RV emergency exit roof vents have two functions, its primary function is as an escape opening during fires or road accidents and as an added ventilation inside the RV during warm weather. Two emergency exit roof vents are usually required by regulations to be installed on all recreational vehicles and they must be regularly inspected for proper function and operation. RV emergency exit roof vents must also be regularly maintained or replaced if necessary when any sign of damage or unnecessary wear is indicated. RV fires can be exceptionally rapid due to the enclosed confines within an RV and the materials inside so RV emergency exit roof vents are mandatory for vehicle safety. The RV emergency exit roof vents have locks that are large enough to make pulling the emergency lock release lever as effortless as possible under time-critical situations during an RV fire or vehicular accident. All RV emergency exit roof vents have quick-release locks that are very easy to engage even by children and older people.
RV emergency exit roof vents come with weatherproof rubber seals that are also heat-resistant to prevent dust, rainwater, or moisture from getting into the interior of the recreational vehicle. Sliding or removable screens are included on all RV emergency exit roof vents to prevent insects or debris from entering the RV when the roof vents are opened for fresh air and extra ventilation. RV emergency exit roof vents are made from heavy-duty glass or high-impact plastics. They are available with an assortment of tints that can either be clear, tinted, or opaque, and some RV emergency exit roof vents can be had with trim rings that enhance the look of the RV window. Framed or frameless RV emergency exit roof vents are available to fit on all sizes of RV exit openings.
RV emergency exit roof vents are designed to hinge open towards the outside of an RV so the emergency exit window must not be installed on structural locations on the vehicle that can be blocked by RV accessories or near a possible external obstruction. They come equipped with quick-release latches and tabs that are marked with high visibility colors such as bright red or orange and some latches come with high visibility pull tabs for faster opening of the emergency exit window during emergencies.
RV emergency exit roof vents must be located above the sleeping and the living areas of an RV to allow the occupants a pathway of escape in case access to the RV doors are compromised by fire or thick smoke. On any recreational vehicle that is equipped with a fully-functional kitchen or heat-producing appliance, any damaged or worn-out emergency exit roof vents need to be replaced immediately.
A larger than standard RV emergency exit roof vent must be considered to allow the occupants ease of egress in case of an RV fire or accident. For safety considerations and smooth egress out of the recreational vehicle during emergencies, any RV emergency exit roof vent must be immediately replaced if it is faded, cracked, or is worn-out or loose on its mountings. RV emergency exit roof vents are known to have fallen off vehicles or get their latches or cranks stuck in a locked position, so RV owners need to do a regular thorough inspection on all their RV emergency exit roof vents.