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There are dangerous pranks I read about today on RV quilters facebook page. Both happen at night. "Kids" go around closing the bar that goes in front of doors. Doing that makes it nearly impossible to open the door. Kids are also closing steps. Several people had heard about both. It happened to some of them, and one woman stepped out of her camper in the morning and fell because her steps were in. Fortunately she was not injured.
I wanted to make people aware of this.

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Posted: 04/14/21 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Okaaaaaaaay.


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There's an easy mod that will prevent you from being locked in by the grab handle.

Exterior Grab Handle Mod - Don't Get Locked in!


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Time to take preventive action and step only where you can see...a hikers’ rule.


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Posted: 04/14/21 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After my RV's door latch failed (the mechanism that retrieves the latch broke so I couldn't open it from the inside or the outside), I was glad I had a class C so I could just use the chassis door to get in. If I were out in the wilderness in a single door RV, I'd have had to break a window to get in, and even that's not trivial without a ladder or something to climb in the window, I guess maybe climbing the ladder to the roof and tearing open the roof vent over the bunk would be a better option.

It was relatively easy to unscrew the lock from the inside and force the latch open with a screwdriver.

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Reader1 wrote:

There are dangerous pranks I read about today on RV quilters facebook page. Both happen at night. "Kids" go around closing the bar that goes in front of doors. Doing that makes it nearly impossible to open the door. Kids are also closing steps. Several people had heard about both. It happened to some of them, and one woman stepped out of her camper in the morning and fell because her steps were in. Fortunately she was not injured.
I wanted to make people aware of this.


what bar? don't think i've ever seen that. our steps are electric and we keep the water bay locked.


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Reader1 wrote:

There are dangerous pranks I read about today on RV quilters facebook page. Both happen at night. "Kids" go around closing the bar that goes in front of doors. Doing that makes it nearly impossible to open the door. Kids are also closing steps. Several people had heard about both. It happened to some of them, and one woman stepped out of her camper in the morning and fell because her steps were in. Fortunately she was not injured.
I wanted to make people aware of this.


what bar? don't think i've ever seen that. our steps are electric and we keep the water bay locked.


A lot of campers have a bar that is used as a railing to walk down the steps. It pivots to go in front of the door when you are traveling.

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Appears these potential issues apply to towables only.


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I am a skeptic, and grew up in Missouri.. Show Me.. seems likely an urban legend.. think 'stay away from walmart because gangs are kidnapping random people as initiation' or 'don't flash your headlights--unknown maniacs will kill you if you do'


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It's been posted as a potential problem before:
2013 post

And there was a blog about it before that:
2011 blog


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