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Old 05-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Escape hatch locations?

I'm curious about the type/location of secondary escape hatches or windows on various trailers.

On my '78 Trillium it's a swingout panel on the rear of the trailer.

What's yours?

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Old 05-09-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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I just wave my magic wand, and POOF, I am outside.

Or, if the wand isn't handy, I would push open the escape hatch (window) which is in the rear opposite the door, where I imagine most would be.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:36 PM   #3
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I posted this on another thread (off-topic), so here it is again.
Here is a photo of the escape hatch in the ParkLiner we just sold. It is in the kitchen area centered over the aisle, directly in front of and above the stove, in the 6'5" tall ceiling. Not sure how one would actually escape using this hatch. I guess I would also need a magic wand.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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For the roof e/hatch you just tip the trailer on its side and crawl out. right???
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On my Trill 4500 1/2 of the rear window unit was a swing-up panel that I think was intended for us to slither through?

My 1300 had none at all?

On my Scamp 16' it was above the bed and on 2 Casitas the rear curbside window pops open as well as having a slider in it with a screen. This is where scoundrels broke in to my '01 SD too.

The Fiberstream,you are on your own I guess but each of the main windows seems big enough to use depending on how big you might be?

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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My hatch this year is stink bugs. They're not clever at escaping.

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I posted this on another thread (off-topic), so here it is again.
Here is a photo of the escape hatch in the ParkLiner we just sold. It is in the kitchen area centered over the aisle, directly in front of and above the stove, in the 6'5" tall ceiling. Not sure how one would actually escape using this hatch. I guess I would also need a magic wand.

That looks like the escape hatch/vent in my Scamp. However it's over the end of the table. I would have to climb on the table to escape through it.
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My hatch this year is stink bugs. They're not clever at escaping.

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So- no secondary egress on Burros?

Francesca

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Maryland?

Heh heh heh...you're probably more preoccupied with another "hatch" just now! Isn't this a Year of The Cicada?
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Some from western MD some DE. All eggs hatching now. No worse than rabbits in Oz but a plague nonetheless. Making light trap from litre bottle. Back to regular programming.

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For the roof e/hatch you just tip the trailer on its side and crawl out. right???
Hadn't thought of that!
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On my Casita 16 it's on the driver side wall. Presumeably on any wall (or ceiling) except the side with the door. If the trailer was on it's side blocking the door you still have an exit. (I don't know, maybe a wind storm knocks it over with you in it)
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:12 AM   #12
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As I understand, there "used" to be a requirement for an escape hatch if the kitchen area (meaning stove) was located between the primary sleeping area and the exit door. For this reason it seems that a lot of Class "C" motorhomes up until the mid-80's had an escape hatch over the cab over bed area should a kitchen fire block access to the door.

In Toyota Mini-motorhomes this was common practice up until about 1988 when they seemed to have disappeared.

In our Lil'Bigfoot you can easily kick out the rear window as it's plastic. In the older Hunter Compact-II there is no such provision.
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On my Bigfoot 5th wheel, its over the bed over the hitch. Easy egress to the roof, and I guess, down the back ladder.
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My scamp has the same escape hatch that you could climb up onto the table to get out but I suspect in an emergency it would be faster and simpler to slide open the back window and head out that way - lot shorter fall! LOL
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