When we bought our Casita
new in 2008, we didn't roll in or adjust the new awning
during July rain storms in Florida, so our 3-day old awning
got ripped and supports severely bent. Thankfully, insurance paid for a new awning
from the Orlando Fiamma dealer (only other one was in Los Angeles). We couldn't change out the old awning until we arrived at family in VA a couple days later, so we carefully stored the new awning in the trailer by putting it thru the emergency window. A pain, but very useful.
Then last summer, the door lock fell apart twice and wouldn't unlock. The first time, I climbed thru the emergency window that just happened to not be locked, and managed to remove the door lock enough to get it open. Thought we had the lock lubricated and fixed, but a week later the door wouldn't unlock again when we arrived back home. The emergency window was locked that time, so had to cut a screen to get in. I'm small enough to get in the windows
, but had to use a step stool to get up into it. We replaced that cut screen and another one plus got a new, beefier door lock from Casita
. No more problems, but sure was thankful for that emergency window. I imagine we'll be even more thankful for it if we need to get out thru it!
~~ Glenda ~~