There's more to eBay than just your mom selling your old Beanie Babies from middle school. One man took a good eBay find and turned it into an entirely new lifestyle for himself. Ian Dow, a 33-year-old nomad from California, lives in an old ambulance he won in an auction from the online marketplace for used stuff in 2016. Now the adventurer travels the world in the unconventional set of wheels, spanning 69 countries so far, and chronicles his journey on social media.
“I’d been searching for a van to convert and was blinded by the Sprinter fad,” Dow told ABC News. “After getting burned by a Craigslist seller — he backed out after I drove 12 hours to buy his Sprinter — I was depressed and I crashed my motorcycle. Then I had an epiphany. I was in pain and needed some emergency help. Sitting on the couch that night with a busted shoulder, I searched eBay for ambulances, found a cheap one, and even Google Earth-ed the charity listed as the seller, finding the ambulance parked right outside.”
The renovation included the installation of teak floors throughout the vehicle, a collapsible hardwood table, a couch that folds out into a bed, a built in shelves to save on space, an outdoor shower, and even a sundeck on the roof to relax on and enjoy the incredible scenic views.