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Old 06-10-2007, 05:46 AM   #1
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Escape window function

Has anyone made their escape window functional? I have opened mine on my Bambi and propped it open with a stick, but when the rains come in the middle of the night, it means running outside to close it.

I see that the window has the brackets mounted on the glass. So I suppose if you got the opening arm and the slotted track, you could mount them so the window could function from the inside. However, on my trailer, the bath wall actually covers one side of the screen frame and you would have to cut a slot into the left side of the screen frame to install one arm. Has anyone done this and can you open the window with the arm on just one side?
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Old 06-11-2007, 08:48 PM   #2
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Surely someone has made their egress window useable. Anybody?
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Old 06-11-2007, 09:08 PM   #3
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Sorry, can't help. Our emergency window is at the head of the bed. It does open (check it once a month), but don't use it for ventilation. Sorry.
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Old 06-12-2007, 02:11 AM   #4
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Hi, we only open our emergency window for tests also; We won't leave it open because it is the only opening window on our trailer with out a bug screen.
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:12 AM   #5
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I have propped mine open with Clothes pins. However, I have never had it open in the rain.

I would be interested if you ever do the mod. Please post picts. I am sure it could be done and neat to see.

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Old 06-12-2007, 09:07 AM   #6
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The 23 has the same back end as the 19, so we too have been looking for this mod. After trying the stick approach, and having to go outside to close it, we decided to prop it open with the latches. We unlatch it from the inside, then go outside, lift the window, and turn the latches so they hold the window open a crack. That seems to be enough to provide night-time ventilation. If it starts to rain or you need to close the window, you just turn the latches from the inside, the window falls in place, the latches grab the slots and you're locked down.

Not very elegant but it seems to work for us.
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we test ours every so often but can't say I even thought to make it functional. Let us know what you come up with
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Mojo..... you ever come up with something for this ?

I've looked at this more than once. We would love to have that window operable. With the little Zip Dee awning, it would be a winning combination ! I did see one on a lot in Ohio once........

It really doesn't look that hard if you had the interior trim and hardware from another window that does open.... I'm sure it's all available. Our window does have a screen.

I have the same problem in that the bathroom wall comes out to the edge of the window on the right.

I never thought of slotting the left side, I'll bet one arm would work in most weather !

I'll look at this again. Let me know if you come up with something... I'll do the same

PS.. I like the SilverCabin approach too !
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Mojo,

This has been something that has puzzled me two. Because the bath-side of the window is partially covered by the bath wall, you can't put an arm in there.

We do it like you: if needed, we prop the window open with a stick. Seems dumb, but works, unless it starts to rain in the middle of the night....

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Old 10-23-2008, 12:23 PM   #10
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The emergency window issue is why I purchased a 2 door model.
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:13 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:32 PM   #12
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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.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:32 PM   #13
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Sorry I have been out of touch, but since I retired and moved full-time to Colorado, I have spent more time using my Airstream than keeping up with reading about them on the forum.

But yes I did modify the escape window on my Bambi. I simply removed the screen frame and cut a slot in the aluminum frame with a metal cutting blade on my table saw. It was not the cleanest cut, but got the job done. There was a little heat discoloration and rough edges, but cleaned them up with a file and some steel wool.

I ordered a left hand window arm and track and installed just like on the other windows. There is some fuzzy cord to adhere around the screen slot to keep out the bugs.

I reinstalled new screen and the tear out spline so the window is still usable as an emergency escape, however I have not tried doing a head dive out the window to test it. The window still pushes open just like the others and one support arm is enough to hold it open. It closes easily from bed in the middle of the night.
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Hi, mojo. Great job on the now, dual purpose window.
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