Keep little kids from falling out your RV’s front door


Here are two great safety tips from our long-time reader and RVer George Bliss in Saskatchewan, Canada:

George wrote: I’d like to pass along these ideas to other RV Travel readers. From personal experience I found it necessary to incorporate two new safety measures:

One: With young/short grandchildren who want to enter the camper, I see them climbing the four steps to the door, pulling down on the screen door latch, then almost falling backwards to get the door open.

For their safety, I drilled a small hole in the screen door latch, hung a string from that hole down to a fob of any sort (in this case a plastic wrench) that will fit between the screen door and the outside door that they can grab, pull the latch down, and open the door without having to climb the steps first. Due diligence is required as the hanging string could be considered a strangulation hazard.

Two: After my 2-year-old grandson managed to open the screen door and fall out of the trailer (thankfully, he wasn’t hurt), I looked for various methods to latch, bolt or pin the screen door so it wouldn’t open accidentally again.

Sometimes the simplest solution is the most obvious. When the outside door is open, just move the grab handle in front of the screen door to prevent opening. It’s easy for an adult to open from inside or outside and no further worries about injuries. This of course is only necessary when small children are in the RV.
Great tips! Thanks, George!
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Marilyn M

Swinging the bar in front of the door also works great for pets!

Mark B

I’d say “good ol’ American ingenuity”, except George is from the northern lands. Good tips, George.

Roy Ellithorpe

This has no bearing on the screen door, but I have long wondered why the manufacturers don’t put the outside door handles on 5th wheels at the bottom of the door, like they do on big trucks.


My wife has MS and is unstable because of it. We put a large blown up beach ball in our class A stairwell to keep her from falling down into the well. It would also help keeping children from going out the door. We store it in the tub when not in the stairwell. Yes she has fallen into the tub. It was a bear to get her out because she isn’t strong enough to help much. If she falls on the ball in the stairwell I can at least roll her onto the floor.