Your RV egress window is a vital part of having a safe vacation. While they may not be the most fun part of your trip, it is important to keep them in good shape and understand how to use them. You do not want to neglect your exit windows, especially if you've bought your RV second hand or if you've had your RV for a long time. If you have a good quality exit safety window but it's confusing to use, it is a good idea to find an exit window that is easy to use and high quality as well. You don't want to be stuck in a situation where you have to use the safety window quickly but it takes a long time to open it.
Testing your Egress Window
In addition to investing in a good quality egress window, it is important to test the window before leaving on vacation and making sure everyone in your family knows how to use it in the case of an emergency. When each member of your family understand how the exit window works, they will be calmer in the event of an emergency, increasing the safety of the group as a whole. There are several steps to making sure your window opens and shuts correctly.
First, find the location of the escape window. Many escape exit windows are located in the bedroom or the living area. They will be identified by a red handle, cord, or latch.
Second, you need to know what to expect in an emergency. You can do this by practicing opening and exiting through the exit window. In a smaller space, the chances of a fire accident increase, which is why it's important to know how to use this vital function of an RV. To open the window, release the seal of the window by pulling or switching the red latch, cord, or handle. By activating this release mechanism, the seal on the window should break and the window should open slightly. Once the seal is broken, put pressure on the window with your hands until the window is fully open.
Third, once the window is open to the fullest extent, you can exit through the window. Make sure you're aware of the distance between the window and the ground and be careful about making the descent. It is best to exit with your legs first so that you can attempt to land on your feet when you leave the RV.
Fourth, to close the egress window, have someone on the outside push the window back into place while a person on the inside places the release mechanism back into place to seal the window again. In the event of an emergency, this step is not taken but it is taken when practicing this exit process. To make sure the window is secure again, press lightly on the window.
It is important to make sure these windows are installed properly so that they do not fall off or become loose while traveling down the road.
Replacing your Window
Replacement exit windows help to increase the safety of your RV, however, they only do this if they are installed properly. If you want to install them yourself, there are several steps you can take. First, remove the old window from the window opening. After this window is out, remove any sealant that may be on the window opening area. Once the area is free of sealant, clean the surface and check for any structural problems, such as a loose seam or a rusting staple. If you do find any problems, fix them before installing the new window. Once the area is clean and structurally sound, you can install the new window in its place. If you are unsure about the installation process, it is best to have it installed properly. Though it is completely doable to install an exit window properly without the help of a certified RV mechanic, it is important that it is installed well for proper safety and use.
Here at RecPro, we care about more than having an RV that looks good and is fun to use; we care about safety. And when it comes to RV safety, one of the most important pieces is the egress window (or exit window). If you have any questions about our windows, feel free to contact us online or give our friendly Customer Care team a call!