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Old 04-07-2014, 03:51 AM   #15
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Regarding the post stating that Mac the Fire Guy thinks an escape ladder is not effective, I'm not sure about that. I can't see how the recommendation stated: "...a picnic table or other sturdy item, placed ahead of time, under your escape window..." is even a practical recommendation over having a device in your camper 100% of the time that will aid in escape. Really?
Actually, he did NOT state that. Just the opposite. "...a picnic table or other sturdy item, placed ahead of time, under your escape window..." was suggested for your PRACTICE, followed by "...but know that ... is not going to work in a true emergency..."

I think that is a great little 5 minute video ... he makes several very good points! One significant one is that the ground really isn't that far down. Once you go out the window and are hanging by your hands, you are really only a few inches from the ground. Go outside and look at your escape window ... it is usually only about 8ft from the ground. If you are 5ft6in, your stretched out arms are maybe 18 inches, so that leaves you only about 12 inches to drop.

That video link again is here... RV Fire Escape Plan
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Old 04-07-2014, 09:28 AM   #16
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Often not mentioned in these discussions is the effect the opening of an emergency escape window has on the fire. Fire is ventilation controlled. Once air is admitted into the coach via the open window, you can bet on the fire/flames/smoke racing towards it.
I suggest the following; if using the escape window is your only option, CLOSE the bedroom door BEFORE you open the window which will provide you sometime to make your escape. Do not place anything in your path of exit i.e. the protruding handles of an escape ladder, the window openings are small enough don't shrink what little space there is for your body to get through. A prop stick is an excellent idea as is using bedding to soften the window edge. Roll out the window on your belly, hang by your finger tips and drop to the ground. Self rescue is not a pretty sight, just get the heck out at any cost. Here's hoping you all have seen the self rescue by a contractor in last weeks Houston apartment building fire on TV or U-tube. If you haven't, the short and simple is; he dropped from one balcony to the one below. Like I said, self rescue is not a pretty sight.
These suggestions I offer come from a 29 year career in the fire service. I have experienced the heat of a fire up close and personal. Believe me, when it's time to go you'll know it and you won't be concerned about proper ladder placement or how far below the ground is.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:41 AM   #17
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I realize this whole thread is about using the hinged emergency window to escape (as it was meant to be used). But my question is can a hinged emergency window be open & used for ventilation without ruining the integrity of the window seal? We have a Montana 5th wheel and have this window in our bedroom. Any help would be appreciated as is all previous posts.
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I realize this whole thread is about using the hinged emergency window to escape (as it was meant to be used). But my question is can a hinged emergency window be open & used for ventilation without ruining the integrity of the window seal? We have a Montana 5th wheel and have this window in our bedroom. Any help would be appreciated as is all previous posts.


We do it all the time. Never had any kind of issues.
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We used ours just like any other window for five years without harming the seals.


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Because the bedroom for our Class A is a loft over the garage, our window is about 10 feet high and not a short drop. We bought what I hope to be a higher quality escape ladder, an X-It 13'. ( X-IT 2 Story (13&#39 Emergency Fire Escape Ladder - - Amazon.com )
I hope to never have to use it but I am pretty sure we could break a something from that height if we had to make a hasty departure without it.
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my bedroom escape window falls completely out when the emergency release handles are pulled. It is nt hinged so no need for a prop there. And no need for a ladder, I would be out in a matter of seconds after I ensure my two boys are out!
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