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Old 06-17-2016, 05:33 PM   #29
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After thinking about my test experience for a while and remembering how difficult it was to try to get my feet on the steps of the ladder, I think I will modify my plan of escape!

I definitely will use the prop stick to hold the window up out of the way. That window is heavy and I don't want to be fighting it while trying to get out! The double notches in each end of the stick will make it really fast to use.

The top part of the ladder that hangs over the window will be great for holding onto while exiting the window. I think I will just use that to drop to the ground and not deploy the ladder steps. Since our window is only 7' above the ground it will be a very short drop while hanging from the top support of the ladder.

Hindsight is 20/20!

Joe, check out the escape ladder setup that I hooked up on my rig last year , the thread name is In case of fire... in class a motorhome discussions, date of post and pics is 06-01-2015 and 06-02-2015. I set it up every time,I consider it part of my setup and breakdown,it works well,I am not a big guy,but have 2 new knees,and a pretty worn and beat up body,and can exit quickly, after helping the wife out. we practice our escape at least a couple times a year.I hope you can find the pics as it is a affordable ladder setup.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:02 AM   #31
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Joe,

To add to yesterday's post, Mac the fire guy now sells these telescoping ladders on his web site (maybe he saw my pics), only difference is,he tells everyone to store the ladder inside,prop the window,then hold the top rung of ladder and let rest of ladder fall to ground, not too smart.I found that the ladder falls over very easily,if not attached at top, oh, and mac the fire guy sells the same exact ladder that I bought at home depot,only 4 times the price, (I checked weight specs,and brand,and they are the same ladders).I experimented with many ladders last year before finding this setup that in real life, in a real emergency will work, as long as you set it up every time you set up camp. My escape window is above our pillows,so exit can be quick,even without my eye glasses on,(tried that too).
I acknowledge that it's not the prettiest ,but it's practical, and I would rather be safe than sorry.
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We have a ladder and will use it if there's time. If not we'll just bail out the window. It's not one or the other.
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Joe, check out the escape ladder setup that I hooked up on my rig last year , the thread name is In case of fire... in class a motorhome discussions, date of post and pics is 06-01-2015 and 06-02-2015. I set it up every time,I consider it part of my setup and breakdown,it works well,I am not a big guy,but have 2 new knees,and a pretty worn and beat up body,and can exit quickly, after helping the wife out. we practice our escape at least a couple times a year.I hope you can find the pics as it is a affordable ladder setup.

Rick, I couldn't find it. Can you give us a link?
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Joe,

I really don't know how to do this link thing, only way I know is to click on my avatar,go to posts by me and go to page 6,it's on there. Funny, I can fix or build almost anything on the rv or any vehicle but this computer stuff still baffles the s--- out of me. hope this helps.
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Watch the video

It is only one way, but it's pretty simple.
I watched the video,I wonder why mac the fire guy does not go out the window, instead he has a fit ,younger woman go out,after she fumbles around trying to put the blanket on the window sill in the proper orientation. He also mentions putting a picnic table under the window to help escape,weak plan,only slightly helpfull to anyone older or heavier
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Joe,
I found the attatchment pics,how do I link them to this thread?
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I found the attatchment pics,how do I link them to this thread?

I found them. Thanks anyway!
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I watched the video,I wonder why mac the fire guy does not go out the window, instead he has a fit ,younger woman go out,after she fumbles around trying to put the blanket on the window sill in the proper orientation. He also mentions putting a picnic table under the window to help escape,weak plan,only slightly helpfull to anyone older or heavier
I have attended Mac The Fire Guy's Fire Safety seminars twice. and strongly recommend everyone should attend at least once if you have the opportunity.

Joe definitely gets extra points for making an effort to learn how to save lives.

RE picnic table. It is only a suggestion. BUT if you are going to practice it can make the practice effort less likely to end in injury. Given the choice of broken leg or being toast, I will break my leg every time.

RE Test your window. First time I tried it took 1/2 hour of work using a putty knife ans soapy water to get the gasket un-stuck. Don't break the expensive window when doing a practice.

Blanket tip is definite plus.
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At the 419MS rally, several people stored their lower roof ladder under the bed for the same reason. We moved ours there after a "dry" run. I am going to make the prop as well. Great idea!
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Escape Window Replacement

Has anyone ever removed the small window and replaced with a taller window? Can this be done? With the window I have now in the bedroom we would have to go out head first and the long drop would probably break our necks. With a taller window we could sit and place the legs out first and then jump possibly only suffering a broken leg(s). Much better scenario than surviving fire but being paralyzed. Ex firefighter here, a burning travel trailer, you will have at most 5 minutes before whole unit is consumed in flames.
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We have only had to evacuate our motorhome once. Many years ago some wiring in the overhead cabinets shorted. With the family out the small extinguisher we had on board put it out. I shudder to think what we would do today with three in wheelchairs ranging from 30 to 175 pounds. The 175-pounder sleeps in the rear bedroom and the other two in the front living area. it would be hard to get all three out the front and down the five steps, much less move them a safe distance from a burning motorhome. There is no way my wife or I could get out through the "emergency window", and of course we would never leave the kids. We now rely on two smoke detectors and the propane and CO detectors. We try to practice fire safety to minimize the danger. Short of selling the motorhome and traveling by car, I see no better solution.
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This post has got me thinking about our own situation. I'm thinking a knotted rope might be a better option here. Given our setup, I'm thinking of anchoring a rope to the floor under the bed. In an emergency, lift the bed (it's on gas struts), grab the rope, toss out the window. The rope would give me a hand hold while "bellying" out the window.

I'm also thinking of adding a couple of handholds to the cabinet above the window. The handholds would be close to the wall to reduce the cantilever effect on the cabinet itself. I suspect the cabinet will dislodge but I only need it to work "once".
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