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Kurt Arends
06-23-2017, 02:59 PM
Just curious as to how common the optional Vani-Shades were in M-M ambulances vs. curtains. I have seen a few with Vani-Shades including my '74 Lifeliner. Also, does anyone know when they became an option?

David Henry
06-23-2017, 06:54 PM
They are in my '73 Lifeliner

John ED Renstrom
06-23-2017, 09:13 PM
They were fairly common on ambulances but I have never seen them with out curtains also

Kevin M. Lyons Sr.
06-23-2017, 09:51 PM
all the M/M's we had had them

Dan Brintlinger
06-23-2017, 10:01 PM
Out '70 Volunteer has them...........hardly used when I bought the unit. I slide them up and down a couple times a year just to "remind" them what they are for..........

Kurt Arends
06-23-2017, 11:37 PM
My '74 Lifeliner has the Vani-Shades, but it never had curtains.

Bill Marcy
06-24-2017, 08:30 AM
My old 67 Classic 48 had the Vani-Shades and no curtains.

Steve Loftin
06-24-2017, 03:42 PM
Just curious as to how common the optional Vani-Shades were in M-M ambulances vs. curtains. I have seen a few with Vani-Shades including my '74 Lifeliner. Also, does anyone know when they became an option?

The shades were standard; curtains were optional.

Kurt Arends
06-25-2017, 01:03 AM
Steve,

What was the first year for the Vani-Shades?

Steve Loftin
06-25-2017, 06:41 PM
Steve,

What was the first year for the Vani-Shades?

I'm thinking 1959, but it could've been 1957 - I don't know for sure.

My 1960 Volunteer had them, and I remember seeing them mentioned in the 1959 brochure.

Sean Sokoly
06-25-2017, 08:57 PM
Out '70 Volunteer has them...........hardly used when I bought the unit. I slide them up and down a couple times a year just to "remind" them what they are for..........

You have the Ex Ho-Ho-Kus NJ rig right? I grew up 2 towns over from Ho-Ho-Kus, they run a lot of Mutual Aid for my town Midland Park. I see their next door neighbor Waldwick had a 69 M-M volunteer at one time also.

Kurt Arends
06-25-2017, 10:29 PM
I knew that they had them in '60 also, so I assumed they had them in '59. I don't knot that I have ever personally seen a '57 or '58 M-M ambulance close up.

Steve Lichtman
06-26-2017, 10:50 PM
The Vani-shades in my '70 Volunteer appear to never have been used. I don't think they got used often as a rule (but I wasn't riding ambulances back in those days, that's just based on the fact that I rarely see photos with them pulled up.).

James Fischer
06-27-2017, 12:04 AM
Have to agree with Steve,I worked for Superior Ambulance from 72-76 who ran MM exclusively (7-9 rigs) and almost all had Vani-shades and they were NEVER used except on long distance transfers to San Francisco and such during daylight hours...mostly to keep the sun out ....and then I remember being asked "could you pull the shades UP,I am enjoying the view" :o