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Old 11-03-2008, 11:01 PM   #15
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Our vintage coach did not come with an escape window. But an earlier thread gave me the incentive to find an alterative. We have a fire extinguisher near the front door but should an emergency happen, most likely a fire between us and the door, the rear bathroom window is the only logical exit. It is just large enough to crawl through although nearly impossible for us to pre test but I am sure in an emergency we would 'fly through it. I installed a 2nd extinguisher in the bathroom wardrobe that will serve to either to put out a fire or as a hammer to break the window.

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Old 11-04-2008, 06:18 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by mojo View Post
But yes I did modify the escape window on my Bambi. .....
I ordered a left hand window arm and track and installed just like on the other windows. ]
Although I question the viability of these emergency window (particularly in my 20') I'd be concerned that the mechanism you installed would prevent the window from opening wide enough in the event you actually tried to get out of it. I suppose if you attached the push rod bracket to the window using velcro or double sided tape, you could force it easily enough.

Nice job, nonetheless.

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Old 11-04-2008, 07:58 AM   #17
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My newer model came with hardware to open the window. In the 25 FB it's at the FOOT of the bed, and I don't think it's location is terribly practical. If I ever DID try to use the escape hatch I'd use my extinguisher to destroy the window after firing it off. Fumbling with the latches? NO.

The glass is pebble glass so it won't leave huge shards - and although the edges still will cut the crap out of you it won't make deep cuts. Heavy clothing or bedcloths draped over the frame would help.

The most critical thing about living through ANY fire is to plan your escape. Doubly so if you have children. Any fireman will tell you that their greatest tragedy is that they always find children's bodies under the bed or in the closet. There is an instinct to HIDE. A three year old can and should be taught how to get out. Get low, and crawl. If you must go out of a 2nd story window, get your body out, hang by your hands and drop, it's an 7 or 8 foot shorter drop that way. Broken legs? They heal.

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Old 11-04-2008, 09:28 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Wayne&Sam View Post
I'd be concerned that the mechanism you installed would prevent the window from opening wide enough in the event you actually tried to get out of it.
The window arm slides up and down the track without stopping in the groves unless you set it there. I can push the window to full extension without using the arm.
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:36 PM   #19
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Question First Year for Escape Window was 19????

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Why not use an interior window screen assembly and window off a non-emergency window? It would then have the lift arms and brackets to open it, and the slots for them. You would then just have to install the black window position guides and latches. That is how our trailer is outfitted. The bathroom window doubles as the emergency exit.
You have a '74 ...right? And you say it has a factory Escape Window?

I have owned a '74 and a '75 and a '73 and do not recall any such window.

When did Airsteam first put Escape Windows in the trailers?
I think it was mandated by the Feds wasn't it?
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #20
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Great job! Do you have the part numbers? And what did the arm/bracket thingie cost? Much classier than the stick method.

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Old 11-05-2008, 07:00 AM   #21
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Don't have the part numbers at hand but with the manual and help from the folks at Inland RV, they can help you locate the right parts.Specify left or right. Basically it is the track, arm and knob plus the fuzzy trim. Also need the mounting bracket for the glass. About $40 with shipping.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:41 AM   #22
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Talking rear egress window screen

HI... I have a 2007 19' Bambi with the rear emergency escape window. I wanted screened ventilation on a hot night. I unlatch the latches and use a narrow strip of cedar to hold the window open. I made a window bug screen. Bought a yard of dark, 'cat-proof' heavy duty screen and some 3/4" velcro stripping. The bathroom wall overlaps the right edge of the window just and inch or so... creating a problem. However, there's just enough room to attach the receiving side of the velcro sticky-back strip and push it tight with a butter knife or finger. Then I cut little notches in the velcro stripping so I could bend pieces around the curved corners. Surrounded the whole window frame. There's a nice 3/4" (approx). flat edge on which to attach the velcro. Then I cut the screen to exact size with curved corners, to overlap over the velcro. My plan was to sew the fuzzy side of the velcro stripping to the screen, backed with a narrow black velvet strip on the inside for additional support. It was to hard to sew by hand as the velcro sticky-back grabs the needle and leaves sticky residue making hand-sewing nearly impossible. Solution: I stapled all around the edges in a double row! I made three little 'tabs' along the bottom for pulling the screen loose at the bottom... so you can reach in, undo the latches and place the 'stick'. It works great! The staples are plenty solid and permanent. I pull one or two tabs loose at the bottom (left and center ones usually), unlatch the window and place the stick. I even went 'high-tech' and made 3 different lengths of sticks... . They all fit in the window frame channel so are all always at hand and don't get lost. All can be done quickly and easily from inside.. Total cost under $10.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:27 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by enduroryda View Post
Mine is kind of puzzleing.... I have the rear split glass for the lav and screened other half. The only problem is the only way you can access the window is to unscrew the screen to get at the release arm. It has the emergency cord to rip if need be. Can't understand why they would put a screen in there if you can't use it. I've only gotten in there to silicone the window gasket.
This is something that has puzzled me since I brought my '94 Sovereign 21' home last year, my '99 Bambi 19' has exactly the same layout in the rear(except no window in shower ) but lacks the screen that prevents one from opening the window.

I decided to spend a little of my lazy Sunday afternoon searching the forums to see if there was an explanation for the mystery. What were they thinking when they put this together?

Looks like it's just another do-it-yourself project for me.

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