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Old 09-26-2020, 06:09 PM   #1
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My wife and I just started RVing a month ago. Bought a 1 year old Thor Hurricane 29M. Been gone every weekend since and going out for a week next month. We love the coach. My question is the bedroom is a little claustrophobic. I want to put a screen and window arm on the emergency exit window. Has anybody done this? Any ideas? Iíve been reading Everybodyís comments from mods to extended warranties and buying fro Camping World. Learned a lot and appreciate all the information .
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Old 09-26-2020, 06:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Our previous coach, a 2015 Challenger 37ND, had 2 emergency exits and one of them, the big one in the bathroom, was hinged on top and had a bar to latch the window open and it came with a screen.

Hehr manufactured the windows so you might try calling them to see if they have a retrofit kit for your window.

In the pic below, the red U shaped handle is used to remove the screen for exit.

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Old 09-26-2020, 06:46 PM   #3
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My wife and I just started RVing a month ago. Bought a 1 year old Thor Hurricane 29M. Been gone every weekend since and going out for a week next month. We love the coach. My question is the bedroom is a little claustrophobic. I want to put a screen and window arm on the emergency exit window. Has anybody done this? Any ideas? Iíve been reading Everybodyís comments from mods to extended warranties and buying fro Camping World. Learned a lot and appreciate all the information .
Just a caution: The top hinges on the emergency rear window are release hinges. After the window is opened about 25 degrees, the hinges release the window letting it fall to the ground. This is to aid in a panic exit
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Old 09-26-2020, 09:02 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum.

Our previous coach, a 2015 Challenger 37ND, had 2 emergency exits and one of them, the big one in the bathroom, was hinged on top and had a bar to latch the window open and it came with a screen.

Hehr manufactured the windows so you might try calling them to see if they have a retrofit kit for your window.

In the pic below, the red U shaped handle is used to remove the screen for exit.

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We had a nice big rear escape window just like that on our Fleetwood. It would have been relatively easy to use in an emergency because you could leave from the bed and reach the ladder right outside. Our new coach has a similar size rear window but it is fixed. The escape window is is a tiny thing above the dresser and below the TV. I expect Iíll perish in an emergency. I have no idea why they set it up this way.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:25 AM   #5
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Back before manufacturers added the lever to use the emergency exit window for ventilation, I stapled velcro to a piece of screen and used double-sided foam tape to attach the loop part of the velcro to the wall around the window. I would open a corner of the screen and release the window and use a 6" long 2x2 to hold the window open. In an emergency I could either remove the screen quickly or just dive through it. Added much needed cross ventilation because we had no ac in our little 1998 Thor Tahoe Lite 19UD trailer.
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Old 09-27-2020, 02:52 PM   #6
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Thank you. I’ll try that Monday
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Old 10-07-2020, 09:34 PM   #7
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I guess if you dive through it you would save your live but that would be a horrific fall! Lol
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Back before manufacturers added the lever to use the emergency exit window for ventilation, I stapled velcro to a piece of screen and used double-sided foam tape to attach the loop part of the velcro to the wall around the window. I would open a corner of the screen and release the window and use a 6" long 2x2 to hold the window open. In an emergency I could either remove the screen quickly or just dive through it. Added much needed cross ventilation because we had no ac in our little 1998 Thor Tahoe Lite 19UD trailer.
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Old 10-08-2020, 10:55 PM   #8
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In our "15 Windsport 27K we have a similar window which came without a screen and no way to hold it open for ventilation. Our window consists of a large lower window which is hinged and a fixed narrow upper window. What we did was to buy cloth screen material , sew a binding all the way about 1/2" wide and then sewed 1/2" Velcro to that (the soft side of the Velcro). On the window frame we attached the the other portion of the Velcro with double sided tape. To hold the window open I cut a 3/8" rod in 6", 8", and 10" lengths to hold open the window. To open the window we just pull open the lower right corner enough to reach the lever, open the window and place the rod between the frame and the window. The window is heavy enough that the rods stay in place. We've been using this arrangement for the last 5 years. Good luck.
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Old 10-09-2020, 01:46 PM   #9
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I made a screen with Velcro and use a tongue depressor to hold the window open a bit.
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for everybody’s help and suggestions. I used double back tape and 36” screen material to cover the window. I can lift the bottom of the screen to unlock and lock the window. A plastic fork holds the window open.
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Old 10-10-2020, 09:58 PM   #11
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Thanks for everybodyís help and suggestions. I used double back tape and 36Ē screen material to cover the window. I can lift the bottom of the screen to unlock and lock the window. A plastic fork holds the window open.
Welcome to the forum!
As a fellow 29M owner, it would be great to see some pictures of what you've done. You might also consider posting them to the "Jerry's Hurricane mods" thread. Jerry and many others have 29M's -- so you might find it interesting reading.

Cheers!
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