Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

General Hi-Lo camper discussion The perfect place to discuss your Hi-Lo camper
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-20-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 43
Default I found a use for the emergency hatch...

This is a bit embarrassing and a bit funny... tonight I had to crawl into our HiLo to take some measurements. Battery is out and I didn't want to raise it - so I crawled in with a flashlight as I often do.

Well... this time the door shut behind me and I realized as I went to leave that if the door is shut and the camper is down you can't really open it.

So I sat there for a bit and contemplated my options. As it was dinner I was expecting wife to nag me to stop what I was doing and come back inside... nope... not tonight. I could kick the door open. Something else to fix... then it occurred to me that the emergency hatch was there... onto the snowy roof like Santa!



MooseMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
Senior Member
PopRichie77's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Quakertown, PA
Posts: 1,074
Send a message via AIM to PopRichie77

I too had this happen in our 95, the wind blew the door shut, but for me the battery was in and I could raise the top to get out. Neither one of our trailers has an escape hatch in the roof. The escapes are in the side windows which are not accessible when the top is down, so no battery and you are trapped. Ever since, I make sure the door is latched open before going inside.

(215TL) - 1995 21' TowLite
(2209T) - 2009 22' TowLite
(2510 ) - 2010 25'
PopRichie77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2011, 10:17 AM   #3
Site Team
JackandJanet's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pine, AZ
Posts: 4,617

That is a FUNNY story! I have no "roof exit" in our 17ft trailer either. I'll certainly remember this and latch the door whenever I do the "down dog" crawl into mine, which I've done before (even though the batteries are in working order).

- Jack
Hi-Lo 1707T - Tire Minder TPMS on Tow Vehicle and Trailer, 300W Solar Battery Charger, Equal-i-zer WDH, Progressive Dynamics Converter, Fan-Tastic Fan, LiFePO4 battery 12V DC Electrical System
2024 F150 Platinum FX4 3.5L PowerBoost SCrew
JackandJanet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2011, 03:07 PM   #4
Senior Member
sting32's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Salina, KS
Posts: 256
Send a message via Yahoo to sting32

Holy cow! they need to paint a warning about this, on the side of these campers IMHO, I woudn't have thought twice about letting the door shut, my 5th wheel door is hard to shut, when folded and when not really, you have to "open" the latch slightly, lol. And nobody would hear me scream where I park the camper, so they'd not likely find me until they had the "sale" of all my stuff, you know?

One thing I thought of while typing though, if you click the dead bolt lock (on my door it is the little red thingy beside the handle and is easy to flip) to its "lock" position--> while door is open, "the DOOR CANNOT SHUT" and yeah, ask my how many minutes it took me to figure that out, from the inside, late one night, totally in the DARK!!! while trying to not wake everyone...
From Kansas: 29ft '95 5th, converted to toybox in rear, by Hilo. Pics soon, Some Here.
sting32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2011, 08:47 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Niagara Falls,NY
Posts: 4,161
Default Locked in the trailer

Always take your cell phone with you and hope it is charged up and you can get a signal and someone is at your house to rescue you. I don't thinki my door locks when in the down position.
sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2011, 10:48 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 121

Originally Posted by sam View Post
Always take your cell phone with you and hope it is charged up and you can get a signal and someone is at your house to rescue you. I don't thinki my door locks when in the down position.
Yep I always carry my cell phone when working on a vehicle. A buddy of mine had his full size Blazer fall off the jack stands and brake rotor onto his hand. He was out in his driveway in the country with only his underwear and cowboy boots on, and it was starting to storm. ( Must have been a funny site). He didn't have his phone and after a while was able to jack it back up and escape with only stitches(he was lucky). I always think about that when I'm working alone now.

Glad you got out OK.

2001 Towlite 24TD
2003 Chevy Avalanche Z71
Past campers: 1989 Funlite 21', 1997 TrailManor, 1979 Holiday Rambler MH., 1982 Palomino PopUP, tent!
boater454 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Hi-Lo Trailers Worldwide or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2010