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    Fire escape

    Ok, we did it. We actually tried escaping from the bedroom window of our 2017 Reflection 303RLS fifth wheel. Wow!! Much harder than we thought. We are 60 and 64, fairly fit and active full timers. The window is small and heading out feet first is tough. We put a ladder outside and were sure glad we did. The drop down would have not ended well. Of course, in an emergency we would have dropped; broken bones better than burning. We put a blanket on edge for padding. The practice run took forever; much more than the recommended 20 seconds and we didnt even try getting the dog out. Of course, we did waste several minutes laughing uncontrollably.
    Knowing how fast rigs go up, we have to modify our plan.
    We will continue to practice, incorporating fire extinguisher use in our drill and maybe try getting the dog out. We are thinking it might be wise to have a ladder set up outside our window at all times. Have to think of a way to secure our recently purchased telescoping ladder from theft. We looked into escape ladders but decided no place to store them and realistically, we would not have time to set one up. Plus, no window sill to hold it up.
    I had a crazy idea (according to my husband!) of putting in a bigger window. The ventilation in bedroom is poor anyway, with just the one small window. Wondering how difficult it would be swapping out for a larger one.
    Anyone else crazy enough to try a practice drill? Thoughts on swapping out bigger window?

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    Im pretty sure if I tried this it would result in a doctors visit shortly thereafter.


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    Good for you! Pictures Pictures!
    You're probably the only one's that actually rehearsed it!! We bought a collapsible escape ladder for the bedroom. Hook on window frame and through it out. Sits right by the bedroom dresser and window. Wife wanted it but we didn't have the guts to try it! In a true emergency I'm not sure the escape ladder would be worth it, probably grabbing the 4lb bedroom fire extinguisher and get out the main door.
    We did install extra fire extinguishers in the RV and our truck.

    But good for you!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Good for you! Pictures Pictures!
    You're probably the only one's that actually rehearsed it!! We bought a collapsible escape ladder for the bedroom. Hook on window frame and through it out. Sits right by the bedroom dresser and window. Wife wanted it but we didn't have the guts to try it! In a true emergency I'm not sure the escape ladder would be worth it, probably grabbing the 4lb bedroom fire extinguisher and get out the main door.
    We did install extra fire extinguishers in the RV and our truck.

    But good for you!!
    That ladder looks really nice. Would you be willing to provide a link to where you got it... or the brand so we can look it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YonderAwaits View Post
    Ok, we did it. We actually tried escaping from the bedroom window of our 2017 Reflection 303RLS fifth wheel. Wow!! Much harder than we thought. We are 60 and 64, fairly fit and active full timers. The window is small and heading out feet first is tough. We put a ladder outside and we’re sure glad we did. The drop down would have not ended well. Of course, in an emergency we would have dropped; broken bones better than burning. We put a blanket on edge for padding. The practice run took forever; much more than the recommended 20 seconds and we didn’t even try getting the dog out. Of course, we did waste several minutes laughing uncontrollably.
    Knowing how fast rigs go up, we have to modify our plan.
    We will continue to practice, incorporating fire extinguisher use in our drill and maybe try getting the dog out. We are thinking it might be wise to have a ladder set up outside our window at all times. Have to think of a way to secure our recently purchased telescoping ladder from theft. We looked into escape ladders but decided no place to store them and realistically, we would not have time to set one up. Plus, no window sill to hold it up.
    I had a crazy idea (according to my husband!) of putting in a bigger window. The ventilation in bedroom is poor anyway, with just the one small window. Wondering how difficult it would be swapping out for a larger one.
    Anyone else crazy enough to try a practice drill? Thoughts on swapping out bigger window?
    Before getting any more recommendations from us, I think we need to see a video.
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    There was a discussion here on the forum 2 or 3 years ago. The practice didn't go well for them either.

    I bought a 5lb fire extinguisher and it is in the bottom cabinet right next to my side of the bed. I will fight my way to the door, but hope that will not ever be necessary ( for us or you ). KEN

    I found the old thread
    Fire Escape Window - Yikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaTraveler View Post
    That ladder looks really nice. Would you be willing to provide a link to where you got it... or the brand so we can look it up?

    Thanks!
    Sure its made by First Alert. We bought it some 2 years ago now when we first got the 5th wheel. While traveling we keep it in the front closet, the wife gets it out and sets it by the bedroom dresser up against the wall, doesn't take up a lot of floor space.
    I think we bought it through Amazon, thats where we almost always get these kinds of things. I did a google search on "First Alert Escape Ladder" and a lot of them came up. Its all folded up in a box, You place the hooks on the window ledge and throw the box out the window and the ladder deploys. We didn't do it that way when we tested it as you see in the picture I posted earlier, so as to not possibly damage the side of the RV.
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    This does make me appreciate having a floor plan with a door in the bedroom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by orbiker View Post
    There was a discussion here on the forum 2 or 3 years ago. The practice didn't go well for them either.

    I bought a 5lb fire extinguisher and it is in the bottom cabinet right next to my side of the bed. I will fight my way to the door, but hope that will not ever be necessary ( for us or you ). KEN

    I found the old thread
    Fire Escape Window - Yikes
    Ken - you are correct. You may recall that Jim (Tucson Jim) and Ginnie's F350 caught fire and burned it and their 337 on the way back from the National Rally a few years ago. Jim then actually posted some pictures and a video on another site post fire trying to climb out the BR window with the ladder referenced in their new 297 TT as I recall. It did not go well - lol !

    I think he actually demonstrated this at the next National Rally or a regional one as one of the seminars. Maybe someone else will recall the details.

    Needless to say it is a challenging task to figure out a way to hold the window open (as it swings up on many of our BR plans) and then determine the best way to get up to the window, how to exit through the window, etc.

    This said, as Sportsdad says, when the event is real, it is incredible what we can and will do.

    While the ladder is a good option to consider, we too have a larger (5LB.) fire ext. close to our BR as the OP referenced.

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