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Nothing wrong with a gasser, the days of not being able to idle over extended periods of time are pretty much gone. Just think of all the hundreds of thousands of cop cars, the 4.6L Crown Victories. Them things idle all day and get the snot beat out of them, not to mention most of the cops know nothing about cars and are very neglectful to them, they just run em till they don't run no more. Then after they are done with cop business they go on to be a Taxi Cab where they idle all day as well.
I don't see why it would hurt a gas engine to idle all day. As long as its at normal operating temperatures, there is essentially no difference between highway driving and idling, you just trade off miles for engine idle hours.
On the other hand, why can't you just order a bunch of Regular cab long bed trucks, then take the bed off them and put the ambulance box on back? Its done all the time with service trucks. I also see a ton of box trucks with the truck super duty front end, its a regualr cab though (seen crew cabs before) Is there a reason why you need the van?
IMO I'd stay with diesel. There's other things to worry about besides idle time. While gassers are pretty tough now-a-days they still won't replace a diesel.