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Old 05-30-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Emergency exit in case of fire?

Just took ownership of an 85 Limited (31). Maiden (to me) voyage is in two weeks. Was wondering if my AS has an emergency exit in case of fire? My old pop up did, and was wondering the same for the Airstream.

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:21 AM   #2
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On the rear bedroom models in the 80's the emergency exit is the rear window. Ours has red handles and a pull cord to rip the screen out.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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Huh...I'm going to have a look at the back window...thanks...
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:09 AM   #4
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No red handles or rip cords in my unit...hummm...
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:24 AM   #5
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On that same note, we are newbies and have just purchased a 2012 19' Flying Cloud. We have the emergency red handles and screen pull out, but is there a way to prop it open for air on a regular basis? It does not have the push out arms to hold it open which is understandable with an emergency exit. Thx!
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:27 AM   #6
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My 2012 Flying Cloud has the same swing mechanism on the emergency exit window. The only differeces are the red panic handles and the screen loop. It would not function as an exit if you couldn't open the window glass.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:40 AM   #7
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My 82 rear bedroom does not have the red handles either. I dont think the screen would be too hard to get rid of in an emergency. If I had to get out, the rear window is the best option.
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There are several old threads on this. I tried to find the one that I posted on to provide you with the link. But it will be easier to just tell you what I said. Our '66 Trade Wind has no emercency exits. There is a fire extinguisher at the door but I got to thinking that if a fire errupted in the galley area when we are in bed we would be toast pronto....smoke alarms or no. I checked the rear bath window, it would be large enough to escape through but very awkward to open in a hurry. So I placed another fire extinguisher in the bath wardrobe. If the fire was beyond control the extiguisher would become a battering ram to break out that window. My wife and I are not as 'flexible' as we were at one time and a practice attempt at climbing out that window isn't possible but with a fire raging forward we would become 20 year olds pronto... I'm sure!

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I am going to call our dealer. We did not get the swing mechanisms on ours at the emergency exit. Thanks!
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There are several old threads on this. I tried to find the one that I posted on to provide you with the link. But it will be easier to just tell you what I said. Our '66 Trade Wind has no emercency exits. There is a fire extinguisher at the door but I got to thinking that if a fire errupted in the galley area when we are in bed we would be toast pronto....smoke alarms or no. I checked the rear bath window, it would be large enough to escape through but very awkward to open in a hurry. So I placed another fire extinguisher in the bath wardrobe. If the fire was beyond control the extiguisher would become a battering ram to break out that window. My wife and I are not as 'flexible' as we were at one time and a practice attempt at climbing out that window isn't possible but with a fire raging forward we would become 20 year olds pronto... I'm sure!

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I had the same concerns and added another extinguisher to our trailer as well.
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The 25 FB has the emergency exit on a side window in the front bedroom. Unfortunately they put the bigger side window/emergency exit on the streetside, and the smaller one on the roadside. The head of the sideways queen is on the Roadside - with a window too small for my fat fanny to get out. On the other hand using the exit window at the foot of the bed would require - what? A swan dive from the foot of the bed through the high window? Straddle the gap and try to get one leg out first (mighta done that when I was 8 and taking ballet lessons, just gonna dislocate a hip if I try it now.) I'd need to put a two step folding stool under the window just to get through it.

I too got a second fire extinguisher - A BIGGER one that my local sprinkler & extinguisher supplier says could cover 1000 sq. ft. It's on the bed table disguised as a lamp base. I'd be tempted to use the front window as it's the biggest one in the bedroom, but then I'd roll out right on top of the propane tanks, perhaps an unfortunate option, but a 5 foot drop to the ground might not be a happy ending either. AND I need to remember to unlatch and raise the stone guard (Mine doesn't have the wrap around windows, but I wouldn't hesitate to break the doody out of one of those if I had them for an escape route. )

So - if you took them out because they irritated you, put the batteries Back in the smoke Alarm and make sure they are working properly. (If your smoke alarm goes off every time you cook, get a shower cap to put over it only while you are cooking!)

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Open a window of choice kick out flimsy screen,climb out and run like hell!
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So - if you took them out because they irritated you, put the batteries Back in the smoke Alarm and make sure they are working properly. (If your smoke alarm goes off every time you cook, get a shower cap to put over it only while you are cooking!)

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Hi, on later models, push the HUSH BUTTON. Something that I found out by accident and most Airstream owners don't know about.
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Lynne0, I had to go out and look and my emergency window is on the street side in the FB, or at the foot of the bed. It does have the normal three position swing mechanism with three opening stops. It also has the red handles and the loop for pulling out the screen gasket.
And Foiled Again, You're right about the drop. But I'm more worried about the pinch point. If you know what I mean.http://www.airforums.com/forums/images/icons/icon4.gif

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