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Kansas: Wheelchair Access in the Land of Oz

Also home to Laura Ingalls and "The Little House on the Prairie," Kansas is so rich in history, even some of their local sheriffs have been immortalized in film and television. Three legendary Kansas lawmen you might have heard of are Wyatt Earp, "Wild Bill" Hickok, and "Bat Masterson." Those 'wild' days are long gone, but the spirit and excitement lives on in The Sunflower State, where wonderful wheelchair accessible attractions await.

Sedgewick County Zoo, Wichita

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Have you ever seen an African painted dog, Malayan tapirs, or Peruvian thick-knee birds? Those are just three of the more than 3,000 animals in this nationally ranked zoo, where some species you've never even heard of help educate and inspire us to take a closer look at the world around us and take better care. There's wheelchair access, so bring the family to explore ten wondrous exhibits that take you to all four corners of our living planet. Meet Stephanie and Cinda, two longtime residents of the zoo! They're South African bush elephants, both in their 40's, which is pretty amazing for an elephant! Start packing your trunk!

Mosley Street Melodrama, Wichita

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Let your star shine at Mosley Street Melodrama, a dynamic, audience-participation dinner theater where your evening begins with a home-style, yummy, all-you-can-eat buffet, drinks from the fully stocked bar, and some complimentary popcorn to prepare you for show time! The original musical comedy performances will have you laughing and singing until the curtain comes down. Nothing fancy here, though—just great fun. It's Wichita's only audience-participation dinner theater, and it's wheelchair accessible. Fame is waiting in the wings!

The Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita

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Ready for some authentic western entertainment? If you've never been to a living history museum, this is an amazing place to start the tradition. Life as it was in the 1870's surrounds you, with all the trappings of a Midwestern cattle town. To make it even more interesting, the town reflects the clash of Victorian ideals that hoped to bring some refinement to what was a dusty, cattle-driving community. Have an ice-cold glass of sarsaparilla in the saloon, but keep an eye out for bad guys and gunfights in the street! Period clothing and plenty of exhibits will immerse you in the lifestyle of the 1870's. You can also catch a performance of the Diamond W Wranglers as they belt out Western music with beautiful harmonies. This will be a mooo-ving experience.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, Olathe

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This is the legendary Santa Fe Trail's last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public, and it's on the National Registry of Historic Places. Just as much fun for adults as it is for kids, the Mahaffie Stop & Farm is a fascinating, hands-on experience that gives you a glimpse of frontier life, 1860's farming, and, of course, stagecoach travel. The farmhouse, stone ice house, and timber-frame barn were built by James and Lucinda Mahaffie around 1860, and soon after, a stagecoach line contracted with the family to provide a stop for their coaches. Stagecoach rides, along with cookstove and blacksmith demonstrations, are only part of this wheelchair accessible adventure!

Oz Museum, Wamego

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A vacation in Kansas wouldn't be complete without a stop to see the Wizard! This Oz Museum houses one of the largest collections of memorabilia surrounding the childhood classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900, and adapted for the iconic film The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland in 1939. The exhibits and memorabilia span more than 100 years of the book's success. You'll discover earlier movies based on the book, board games inspired by the book and movie, life-size wax figures of the beloved characters, a pair of ruby slippers, and wheelchair access on your journey over the rainbow!

Little Sweden U.S.A., Lindborg

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Välkommen till Lindsborg! Founded by Swedish immigrants in 1868, the entire town of Lindborg, KS is a microcosm of Sweden. Get your fill of authentic Swedish dishes beyond the meatball, like kanebullar (cinnamon buns,) jordgubbar (Swedish strawberries,) and raggmunk (fried potato cakes with bacon and lingonberries!) Visit art galleries that feature the work of Swedish artists and sculptors. Find fine, handwoven clothing and accessories—and watch how they're made! Take home a beautifully carved, intricately painted Swedish Dala Horse, a centuries-old toy Swedish woodcutters crafted for their children during long winters. Before you leave, listen to the tale of the Dala Horses, which have no tail. The town is wheelchair accessible, and every moment you spend there will be "Swede!"

Dodge City

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Fans of the old TV series "Gunsmoke" wouldn't leave Kansas without a stop in Dodge City, the rowdy cow town where the series is set. In fact, there's an "old" downtown in Dodge City (not to be confused with the modern-day downtown) with a Gunsmoke Walk of Fame, memorializing the actors and characters. Named for nearby Fort Dodge, Dodge City is often what Americans imagine when we speak of the 'Wild West.' Its location near the Santa Fe Trail and Arkansas River made Henry J. Sitler's sod house and cattle ranch a stopping point for travelers, and the town grew from there. Visit Boot Hill, resting ground for some of the losers of the town's many gunfights. There's also a zoo, a casino, and, when you need a break from the wildness, an arena for concerts, sporting events, rodeos, and motor sports. Don't 'dodge' this attraction!

Gage Park, Topeka

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One hundred and sixty acres of enchanting beauty take your breath away in Topeka! The fragrant Rose Garden in Gage Park features 400 varieties of roses, with water features and more than 6,500 plants playing a delightfully supportive role. Climb aboard the mile-long ride on the ADA-accessible mini train and learn about the history of this park that was established in 1899. Gage Park is also the site of the wheelchair accessible Topeka Civic Theater and Academy, where you can take in a Shakespearean play or a musical like "Young Frankenstein" and "Mary Poppins." The park, made famous in a 1997 Stephen King novel, is picnic-friendly and perfect for a low-key day.

Kansas Speedway, Kansas City

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Satisfy your need for speed at the Kansas Speedway, which actually has ADA-specific parking areas where golf carts will pick you up and bring you back to your vehicle equipped for wheelchair access or standard car. (You will need an ADA license plate or sticker and ID.) Bask in accessible seating areas with awesome views of the six-turn, 2.37-mile course that curves through the infield. Part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the speedway promises plenty of action on the course—and a different kind of action in the onsite casino! Bring your own refreshments to the speedway or grab something good at the concession stand.You'll love being among the 81,687 fans cheering on your favorite driver. And there's always 'vroom' for one more!

There may be no place like home, but when it comes to wheelchair accessible vacations, follow the yellow brick road to Kansas!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2012 Used 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring L Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring L
USED VMI Northstar Conversion

$39,999 $41,999


  • Stock #: 323208
  • Mileage: 22,717 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: N/A
2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$35,690 $36,690


  • Stock #: 181492T
  • Mileage: 41,688 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2011 Used 2011 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $30,690


  • Stock #: 766798T
  • Mileage: 85,285 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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