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Old 12-22-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Question Experience with using emerency windows

I would love to hear from anyone who has had the missfortune to have actually had to use an emergency exit in their TT. At age 40 or less I could see myself performing some sort of feet first move while sliding backwards off the bed. Even then, I would expect injury in the form of cuts, scrapes, and strained muscles. As a senior citizen who just had knee replacement surgery and now am running well above average in total joint replacements; that same feet first plan might be a bridge too far for me. My wife has more original parts but I think we could cut our way thru the wall faster than trying to get us both thru that window.

I know they are there to save lives. I would love to hear from folks who have actually used one.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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I have only used them for ventilation. I was told during the walk through if you push them out too far they will fall to the ground. Its a wonder my kids have not investigated that theory yet.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:17 PM   #3
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I have the same opinion Bassdogs, and no replacements yet, still running on original but with difficulties. LOL.....Merry Christmas !
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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I have the same opinion Bassdogs, and no replacements yet, still running on original but with difficulties. LOL.....Merry Christmas !
Raising the family, I always gave thought to evacuation plans for our home and bedrooms in our two story house. Actually had a emergency ladder at one point that you hung over the window sill and thru over the side. Rungs were about 12 inches wide and I think that a navy seal would have needed all their skill to climb down. We finally ended up with the idea that broken legs were better than burning to death. Fortunately we never had to throw that chair thru the window and jump. Now that the wife and I are spending more time in the TT, the thought hit me about the window. I noticed there is nothing in the owners manual about how to use the exits. Opening the window and removing the screens are not the issue. The actual act of exiting is where the problem is. Fire is the obvious danger that might cause you to need to evacuate the TT. The most likely one I think is when some wise a*s kid slips thru the campsite and flips the outdoor safety rail closed across the door so you can't get the door open. My solution to that would be to call the CG office or probably even consider using 911 before I would actually give the window a go.

Someone here on the forum must have actually used the emergency windows. Please share your experience with us.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #5
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Dropping out the window on our TT would not be bad. I often wondered about the escape on our old 5th wheel. It was a long ways down from the bed room to the ground.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:18 PM   #6
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As I told the tech during our walk through, if this thing catches on fire I will make a way out, whether it be the window or a size 11 boot through the wall. If push comes to shove, in that scenario, I would hazard a guess that the adrenaline rush would help get you through the window. Yes, maybe a bone is broken, maybe you are really sore the next day, or maybe you get skinned up on the way out, but it beats the alternative.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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Last summer while leaving Yellowstone somehow our emergency exit window unhooked and was flapping in the breeze on a narrow and windy two lane highway. No issues other than I was worried I would come across another rig going the other way before I could find a place to pull over.

Here is a video of a 5ver burning. I was surprised how fast it went up.

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Lets see, cuts, bruises, dislocated joints, broken bones OR being roasted extra crispy... your choice.. I bought 4 liquid foam fire extinguishers from Mac the fire guy. One at the head of the bed one at the foot, one by the door and one in the living room.. they fit very nicely in bicycle water bottle holders and are non toxic to your pets unlike the powder ones..

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I haven't had to exit thru the emer window but I did have to crawl IN thru it once tho. As far as "making" an exit, I'm not too sure. I was a vol firefighter for 15 yrs and we had call to a trailer fire with an infant trapped inside. Our guys were unable to get thru the wall in time.
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Did a little googling on the topic and It all came back to what is being said here. No one on any of the forums said they had actually used the window to escape the TT in an emergency. Guess I'm surprised that trailer regs require a safety feature that almost no one has ever tried or for that matter question their ability to use it. Seems like an emergency exit hatch [kind of a half sized door] that could only be opened from inside but would offer relatively easy egress for most anybody. But then logic has never been a driving factor when regs are written.
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