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Old 10-02-2015, 10:23 AM   #29
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A few months ago one of my camping buddies sent a photo of his SOB motor home, showing a pile of ashes and the remains of the frame and wheels. He was at a fuel stop when an electrical short started a fire. He barely got his invalid wife out before his whole rig went up in flames.

Since then, I've been thinking a lot about those emergency exit windows. I think it is time for a fire drill! DW and I have discussed that we are going to do a practice emergency exit next time we are in our trailer.

It's time to do maintenance on the fire extinguisher too. I need to put this item on my annual maintenance check list.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:27 AM   #30
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We have two doors ... one is really large ...just like Paula.
We have two fire extinguishers ...one is really large ...
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:27 AM   #31
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The glass in our Airstreams is tempered safety glass, it easily shatters into a million little pieces. In an emergency anything can be used to break out the glass so an easy egress point is achieved.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #32
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Emergency egress 1967

Pictured is an 1967 with a travel trailer kitchen, bedroom, bath, etc. Maybe if you throw enough money at the Airstream salesman, you get what you want.

I toured an eighties tridem axle Airstream with a curb-side bedroom door. It was comfortable, sensible, and convenient. It'd be nice to see it become an offered model.

Seems like the "code" should adjust depending on length, and the number of sleeping occupants that the trailer is designed for. I can't imagine the panic of tossing the kids, wife, grandma, and dogs out the back window.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:47 AM   #33
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I'm liking some of he modifications of the rear living area on the front bedroom models from Bay Area and Seattle Airstream. I could use some extra drawers in a cabinet under the TV with some extra counter top space in my 25fb.

The U shaped dinette from Bay Area has one issue. Where do you store the extra cushions to make the bed?

Thanks for those links.

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Old 10-02-2015, 12:01 PM   #34
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We have two doors ... one is really large ...just like Paula.
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:08 PM   #35
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Portland Airstream sells 2-door models. Customized by Ultimate Airstreams, I think.

https://portlandairstream.com/inventory-custom.asp
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Old 10-02-2015, 07:26 PM   #36
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Yes - these places sell units like that. I love my trailer and just want to know whether it's doable on mine. So far:

Airstream is a no.

Other custom shops have some in stock they're willing to sell.

Colonial (Patrick) says it could be done - about $3500 for the door and 10 or so hours of labor.

I'm seriously thinking about this...
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Old 01-23-2016, 04:21 PM   #37
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Yes - these places sell units like that. I love my trailer and just want to know whether it's doable on mine. So far:

Airstream is a no.

Other custom shops have some in stock they're willing to sell.

Colonial (Patrick) says it could be done - about $3500 for the door and 10 or so hours of labor.

I'm seriously thinking about this...

Quoting myself to update this discussion. After several more emails and discussions with Chris Burch (and engineers he brought in to the discussion) by phone - they now understand exactly what I'm talking about (and why) and they are willing to take this on. Parts and labor combined will be in the $6-7K zone and 2, possibly 3 days at the factory.

Having purchased the trailer and truck new in 2012/2013 and seeing this expense wouldn't even be 10% of the total cost of the rig - and that we intend to have this through retirement (and pass to a godson), it seems a very reasonable expense to me despite the large outlay.

I've read many threads in the forums where people have questioned their ability to get out of the emergency exit windows - I just don't see it as a realistic exit under duress and the older/less flexible we get, the worse the circumstances would be. While the odds of such an event are very low, it seems the value of having the option and only needing it once is a no brainer.

Is there anything else folks here see as an option I may be missing?

Thanks!!
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:10 PM   #38
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I'm curious about this: would the new door basically fit in the same place as the window? Looks like the 27's have the wide windows in the bedroom.

There are some factory modifications that I've seen that I really like - Serenity models with twin beds, a bathroom window in the rear-bed 28' trailer - and a second door seems really cool.

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The only thing bad about this idea is Lacy/Lucy falling out into the mud on that logging road. But I guess having a door to close afterwards is much better than a shattered escape window. Send pictures when it's done. Pat
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Airstream Adventures in Portland does a two door modification...
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:27 PM   #41
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Yes - the door would fit where the exit window is now (on street side - diagonally across from where the current door is on curbside). In the 27FB, your curb side entrance is toward the rear of the trailer - this would be street side near the front of the trailer where the bedroom is.

I really think this should be an option at a certain size (say 23+?) or perhaps even standard equipment. If built in on the line, I'm sure it wouldn't add $6k to the cost...
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I dunno about a door in the bedroom. I figure there's more risk in someone jimmying the lock and violating my virtue.

Either that or this. Note how trailer doors have changed very little since 1954....

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