Originally Posted by Jann Todd
If this is a back window you may need an escape window. All RV's have escape windows in the rear area in case of a fire. A regular window will not open for emergencies. I own a fiberglass trailer and an RV so I have knowledge of both. If you have an escape window then you can get a fixed window or one that opens for the hole if you look hard. Many junk yards have old motorhomes. Call a junk yard and ask them to search parts for you. They can put it out online for you. Good luck. Rough size won't give you the proper thing. You must have an exact opening size.
You stated that "A regular window will not open for emergencies". That is not a true statement in all instances.
A trailer only needs an additional special escape window if the regular window openings can not be opened far enough to meet the minimum size for egress. Even newer trailers that have winddows that meet the dimension code for minimum window opening egress size do not need a special model of escape window. But nowadays newer trailer windows that do meet that minimum for egress might have those special red handles on them to identify them as "escape" windows. I suppose that one could paint
the handles red on older vintage windows that meet the code for egress and add a sticker on the glass saying it is an escape window.
From the Pelland company website, they sell RV windows and window parts. Their information regarding clear egress window inside dimension requirements. They state it has a minimum opening of 17"H x 24"W
. My vintage 1971 Trailswest Campster
sliding window openings when slid open, is indeed 17" high but just a little bit shy of the 24" width due the the overlap of the two panes of glass. It will do just fine without having to upgrade or replace it and I even have two of them that size! Of course my door is in the rear and the windows are on the sides in the front half. But it is only 10' long. But if the door jammed and would not open I could get out of the sliding windows if I needed to.
On older RVs with sliding windows there may well be a window that qualifies as being an egress window. Just get out the tape measure and check the size of the opening.