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dedmiston

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Posted: 08/31/20 01:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with all the comments that you shouldn't close that bug door when you close your outside door. That should only be closed when you're just closing the screen but leaving the door open. Hopefully the deadbolt isn't too hard to operate with that bug door open.

I'm also in the camp that leaves some basic clothing and shoes in the same spot every night. Coincidentally, I drape those clothes right over the fire extinguisher we keep in our room.

And I completely agree with the rest of the comments about leaving your coach through any means possible. Just get out.

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harryjr wrote:

I apparently worded my initial post poorly. I know to get out as early as possible, as quickly as possible, by any means possible.

My question is: Why isn't the exit designed by the manufacturer to be more user friendly for the poor victim who is confused, not prepared, incapacitated, or a minor? The exit procedure should be simple and intuitive.

Since idiot proof is impossible, at least make it idiot helpful.


It's also not ADA compliant. Should all RVs be ADA compliant as well?
Seriously, find something else to worry about.


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Posted: 08/31/20 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why would you lock the deadbolt when you're inside the RV?


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Posted: 08/31/20 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dutch_12078 wrote:

Why would you lock the deadbolt when you're inside the RV?


For the same reason you lock your doors at home.

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Since the most likely source of fire (kitchen, refrigerator, water heater, furnace, etc.) is between the bedroom and the door, the only good means of egress is the bedroom window. Yes, my clothes are at the foot of the bed, ready to put on; or throw out the window as the situation requires.
Fire extinguisher? As far as I am concerned, that thing is there to comfort the insurance company. It is not meant to be used; it isn't big enough to really do any good. In an RV, IMO, you don't have time to play with the fool thing, GET OUT AND AWAY! Most people have never practiced using one, so they are likely to make the situation worse instead of better by using it improperly. Again, get out and run away!


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spoon059 wrote:

In an emergency, I'm going THROUGH that styrofoam door.


me too friend. me too


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What about putting some glow in the dark tape on the deadbolt so you can see it better?


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dedmiston wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

Why would you lock the deadbolt when you're inside the RV?


For the same reason you lock your doors at home.


Our RV is our home, but we only use the standard door lock when we're inside for the night. We haven't seen a need for a deadbolt while we're inside in many years of RV'ing. Even when we had a S&B we didn't lock the deadbolts while inside...

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dedmiston wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

Why would you lock the deadbolt when you're inside the RV?


For the same reason you lock your doors at home.


I don't lock my doors at home or in the camper when I am inside. Sometimes even when I am not inside I will leave them open. But, I realize that not everyone lives where I do and some places may be worse.

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Posted: 09/03/20 11:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fire licking at your rear end, etc.

The smoke from an incipient fire will kill you long before heat and flames...[emoticon]

Have one or more smoke / CO2 detectors - test regularly to make sure they work.

Get occupants outside - *then* decide if you can (or should attempt to) extinguish the fire.

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