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Old 10-12-2007, 07:38 PM   #15
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I test my emerg window regularly and bring a number of fire extinguishers as well.

Though I do keep the fridge on LP when not connected to electric and run the furnace when needed, I have turned off the water heater when not in use at night. Costs me more to heat it back up I know, compared to a maintained temperature, but it gives me piece of mind, cause in my case, the water heater is right under the foot my bed and what a hot foot that would be!
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Old 10-12-2007, 07:55 PM   #16
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I'm thinking about the "emergency exit window" at the foot of the bed that I long ago decided wasn't physically possible for me to get out of without attempting a swan dive from the foot of the bed. I'm not ancient, but the window is small and three feet off the floor..... it's a JOKE as an emergency exit.
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If the window comes out the procedure is easier to perform than describe but I will try. With the window out, Head first out the window facing into the coach, back to the outside. Sit on the window frame, only the legs from the femur down are now inside, push out until the crook of your knees are on the window frame, lean back against the out side of the trailer and extend your hands to the ground, hope the reach at this point Then just take the weight off the back side of the knees and roll out on to the ground. I have never needed to perform in an emergency but have practiced with an older RV in the past. Quick and easy with a little practice. May be worth the effort.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:49 PM   #17
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-- I'll just bet I'm not the only Airstreamer out there who is unskilled about using this lifesaving feature in our trailers. -- ~
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Old 10-12-2007, 09:18 PM   #18
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It probably would be a good idea to smash that window before attempting to extinguish the fire.
Neil, This is exactly on target. Get out first, fight the fire from outside if it's still small enough and safe. Grab your extinguisher on the way out - if it's safe.
Kudos to all of you who have pre-planned the scenarios in your head - this role playing may save your life some day. Do the same for you home, check your smoke detector.
I hope you never have to use any of this in an emergency.
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:40 PM   #19
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Paula - I recently emailed Chris Burch in service to ask if this was something they could do in my 27FB flying cloud. And the answer is no.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately - that window isn't a viable exit in an emergency (though the description provided above seems like a potential exit strategy). But am I supposed to throw my Bloodhound out the window first? In a true emergency - the confusion and panic would just make exit that much more complicated. Why NOT a door there - even if it opens to street side - it would OPEN and make for a much more likely exit.

I'm wondering what other options there could be? A ladder going up to the window inside and down to the ground outside? A human-sized "doggie door" below the exit window? A second window below the exit window for a closer to the ground escape? An Airstream body expert who could do the additional door?

I suppose thinking about popping out the bedroom window (over the a-frame) might be worth investigating, but the propane tanks and setup there aren't helpful.

I don't know why it's been in my mind recently but I'd really love to have a different solution for this. 😳
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:52 PM   #20
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My exit window is above the desk in the rear of the AS. Our technique is pop the window, get up and sit on the desk, get feet out the window, then roll and slide to the bumper.

Wife, kids and dogs go out first...

We have big fire extinguishers on BOTH ends of the trailer to cover us as we bail out. Anything else is just stuff.


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Old 10-01-2015, 10:18 PM   #21
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https://bayareaairstream.com/inventory-custom.asp. They offer a 2 door custom unit and keep some in inventory new 30' FC 97K interesting to see the photos - looks very nic
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:50 PM   #22
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Hi, maybe we should have three doors?????? Things happen, but not to everyone. One person has a fire caused by ??????? And everyone suddenly needs/wants a second door.


Why did it catch fire? Was there a leak? Was a Mickey Mouse repair done to it? Was it damaged and never repaired? Were there any flammable materials stored too close to the water heater? [was it an Airstream?]

Maybe instead of a second door, we need a better/safer water heater.


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Old 10-02-2015, 03:33 AM   #23
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Of course, a lot can happen in the eight years since Paula started this thread. She could even have had an accident with her trailer, gotten a replacement, and then gotten a replacement SOB to live in.
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Of course, a lot can happen in the eight years since Paula started this thread. She could even have had an accident with her trailer, gotten a replacement, and then gotten a replacement SOB to live in.
Hi, and she might have bought a truck that is so huge, she can't get in and out of it without a ladder.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:08 AM   #25
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Two doors can certainly be done. NASA has at least two less than two year old 30 footers that have two doors and no windows at Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi. They are used as test mules with removable equipment packages. The issue is that Airstream is not willing to build them for the rest of us. I would bet that NASA paid a scary amount of tax payer money for them.
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I have two doors and love the convenience. I also have 2 fire extinguishers, but I should do a refresh on how to properly use them.
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Here's one example of an Airstream dealership that would love to put a second door in your Airstream and a smile on your face after lightening your wallet a bit.

http://seattleairstream.com/ultimateairstreams.asp
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:08 AM   #28
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I believe the 1980s 34' had the option of having a door in the stateroom, very neato!
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