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Old 10-23-2021, 08:51 AM   #1
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Emergency Exit Window Stuck

I have a Emergency exit window with a hinge that allows the window to be pushed out at the bottom but the latching assembly is stuck. The red handle on the right side pulls a cable that slides spring loaded latches at the bottom of the frame. All this is hidden inside the frame.

Has anyone found a way to unstick this assembly?
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A good hard kick if I had.to get out that way

On the other hand no we have sliding windows on ours

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I have a Emergency exit window with a hinge that allows the window to be pushed out at the bottom but the latching assembly is stuck. The red handle on the right side pulls a cable that slides spring loaded latches at the bottom of the frame. All this is hidden inside the frame.

Has anyone found a way to unstick this assembly?
Disclaimer, I have not seen that type of release mechanism before so I am basing everything on your description of how it's supposed to work.


Question, is there any movement at the handle at all? Can you rotate it a bit but then cannot go any further? If so, the main problem may be at the latches you mention, located along the bottom. You might try a rubber mallet and give some decent "smacks" along the bottom of the frame and see if that works something loose. Might take several tests to see how much force you want to use.


Another tack may be to find out the manufacturer of the safety system, and try to find a diagram of the mechanism. It seems there should be a "fail-safe" method to open an emergency window that doesn't rely on a mechanism that can freeze or bind.


See if you can remove the red handle and pull it out away from the frame a bit. Then try spraying lubricant down along the cable as the bind may be at the corner. Have you removed the rubber cover at the bottom corner to see if there is anything under it that is related to the mechanism?


Finally, try removing the inner frame trim which, I believe simply unscrews. You may have to remove your window valance, but it's hard to tell. With the trim removed, you may have access to the mechanism you describe.


Good luck, and keep us updated, please.
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I would be concerned that if the mechanism is stuck, that once you do get the emergency exit window open you may find that you cannot close it again and latch it down nice and snug without some repair work to the latch and mechanism.
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I would be concerned that if the mechanism is stuck, that once you do get the emergency exit window open you may find that you cannot close it again and latch it down nice and snug without some repair work to the latch and mechanism.
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Yes, there is a risk that he will be unable to re secure the window, but there is also the risk that there is no escape route in an emergency. Which risk is greater and which risk is more likely to happen?

I don’t have the answer, but if the mechanism can be freed and cannot be latched again, he can always install surface mount safety latches along the bottom like many other coaches have. He will then know he has a functioning emergency escape window.

If he can’t free the latch, he knows he has a potential death trap, especially if the window is in the bedroom, and something should be done. If the manufacturer can be identified, contacting them may shed light on an emergency procedure, like a strong kick will open the spring latches in case of a cable failure.
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Yes, there is a risk that he will be unable to re secure the window, but there is also the risk that there is no escape route in an emergency. Which risk is greater and which risk is more likely to happen?

I donít have the answer, but if the mechanism can be freed and cannot be latched again, he can always install surface mount safety latches along the bottom like many other coaches have. He will then know he has a functioning emergency escape window.

If he canít free the latch, he knows he has a potential death trap, especially if the window is in the bedroom, and something should be done. If the manufacturer can be identified, contacting them may shed light on an emergency procedure, like a strong kick will open the spring latches in case of a cable failure.
I certainly agree with being safe and in fact a big proponent of safety.

What I would do for the short term is to likely purchase a 5lb fire extinguisher and mount it below the window (or close), that way I have it close by if needed and with it being larger than the standard extinguisher then I could also use the extinguisher to break out the window if needed and rake the edges or the window frame clean and then make me and mine fast escape.

I would be very hesitant to use much force until I knew more about what is not working right and I likely wouldn't do anything until I was sure I had a lot of time for the window repair in case a needed part is out of stock, like so many things are now.
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I certainly agree with being safe and in fact a big proponent of safety.

What I would do for the short term is to likely purchase a 5lb fire extinguisher and mount it below the window (or close), that way I have it close by if needed and with it being larger than the standard extinguisher then I could also use the extinguisher to break out the window if needed and rake the edges or the window frame clean and then make me and mine fast escape.

I would be very hesitant to use much force until I knew more about what is not working right and I likely wouldn't do anything until I was sure I had a lot of time for the window repair in case a needed part is out of stock, like so many things are now.
Yep, (bold). We are really all on the same page with this.

I cannot imagine the manufacturer would build a complex emergency escape latch system that could not be overridden in case of mechanical failure.
OP, please keep us updated on your progress.
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I would call the window manufacture for assistance. I'm sure it will not be the first call they received about that model. Normaly you can find the window manufacture on the glass or hardware.
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I have a Emergency exit window with a hinge that allows the window to be pushed out at the bottom but the latching assembly is stuck. The red handle on the right side pulls a cable that slides spring loaded latches at the bottom of the frame. All this is hidden inside the frame.

Has anyone found a way to unstick this assembly?

I opened mine a few years ago and the window stays really snug. It dosnt just unlatch and open. I replaced all the parts and it took several weeks to get the parts. Once replaced in order to close the window it took a slam that approached concern with breakage to get it closed and latched. What i discovered was that in an emergency one would pull the latch then kick the window open. I am not so sure the latch would even need to be pulled to open the window.
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I opened mine a few years ago and the window stays really snug. It dosnt just unlatch and open. I replaced all the parts and it took several weeks to get the parts. Once replaced in order to close the window it took a slam that approached concern with breakage to get it closed and latched. What i discovered was that in an emergency one would pull the latch then kick the window open. I am not so sure the latch would even need to be pulled to open the window.
This is an excellent post from someone with the same mechanism (I assume.)

It was never mentioned in the op how it was determined that the latch mechanism was stuck. I, and others, assumed the latch did not work because of how the op worded his post, but he never actually said that he tried to rotate the latch and it (the latch mechanism) was stuck, only that the window failed to open. My emergency windows with surface latches takes a considerable force to open, if has sat for many, many months.

OP, can you clear up this question? Is it possible the window is unlatched but simply stuck against the seal?

And to IASM, do you have the same system? If so, is it obvious if the latch is working even if the window hasn’t been opened?
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This is an excellent post from someone with the same mechanism (I assume.)

It was never mentioned in the op how it was determined that the latch mechanism was stuck. I, and others, assumed the latch did not work because of how the op worded his post, but he never actually said that he tried to rotate the latch and it (the latch mechanism) was stuck, only that the window failed to open. My emergency windows with surface latches takes a considerable force to open, if has sat for many, many months.

OP, can you clear up this question? Is it possible the window is unlatched but simply stuck against the seal?

And to IASM, do you have the same system? If so, is it obvious if the latch is working even if the window hasnít been opened?
Its not really a latch that obviously releases. There are a couple of spring steel clips on the bottom track that catch the window when closed.I had trouble getting it to latch as mentioned. When the cable is pulled by the lever a couple of blocks move to give more clearance but the window is still held by the latch. I bought an extra kit so i will take a picture and post for reference.
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Its not really a latch that obviously releases. There are a couple of spring steel clips on the bottom track that catch the window when closed.I had trouble getting it to latch as mentioned. When the cable is pulled by the lever a couple of blocks move to give more clearance but the window is still held by the latch. I bought an extra kit so i will take a picture and post for reference.
Thanks, I think a picture will help anyone who is not familiar with that latching mechanism.


From what you describe, is it correct to assume that if the handle/cable mechanism is working, the "blocks" will be moved out of the way and that will be easily seen?



Further, the window is held by steel spring clips that are also seen?


What I'm trying to visualize is that the window will still be held by the clips if the handle/cable/block system is working, and the OP may be facing simply a "stuck" window frame seal that will require a solid "jolt" to break away and swing out. Basically, the handle and cables are to provide a lock to prevent accidental release of the window from the clips by having the blocks in the way.
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