Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Use Both Doors

This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Wolfe Rose 2 months ago.

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    Mike Sherman

    We had a camper at our RV park with a 30′ travel trailer that had 2 doors. They only used one door for entry and exit, the stairs for the second door remained tucked away, not in use. Well, the elderly wife got up in the middle of the night and was apparently slightly disoriented, and walked out of the rig using the ‘non-operational’ door and ended up on the ground, injured and had to be transported to the hospital via ambulance. #1) Open the stairs, even if you don’t plan on using that door, and #2) make all doors operational for safety reasons in the event a quick exit is mandatory due to an emergency.

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    Wolfe Rose

    I realise the above post was dealing with a 2AM accident, but I’ll go in a slightly different direction (don’t I always?)…  In addition to making sure any “normal” doors are fully operational, periodically check your emergency exits:

    1) Are fully operational – the panels are not jammed, and the latches lubricated enough to pop easily if needed.  You won’t be operating them in your own ideal condition, so don’t impede yourself mechanically.

    2) You know how to operate each of them – I have three escape windows, and they all operate differently.

    3) You can actually athletically use them?  My rear bunk exit drops you out the window some 8-9 feet off the ground.   Even feet first and taking my time, I wouldn’t want to practice that escape often!

    4) Now think about OTHER possible exits.  I figure a fire is most likely in the “midship,” which in my case cuts off 3 of 4 exits from the bedroom (the most likely place for me to need to escape from).  But, I’ve also found that the storage under my bed is separated from the outside storage bay by a really flimsy luan panel.  If “motivated,” it would be easy to kick out that panel and the outside access as an exit, almost as fast as opening the bedroom emergency exit.  Compared to the “proper” exit which drops reluctant kids and wife still more than 7′ off the ground, the 2-foot-up storage bay may actually be the safer route out.

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