game, some periodically.


What are your favorite features?
Pulling into the stadium, the entire parking lot knows when we arrive, as the stereo system, including speakers installed on the outside, is booming throughout.  We also like to use the vehicle wrap canvas as a conversation piece to showcase what every little detail stands for.  And of course, nothing beats having a brand new 8 burner grill we lovingly call the “Gurney Grill” (sold the old grill – too small for the amount of food we need to cook).   Other cool features, away from the ambo, is we have our very own personalized logo t-shirts, hoodies and hats, as well as our very own facebook page (REDSCUE UNIT).  Last, but not least, is tailgating with family and friends and knowing that this vehicle is ALWAYS driven by a designated driver.



What kind of plans do you have for the future?
First and foremost, we’re trying to secure more sponsors that may be able to assist us financially to complete the vehicle and help with expensive maintenance needs. A complete Air Conditioning overhaul is first in the works this off-season. We are currently working to add a bar/grill sponsorship that could be used as our tailgate headquarters during away games and the off-season.   Also, a re-wrap may take place that will more boldly showcase the current details and brighten & enhance the red color palette to give it more “pop”.  The rewrap will also include enlarging our sponsor logos.  We also plan on upgrading to a much larger television and also modifying our battery power sources for our stereo system.  Lastly, we would like to add a new siren and new emergency light bar.



How long have you been tailgating?
Generally between 17-22 years.  Some are more recent additions, but most of us have been tenured for approx two decades. LASTLY, we want to give a BIG THANKS to ALL those involved in our build process including Dominic Dominguez (upholstery), Ricky Figueroa (stereo installation), Phil Moreno (truck caricature logo design), Ralph Vasquez (financial support).  And especially a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our MAIN SPONSORS (George Cairo Engineering, Demers Glass, Rockford Fosgate) that have supported us on our build from the very very beginning!  


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Da Fanbulance! Chicago Bears Done Right

Take a look at Da Fanbulance.  This is a nice ambulance owned by Chris Brynolf, Dan Brynolf, Zack Brynolf and the late Bob Brynolf.

This crew picked up Da Fanbulance in the fall of 2008 on Ebay from a small fire department / EMS team in Covington, Ohio.  It is a 1989 Ford E350 with about 44,000 original miles on the clock.


How long did the restoration take?

We were fortunate that this ambulance had blue interior and blue striping on the outside.   We took the ambulance to one of the last games in 2008 to make sure we could get into our tailgate lot with it.   The following summer we added the decals, grill and other bears décor.   The following year we added the TV and generator.  The grill is from   The decals were purchased custom made on Ebay.


How many people do you have tailgate with you?

There is always four of us who go but legally we can take 7 (seatbelts for 7).   2 up front and 5 in the back.   However we always have friends and friends of friends stop by to tailgate.


What are the features of the rig?

The best part about the ambulance other than being a fun conversational piece, is all the storage room and room inside to sit.  Obviously the TV comes in handy for the afternoon and evening games so we can watch the other games while tailgating.   Always the center of attention then.   All the sirens and lights work. 


What is your favorite feature?

The trailer hitch grill.


What kind of plans do you have for the future?

Would like to put in a good sound system for external music.

How long have you been tailgating?

We have had season tickets for the Chicago Bears since 2004.

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The ATM: Ames Tailgate Machine

Check out the The ATM: Ames Tailgate Machine owned by Aaron Nelson. Here's his story:

I started to attend Iowa State Cyclones games in Ames, Iowa starting in 2007.  The first year was just going up with some buddies just to sit in the parking lot and tailgate.  In 2008, I attended my first ISU game and I was hooked after that.  In 2009, I became a season ticket holder and went to every game.  Everything was great until one game day, after an ISU win against Baylor, someone borrowed with the intent of not returning our cooler that was in the back of my buddy’s truck.  On the way home, I decided that I would look to find vehicle that would stop this from happening.  I looked at buses, RV’s, and box trucks that would be able to be locked with all of our gear inside.  Then I saw someone driving around with a used ambulance and that is when I knew I found what I was looking for.  After a few years of saving (and a lot of jokes from my buddies saying that I was never going to pull the trigger on buying an ambulance), I finally had enough to pursue my idea. 

After doing some searching over 9 Mid-West states, I was able to find this gem sitting in Tripp, SD.   On February 29th, 2013, the Ames Tailgate Machine (or ATM for short) was purchased and it has been fun ever since.  The ATM is a 1992 E350 Ambulance that was still in service the day that I purchased it. Once purchased, there were a few mechanical updates that had to be made. For the 2012 season, I added ISU stickers from Skin-It to get me through the year as I also had a purchase the necessary equipment to make any tailgate fun.  It is now equipped with a 32” LED TV, mobile satellite, four 7” marine speakers mounted to the back doors (thanks to Ford and Garland in Des Moines), stereo receiver, two 25 ft tall flag poles, portable grill, 10x10 ft tent, Coors Light LED sign, and the best part, a stretcher with an IV pole to hang the Cy-V from (this is a bad full of adult beverage goodness that I call Cy-Juice).  I also have a rotating food menu so that we are not eating the same thing twice in a given football year.  The favorite food day so far is when we make the ATM sandwich.  The ATM sandwich is a fried tenderloin, topped with smoked pork, topped with smoked ham, queso cheese, and BBQ sauce with a side of bacon wrapped tator-tots. 

2012 was a great first season for the ATM but the 2013 with be even better.  Over the summer, I had purchased an ISU designed wrap to cover up the old blue and gray stripes from its past with cardinal and gold colors.  I have replaced the cheaper Skin-It stickers with the new vinyl wrap. I have installed astro-turf carpet in the back of the ambulance.  I have a few other ideas in mind (new interior, bigger tv, etcc.) but those will have to be looked at next off season.  On any given game day, there will be anywhere from 3 to 30 people attending a tailgate so if you are in Ames on game day, stop by and visit us in the Vet Med parking lot and you might just get a custom ATM koozie.  You can also like the Ames Tailgate Machine on facebook ( to view past tailgating photos and know more about future events. 

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Tailgating Command Unit: The Ambulance From TCU

The Tailgating Command Unit, aka the Frogmobile is a family affair.  Owned by brothers Tom and Tim Gibbons, and their wives Lorie (Tom's) and Jackie (Tim's), this rig was bought in 2005.

After about a year fixing it up, this rig has become a fixture at TCU home games, as well as some away games (Clemson, Norman, Austin, Phoenix, and Pasadena).  The ambulance was in good working condition when purchased, needing no repairs on the body, engine, or generator.

Inside the Tailgating Command Unit is new purple and white upholstery, with the TCU logo embroidered in the seat backs.  New paint and decals soon followed, as well as custom shirts and coozies bearing the Frogmobile logo.

The TCU is equiped with DirecTV, 36" flat panel and a 1250 watt sound system.  Internal storage is occupied with tents, chairs, coolers and grills.

The TCU has also been used for a get away vehicle for two different weddings.

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Purdue's Buffalance Spices Up The Tailgate Scene

Purdue's BuffalanceIntroducing the Buffalance, an extremely unique and well-finished tailgating machine created by, Jon Hodge, a Purdue alumni and owner of a couple local Buffalo Wild Wings (if you couldn’t tell). Jon came up with the idea for this vehicle about 10 years ago, and located the perfect machine after scouring the web. Jon decided to kill two birds with one stone, and came up with this mobile Buffalo Wild Wings/tailgate vehicle that serves as a promotional tool as well as a great tailgating machine.

Jon has equipped the Buffalance with an array of electronic goodies that include a

  • 40" LCD Flat Screen that swivels out the back
  • 35" LCD Flat Screen for inside viewers
  • A mobile DJ computer with 3000+ songs and flat screen monitor
  • Kenwood stereo system with several amps

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The Atlanta Fanbulance is Family Business

Atlanta FanbulanceFor the last 20 years, Tom and his wife, Diane, have been attending Atlanta Falcons games, long before either of their sons were born. Not even pregnancy would keep these two away from watching their favorite team take the field on Sundays. In fact, they have not even missed an away game during the last 3 seasons. It would take serious fans like these to come up with their tailgate vehicle idea. Tom's original idea was to customize a hearse in Falcons' colors, complete with an opening coffin that would reveal a mannequin wearing the jersey and helmet of that week's opponent. Diane put a quick stop to that idea by letting Tom know that she intended to take only one ride in a hearse, and it would not be to a football game.

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