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Old 06-21-2017, 06:02 PM   #1
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Exit Window Screen?

Good evening,

In a post I read somewhere along the line someone mentioned a Velcro screen on their emergency exit window. On my 29 MV it's such a large window its a shame it won't stay open or have a screen. I'd rather use Windows than AC when possible for cooling and ventilation.

Has anyone retrofitted this window? How? Can a screen be ordered? How is it attached so you can still exit in emergency and finally, how do you keep the window open?

As always, thanks and happy trails!

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Old 06-21-2017, 07:12 PM   #2
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I made a screen using common parts from Home Depot. You'll need screening, spline material, spline tool, and screen hardware for the corners and straightaways. I use velcro on the corners to attach it. I use a short piece of 1X2 to prop it open and then a piece of velcro through and around the latches to secure it so it doesn't flap in the wind. All of that material and the tool should be under $30.

I priced out the OEM material (rounded corners and the same color) and it was WAY more expensive than what you can get at Home Depot.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:42 AM   #3
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We have a 2015/2016 Seneca 37FS, with the "no ventilation but AC rear end. This was something we knew we would have to resolve from the beginning. To us, far more important than some of the other stuff they did, but I digress.

First, we had to find out how far it had to open before falling out. Carefully worked on this with another person, so somebody is both inside and out. I think its important to learn what your dealing with and test limitations. Looks to be better than about 45 degrees, before dropping out, so though the "cautions told" are important, I think it is something we can live with.

Decision made to try supporting with a removable brace of a 1x2 board, about 10 inches long. This is only to be used when parked and always to watch for strong wind. Imagine windows open and a breeze blowing through, front to back and window flapping in the breeze. Top prevent this from happening, we installed two small shock cords, 1/8 inch diameter, 10 inch long and little wire hooks on both ends. Usually black or tan/brown and sold at places like boat shops or camping supply. There are a couple of small vertical anchoring brackets that windows clip to when secured and I drilled a small hole in the edge of these to attach a shock cord each one of these.

So to hold window open, I release red closing handles, push bottom of window out and brace with a ten inch wooden 1x2. I hold the window tight against this brace with the two, small shock cords.

Now for a screen, we use Velcro strips on nylon screen. Velcro is black and on the frame and then other half is on the screen itself. Its just on the lower half of the window, but does the job.

We just peal the Velcro open, unlatch window, swing out, put brace in place, hold tight with shock cords and put screen back in place. Shock cord and wood brace lay in window channel all the time and are ready to use. Velcro screen is always on the lower half of the rear window.

Always secured shut, when underway, or breeze is up. Been in use since winter 2015 in Florida. Works great!
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:23 AM   #4
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I had a emergency exit only window replaced with an emergency window that opens - complete with screen. This was on a 2011 class A gasser. If you know the window manufacturer you will find that there have many options available.

I was told the coach builder would not use the opening exit windows because if someone left the window ajar fumes could come in and they would get sued. Not their problem if you replace it.
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We have a 2015/2016 Seneca 37FS, with the "no ventilation but AC rear end. This was something we knew we would have to resolve from the beginning. To us, far more important than some of the other stuff they did, but I digress.

First, we had to find out how far it had to open before falling out. Carefully worked on this with another person, so somebody is both inside and out. I think its important to learn what your dealing with and test limitations. Looks to be better than about 45 degrees, before dropping out, so though the "cautions told" are important, I think it is something we can live with.

Decision made to try supporting with a removable brace of a 1x2 board, about 10 inches long. This is only to be used when parked and always to watch for strong wind. Imagine windows open and a breeze blowing through, front to back and window flapping in the breeze. Top prevent this from happening, we installed two small shock cords, 1/8 inch diameter, 10 inch long and little wire hooks on both ends. Usually black or tan/brown and sold at places like boat shops or camping supply. There are a couple of small vertical anchoring brackets that windows clip to when secured and I drilled a small hole in the edge of these to attach a shock cord each one of these.

So to hold window open, I release red closing handles, push bottom of window out and brace with a ten inch wooden 1x2. I hold the window tight against this brace with the two, small shock cords.

Now for a screen, we use Velcro strips on nylon screen. Velcro is black and on the frame and then other half is on the screen itself. Its just on the lower half of the window, but does the job.

We just peal the Velcro open, unlatch window, swing out, put brace in place, hold tight with shock cords and put screen back in place. Shock cord and wood brace lay in window channel all the time and are ready to use. Velcro screen is always on the lower half of the rear window.

Always secured shut, when underway, or breeze is up. Been in use since winter 2015 in Florida. Works great!
I did the exact same thing and it works great!
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:02 AM   #6
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I have the 37hJ with two of those emergency windows.. do you know who the manufacturer is per chance of those windows you talk about ?
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We have the emergency window in our bedroom. I bought the hardware online so the window can open and close and am having a screen made at a screen shop so we can have an OEM opening emergency window for less than $50.
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We have the emergency window in our bedroom. I bought the hardware online so the window can open and close and am having a screen made at a screen shop so we can have an OEM opening emergency window for less than $50.


I would like to do the same.. what hardware did you purchase? My window only opens about two inches! Samsara


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I would like to do the same.. what hardware did you purchase? My window only opens about two inches! Samsara


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